Parental Notification for Abortion Bill Moves Closer to Law

Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 02:15 PM

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A bill that would require that parents be notified if a minor is seeking an abortion in Florida took another step toward becoming law Monday.
The measure made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee, WJXX-TV ABC 25 in Jacksonville reported Tuesday.

Florida, like states across the country with Republican majorities voted into state legislatures in the fall of 2010, is moving to put tighter restrictions on abortions.

Republican Sen. Alan Hays told the station that Florida’s current parent notification law can be easily circumvented. He says minors routinely will go shopping for judges in different circuits to override the law.

"In my dental practice, I wouldn't think of filling a tooth or even cleaning teeth for a young person without parental permission being signed first,” he said. “And I certainly wouldn't think that it's proper to do an abortion on a young lady without the parents being notified.

“I'm in favor of the judicial override if this young lady is in an abusive situation at home or something like that. But I just feel very, very strongly that any minor who's going to be operated on by any health care provider must have their parents' permission first."

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