anger as US court rules that a minor is not "mature" enough to have an abortion

Two months after the Supreme Court reversed statewide access to abortion, the teen's case is igniting fresh outrage regarding women's rights in the US.

A Florida appeals court affirmed the conclusion that a 16-year-old girl is not "sufficiently mature" enough to obtain an abortion, which infuriated some US legislators.


Two months after the Supreme Court reversed statewide access to abortion, the teen's case is igniting fresh outrage regarding women's rights in the US.


The unidentified girl said before a lower court that she was "not ready to have a kid," that the child's father was not involved, that she was still in school, and that she had no work.


In Florida, minors who want an abortion must have the approval of at least one parent. However, court records revealed that the girl is "parentless," lives with a relative, and has a state-appointed guardian.


The lower court denied her request for a waiver of that provision because it found that she "had not proved by clear and convincing evidence that she was sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy."


A state appeals court upheld the judgment on Monday, infuriating US legislators.


"You're not alone if you're outraged that a judge ordered an adolescent to carry a pregnancy to term after deciding she wasn't "mature" enough to undergo an abortion. It is disgusting "Democratic representative Pramila Jayapal, who has openly discussed her, tweeted


What kind of world is this where a 16-year-old is too immature to get an abortion but responsible enough to carry and raise a child? on Twitter and Ohio Democrat Joyce Beatty.


"Not mature enough to have an abortion, yet capable of bearing children. That's disgusting "Malcolm Kenyatta, a legislator from Pennsylvania, agreed.


The youngster testified before the court that her guardian had granted their approval for the abortion, but court records revealed that this approval did not seem to have been obtained in writing.


The records showed that the girl was 10 weeks pregnant.


Florida modified its rules to forbid the operation after 15 weeks instead of the previous 24 weeks after the Supreme Court revoked the nation's right to abortion in June and returned the decision to the states.


Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and other Republican-led states in the American South have either outright prohibited the practice or have cut the window to six weeks.


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