In a show of Republican muscle, Florida lawmakers passed several bills relating to abortion during this year's legislative session.
One proposal awaiting the signature of Gov. Rick Scott requires young women who want a judge to waive the parental-notification requirement to obtain the waiver in a circuit court closer to their home rather than a wider-reaching appeals court.
Opponents insist HB 1247 violates the privacy of young women who live in small communities and know most people in their area, including people who work at the courthouse. But supporters say it prevents teens from crossing the state to find a sympathetic judge in order to get an abortion without their parents' knowledge.
Sen. Steve Oelrich, a Republican from Gainesville and cosponsor of the Senate version, had an interesting take during a May 5, 2011, debate on the Senate floor.
"You can't give a child an aspirin in school without permission," he said. "You can't do any kind of medication, but we can secretly take the child off and have an abortion. We should support it (HB 1247) with all our hearts and souls if parental responsibility means anything to us."
Oelrich's claim left us wondering: Is it really that hard for students to get over-the-counter medication at school?
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Posted by KatieSanders at 1:29:06 pm on May 18, 2011