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Fla. Mulls Parental Abortion Notification


— February 16, 2004

A Florida lawmaker Monday unveiled a proposed constitutional amendment ensuring parents could eavesdrop on their children’s phone calls, snoop in their rooms and search their school bags.

The Florida Parental Rights Amendment also would clear the way for parents to obtain notice of an abortion a state law struck down last year by the Florida Supreme Court, supporters say.

“It will provide Florida voters with the opportunity to decide how much they value the rights of parents,” said House Speaker Johnnie Byrd.

His proposal was quickly criticized.

“Quite honestly, Speaker Byrd’s proposal today makes minors property of their parents,” said Stephanie Grutman, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Florida. “They want to get at every aspect of our life. Privacy is our most fundamental, basic right.”

In my opinion, only those who are bad parents in the first place would ever need such power over their children. And the state’s constitution should not be used to give bad parents the power to be even worse. Details here from the AP.


A Florida lawmaker Monday unveiled a proposed constitutional amendment ensuring parents could eavesdrop on their children’s phone calls, snoop in their rooms and search their school bags.

The Florida Parental Rights Amendment also would clear the way for parents to obtain notice of an abortion a state law struck down last year by the Florida Supreme Court, supporters say.

“It will provide Florida voters with the opportunity to decide how much they value the rights of parents,” said House Speaker Johnnie Byrd.

His proposal was quickly criticized.

“Quite honestly, Speaker Byrd’s proposal today makes minors property of their parents,” said Stephanie Grutman, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Florida. “They want to get at every aspect of our life. Privacy is our most fundamental, basic right.”

In my opinion, only those who are bad parents in the first place would ever need such power over their children. And the state’s constitution should not be used to give bad parents the power to be even worse. Details here from the AP.

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