Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law on Tuesday that will require parental consent for minors seeking abortions in the state as well as strengthen protections for infants born alive after a botched abortion, as reported by Breitbart.
Though the governor did not make a public statement, Florida Senate President Bill Galvano offered his thoughts on the new legislation.
“Lifelong emotional and physical impacts”
“The serious and irrevocable decision to end a pregnancy involves undergoing a significant medical procedure that results, in many cases, in lifelong emotional and physical impacts,” the Republican state senator said.
He went on to stress his belief that the “parents of a minor child considering an abortion must be involved in such a substantial and permanent decision.”
The new law, which is set to take effect on Wednesday, includes an option for juveniles fearing abuse to apply for a judicial waiver to the requirement, Galvano said.
“Put already at-risk young people in even greater danger”
In addition to requiring notarized consent from a guardian and identification provided to a physician in all cases except an emergency, the legislation also reportedly makes it a felony not to “immediately” transport and admit “to a hospital” an infant that survives an abortion.
That crime had previously been considered a misdemeanor.
Planned Parenthood is unsurprisingly upset over the scope of the law, which CEO Stephanie Fraim said “will put already at-risk young people in even greater danger at the worst possible time.”
“The critical backbone of our civilized society”
She went on to argue that it could also “open the door to a reinterpretation of our constitutional right to privacy and the right to a safe and legal abortion in Florida.”
When the House passed the bill in February, its sponsor, Republican Rep. Erin Grall, said that it will “empower the family,” which she called “the critical backbone of our civilized society.”
Any new law seen as imposing new limits on the right to have an abortion is sure to ruffle more than a few feathers.
Given the number of things for which minors already need parental permission, however, this legislation strikes many Floridians as a commonsense measure.