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May 22, 2003|
Florida Governor Seeks Guardian For Unborn Child of Rape Victim |
Pro-abortion activists in Florida are furious over Governor Jeb Bush's effort to assign a guardian to represent the interests of a baby, not yet born, whose mother is severely disabled victim of rape who suffers from mental retardation, seizures, autism and cerebral palsy. Feminist pro-abortion groups like the National Organization for Women (NOW) are outraged that the Governor considers the 5-month-old unborn baby a person. As we know all-too-well, as far as they are concerned, whether or not the baby is a person, he or she has no rights no right to a guardian and no right to live. They fear that Bush is challenging Florida's abortion rights policy, grounded in a 1989 Florida Supreme Court ruling in the case of a 15-year-old who sought to obtain an abortion without the consent of her parents. At that time, the court said that assigning a guardian to a "fetus" was "clearly improper" because it recognizes a "fetus" as a person.
The current issue does not involve abortion however. It is simply a matter of an expectant mother who is not capable of protecting the interests of her child, and the Governor's attempt to seek a remedy to that problem.
A competency hearing is set for the mother on June 2, 2003. Soon after, a guardianship hearing will be held. Governor Bush said he would push state officials to ask a judge to appoint a guardian for the unborn child. Pro-abortion groups have pledged to fight it and, either way, the decision will be appealed. (Orlando Sentinel, 5/17/03)
The public remains conflicted over what is right, what is wrong, and what should be legal. Obviously, there is a chasm, not just a gap, between what people believe and how they actually behave. While there appears to be a slight increase in those who consider abortion to be morally wrong, we still see, year after year, public opinion polls reflecting the steady moral degradation of our culture.
During the Clinton administration, abortions were allowed in military hospitals. Fortunately, military physicians and other health care workers refused to perform them or assist in their performance. The Clinton administration then sought to hire civilians to commit abortions. In 1996, Congress passed a law prohibiting abortions in military hospitals, and since then, efforts to repeal it have been unsuccessful. Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask for a NO vote on the Sanchez Amendment. Capitol Switchboard 202/224-3121.
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