Florida GOP Gov. DeSantis Signs Parental Consent Abortion Bill Into Law

By Bailey Duran | July 9, 2020 | 12:43pm EDT
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).  (Getty Images)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- On July 2, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R)  signed a bill into law that requires parents or legal guardians to consent before a minor female in their care can legally have an abortion.

Bill SB 404 was pushed through by Florida Senator Kelli Stargel (R) and Representative Erin Grall (R). This new law comes just days after a pro-life Louisiana bill was struck down in the Supreme Court.

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According to the new law, doctors are prohibited from “performing or inducing the termination of a pregnancy” on a minor (under age 18) without parental consent. Before a minor can have an abortion, the child’s parent or legal guardian must provide written consent and provide government issued documentation to be used as proof of identity.

The bill states, “TERMINATION OF THE PREGNANCY OF A MINOR.—A physician may not perform or induce the termination of a pregnancy of a minor unless the physician has complied with the notice and consent requirements of this section.”

If a physician fails to abide by these guidelines, it could result in a 3rd degree felony.

A woman undergoing an abortion of her child.  (Getty Images)
A woman undergoing an abortion of her child. (Getty Images)

In the case of a medical emergency and a physician deems that the life of the minor is in danger, the doctor may perform an abortion, but the physician must do everything in their power to contact the parent within 24 hours of the procedure.

This law follows the same standard as most any other medical procedure to be performed on a minor. According to Students for Life Action, “Florida teenagers aren’t even allowed to use a tanning bed without their parents’ knowledge or permission.”

Following the bill’s passing, Gov. DeSantis tweeted, “Great pro-life effort by Sen. @kellistargel and Rep. @ErinGrall on SB 404, which requires minors to receive parental consent before having an abortion. Thank you for your work on behalf of Florida families.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser released a statement expressing her organization’s support and gratitude for the bill. “We are grateful to Governor DeSantis for swiftly signing into law crucial protections for young girls facing an unexpected pregnancy,” Dannenfelser said. “This legislation is backed by a majority of Florida voters and simply requires that minors receive parental consent when seeking an abortion.”

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She continued, “Parents in the Sunshine State will be able to protect their daughters from the abortion industry, which prioritizes its own profits over the health and safety of vulnerable girls. We thank Senator Stargel and Representative Grall, both members of our National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus, as well as the Florida Family Policy Council and the Florida Catholic Conference for their tireless work advancing this important legislation.”

This law will help keep young girls who are victims of abuse or trafficking safer as their abusers won’t be able to force them to have an abortion, according to Students for Life Action.  

Not all people are in support of the bill. Pro-abortion individuals say that this bill will not help underage girls, but will put them in danger.

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Southwest and Central Florida Planned Parenthood President and CEO Stephanie Fraim said, “This law will put already at-risk young people in even greater danger at the worst possible time. What’s worse, it could open the door to a reinterpretation of our constitutional right to privacy and the right to a safe and legal abortion in Florida.”

A similar bill was kept from passing in 1989 because it was deemed “unconstitutional.”

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