Florida Court Rules 16-Year-Old Not ‘Mature’ Enough to Get Abortion
"The court did not seem to recognize that it's also going to require plenty of maturity for a parentless teen pursuing a GED to give birth and raise a child." - Rolling Stone
The GOP packed Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade giving states more control. Republicans in Florida have passed bills denying women control over their bodies. Denying abortions even in the event of rape or incest. Denying women their freedom to choose when and with whom to have a family. Ron DeSantis has been sued by Andrew Warren, a Florida County Attorney for being fired by DeSantis because he would not prosecute women seeking abortions.
Use this power map to see how these Republican actions have led to a 16 year old being ruled as too immature to get an abortion, but mature enough to give birth and raise a child.
Florida GOP WAR ON WOMEN powermap
Parentless sixteen year old to be forced to have a baby
The teenager, described in court documents as “almost seventeen years-old and parentless” and identified only as Jane Doe 22-B, had submitted a handwritten petition seeking a waiver of the state’s parental notification and consent requirements. Jane Doe 22-B lives with a relative and has an appointed guardian. She is pursuing a GED through a program that supports young women who have experienced trauma. She suffered “renewed trauma,” according to the appeals court’s ruling, after the death of a friend. She decided to seek an abortion shortly afterward." - Washington Post
Still in school and not ready to have a baby
The unnamed teen, according to the appellate ruling, is getting a GED through a program for young people who have experienced traumatic events in their lives. In her petition, the girl—who lives with a relative and has an appointed guardian—argued that she is “still in school” and “is not ready to have a baby,” noting that her guardian was “fine with what [she] wants to do.” - Daily Beast
Denying women control over their own bodies
Florida Republicans wage war on women
In order for a minor to get an abortion in Florida, they must provide a physician with written consent from a parent or legal guardian, or request a waiver. The teenager explained her father is unable to assist her and that her “guardian is fine with what [she] wants to do”. The teen’s case is a result of the US supreme court in June overturning Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 case that gave Americans the constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion laws are now left up to states. Since the supreme court decision, Florida banned abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape or incest. - The Guardian
Republican Handmaid's Tale
"Handmaid's Tale takes place in Gilead, a futuristic world in which women’s rights are a thing of the past. Cruel men in power send young and fertile women — the “handmaids” — to affluent families, where they are forced to help couples procreate via sexual servitude." - Hollywood Reporter. Watch the Hulu series for a preview of what America would look like if Republicans succeed with their scheme. This Power Map compares Republican bills with those of Handmaid's Tale. Organize and vote to stop this horrifying Republican vision for America.
Gov. Ron DeSantis sued by prosecutor he removed over abortion
Violated his First Amendment Rights. Andrew Warren, Hillsborough County State Attorney an elected Florida prosecutor who was removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis due to his positions on abortion. Warren sued DeSantis to get his job again, saying the Republican chief violated his First Amendment rights. DeSantis stated he suspended this month for signing a nationwide pledge to not prosecute girls and medical doctors for violating state abortion legal guidelines… Warren was elected in 2016 by Tampa-area voters and re-elected in 2020, stated the governor is overturning the desire of the individuals who put him in office.
Attack on democracy. “The governor has attacked our democracy and it should worry everyone,” Warren instructed reporters. “If the governor’s attempt to unilaterally overturn an election is allowed to stand, it threatens to undermine the integrity and outcome of elections across our state for years to come.” - USA News Lab
Takeaway: Children should not be forced to give birth to children. Vote Democrat to restore women's rights.
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