Ok, you guys all know that I only very very very very rarely discuss anything political on my blog. I generally hate politics. I follow the news, I have opinions, I do care very much, I just hate discussing the stuff because of the reactions from the people around me when I do (both the people who agree with me and the people who don't). Basically, I would rather not discuss news until I can fix the way people discuss news, and since that isn't likely to happen any time soon, I just avoid doing it.
Anyway, I just had to post this one since I think everyone should at least be aware it's happening and think about it. In Florida (everybody's favorite state), there is a 13 year old girl who is a ward of the state being denied an abortion. News Story Here! She's in court about this now.
Seriously, I get the arguement that she is likely to feel bad about the decision later, but she's 13! Isn't it pretty likely that she is going to feel bad about any decision she makes? I mean, if I were 13 and pregnant, I don't even *know* what would be going through my head, but being told that I absolutely had no choice and had to carry the baby to term (which is more likely than I would be comfortable with to be bad for me and for the baby), I'd be pretty upset. This girl knows that she isn't old enough or mature enough to raise a child or deal with the incredible emotional burden of putting it up for adoption. I'm not saying abortion should be an easy choice for her, it shouldn't. But perhaps it would be better for her to have counciling and someone to talk to who might help her come to whatever is right for her and her baby (whatever that may be) than make her go through the messy judicial process with people who can't even tell her why she can't make her own decisions! Read the article. It's important.Posted by Katie at May 1, 2005 10:30 PM