By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Apr 19, 2013, 02:56 PM EDT
Apparently, Judge Korman and those who applaud his decision believe that as soon as a female's body is able to conceive, science says she is a woman, with all the accompanying mental and emotional maturity of adulthood.
For starters, I'm wondering what that is going to do to laws that say a girl age 16 or younger cannot legally consent to sex. What is the point of a law like that for "women"?
Beyond that, shouldn't women of all ages - especially since they have a legal right to control their own bodies - be allowed to drive a car? Their vision, motor coordination, and reaction times are probably better than at least a third of the adult population. No need for arbitrary and capricious things like learner's permits and restricted licenses - these are women we're talking about!
Why shouldn't these "women" be allowed to vote? To hold a full-time job? To decide for themselves, without parental interference, that they would like to drop out of school? To move into their own apartment? To drink alcohol? To marry whomever they choose at whatever age they choose? What's the problem with a 12-year-old bride?
I seriously doubt that even Judge Korman would say yes to any of those. I suspect even Nancy Northrup wouldn't. They'd probably label anyone who did as crazy.
In those cases, these young females suddenly morph into "girls" - children who should be restricted from activities that an allegedly enlightened society has decided they are not mature enough to handle. In areas like alcohol use, driving, and voting, you can read scholarly scientific studies that note the obvious - that the brains of adolescents are still developing and are dangerously short of sound, adult judgment.
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