Florida voters will soon be asked to decide whether parents must be notified if their teenage daughter wants to an abortion. The controversial question even has friends choosing opposite sides in the debate.
Friends Delana Upchurch and Monique Holmes have a lot in common, but they disagree on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require a teenager to tell her parents if she wants an abortion.
Delana says, “No, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think the young ladies will just find another way to get the abortion they want to have regardless of whether they have to tell their parents or not.”
Monique says a teen should have to tell mom or dad.
Monique says, “She really should have some sort of background and moral support and family support when she’s going through this.”
But several organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union say the very personal decision doesn’t belong in the state constitution. Opponents argue the law could end up forcing teens that don’t get along with their parents into back alley clinics or trying to self-abort.
Gov. Jeb Bush believes parents should be told before their teenager has an abortion and he will vote yes on the amendment, but he also thinks there should be a way out if the teen is in an abusive situation
The governor thinks the amendment has broad support as long as it’s narrowly defined.
Gov. Jeb bush, (R) Florida, says, “People believe that parents have the right to know, not the right to consent, just the right to know.”
Still, opponents fear passing this amendment opens the door to eventually restricting abortion rights.
The proposed amendment allows a judge to waive the parental notification law if a teen can show telling her parents could cause her harm. Voters will have their say November 2.