United States: in Florida, the ban on abortion of a teenager deemed “not mature enough” arouses indignation

American elected officials castigated, Wednesday, August 17, a “war on women” after a Florida appeals court upheld a ruling that a 16-year-old girl with deceased parents was not “not mature enough” to abort. “This is a dangerous and terrifying example of Florida’s war on women.”blamed the elected Democrat of this state in the south-east of the United States, Lois Frankel, who judged the decision “unacceptable” and called to “fighting for the health, safety and freedom of women”.

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An appeals court on Monday upheld a judge’s decision to deny the teenager’s request for an abortion, referred to as ‘Jane Doe 22-B’, on the grounds that she had failed to prove “that she was mature enough to decide to terminate her pregnancy”. “Jane Doe 22-B” was only ten weeks pregnant when she made her request for an abortion because she could not obtain the consent of at least one of her parents, both dead, an essential condition for minors wishing have an abortion in Florida.

“In what world is a 16 year old too immature to have an abortion but mature enough to bear and raise a child?” asked Ohio Democrat Joyce Beatty on Twitter, supported by her colleagues from other states such as Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Katherine Clark of Massachusetts. On social networks, the hashtag #BoycottFlorida (boycott Florida) has also emerged.

This judgment comes less than two months after the historic about-face of the American Supreme Court, which at the end of June reconsidered the constitutional guarantee of the right to abortion which it had established in 1973 by the judgment “Roe v. Wade “, leaving the American states to legislate freely on the question. A dozen states have already taken the opportunity to ban abortion, most of the time without exception, even in cases of incest, rape or danger to the health of the mother.

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