Florida court rules teen ‘not mature enough’ to have abortion | Florida

A pregnant teen should not have an abortion, a Florida court ruled Monday.

The 16-year-old initially petitioned to terminate her pregnancy, citing her being a college student and unemployed as reasons she was unprepared to have a baby.

A court ruled that she was not mature enough to make the decision to have an abortion, which resulted in her not having one.

“The court held, based on the non-contradictory presentation below, that the Appellant had not demonstrated with clear and convincing evidence that she was mature enough to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy,” the decision read.

Although the teen appealed the decision, the appeals court upheld the decision of the lower court.

To allow a minor to have an abortion in Florida, he or she must obtain a doctor’s written consent from a parent or legal guardian, or apply for a waiver. The teen explained that her father cannot help her and that her “guardian is fine with what” [she] want to do”.

In court documents, a judge, Scott Makar, admitted that the trial judge “viewed this case as a close call.”

He said: “The transcript shows that the minor was aware of the relevant considerations in terminating her pregnancy, along with four other legal factors. She had done Google searches and viewed a pamphlet (which she and a family member received). of their visit to a medical clinic) to understand her medical options and their implications.

The teen’s case comes as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturning Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 case that gave Americans the constitutional right to abortion. Abortion laws are now left to states. Since the Supreme Court ruling, Florida has banned abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Still, Florida’s abortion laws are less restrictive than neighboring states—including South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana—which have banned abortions after six weeks or altogether.

For now, the teen has no access to an abortion in her home state and has to continue her pregnancy.

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