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Florida judge approves abortion for 13-year-old


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#1    __Kratos__

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 07:13 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- A judge ruled that a 13-year-old girl at the center of an abortion fight with the state may terminate her pregnancy, and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the state will not appeal further.

Juvenile Judge Ronald Alvarez ruled Monday that the teen, who has been in state custody for four years, would not be physically or emotionally harmed by the procedure. Last week, Alvarez blocked the girl's abortion until a psychological evaluation was completed.

"He ruled that she is competent, that she has made a decision and that she has a right to act on that decision," said Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the girl.

It was unclear Tuesday whether the girl, 14 weeks pregnant and known only as L.G. in court papers, had yet undergone an abortion. Calls to the girl's attorneys seeking an update were not immediately returned.

State Department of Children & Families spokeswoman Marilyn Munoz said the agency would "respectfully comply with the court's decision." She declined to provide further details.

"We are working for the best interest of the young girl," Munoz said.

The teen became pregnant after running away from the DCF shelter where she lives.

"It's a tragedy that a 13-year-old girl would be in a vulnerable position where she could be made pregnant and it's a tragedy that her baby will be lost," Bush said in Tallahassee.

The department had argued that the girl was too young and immature to decide for herself to have an abortion. The agency said state law prohibited the agency from consenting to the procedure.

The girl told the judge last week as part of the psychological evaluation process that she wanted an abortion, citing her age and no way to support a baby. The girl's ACLU attorneys argued that Florida law protects a minor's right to choose an abortion.

A measure is moving through the state Legislature to require notification of parents or guardians when girls seek abortion. In 2003, the Florida Supreme Court struck down a 1999 law requiring parents to be notified if their minor daughters seek an abortion.
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Its pretty annoying to see that some people cannnot accept the fact that it is the ladies choice if she wants or not wants the baby. I don't care what age you are, its you choice. I don't see it right if the courts force you to have a baby.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 08:20 PM

If FLorida's law protects the right for a minor to chose an abortion, why was she in court to begin with?

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 02:00 AM

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If FLorida's law protects the right for a minor to chose an abortion, why was she in court to begin with?


for florida to protect her right to have an abortion?

i think its way too much of a complicated issue to strongly take one side of the arguement, its an ethical mine feild hehe


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Posted 04 May 2005 - 05:19 PM

hasnt anyone ever heared of condoms lol or pills >.<

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 05:24 PM

QUOTE(Purplos @ May 3 2005, 03:20 PM)
If FLorida's law protects the right for a minor to chose an abortion, why was she in court to begin with?

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it was probably a reason for somebody to show face and rise in the ranks, and also to make a "statement"


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Posted 04 May 2005 - 06:19 PM

QUOTE(Conspiracy @ May 4 2005, 11:19 AM)
hasnt anyone ever heared of condoms lol or pills >.<

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i agree

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