16  year  olds in the US do not "mature" enough for abortion

16 year olds in the US do not "mature" enough for abortion

The incident is a “dangerous and appalling example of Florida’s war on women,” blasted Democratic Representative Lois Frankel.

A court ruling in the US state of Florida that a 16-year-old is not “mature enough” for an abortion has caused outraged reactions. “This is a dangerous and horrible example of Florida’s war on women,” tweeted Democratic Representative Lois Frankel on Tuesday. “If a young woman is too immature to decide to have an abortion, how can she have a baby?”

Representative Pramila Jayapal called the decision by a Florida appeals court “disgusting”. She was “angry” that a teenager was being forced to give birth to a child.

On Monday, an appeals court denied a 16-year-old girl the right to an abortion, upholding a lower court sentence. The teenager, who is ten weeks pregnant, told the court she was “not ready to have a baby”. She still goes to school, doesn’t have a job, and the child’s father can’t help her.

However, the lower court ruled that the young woman had not “proved clearly and convincingly that she was mature enough to decide whether to terminate the pregnancy”. The Court of Appeal upheld this decision.

Parental consent required

In Florida, minors need parental consent to have an abortion. However, the young man in this case has no parents. She lives with a relative and has a state-appointed guardian. The girl therefore asked the court for permission to have an abortion.

The right to abortion is one of the most controversial sociopolitical issues in the United States. The country’s Supreme Court in June overturned a landmark nearly 50-year-old ruling that upheld the national right to abortion. As a result, several conservative-ruled states began to drastically restrict access to abortion.

(APA/AFP)