Randall Terry Asks Governor to Protect Pregnant 13-Year-Old Florida Girl
Here we go again.
I don't know if the girl, LG, is the victim of multiple sexual crimes against her, as Mr. Terry suggests, but I do know she is definitely the victim of one: statutory rape. Where is the call to find and prosecute the other party in this pregnancy?
Randall Terry is concerned for LG's emotional well-being. He writes, "If she is permitted or pressured into having this abortion, it will be one more mountain of guilt that she will have to carry on her young back. This will be a horrifying, defining moment for her, which will bring no long term relief or solutions to her turbulent life, and will only compound her grief and the emotional crises she will face in the future."
This "mountain of guilt" Randall Terry is so worried that LG will have to carry for the rest of her life has roots in the dogma Terry spouts about the nature of human life. If Terry is really concerned about LG's future mental health he should stay the hell out of the way of this early abortion so that LG can get on with, and better benefit from, the counselling she needs from competent mental health professionals. Religious nuts are the source of the sort of guilt Terry fears will harm LG.
Equating a 12-week fetus with a baby is dogma. The harm Mr. Terry fears will happen to LG will stem mostly from the efforts of people like him to spread this dogma.