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DeSantis signs bill requiring parental consent for abortion

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Tuesday that will require parental consent for girls under the age of 18 to get an abortion.

Republican Senate President Bill Galvano announced the signing before the governor’s office did.

“The serious and irrevocable decision to end a pregnancy involves undergoing a significant medical procedure that results, in many cases, in lifelong emotional and physical impacts. The parents of a minor child considering an abortion must be involved in such a substantial and permanent decision,” Galvano said in a statement to media after the bill signing.

The new law expands on a current law that requires a girl’s parents are notified before she can have an abortion.

The bill has a provision that will allow a girl to ask a judge for a waiver from the law in cases of abuse, incest or when involving a parent could cause more harm than allowing the procedure.