Florida Judge OKs Abortion for 13-Year-Old
Florida Judge OKs Abortion for 13-Year-Old (WaPo – 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.
We have a bizarre morass of ages wherein people are held to be responsible enough to make decisions. A 13-year-old can’t drive, purchase a pack of cigarettes, or have a beer for many years. On the other hand, they are often tried as adults if they kill someone. Unless it’s a fetus, in which case a judge has to decide for them.