So the Florida courts have decided that Jeb Bush can’t force a pregnant thirteen-year-old girl to carry the child to term. Note that, under Florida law, thirteen is well below the age of consent, making her legally the victim of rape.
The Governor’s insistence that rapists receive the full reproductive advantage of their crimes isn’t limited to statutory rape. Last year, Jeb asked the courts to appoint a guardian for the fetus of a developmentally-disabled woman (with an estimated mental age of 1 year) who had been raped in a group home.
I’ve said some rude things about Gov. Bush in the past. But his willingness to speak out for the interests of the most despised segments of the population — rapists and child molesters — suggests that a mind of truly sweeping compassion lurks behind that smug, self-satisfied face.
I look forward to Jeb’s campaign for President. If he runs, I will do everything in my power to make his strong stance for rapists’ rights known to the voters.
Update A reader informs me that Florida doesn’t use the term “statutory rape.” Sex without consent or with someone under 12 is “sexual battery;” under 15 with consent makes it “lewd battery,” a second-degree felony.