|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2020
|CONTACT: Mallory Quigley,
Popular Measure to Protect Young Girls Advances to the State House
Washington, D.C. – The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) today celebrated the passage of Florida bill SB-404, legislation to require consent from a parent or legal guardian prior to a minor receiving an abortion. The bill was first introduced by State Senator Kelli Stargel (District 22). State Representative Erin Grall (District 54), has championed the companion legislation in the House which is expected to be introduced on the House floor next week.
“We thank the Florida State Senate for advancing this important legislation to protect young girls facing an unexpected pregnancy, and urge its swift passage in the House,” said SBA List State Policy Director Sue Liebel. “In Florida a young girl needs a parent or guardian’s approval before she gets a tattoo, but she can undergo an invasive, often dangerous procedure without any input from mom or dad. Parents ought to have the right to protect and support their young daughters. We are grateful to Senator Stargel and Represenative Grall, both members of SBA List’s National Pro-life Women’s Caucus, for championing this legislation. They are ideal advocates for policy designed to protect women and girls and save lives.”
Polling in 2019 found that 73 percent of Florida voters – including 60 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Independents, and 58 percent of self-described pro-choice voters – support legislation to require parental consent before a minor girl can get an abortion (only 27 percent oppose). The same poll also found that 76 percent of Florida voters support a law prohibiting late-term abortions in the state.
SBA List is a network of more than 837,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.