Jeb Bush’s Attempt to Obtain Separate Guardian for Unborn Child Proceeds

Mon Jun 2, 2003 - 12:15 pm EST

ORLANDO, June 2, 2003 ( - Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s struggle to have a separate guardian appointed for the unborn baby of a mentally handicapped rape victim, as well as a guardian for the mother who does not have a guardian either, is going ahead. Having last month overruled so-called “child welfare” officials who claimed such an appointment would be “illegal,” Bush went ahead with the attempt.  “Given the facts of this case, it is entirely appropriate that an advocate be appointed to represent the unborn child’s best interests in all decisions,” Bush said. The state’s motion notes that the unborn child is in the third trimester and therefore a viable person.  For local coverage:

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