Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Law Requiring Parental Consent Before Underage Girls Get an Abortion

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill into law requiring parental consent before an abortion can be performed on an underage girl. 

While the governor did not make a public statement about the new law, it’s proponents, such as Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, lauded the measure, stressing that parents have the right to know that their child is pregnant and considering an abortion, Fox13 in Tallahassee reports.

“The serious and irrevocable decision to end a pregnancy involves undergoing a significant medical procedure that results, in many cases, in lifelong emotional and physical impacts,” Galvano said in a statement.

“The parents of a minor child considering an abortion must be involved in such a substantial and permanent decision,” he added.

The Republican-majority state legislature has, in recent years, passed several bills regulating abortion. In 2015, Florida passed a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, but that law is being challenged and has not gone into effect.

In 2004, Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment requiring parental notification before their child has an abortion. The recently passed law goes even further by requiring parental consent.

The parental-notification law contained within it a process whereby minors are allowed to go to court to avoid notifying their parents about obtaining an abortion — referred to as a “judicial bypass” — a feature that is also part of the consent measure.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter