In Florida, a 10-week-old 16-year-old girl has been deemed “not mature enough” to have an abortion.
US elected officials on Wednesday slammed 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 too immature to have an abortion but mature enough to bear and raise a child?” Questioned Ohio Democrat Joyce Beatty on Twitter, supported by her colleagues Bonnie Watson Coleman from New Jersey and Katherine Clark from Massachusetts.
A “war on women”
“This is a dangerous and terrifying example of Florida’s war on women,” said the elected Democrat of this state in the south-east of the United States, Lois Frankel, who judged the decision “unacceptable” and called for “fighting for women’s health, safety and freedom”.
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.
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”.
The 10 week pregnant teenager
This judgment comes less than two months after the historic about-face of the American Supreme Court, which at the end of June reconsidered the constitutional guarantee of the right to abortion which it had established in 1973 by the judgment “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 almost half of the States will be concerned in the long term.
In Florida, abortion is still legal until the 15th week after the last period.
“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 abortion in Florida.