Senate committee to renew debate over parental-consent abortion bill

Some 8,000 protestors on both sides of the abortion issue paraded for legislators who convened a special session of the FL Legislature in 1989. The abortion issue continues to draw attention in state capitals in Florida and elsewhere. Photo by Mark Foley. State Library & Archives of Florida.

After the first attempt to pass the bill stalled, a Florida Senate committee will again consider a measure next week requiring teenage girls to have parental permission before undergoing an abortion.

The Senate Health Policy Committee is scheduled next Tuesday to take up a bill (SB 404) that would require women under the age of 18 to obtain the consent of a parent or legal guardian before having an abortion.

The committee failed to take a vote on the measure, which is sponsored by Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel, at a meeting last month, after sorting through 16 amendments and running out of time. Health Policy Chairman Gayle Harrell, a Martin County Republican, said her committee would renew the debate over the bill at its next meeting.

Here is the Florida Phoenix story on the committee’s last meeting.

The Florida House of Representatives is ready for a floor vote on its parental-consent bill (HB 265), which cleared the Health and Human Services Committee in October. In the 2019 session, the House voted 69-44 for the bill.