Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Florida girl has abortion blocked
A pregnant 13-year-old girl in Florida has been told she cannot have an abortion because she lacks the maturity to make such a decision.
A state court granted an injunction which prevents the girl from terminating her pregnancy.
She is three months pregnant and had planned to have an abortion on Tuesday of this week.
Here's where I stand on the Right to Choose, just in case anyone is curious: If it isn't my baby, it isn't my business!
However, I don't stop there, because I understand that a more definite policy is required, laws or no laws. The mother, failing mental or physical incapicity of such severity as to be unable to make a sound and legal decision one way or another, should be the final word on the matter of terminating or continuing any pregnancy.
The father could, but shouldn't have to be, consulted. If I were in that sitch, I'd hope to be--but who knows, right?
In general, Right-To-Life-ers characterize this choice as some rock-paper-scissors type decision, entered into as lightly as choosing lipstick or nail polish colours. This debasing makes it easier to hold their opponents in constant contempt. Screw them! The choice is never an easy one, at any age, at any time--ever!
Forcing a 13 year old girl to give birth for fear of angering their Cloud Deity??? That is obscene.
She didn't lack the maturity to have sex.
She didn't lack the maturity to make the decision to abort.
She was careless. Shit happens. That's what being young is all about. Becoming a mother before puberty ends seems like undue punishment.
Law and Government have no business here in this case.
--end o' rant--
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