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Abortion Bill Moves Forward at Florida Capitol

5:30 PM, Apr 25, 2011   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A parental notice bill on abortion takes another step forward at the state Capitol.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill on a 5 to 2 vote on Monday.

Florida currently has a parental notice law for minors seeking abortions, but Sen. Alan Hays says young women can easily circumvent the rules.

He says too many minors are traveling to other judicial circuits to find judges that will routinely override the parental consent law.  A judge can override parental notice if a young woman faces abuse at home as a result of her pregnancy.

Sen. Hays is a dentist and he says getting parental permission for an abortion is just common sense.

"In my dental practice, I wouldn't think of filling a tooth or even cleaning teeth for a young person without parental permission being signed first.  And I certainly wouldn't think that it's proper to do an abortion on a young lady without the parents being notified.  I'm in favor of the judicial override if this young lady is in an abusive situation at home or something like that.  But I just feel very, very strongly that any minor who's going to be operated on by any health care provider must have their parents' permission first."

The bill must pass one more committee before it can head to the Senate floor.

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