Monday, May 2, 2005

Medicine: Florida Court says 13 year old girl mature enough to have baby, not mature enough to make a simple medical decision

The state decides she can't have an abortion because the teenager, who is under the care of the state, is too young and immature to make an informed medical decision. And all this DESPITE the fact that Florida state law specifically does not require a minor to seek parental consent before an abortion.

But never fear, the ACLU to the rescue!

This seems like a huge case, given that Roe pretty specifically protects first term abortions, and no existing federal or Florida state law justifies this decision in the case of a minor (which is of course not true in many other states).

In summary:

The American Civil Liberties Union's executive director in Florida, Howard Simon, said forcing a 13-year-old to carry on an unwanted pregnancy to term, against her wishes, is not only illegal and unconstitutional, it is cruel.
Three cheers for the ACLU! Of course, this isn't the most strictly legally tenable position, but I can't say I don't agree with it absolutely.

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