Although getting rid of george bush is #1 reason for voting this year, there are other important items on the ballot.
this is 1:
Amendment 1 - Parental Notification of a Minor's Termination of Pregnancy
GRIFF IS VOTING A BIG FAT NO ON THIS ONE.
Mandatory parental notification encourages communication within the family and makes the family stronger.
Needed because the Supreme Court of Florida struck down a prior parental notification law on the grounds it violated a minor's right to privacy.
Would require the legislature to provide exceptions and create a procedure for judicial waiver of the notification.
Mandatory parental notification could endanger minors who avoid medical care because they are afraid to tell their parents they are pregnant -- especially girls who are the victims of incest or rape.
Judicial bypass provisions often inadequately protect minors. Going to the courthouse to ask a judge for an exception to the law is intimidating for adults. How much more so would it be for a teenager?
According to respected medical authorities, minors should ultimately be allowed to decide whether parental involvement is appropriate; a physician needs to respect the adolescent's personal decision and her legal right to continue or to terminate her pregnancy; and, the diagnosis should not be conveyed to others, including parents, until the patient's consent is obtained.
The state constitution gives Floridians greater privacy rights than the federal Constitution. The proposed change would limit those state privacy rights for girls under the age of 18. The role of the Constitution is to protect rights, not to restrict them for certain citizens. Right to privacy should have no exceptions.
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