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May. 2nd, 2005

The 13 year old girl in Florida who is being prevented from having an abortion (which I mentioned here). stands up for herself in court.
"Why can't I make my own decision?"
That was the blunt question to a judge from a pregnant 13-year-old girl ensnared in a Palm Beach County court fight over whether she can have an abortion.
"I don't know," Circuit Judge Ronald Alvarez replied, according to a recording of the closed hearing obtained Friday.
"You don't know?" replied the girl, who is a ward of the state. "Aren't you the judge?"

I think this whole case is appalling, but it's great to see that this girl has been able to speak up and that she's defending her own decision in court.

Link from andypop.


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May. 2nd, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
Okay, that girl is my fucking hero. I only wish I'd had that much gumption when I was her age.

DCF attorney Jeffrey Gillen said he was concerned L.G. was more likely to suffer "detrimental effects" if she underwent an abortion because she had psychiatric or behavioral problems in the past.

So she should be entrusted with a child instead? What the fuck is this guy smoking?
May. 2nd, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
He means his career will suffer "detrimental effects" if he does not go along with the scapegoat-ing process.

And if she has psych problems, post-partum depression is not going to help.
May. 2nd, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
May. 2nd, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing...
And Yates's physician strongly advised against any more pregnancies, didn't he?

May. 2nd, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: I was thinking the same thing...
Yup, but her lord and master she and her husband forbid it decided against it.

Fucker. I hope he fries like an egg.
May. 2nd, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I was thinking the same thing...
Hey, get in line all you single girls! Rusty Yates has been granted his divorce and is ready to start dating again!

Oh what lucky woman will land this prize?
May. 2nd, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: I was thinking the same thing...
*twitch* *twitch*

Urge to kill... rising...
May. 2nd, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
Interesting that the judge points out their lapse in care during the month she got pregnant. 13 year old missing and they think their duty starts and ends with calling the police.
May. 2nd, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, so much for the "culture of life".
May. 2nd, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
Culture of fetus worship, you know.
May. 2nd, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
The fact that a 13-year-old is in a situation to even have to make this decision is appaling, especially since, as a ward of the state, she was already known to be an at-risk teenager.


She gets all kinds of respect from me for knowing that she's in no position to raise a child and being willing to stand up for herself in what must be a nerve-wracking situation. If the quotes in that article are accurate, then she is clearly mature and articulate far beyond what would be expected of an average 13-year-old. Ironically, she's probably better equipped than most teenage moms to raise a child, if only because she realizes what an extraordinary challenge it would be and isn't just looking forward to having a cute little baby to dress up and show off.
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