“Why can’t I make my own decision?” A 13-year-old girl in Florida who has been making her own decisions about sex thinks she should also be able to make her own decisions about whether she ought to carry a pregnancy to term. The girl, in DCF custody, notes 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.” She also pointed out that young women are at higher risk from childbirth & pregnancy than abortion: “Since you guys are supposedly here for the best interest of me, then wouldn’t you all look at the fact that it’d be more dangerous for me to have the baby than to have an abortion?”
Why was this even in court? The girl is in DCF custody. The DCF, under the direction of the politically appointed DCF Secretary Lucy Hadi, has moved to seek a judge’s determination as to whether the abortion is permissible (or maybe to stop the abortion; it’s unclear from the different news articles I’ve read). This despite the fact that Florida has no parental consent law at the moment, and is one of the few states with the right to privacy enshrined in its state Constitution. Lucy Hadi ought to be ejected from office for illegally interfering with the young woman’s constitutional rights and endangering her health. (Hadi’s insistence on taking the girl to court set aside the work and decisions of adults who are on the ground with this case, such as the girl’s caseworker, who actually works with the girl and has intimate knowledge about her situation.) … J. Alvarez ruled in her favor today, saying that she would not be harmed by the procedure.
I can only conclude that this is yet another example of the craziness that is the Florida state & municipal government right now — inspired & led in large part by Jeb Bush. Let’s see: Schiavo; Florida’s ban on gay adoptive parents; the case from 2003 of Jeb Bush’s push to appoint a guardian for the fetus of a developmentally disabled woman who was pregnant as a result of rape. The Jeb Bush administration of Florida keeps pushing state interference with individuals’ and families’ private lives. This trend is not a good one.
I can’t help but note that it’s school officials in Florida who have been getting freaked out over, god forbid, Florida girls not wanting to adhere to gender-biased dress codes. Floridians, is this really what you want? If not, please get these wackos under control.
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