Judge's Decision to Allow 13-Year-Old to Have Abortion Criticized

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is criticizing a Florida judge's decision to allow a 13-year-old girl in state custody to have an abortion.

Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Alvarez ruled Monday that 13-year-olds have a "constitutional right to abortion" even though the girl's legal guardian went to court to fight against the abortion. The teenager is a permanent ward of the state and ran away several times.

"Here you have yet another judge who has established a pattern of decisions that are contrary to stated public policy. This is a clear example of a system that should be protecting this young girl and her unborn child, yet has failed miserably," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in a statement.

"Judge Alvarez created rights for a 13-year-old girl who is far too young to make such decisions and understand the repercussions, both physical and emotional, of terminating her pregnancy," added Perkins.

"The ACLU and Judge Alvarez seem to believe children know best when it comes to abortion even though they legally cannot determine whether they are ready for a body piercing, tattoo or even a tanning booth until they have reached the age of eighteen in some states," he said.

"This is an absurd and very harmful abuse by the ACLU and Judge Alvarez to advance their own political agendas regardless of who will get hurt in the process," added Perkins.

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