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Abortion Rights on Florida Ballot Today

Florida is one of only two states with an amendment on abortion on the ballot today.

Abortion rights are not at the center of many public discussions this election cycle, because the issue is on the ballot in just two states: Florida and Montana.

In Florida, Amendment 6 would ban insurance coverage of abortion in state health benefit plans, according to Slate magazine.

According to Slate:

"It would also eliminate state constitutional protections that give women a right to privacy. Even though this ballot initiative has almost no chance of passing (it requires 60 percent of the vote) it has been widely assumed that it would at least get a majority of the vote in Florida."

Montana's bill requires teenage girls seeking abortions to notify a parent. As usual with parental notification laws, the rationalizations are paper thin. The bill states “immature minors often lack the ability to make fully informed choices that take into account both immediate and long-range consequences” and “the capacity to become pregnant and the capacity for mature judgment concerning the wisdom of an abortion are not necessarily related.”

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