John Davis, WGCU

Advocates for women's reproductive rights held a rally Tuesday outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Fort Myers in solidarity with demonstrations being held across the country in opposition to anti-abortion laws legislators have adopted in five states so far in 2019. 

In a proposal that likely would lead to another court battle over abortion, the Florida House late Wednesday approved a bill that would require minors to obtain parental consent before they could have abortions.

Lawmakers debated the bill for more than three hours before voting 69-44 to pass the measure (HB 1335). The Senate is moving forward with an identical bill (SB 1774), though it has not come up for a vote on the Senate floor.


Legislation requiring minors seeking an abortion to obtain parental consent goes before the full Florida House on Wednesday.

Kristen Erichsen was in high school and homeless when she found out she was in her first trimester.“My Mom and I had been evicted three times already that year. She didn’t have a job. I was too young to get a job.” 

Legislation that would require consent from a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 could obtain an abortion was approved by a Florida Senate committee.