Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Neo Jesusland vs. a preggers 13 yr. old

And if you haven' t read this elsewhere, then read this transcript here, of a jarring session between a pregnant 13 year old ward of Neo Jesusland, and a NJL judge....

-------Why can't I make my own decision?"That was the blunt question to a judge from a pregnant 13-year-old girl ensnared in a Palm Beach County court fight over whether she can have an abortion.

"I don't know," Circuit Judge Ronald Alvarez replied, according to a recording of the closed hearing obtained Friday."You don't know?" replied the girl, who is a ward of the state. "Aren't you the judge?"-----

MORE---
DCF attorney Jeffrey Gillen said he was concerned L.G. was more likely to suffer "detrimental effects" if she underwent an abortion because she had psychiatric or behavioral problems in the past.

L.G., who told Alvarez she had run away at least five times from her youth shelter, maintained, "It would make no sense to have the baby.""I don't think I should have the baby because I'm 13, I'm in a shelter and I can't get a job," the girl said as Alvarez and her guardian ad litem, assigned to shepherd her in the legal system, questioned her.

L.G. laid out different reasons for wanting an abortion."DCF would take the baby anyway," she said, but later added: "If I do have it, I'm not going to let them take it."She also questioned the health risk of carrying the fetus to term.

"Since you guys are supposedly here for the best interest of me, then wouldn't you all look at that fact that it'd be more dangerous for me to have the baby than to have an abortion?" she asked. Alvarez called that "a good point."

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