ACLU appeals state decision barring abortion for 13-year-old. The American Civil Liberties Union, in their web page on "Reproductive Freedom", states:
"Our mission is to ensure that every person can make informed, meaningful decisions about reproduction free from intrusion by the government. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, we aim to protect access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care, from sexuality education and family planning services, to prenatal care and childbearing assistance, to abortion counseling and services."
It seems the abortion counseling and services trumps the prenatal care and childbearing assistance.
The state's social services agency(DCF) went to court to block a 13-year-old girl who is pregnant and living in a state shelter from having an abortion, and the girl wants to challenge the judge's decision. The ACLU filed an emergency appeal on Wednesday asking a judge to overturn the ruling that would essentially force the girl to become a mother, said Howard Simon, the organization's executive director for Florida.
"No DCF regulation or state law can override a constitutional right as recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court," Simon said. "But putting aside the legalisms, forcing a 13-year-old to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term against her wishes not only is illegal and unconstitutional, it's cruel."
Blatantly misstating the facts, Mr. Simon is forgetting that state law prohibits the department from consenting to an abortion for a minor in any instance. It causes me to wonder if she had any type of counseling on the matter at all, since it seems she has been a ward of the state for some time.
The ACLU's mission is decidely less of an effort.. for helping a person to make an informed, meaningful decision, than it is about maintaining a culture of death. Informed would be to provide the pregnant CHILD with emotional support and information regarding adoption and providing true facts regarding the cruelty that would be inflicted on the baby she is carrying if the abortion would be carried out.
Ending the pregnancy should be less about the mother's "right to reproductive freedom" or convenience than it is about making a choice that ENDS another human being's right to life.
Can we stop pretending that a 'fetus' is not a HUMAN BEING?