January 31, 2020

Parental Consent Bill Moves to Florida Senate Floor

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
In his second State of the State address, pro-life Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he hoped the Senate would pass a parental consent bill like one that passed the Florida House of Representatives last year, so he could sign it into law. It seems likely that he will soon get what he asked for.

Senate Republicans on the Florida Rules Committee approved SB 404, which would require teenagers under the age of 18 to obtain permission from their parents or legal guardian before having an abortion. It is not identical to the bill passed by the House of Representatives last year, but Senate President Bill Galvano told reporters that he believes the House will approve the new Senate bill.

The 23-17 GOP majority is expected to pass SB 404 as early as next week.

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