Florida court rules 16-year-old girl not 'sufficiently mature' to get an abortion

A 16-year-old girl living with a guardian was told by a Florida court she is not "sufficiently mature" to petition for an abortion in the absence of parental permission.
1:46 | 08/18/22

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>>> WE TURN NEXT TONIGHT TO THE NEWEST BATTLE OVER ABORTION RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY, AFTER ROE VERSUS WADE WAS OVERTURNED. THE NEW FIRESTORM TONIGHT IN FLORIDA INVOLVING THE CASE OF A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL, ARGUING SHE SHOULD BE ALLOWED A WAIVER TO GET AN ABORTION. THE COURT DENYING THAT REQUEST, AND ABC'S VICTOR OQUENDO FROM FLORIDA NOW. >> Reporter: TONIGHT, A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS AT THE CENTER OF THE DEBATE OVER ABORTION IN THIS COUNTRY IN THE WAKE OF THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION TO OVERTURN ROE V. WADE. SHE'S PLEADING IN A FLORIDA COURT TO GET AN ABORTION, BUT AN APPELLATE COURT UPHOLDING A LOWER COURT'S RULING THAT THE GIRL IS "NOT SUFFICIENTLY MATURE" ENOUGH TO TERMINATE HER PREGNANCY. THE TEEN, REFERRED TO AT JANE DOE 22-B IN COURT DOCUMENTS, WAS 10 WEEKS PREGNANT. DESCRIBED AS "PARENTLESS," LIVING WITH A RELATIVE AND HAS A STATE-APPOINTED GUARDIAN. SHE'S ASKED THE JUDGE TO WAIVE THE STATE'S PARENTAL NOTIFICATION AND CONSENT REQUIREMENT FOR MINORS. ARGUING "SHE IS SUFFICIENTLY MATURE" AND "IS NOT READY TO HAVE A BABY," ADDING HER GUARDIAN SUPPORTED HER DECISION. RTIRED FLORIDA JUDGE JERI B. COHEN WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THESE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, BUT PRESIDED OVER COUNTLESS CASES LIKE THIS OVER HER CAREER. >> IF SHE'S FORCED TO CARRY A CHILD TO TERM THAT SHE DOES NOT FEEL SHE HAS THE EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL OR FINANCIAL CAPABILITY TO DO, THAT COULD BE EXTREMELY TRAUMATIZING. >> Reporter: THE GIRL, WHO DOESN'T HAVE A JOB AND IS STUDYING FOR HER G.E.D., CAN MAKE HER CASE AGAIN, BUT TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. FLORIDA REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR RON DeSANTIS SIGNED A 15-WEEK ABORTION BAN INTO LAW THIS YEAR. AND AS FOR THAT 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL, A DISSENTING JUDGE SAYING IF SHE'S ABLE TO COME BACK TO COURT AND ADEQUATELY ARTICULATE HER REQUEST, SHE MAY STILL BE ABLE TO GET A WAIVER

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