July 20, 2020
Floridians for Reproductive Freedom coalition to host “town hall” on abortion access for teens
Youth-led initiative responds to new barrier for abortion access
FLORIDA – A virtual town hall event is being organized in response to new legislation that went into effect on July 1st, 2020 requiring minors to have notarized parental consent before they can access abortion care.
On Thursday, July 23, Floridians for Reproductive Freedom (FRF) will be hosting a Zoom community learning event, Mythbusting: Abortion Access for Teens, that will include a panel discussion of youth advocates and professionals, as well as time for Q&A.
One topic will be on the judicial bypass process which young people have as an option if they cannot get consent from their parents or guardian. This would require young people to go before a judge and receive permission from the judge to have an abortion. The website explaining details and steps to petition for a judicial bypass, TeenAbortionFlorida.com, will be featured.
WHEN: Thursday, July 23 7:00-8:00 PM
WHAT: Floridians for Reproductive Freedom town hall event on Florida teens and abortion access.
WHERE: Register to receive Zoom link at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/myth-busting-abortion-access-for-teens-tickets-112518826840
We know that a majority of young Floridians already involve a parent or guardian in their decision to have an abortion. Those who cannot involve a parent or guardian do so for reasons rooted in their own safety and well-being.
For many communities there are still incredible barriers to accessing quality healthcare, including abortion access. The new requirement becomes law in the midst of a national uprising against police violence, a global pandemic, and an economic crisis which disproportionately affects Black people.
“A young Floridian seeking an abortion needs equity, compassionate support and access to health care, information, and services,” said Samantha Daley, Reproductive Justice Organizer at Power U Center For Social Change. “Parental involvement laws disproportionately impact young people at the margins, including: Black youth, youth of color, young people experiencing houselessness, LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth, and young people in the foster care system, because these populations already face larger systematic barriers to accessing abortion and the legal system in general.”