USA: teenager ‘not mature enough’ to have an abortion, court ruling outrages elected officials – Science et Avenir

Elected U.S. officials on Wednesday unleashed a “war on women” after a Florida appeals court upheld a ruling that a 16-year-old girl with deceased parents was “not mature enough” to have an abortion.

“In what world is a 16-year-old girl too immature to have an abortion, but mature enough to give birth and raise a child?” Ohio Democrat Joyce Beatty asked on Twitter, supported by her colleagues Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Katherine Clark of New Jersey. Massachusetts.

“This is a dangerous and horrifying example of Florida’s war on women,” said Southeast US Democrat-elected Lois Frankel, who deemed the decision “unacceptable” and called for “fighting for women’s health.” , security and freedom.

On social media, many netizens also highlighted the apparent failure of the verdict and expressed their anger, some taking to the hashtag calling for a boycott of Florida.

An appeals court on Monday upheld the decision of Escambia County Judge Jennifer Friedrichowitz to deny a 16-year-old woman an abortion request known as “Jane Doe 22-B” on the pretext that she failed to prove “her maturity”. enough to make the decision to terminate the pregnancy.”

The ruling comes less than two months after the historic U.S. Supreme Court reversed its 1973 constitutional guarantee of the right to abortion in Roe v. Wade in late June. giving the American states the right to freely legislate on the subject.

A dozen states have already seized the opportunity to ban abortion, most often without exception in cases of incest, rape or a health hazard to the mother, and women’s rights associations fear that nearly half of the states will be concerned in the long term. term.

In Florida, abortion is legal until the 15th week after your last period.

“Jane Doe 22-B” was only ten weeks pregnant when she requested an abortion because she was unable to obtain the consent of at least one of her parents, both of whom had died, a requirement for minors seeking an abortion during Florida.

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