Abortion On Florida Ballot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Floridians on Election Day will have a voice in a long-running battle pitting the privacy rights of pregnant girls with the rights of parents to know if their daughters are seeking abortions.

For years, the issue has bounced between state lawmakers and state judges.

Lawmakers have passed three laws requiring either parental consent or parental notice for minor abortions in the last 15 years but none have ever been enforced. One was vetoed and two were found unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

So the Legislature wants voters to change the Florida Constitution.

A proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot would limit the privacy rights of girls under the age of 18 to allow for a future state law that would require notice be given to parents of minors seeking abortions.

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