Monday, May 02, 2005

Florida blocks 13-year-old girl's abortion

Fuck Florida, and fuck conservatives that want to "save the life of an innocent child" in exchange for another child's life.

As I hope you've heard by now, Florida is blocking an abortion for a 13-year-old girl living in a state shelter. She realized she was pregnant two weeks ago and scheduled an abortion-- and now the state's social services is refusing to permit the procedure, arguing that the 13 1/2-week pregnant girl is too young and immature to make an informed medical decision, according to the ACLU appeal. (A judge granted a temporary injunction banning her from having an abortion, and ordered a psychological evaluation to be done, giving no immediate indication when a decision on the appeal would be made.)

Too young and immature to make an informed medical decision? Try too young to bear a child, you assholes. And now you have jerks like Lynda Bell, a Homestead woman who heads Florida Right to Life, an antiabortion group, praising the judge's action, saying officials needed to study the case more closely before making any decisions. ''I'm very concerned with the rush to abort,'' Bell said. Ms. Bell, I hope you become very concerned with the fact that you want to force a 13-year-old child to bear another child AGAINST HER WILL.

Florida law says that ''in no case shall the department [Department of Children and Families] consent to a sterilization, abortion or termination of life support'' on behalf of a client under department care." How ridiculous is that? Apparently in 2003 they tried to force a severely disabled woman not to terminate her pregnancy, too. What the DCF ignoring is that in 2003, the Florida Supreme Court struck down a law requiring parents to be notified if their minor daughters seek an abortion. Florida's high court also cited privacy rights in 1989 when it tossed out a law that would have required parental consent for a minor's abortion. So by state law, LG (as the girl is called in court documents) is legally allowed to have an abortion.

Also, today the The House passed a bill to make it illegal for adults to accompany/carry minors across state lines for abortions is the minor does not have parental permission, i.e. a 17-year-old girl whose state laws and parents are fucking her over can't get a ride from her 21-year-old friend. Or whatever.

"Supporters characterize the measure as pro-family, saying it will prevent abusive boyfriends and others from taking vulnerable young women across state lines to receive "secret abortions" against their will. They argue that the decision to have an abortion should rest solely with the parents. The House rejected amendments that would have allowed grandparents or members of the clergy to accompany the young women. The measure has the strong backing of the White House, which said Wednesday that the bill "is consistent with the administration's view that parents' efforts to be involved in their children's lives should be protected."

The choice is up to the parents of the girl? Are you kidding? What the fuck happens if it's the dad whose knocked his daughter up? What the fuck?

This blog quotes from this story:

L.G.: Why can't I make my own decision?
Judge Alvarez: I don't know.
L.G.: You don't know? Aren't you the judge?

Department of Children and Family Services: The Department of Children and Families has the custodial responsibility to do what is in the best interest of the child.
L.G.: I think if I want to make the decision, it's my business and I can do that. It would make no sense to have the baby. I don't think I should have the baby because I'm 13, I'm in a shelter and I can't get a job. DCF would take the baby anyway [but] If I do have it, I'm not going to let them take it.

L.G.: Since you guys are supposedly here for the best interest of me, then wouldn't you all look at that fact that it'd be more dangerous for me to have the baby than to have an abortion?
Judge Alvarez: A good point.
OBGYN: At her age and at her stage of gestation ... her risk of death from an abortion procedure is about 1 in 34,000. The risk of death in pregnancy is about 1 in 10,000.

Bring it on, Florida DCF. You've got a fight ahead of you.
There's only a few more days until L.G. enters her second trimester...I hope this issue is resolved soon and in her favor (i.e. she is allowed to abort her unwanted fetus).


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