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Teenagers in Florida must get parental approval before having an abortion...

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but if they are unable to do so for various reasons—such as danger or a lack of support—a process

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known as the judicial bypass is available. Minors who want to undergo an abortion without

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their parents' participation must seek a court waiver. Sadly,

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at least 36 states demand parental consent for this medical choice.

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Remembering that she is a child, Jane Doe, a 17-year-old girl, arrived at Smith's Hillsborough

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County courtroom at the beginning of this year. Smith first ruled that the girl was

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contradictory because, at one time, she claimed to be receiving Bs but really had a 2.0-grade point average.