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In Florida, a 16-year-old woman was deemed “not mature enough” to have an abortion (Illustrative image: during a demonstration against the ban on abortion in Miami on June 24).
UNITED STATES – A “war on women”. It is with these words that American elected officials castigated this Wednesday August 17 the choice of a Florida appeals court, which upheld a decision ruling that a 16-year-old teenager with deceased parents was “not enough mature” for abort.
“In what world is a 16 year old too immature to have an abortion but mature enough to bear and raise a child? »asked on Twitter the elected Democrat of Ohio Joyce Beatty, supported by her colleagues Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Katherine Clark of Massachusetts.
In what world is a 16 year old too immature to receive an abortion but mature enough to commit to carrying and raising… https://t.co/rT1SlwMvXR
— Rep. Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty)
“This is a dangerous and terrifying example of Florida’s war on women”rebuked the elected Democrat of this state in the south-east of the United States, Lois Frankel, who considered the decision “unacceptable” and called for “fighting for the health, safety and freedom of women”.
This is a dangerous & horrific example of Florida’s war on women. If a young girl is too immature to choose an abor… https://t.co/Ar2ApjK1xE
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel)
On social networks, many Internet users also underlined the apparent inconsistency of the judgment and expressed their anger, some taking up a hashtag calling for a boycott of Florida.
In Florida, abortion is still legal.
An appeals court on Monday upheld Escambia County Judge Jennifer Frydrychowicz’s decision to deny a 16-year-old woman’s request for an abortion, known as ‘Jane Doe 22-B,’ on the pretext that she had failed to prove “that she was mature enough to decide to terminate her pregnancy”.
This judgment comes less than two months after US Supreme Court’s historic U-turn, which returned at the end of June to the constitutional guarantee of the right to abortion that it had established in 1973 by the “Roe v. Wade”, leaving the American states to legislate freely on the question.
A dozen states have already taken the opportunity to ban abortion, most of the time without exception in cases of incest, rape or danger to the health of the mother, and women’s rights associations fear that nearly half of the States will eventually be affected.
In Florida, the deadline for an abortion was reduced in July. But this act remains legal until the 15th week after the last menstruation (against 24 previously). “Jane Doe 22-B” was only ten weeks pregnant when she made her request for an abortion because she could not obtain the consent of at least one of her parents, both deceased, an essential condition for minors wishing have an abortion in Florida.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision in June, many women across the United States are facing new hurdles to having an abortion. This is the case in Louisiana, where abortion is now prohibited. Tuesday, the local American television channel WAFB9 reported the story of a Baton Rouge resident who had no choice but to carry her pregnancy to term when the child she was carrying suffered from a rare malformation of the skull. According to doctors, children with this malformation, acrania, only survive a few hours or even minutes after childbirth.
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