Oct. 14, 2004 NEWS BRIEFS:
Women's Right to Know Act Struck Down in Florida
The 4th U.S. District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower-court ruling that the state's abortion consent law is unconstitutional, The Associated Press reported.
Though never enforced because of the legal quagmire surrounding the issue, the Women's Right to Know Act would have required doctors to inform patients about the risks of abortion and required them to give patients a state-produced flier on alternatives to abortion.
In his written opinion, Judge W. Matthew Stevenson argued that the law "imposed significant obstacles and burdens upon the pregnant woman which improperly intrude upon the exercise of her choice between abortion and childbirth."
According to bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family, Carrie Gordon-Earll, true informed consent empowers women; it doesn't prevent them from making decisions.
"Florida's Woman's Right to Know law provides uniform counseling content to ensure that every woman receives the same scientifically accurate information about her pregnancy and all of her choices," Earll told CitizenLink. "For years, abortion advocates have fought these laws because they know that an informed woman is more likely to reject abortion.
"This is another case of the patriarchal pro-abortion movement denying women accurate information. If you entrust women with access to abortion, at the very least you should trust them with the information they need to make a decision they can live with."
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