Fla. Judge OKs Abortion for 13-Year-Old

  1. Fla. Judge OKs Abortion for 13-Year-Old


    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a 13-year-old girl at the center of an abortion fight with the state may terminate her pregnancy.

    Juvenile Judge Ronald Alvarez on Monday ruled 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.

    The state Department of Children & Families had argued that the girl, known only in court papers as L.G., 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.

    Children and families officials declined to comment Monday on whether they planned to appeal Alvarez's decision. ``Since this is still in litigation, I can't speak to what's going on in court,'' agency spokeswoman Marilyn Munoz told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

    Attorneys for the girl said the abortion was scheduled for Monday, but it was unclear whether the girl underwent 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 attorneys argue 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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    I guess abortion rights aren't TOTALLY being "chipped away" (New York Times)
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    I at least hope the person who did this child abuse is in jail.
    Last edit by Tweety on May 3, '05
  4. by   fergus51
    That's so sad. I hope this girl is at peace with whatever decision she makes.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Tweety
    I had least hope the person who did this child abuse is in jail.
    I'm not very familiar with this case. She has been in "state custody" for 4 years? What does that mean? In an institution? Tweety is right, hopefully the person who impregnated her is being held accountable.

    How far along is she? Too bad she won't consider adoption though - we have been thinking about adoption for awhile.

    Well, I'd better get busy and google I guess . . .lots of details missing in this story.

    steph
  6. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from Tweety
    I had least hope the person who did this child abuse is in jail.
    Agreed!!
  7. by   SharonH, RN
    Well, this judge has done the right thing in upholding this girl's rights. The state of Florida should have been looking at what went wrong since the child got pregnant in their custody instead of trying to force her to be a parent against her will.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The state of Florida should have been looking at what went wrong since the child got pregnant in their custody instead of trying to force her to be a parent against her will.
    Exactly.
  9. by   RN NascarFan
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    Well, this judge has done the right thing in upholding this girl's rights. The state of Florida should have been looking at what went wrong since the child got pregnant in their custody instead of trying to force her to be a parent against her will.


    From the information I have read about this case the young girl was a runaway at the time she became pregnant. She had run away from a state-licensed group home.

    And I agree with Tweety, I hope the male responsible for this is found and prosectuted.
  10. by   mercyteapot
    I'm glad the judge ruled as he did. Once again, we have a case of a state attempting to take away from their ward a civil right that she would have were she not in their custody. That's just wrong.

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