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Rape Victim Continues To Be Center Of Florida Abortion Debate
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 29, 2003

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--A 22-year-old Orlando rape victim continues to be the center of the abortion debate in Florida.

The woman, who is deaf and has mental retardation and a seizure disorder, is about 6 months pregnant as a result of the rape.

Last week a judge gave doctors permission to abort the fetus and to perform a tubal ligation to sterilize her so she will not become pregnant again.

Late Wednesday, an anti-abortion group announced it had convinced the woman have surgery to deliver her baby alive instead of having an abortion.

Some disability advocates argued Wednesday that the focus should be on the woman's need for a guardian instead of on the abortion question. They are hoping the state legislature will look at the guardianship issue when it meets for a 4-day special session next month.

Related articles:
"Orlando group says Miami disabled woman will not abort fetus" (Miami Herald)

"Mentally disabled advocate: Orlando case needs different focus" (Associated Press via Wilmington Star)


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