Florida Court Rules 16-Year-Old Too Immature for an Abortion but Mature Enough to Raise a Child

On Tuesday, NBC News reported that a Florida appeals court recently ruled that a 16-year-old with no parents, job, or partner is not “sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy,” and thus should be forced to create and raise a human being, which she apparently is mature enough to do. The ruling upheld a previous decision by Circuit Judge Jennifer Frydrychowicz, a registered Republican, who blocked the girl, referred to as Jane Doe 22-B in court papers, from receiving the procedure without the consent of a parent or guardian. 

In their ruling this week, judges Harvey Jay, Rachel Nordby, and Scott Makar claimed that the teen “had not established by clear and convincing evidence that she was sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy. Having reviewed the record,” the trio added, “we affirm the trial court’s decision under the deferential standard of appellate review set out [in the consent law].” In her petition to obtain an abortion, the teen wrote that she “is not ready to have a baby,” doesn’t have a job, is “still in school,” and that the father is unable to assist her.


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