In February, members of the Florida House and Senate passed SB 404, a bill that requires parental consent before a minor is allowed to obtain an abortion in the state. Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed that bill into law.
But the bill isn’t just about parental consent. It also strengthens penalties against abortionists who choose not to provide lifesaving care to infants who survive abortions.
According to a previous report from Live Action News:
The parental consent… requirement could help victims of human trafficking by requiring additional reporting and consent for minors undergoing elective abortion. The abortion industry, which continues to fight parental consent laws, has a history of ignoring, covering up, and failing to report victims of abuse and victims of human trafficking who are coerced into abortions as minors.
The Florida abortion industry has a documented history of predatory abortionists….
According to The Daily Caller, the bill was sponsored by state Sen. Kelli Stargel and state Rep. Erin Grall, both Republicans.
@FLRightToLife President Lynda Bell said, “This was a hard-fought victory that was years in the making. Florida families and minor girls in Florida will now be protected in law. Great Job Florida Right to Life! https://t.co/D7ujmyiHqB pic.twitter.com/HVPhBQQwPC
— National Right to Life (@nrlc) June 30, 2020
Florida Right to Life president Lynda Bell thanked the bill’s sponsors by name in a press release and noted the importance of parental permission, especially when it comes to a child’s health:
While we (the pro life community) believe it to be unthinkable that a minor child can undergo an elective surgical procedure without a parent’s permission, pro-abortion organizations fought with zeal to stop this common sense legislation. Let’s look at areas where parental permission is required regarding children. An underage child must have permission to get their ears pierced, get a tattoo, take an aspirin, or go on a field trip with their school.
Logically, it is absurd that a child can be ushered off to an abortion clinic with no parental permission! In fact, abortion is the only elective surgical procedure that can be done without a parent’s permission.
Minors are safer in Florida today, thanks to SB 404.
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