"Legally speaking, it's not a difficult decision to make. Morally speaking, it's very difficult," the judge said.
"But I'm not here to make the moral decision. I'm here to make the legal decisions," Judge Ronald Alvarez said, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper.
The abortion fight may obscure what many observers consider a far more pressing concern: DCF [Department of Children and Families] incompetence. The scandal-plagued agency made national news in 2002 when it acknowledged that it had lost track of Rilya Wilson, a 5-year-old under its custody. It still can't account for over 500 kids whom it's responsible for, according to The Miami Herald. At the Thursday hearing, Judge Alvarez directed his outrage at DCF for never alerting the court to L.G.'s flight from her group home. "To say that I am angry at that would be an understatement," Alvarez said, questioning why DCF rushed to prevent an abortion but not to find a missing child (DCF counters that it alerted authorities in Pinellas County, where L.G.'s group home was). "I don't know where our priorities in life are," Alvarez said. "The priorities should have been to make certain that an order to take [L.G.] into custody was issued as soon as possible ... But nobody cared."
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