Sunday, July 13, 2003

Abortion - minors. On Thursday, July 10, Florida's Supreme Court struck down that state's parental-notification law, which requires a minor who wants an abortion either (1) to notify their parents or (2) to obtain a judicial order that declares (i) that the minor is sufficiently mature to make her own reproductive decisions or (ii) if the minor is not sufficiently mature, that an abortion would nonetheless be in her best interests. The opinions are here. Florida's law sounds virtually the same as Texas' parental-notification law, whose constitutionality has been upheld by the Texas Supreme Court. The Florida decision was based upon a state constitutional provision (Art. I, ยง 23) that provides: "Every natural person has the right to be left alone and free from governmental intrusion into his [sic] private life . . . ."
posted by tommayo, 1:18 PM

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