“Consent and notification” means that not only would a minor seeking an abortion have to notify their parent or legal guardian of their decision, but the doctor would have to obtain notarized, written consent before performing the procedure. Doctors who perform an abortion on a minor without parental consent would be charged with a third-degree felony.
Minors who don’t obtain consent from their parents or guardians would then go before a judge, who would then have to consider several factors before deciding whether the minor is “mature” enough to have an abortion:
- Overall intelligence
- Emotional development and stability
- Credibility and demeanor as a witness
- Ability to accept responsibility
- Ability to assess both the immediate and long-range consequences of the minor’s choices
- Ability to understand and explain the medical risks of terminating her pregnancy and to apply that understanding to her decision
Every minor is different, as is every judge. The fact that a major decision such as this would be taken out of the hands of the young women involved is abhorrent, no matter their age. How can a judge determine these factors based on a single meeting? It’s ridiculous. And yet, legislators in Florida seem to favor this archaic idea.
“If that judge doesn’t deem you mature enough to have an abortion, that judge is deeming you mature enough to have a child, and that is daunting,” Kim Scott, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida, tells Newsweek. “This bill is only going to disproportionately disenfranchise the young people who are in dangerous situations.”
Many people are calling out the hypocrisy of a judge determining a minor’s “maturity” for abortion but not in having a child.
“That woman is immature. Let’s give her a kid.” -Florida https://t.co/XmkoG4CfR5
— Emily Galati (@emilygalati) March 22, 2019
Sorry, not mature enough to terminate, so go be a mother instead.
How can I tell a bill to go fuck itself? https://t.co/a5FbOLkcjb
— Austen Marie 🔜 Wellington (@AustenMarieTV) March 24, 2019
THIS WILL DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT TEENS OF COLOR AND TEENS WITH ABUSIVE PARENTS
WHAT THE FUCK
And if a teen is not mature enough, they should be forced to carry the child?
This is cruel and inhumane. https://t.co/6wtdmzAn86
— Jᴀy A. Rᴀᴍᴀ 💀🐍 (ᴛʜᴇy/ᴛʜᴇᴍ) (@J_A_Rama_SFF) March 23, 2019
But they should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term? Do you know what that does to an immature body, let alone a mind?
And what happens to those children after the birth? Who’s going to take care of them?
Oh fuck it. Fuck it all. https://t.co/C8vjgljdIP
— azteclady (@herhandsmyhands) March 24, 2019
And then what? We make abortion illegal you’re just singing these children up to be raised by mothers who are 16/17 years old with minimal financial support or giving them a shitty life in our horrible foster care system https://t.co/Y75FiC1McN
— Carli 🔮 (@carlifiveH) March 23, 2019
I am so sick of nonmedical people using arbitrary and fleeting moral codes to impede patient care. The only person that belongs in an examination room is relevant medical staff, the patient and whoever else the patient chooses to include. https://t.co/HeWo9sOL7n
— Sailor Goon (@FlashCardFiend) March 23, 2019
The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) stated that while legislation requiring parental consent for an abortion may intend to help minors, it actually has adverse effects — medically and pyschologically.
“Judicial bypass provisions do not ameliorate the risk and may delay access to safe and appropriate care, making it a later, more complicated procedure.”