"The ACLU appeal claimed, 'DCF and the circuit court have instituted a process whereby the state will make a decision for L.G. based upon its own evaluation of her best interest. This it cannot do.'"
Gee, where was the ACLU when the Florida court defined what was "its own evaluation of Terri Schiavo's best interest"? It sure believed two months ago that the Florida court could do this same. exact. thing.
To our friends, please offer up a thought or a prayer today for favor, protection, and inspired words for Silent No More ladies Rebecca and Cindy as they travel to West Palm Beach, Florida to hold a press conference today at the courthouse.* They will be speaking at 11:30 AM EST. Their purpose is to bring forth the truth about abortion because of this young 13 year old girl and her second trimester baby. The judge overturned his original decision to block the abortion after the ACLU got involved. Please pray for the protection of this teen and her child.
* UPDATE: Article on the event with Rebecca, Cindy and the others in the Palm Beach Post.
The first link at top reflects the judge's original decision. Sadly, the ACLU has stuck its big nose in and pressured the court to reverse itself.
Gee, when there is a life (or two) to protect, the ACLU is nowhere to be found. When there's a life to end though, boy-oh-boy, count them in.
Never mind, ACLU, that "[a] spokeswoman for DCF, Marilyn Munoz, has said that state law bars the department from consenting to an abortion for a minor in any instance: 'If a child in our care requests to have any procedure prohibited under Florida statute, we cannot give consent. It's not our decision. We stand in different shoes. We're held to a higher accountability."
Indeed. More so than they know, perhaps.
Never mind, ACLU, that
[t]he state's only witness, child psychologist Francis Crosby, testified about a disorder called postabortion syndrome,which he acknowledged is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association or the American Medical Association.
[Ed.Note: But it indeed was, by the APA, for seven years, from 1987 through 1994]
Research that he termed "questionable" indicates women with a history of psychiatric problems could be at higher risk for emotional harm after an abortion.We wrote here about the research studies that found the evidence by which those other studies rightly have been called into question.
This reflects the changed decision of the court.
"Rep. Jeffrey Kottkamp (R-Cape Coral) [who] sponsored...parental notification legislation...[c]ommenting on the L.G. case, said, 'Does this minor have a legal capacity to understand all the consequences? If she's not old enough yet to decide if she should have a tattoo, or drive, or vote, how in the world is she old enough to make such an important decision on her own?'"
Strange timing, indeed: last night's episode of one of my favorite shows, "House," had the main character telling the 12-year-old deathly ill patient that he wasn't forced, by New Jersey law, to tell her parents that she was pregnant (which was finally determined to be causing her life-threatening condition) or that she was going to have to abort the baby, presumably (though not stated as such) to save her life. The girl fearfully asked Dr. House, "Are you gonna tell my parents?" He said, "Someone should," and left her to think about that.
As he left the room, the parents pressed him for answers. All he said was, with a straight face, "She has a large growth in her abdomen that's the underlying cause of her illness, we'll remove it in surgery, she'll be fine." The parents kept pressing about what exactly was this "underlying cause," and he kept evading, speaking in ever-more-cryptic doublespeak until finally they asked if he was going to give them the full details, and he said, "No, I'm not. I can't."
This is what a lack of parental notification laws means.
The "House" show had a heartbreaking but "happy ending," with the girl, in tears, apparently telling her parents, and the parents crying but hugging, kissing, supporting their daughter and being grateful she would stay alive.
Not all, nor maybe even most, stories will end so neatly as on television. But all the parental notification bills have written into them exceptions for children at risk of familial abuse/incest, contrary to the media's sensationalized misreporting.
Without these laws, well, somewhat like Emily said earlier this month,
"Beam me up too, Scottie."
1) Barb Nicolosi of Church of the Masses mentions our post and there are a couple comments as well. Welcome to Barb's readers, and those of these two as well:
2) Catholic blogger Rock Wren writes about the same House episode here.
3) So does The Anchoress. The House discussion begins after the Hillary discussion, also good.