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Did Philly gov’t pressure a teen to get an abortion?

A DEPARTMENT OF Human Services caseworker pressured a pregnant Mayfair teenager to undergo a late-term abortion by threatening to take away either her toddler or her unborn baby if she had the child, according to the teen’s foster mother.
The alleged strong-arm tactic happened one day after DHS learned of the pregnancy, when the girl was about 22 weeks pregnant, according to her foster mother and the girl’s social worker, Marisol Rivera. …
The Daily News also learned that:
* DHS got a Family Court judge’s order allowing it to take the girl for an abortion, after the girl’s birth mother refused to approve the procedure.
* By the time DHS arranged for the abortion – in March – the girl was 24 weeks pregnant. She had to undergo the procedure in New Jersey because abortions in Pennsylvania are illegal at 24 weeks.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:04 PM on May. 3, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (9)
  • * Although it is DHS policy that a DHS worker accompany any minor who has a court-ordered medical procedure, this did not happen on the girl’s first attempt to have the abortion. That attempt failed when the clinic wouldn’t accept her Medicaid card and wanted cash, according to the foster mother. A DHS worker did accompany the girl on a later, successful, attempt.
    * Rivera, the girl’s social worker, said that she was fired by Concilio, which subcontracted with DHS to provide care, after she initially refused to accompany the teen for the abortion

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:04 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • um why would they force her to get an abortion?

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 1:19 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • Social Worker AND Foster Mother are on the girls side? Interesting....

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:22 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • No one should be forced to get an abortion.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 1:27 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • Wow! That's about all I can say. I can't believe a judge signed the order.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:36 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • That's sad and pathetic. If this is true, then the gov't agency did it to SAVE money when she already had 2 kids on assistance. shouldn't they be advocating birth control, not abortion? Shouldn't they have at least let her have the kid and then adopt it out at the VERY LEAST! It isn't their kid. If she is an incompetent mother, take her kids away. Don't kill one of them. Not to mention MEDICAID shouldn't pay for abortions.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 1:43 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • But I thought that abortion was all about MY body, MY CHOICE. Rather hypocritical, I think.

    Answer by 29again at 1:52 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • SAD

    Answer by tnmomofive at 1:56 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • But I thought that abortion was all about MY body, MY CHOICE. Rather hypocritical, I think.

    If this turns out to be true, looks like the state has some control in some people's body... That would be really sick, sad, and pathetic...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:29 PM on May. 3, 2010

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