A thirteen year old, living in a STATE SHELTER, is being forced to have a baby.
Let's discuss why this is terrible.
1: She's 13.
2: She lives in a state shelter.
3: She doesn't want the baby.
Clearly, the state acknowledges that she can't take care of herself; otherwise, she'd be emancipated.
The state argues that "the 13 1/2-week pregnant girl — is too young and immature to make an informed medical decision". Like having a child? Isn't that a medical decision?
So why is the name of God would these people force this child to have a baby? It's not like she doesn't have adult consent (which Florida law doesn't require anyway): her case worker was going to take her to have the procedure done.
Does the State of Florida not have enough minor children to take care of? We could send them some from Denver if they need some more. Why do they want more? Do they imagine this girl will want to raise this child? And even if she does, can she? Can a 13 year old girl with no family take care of a baby? Or herself for that matter?
Abortion is not the big issue here, I don't think. The issue is that this girl is being punished for not having a mom who would step up and take her to get this done. If this was done within the confines of a family, the state would never even know about it, let alone be able to fight it. Does this child have any right to dictate her own future? Do these people not understand how hard it is for an adult to raise a baby? Who will care for these two children? Or will they both live in the shelter?
I have had it up to here with people running around protecting the rights of unborn children. Who is protecting this 13-year-old child? Who is making sure she has protected sex? Who is concerned with the rest of her life? Who wants her to finish school, go to college, and make something of herself? Evidently not the State of Florida. They just want another poverty-stricken, underparented baby born into this world.
I used to be radically pro-life, until I got pregnant way too young. My father and my boyfriend wanted me to have the baby, but I still had the abortion. I knew I couldn't raise a child at that point in my life. I hated doing it. It went against everything I (thought) I believed. Yet, it was the right choice at the time. We all knew it. My father got over it, my boyfriend is now my husband and the father of my three children. We are not bad people. Nor do we regret what happened. It's sad, but it was right.
I don't imagine a lot of "right" has been done by a 13 year-old who is living in a state shelter. I hope someone steps up and does this for her.