The Fourth District Court of Appeals struck down a Florida law that required birth mothers, including rape victims and teenage girls, who wanted to give their child up for adoption to take out newspaper ads publicizing their sexual histories, purportedly to identify the father. The court said the law “violates a fundamental right to privacy,” according to the Miami Herald. The state, which refused to defend the law, also failed to show how the rights of the father or the state could outweigh “the privacy rights of mother and child in not being identified in such a personal, intimate and intrusive manner,” the Herald reports.
“It subjected women to public humiliation and harassment for no benefit,” said Mariann Wang, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, according to Click10.com. Florida state Senator Walter Campbell, sponsor of the bill, acknowledged that it had problems but wants to try again. According to the Associated Press, he wants a bill passed that would establish a confidential registry for men who believed they fathered a child; if a woman named as a partner puts a baby up for adoption, the man would be notified.
Media Resources: Associated Press 4/23/03; Miami Herald 4/24/03; Click10.com 4/24/03
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .