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April 30th, 2005


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05:21 pm - Looking for more information
I got irritated when I saw the following story on the BBC's site:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4500245.stm

In particular, this portion got me steamed:
Florida's department of children and families intervened and took the matter to court, arguing the teenager, who is under the care of the state, is too young and immature to make an informed medical decision.

But she's not too young and immature to get pregnant, obviously. Now she faces the trauma of being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

I hope there's something about this story that mitigates this awful situation somehow. I poked about on CNN's site and the ACLU's site, but didn't find any mention of the story. Anyone have more information?
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
Current Music: Ocean Crossing--Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger--Precious Friend

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From:sraun
Date:May 1st, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
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I found confirmation of it on a couple of other sites courtesy of Google News. One of the stories implies a conflict of law - Florida law claims a minor does not require parental consent / notification (I forget which), but the state agency she is currently in the care of has some kind of abortion ban. Looks to be a pretty mess.

I wonder if either side of the question has raised the medical risks of her going through with the pregnancy? At 13, I'd bet her body is still sufficiently immature that she's going to be at significant risk.

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