Meddling Again?: Florida Dept. of Children and Families
From the Washington Post "In 2003, the Florida Supreme Court struck down a law requiring parents to be notified if their minor daughters seek an abortion. Florida's high court also cited privacy rights in 1989 when it tossed out a law that would have required parental consent for a minor's abortion."
In a current case described in the news article, a 13 year-old girl living in a state shelter ran away at least five times without the Florida Department of Children and Families who was the social service agency responsible for the child's protection, allegedly didn't inform the court about her absences. After an absence of a month, the girl returned pregnant and she requested an abortion which was to have been performed. However now the agency, citing a state law which apparently prohibits the agency from consenting for abortions, asked the court to block the abortion. A juvenile court judge has blocked the abortion but the ACLU has appealed based on the above previous court decisions about the minor's right to decide about an abortion. The 4th District Court of Appeals is said to take on the case.
It seems that the Florida Department of Children and Families, now having failed their primary legal responsibility, as in the Schiavo case, may be meddling again in the legal personal rights of individuals. ..Maurice.