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April 28, 2005

Jebs! Assault on 13 Year-Olds

Mr. Jeb Bush has decided that a thirteen year-old abuse victim, who became pregnant while in state custody does not have a right to an abortion.

She received counseling from DCF professionals and decided that her best option was to have an abortion. Her case worker, even agreed to accompany her to the clinic. Sounds like story might have a reasonable ending....

But, No! Jeb! steps in to deprive this girl of her constitutional right. According to Florida law a thirteen year-old can have an abortion and neither has to notify or gain consent from her parents.

In a hearing that day before Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Alvarez, the state argued that Florida law gives DCF authority to prevent L.G. from having an abortion. The state said the girl was not able to make an informed decision because of her age and immaturity, according to the appeal filed Wednesday by the ACLU.

Alvarez agreed to delay the abortion until the court could give L.G. a psychological evaluation to find out whether an abortion could cause her emotional harm. The judge also wanted the court to determine whether the girl would face medical risks in terminating the pregnancy or carrying the baby to term.

um, I would think a 13 year-old carrying a pregnancy to term and becoming a mother so young would be a lot more emotionally harmful than getting an abortion. Yes she's very young to be having to make such a decision, but for god's sakes, it's her body. Let her have her constitutional right to do what she feels is right for her and her future!

The ACLU and the Legal Aid Society appealed that decision Wednesday to the 4th District Court of Appeal, saying neither DCF nor the court had any right to interfere.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s position that women have the right to choose an abortion overrides any state argument or law, ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon said.

Also she's in her 13th week of pregnancy, so the risks get greater and greater every day. I just can't even imagine what this girl is going through, and then to have the Governor make her go through even more crap? Where's the compassion? Where's the love? What the living hell are these people thinking?


  • At April 28, 2005, Blogger BaltimoreLenore said…

    At 13, carrying a child to term could risk her life. I guess since he couldn't successfully dominate Michael Shiavo, Jeb's gotta show that he's a real freakin' he-man now.

    Culture of Life my ass.

  • At April 28, 2005, Anonymous mary said…

    I say they implant the fetus in Jeb and let him carry it. Culture of brute force.

  • At April 29, 2005, Anonymous ricky said…

    Ah, it's not about life, or anything else.

    DeLay's in trouble. The Republicans are scurrying for ol' Faithful one more time.

    When in doubt, bring up abortion!

    What a completely, utterly, useless, philosophically bankrupt party.


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