A new website created by a pro-abortion coalition seeks to help Florida teens navigate a recently passed law requiring parental consent for abortions.
The law, however, includes an exception for children who can’t secure parental consent to receive abortions anyway upon the approval of a judge.
“For those who are in a situation of abuse or where parental consent is not in the child’s best interest, the bill provides a judicial waiver process that still involves the intervention of an adult,” said Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton).
Just a week after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law, WFLA News 8 reports, Floridians for Reproductive Freedom created Teen Abortion Florida to help young girls seek a judicial bypass if they feel they cannot ask a parent for consent to abort their child.
A judicial bypass allows a minor to ask a judge for permission to have the abortion without having to notify or ask her parents.
“Going through a court process is something many teenagers would be very intimidated about tackling on their own,” Progress Florida spokesperson Amy Weintraub told WFLA. “It requires multiple visits to your local courthouse. It means you have to interface with attorneys, court clerks, judges. That’s not something most Florida teenagers are used to or would want to try out.”
State Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland), who sponsored the law, empathized with the situations of teen mothers. According to the Miami Herald, she had been one herself.
“When I told [my mother] I wanted to have my child, she supported me,” Stargel said. “Everyone thinks that their parent is going to kill them or kick them out. I was shocked at my mother’s response as a child when I went through this.”
“I think this is strengthening the family and making sure that when you have those difficult situations that there is a conversation. A discussion,” she went on.
Roughly 1,500 minor girls have abortions in Florida each year. 200 of those are procured using judicial bypasses, the Herald noted.
The new law also increases the penalty for any healthcare practitioner who does not preserve the health of a baby born alive during an abortion from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony.
“This law sends a clear message that here in Florida, we will do everything we can to prevent the abomination of infanticide in our state,” Galvano declared. “When a child miraculously survives this brutal medical procedure, that child’s life must be preserved and treated with great respect and care. The penalty for refusing to provide medical care to an infant struggling for life should be significant.”
While it’s highly regrettable that the bill included a loophole for the pro-aborts to take advantage of, it’s quite telling that they’re chomping at the bit to “help” children abort their own children. If a child is in such danger from her parents that she can’t talk to them about her pregnancy, what she needs is a listening and empowering presence to guide her, not assistance in ending the life of her precious baby.
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