Gov. Bush Signs Parental Notification and Clinic Regulation Bills.Florida Gov. Jeb Bush John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (born February 11, 1953) is an American politician, and was the 43rd Governor of Florida as well as the first Republican to be re-elected to that office. He is a prominent member of the Bush family: the younger brother of current President George W. recently signed two bills championed by pro-lifers: one requiring the notification of a parent when a minor girl seeks an abortion and one tightening regulations in clinics performing second- and third-trimester abortions.
The Parental Notice of Abortion Act, signed by Bush May 25, finally became law after voters in November 2004 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to pass such a bill. When unmarried girls 17 or younger seek an abortion, the abortionist abortionist /abor·tion·ist/ (ah-bor´shun-ist) one who performs abortions. must notify one parent "in person or by phone 48 hours before the abortion or, if that's not possible, by certified mail certified mail
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"This bill puts parents back in the driver's seat," Lynda Bell, spokeswoman for Florida Right to Life, told NRL Noun 1. NRL - the United States Navy's defense laboratory that conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines
Naval Research Laboratory News. "It took the will of the voters combined with the will of legislators to protect the rights of parents and the safety of young girls who need their parent's guidance and support."
The act includes bypass procedures, waiving notice for a medical emergency or with a judge's order.
Gov. Bush signed a similar parental notification bill in 1999, but it was declared unconstitutional by Florida courts. The courts had declared that the bill violated the state constitution's privacy guarantees.
After 65% of Florida voters approved the amendment stating that the privacy right does not extend to parental notification of a minor's abortion, the legislature overwhelmingly passed a new law, by 36 3 in the Senate and 96 14 in the House.
Another bill signed by Bush in May, the Women's Health Women's Health Definition
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"Why should the standards of surgical procedures be any less in the case of abortion?" asked Bell. "So-called 'women's groups' who oppose such legislation clearly show their motivation: making a profit from the tragedy of abortion at the expense of women's safety." Both bills go into effect July 1.