Florida abortions: New rules make it more difficult to obtain parental notification waivers

TALLAHASSEE — Court rules and forms are changing for girls seeking waivers to Florida's law requiring parental notification before minors can obtain abortions.

The Florida Supreme Court ordered the changes Thursday to comply with recent revisions in the law. Those changes make it more difficult to obtain waivers.

One revision increases the time judges have to make rulings from 48 hours to three business days.

Another one repeals a provision that automatically grants a waiver if the deadline is missed.

Instead, the minor can ask the circuit's chief judge to hold another hearing within 48 hours. That decision must come no later than 24 hours after the hearing.

The new law also requires judges to consider a minor's maturity to make a decision on abortion.

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