by Steven Ertelt
February 15, 2007
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — A Florida state legislator says too many teenagers are getting abortions approved by courts on a waiver that allow them to bypass telling their parents about it. She wants to tighten the requirements so fewer teenagers are getting around involving their parents in the decision-making process.
Sen. Ronda Storms, a Brandon Republican, filed a Senate bill this week that would narrow the restrictions on when a minor can get an abortion.
The current parental notification law contains a Supreme Court-mandated judicial bypass provision but those waivers are granted too frequently, pro-life advocates say.
Under her measure, judges would have to take into account more factors or criteria the teenager would have to meet to get the abortion. Those include the child’s credibility, emotional stability and "ability to understand and explain the medical consequences of terminating her pregnancy."
Rep. Dennis Baxley sponsored a similar measure in the last legislative session.
"I do know that there was quite a bit of angst among some of the members who felt like we left a judicial bypass you could drive a semi truck through," he told the St. Petersburg Times.
But Stephanie Grutman, executive director of the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, told the newspaper her group opposes the bill and said it would treat girls seeking an abortion like "criminals."
Florida law requires that abortion facilities tell a teen’s parents she is considering having an abortion before it can be done. That came after voters approved a state ballot proposal with the requirement 65-35 percent.
Abortion businesses have found ways around the law by finding pro-abortion judges willing to certify most any abortion.
Last March, a Florida state House committee approved Baxley’s measure but it did not progress further.