Thursday, February 20, 2020
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Bill now headed to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
office and is expected to be signed into law.


(Tallahassee, FL) Today, February 20, 2020, in Tallahassee, FL the Florida House passed HB 265 the Parental Consent before abortion bill.  The Florida Senate passed the similar bill SB 404 weeks ago and it now it will be sent to the Governor.  In the State of the State address, Governor Ron DeSantis committed to supporting the parental consent bill.

John Stemberger, President of the Florida Family Policy Council issued the following statement regarding this event:

“This bill is a historic and landmark pro-life victory for many reasons.  First, it will save the lives of countless babies born to pregnant minors.  Second, it will protect parents rights by requiring them to be part of the conversation when a minor daughter becomes pregnant. Bill prime sponsors, Rep. Erin Grall and Sen. Kelli Stargel showed remarkable leadership and were great advocates for the protection of the unborn and for the health and safety of young pregnant mothers. Abortion is a permanent, irreversible and surgical procedure that is fraught with physical, emotional and psychological consequences. Parents should absolutely be involved with this decision just like every other surgical procedure.  The pro-life movement has worked for 30 years to see this historic bill passed and are grateful to the House Speaker Jose Oliva and Senate President Bill Galvano for making it a reality.”

Hundreds of pro-life citizens have traveled to Tallahassee to testify for, waive in support and advocate for the passage of this bill over the last couple of years. Even though many Democrat legislators filed hundreds of amendments trying to obstruct and block the bill, it nonetheless received bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans. The Senate passed the bill with 23 in favor and 17 against.  The House vote today was 75 in favor and 43 against.

Polling released earlier by Susan B. Anthony List showed 73 percent of Florida voters – including 60 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Independents, and 58 percent of self-described pro-choice voters – supported legislation to require parental consent before a minor girl can get an abortion (only 27 percent oppose).


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Florida Family Policy Council
4853 S. Orange Ave, Suite C, Orlando, FL 32806
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