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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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enoneoftheabove
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.

However.

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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