A Florida Senate panel has approved a measure that would require underage girls to get consent from a parent or a court before a pregnancy could be terminated. Governor Ron DeSantis mentioned the legislation in his State of the State address, indicating he would sign it into law if it passes. Opponents say the bill is a blow against women and the constitutional right to abortion. Supporters argue it will strengthen families and affirm a parent’s role in guiding a child. A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said it would an be an undue burden on a young woman’s constitutional right to determine for herself whether and when to become a parent. There were 70,239 abortions in Florida in 2018, and 1,398 of them involved minors,

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