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May 03, 2005

Only thirteen years old?

Fox News reports that a thirteen-year old girl in Florida has been granted permission to seek an abortion. How many things are wrong with this?

- A girl, barely a teenager, has engaged in sex.
- She has made the choice to have the abortion herself, greatly unaware of the ramifications at her age (she is currently under state custody).
- She gives as a reason that she cannot support a child. This is true, but the state can take on responsibility of her child.

Unfortunately, state law is not allowed to interfere with her choice. But one has to wonder how a child is given the final decision on this. By now, it is too late; the procedure was scheduled for yesterday. Hopefully, Florida legistlators will respond to this and change the law accordingly.