TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law signed by Gov. Jeb Bush that required parents to be notified at least 48 hours before their daughters under 18 could obtain abortions.
By a 5-1 vote, the justices said the 1999 law violates privacy rights guaranteed under the Florida Constitution.
The opinion reinforced and relied heavily on a similar state Supreme Court decision that overturned a parental-consent abortion law in 1989. That decision also rested on the state constitution's explicit privacy guarantee.