Florida 16-year-old denied abortion

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A pregnant 16-year-old in North Florida may be forced to give birth after an appeals court ruled Monday that it is not “mature” enough to have an abortion. According to the ruling, the teen went to a circuit judge in Escambia County last week when she was ten weeks pregnant and said she is “not ready to have a baby”, has no job, is “still in school”. and the father cannot help her. In Florida, people under the age of 18 need written consent from a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion. Governor Ron DeSantis signed that demand in June 2020. The young woman has no parents, according to the ruling and is asking the court to circumvent the demand. An opinion from one of the appellate judges also states that the teen’s “guardian is okay with what he wants to do”. The first judge rejected her request last week, and the three judges of the appeals court sided with the first judge on Monday. Michele Herzog is the director of Pro Life Action Ministries Central Florida. A staunch opponent of abortion rights, she said she strongly supports the Florida court’s decision. “They protect children. They protect the 16-year-old and they protect the child in the womb,” Herzog said. “Abortion is not good for any woman.” Herzog calls abortions “crimes against humanity” and said she wants to ban them completely in Florida. “If a teenager goes to school, they have to get permission from their parents to even take an aspirin. They are not considered mature enough to take an aspirin on their own. So in my opinion they are definitely not mature enough to have an abortion,” she said. On Wednesday afternoon, the Florida Democrats expressed their outrage at the court’s ruling on the pregnant teen. “So she’s not mature enough to say, ‘I’m not ready to get older.’ “But apparently she’s mature enough to be forced to give birth. And that’s Florida’s anti-freedom reality,” Democratic state representative Anna Eskamani said. In April, DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban into law and earlier this month suspended a prosecutor who swore he would not criminalize women who wanted abortions. “Our governor calls us the freest state in the union, and yet We are depriving our voters through this policy,” said Eskamani. “Governor. Ron DeSantis was so hesitant and shy and even afraid to talk about abortion on his platform.” WESH 2 News contacted the governor’s office for his response , but has not heard back. Meanwhile, this may not be the end for the teen’s attempt to have an abortion. In a partially dissenting opinion, e noted and of the appellate judges that the first court may “re-evaluate its decision” in a re-hearing for the minor to adequately articulate her request.” The opinion states that the judge’s ruling was a “very close call” as the teen “sometimes showed that she is stable and mature enough to make this decision” and “evaluated the pros and cons in making her decision. ” The advisory continues: “If you read between the lines, it seems that the court wanted to give the minor, who was additionally stressed by the death of a friend, additional time to understand more about the consequences of ending a relationship. pregnancy.. This makes sense, as the minor, at least at one point, said she was open to having a child, but later changed her mind after considering she was incapable of caring for a child. in her current position in life. wrote the partially dissenting opinion, also pointing out that if the teen’s guardian consents to an abortion, the guardian can sign a written waiver allowing her to have an abortion and that she be able to get around the back and forth in court.

A pregnant 16-year-old in North Florida may be forced to give birth after an appeals court ruled Monday that it is not “mature” enough to have an abortion.

According to the ruling, the teen went to a circuit judge in Escambia County last week when she was ten weeks pregnant and said she is “not ready to have a baby”, has no job, is “still in school”. and the father cannot help her.

In Florida, people under the age of 18 need written consent from a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion. Governor Ron DeSantis signed that requirement in June 2020.

According to the ruling, the young woman has no parents and asks the court to circumvent the claim.

An opinion from one of the appellate judges also states that the teen’s “guardian is okay with what” [she] want to do.”

The first judge rejected her request last week and the three judges of the appeals court sided with the first judge on Monday.

Michele Herzog is the director of Pro Life Action Ministries Central Florida.

A staunch opponent of abortion rights, she said she strongly supports the Florida court’s decision.

“They protect children. They protect the 16-year-old and they protect the child in the womb,” Herzog said. “Abortion is not good for any woman.”

Herzog calls abortions “crimes against humanity” and said she wants to ban them completely in Florida.

“If a teenager goes to school, they have to get permission from their parents to even take an aspirin. They are not considered mature enough to take an aspirin on their own. So in my opinion they are definitely not mature enough to have an abortion,” she said.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Florida Democrats expressed their outrage at the court’s ruling on the pregnant teen.

“So she’s not mature enough to say, ‘I’m not ready to get older.’ But apparently she’s mature enough to be forced to give birth, and that’s Florida’s anti-freedom reality,” Democratic state representative Anna Eskamani said.

Eskamani said this is the latest step in a state where Republicans are further restricting reproductive rights.

In April, DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban into law. And earlier this month, he suspended a prosecutor who swore he would not criminalize women who wanted abortions.

“Our governor calls us the freest state in the union, and yet we are depriving our voters of this policy,” Eskamani said. “Governor. Ron DeSantis was so hesitant and shy and even afraid to talk about his platform about abortion.”

WESH 2 News has contacted the governor’s office for its response, but has not heard back.

Meanwhile, this may not be the end of the teen’s attempt to have an abortion.

In a partially dissenting opinion, one of the appeal judges noted that the first court may “re-evaluate its decision” in a rehearing so that the minor can adequately formulate her request.”

The opinion states that the judge’s ruling was a “very close call” as the teen “sometimes showed that she is stable and mature enough to make this decision” and “evaluated the pros and cons in taking her decision.”

The advisory continues: “If you read between the lines, it seems that the court wanted to give the minor, who was additionally stressed by the death of a friend, additional time to understand more about the consequences of ending a relationship. pregnancy. . This makes sense, as the minor, at least at one point, said she was open to having a child, but later changed her mind after considering she was unable to care for a child in her current position in life.”

The appeals judge who wrote the partially dissenting opinion also pointed out that if the teen’s guardian agrees to an abortion, the guardian can sign a written waiver allowing her to have an abortion and she can go back and forth. circumvent in court.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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