With all the debate around abortion, and Roe vs Wade being removed as a fundamental right, I find this abortion story to be quite disturbing.
A 16 year old Florida girl is pregnant. She does not want to have the baby, describing herself as “‘sufficiently mature’ to make a decision about an abortion, was not ready to have a baby, did not have a job and that the father was unable to assist her,” quote from Judge Scott Makar.
What I don’t understand is why this “immature girl” is being forced to carry the pregnancy to full term and birth, when parenthood requires quite a lot of maturity.
How is the court’s decision just, fair, or even rendered with common sense?
About the Law
Quoted from the Orlando Sentinel
Florida voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment that cleared the way for the Legislature to pass a law requiring that parents or guardians be notified before minors have abortions. Lawmakers in 2020 added to that with the consent requirement.
The issue has long been controversial, with supporters of the requirements saying minors are not mature enough to make abortion decisions. But opponents have argued, in part, that some minors could face issues such as abuse if their parents found out they were pregnant.
Lawmakers included a process for minors to go to court and bypass the notice and consent requirements. Such cases reaching appellate courts, however, are relatively rare.