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Pregnant Teen Wins Abortion Battle

Posted by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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Pregnant Teen Wins Abortion Battle

By Alyssa Newcomb | ABC News - 4 hrs ago
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A pregnant teen who sued her parents, claiming they were coercing her to have an abortion, will be able to give birth to her baby.

Attorneys representing the 16-year-old girl were granted a long-term injunction against the girl's parents in Texas family court on Monday, according to court documents.

The teen is 10 weeks pregnant and the injunction will last for the duration of her pregnancy.

As part of the order, the girl will be able to use her car to go to school, work and medical appointments. Her parents had taken away the use of the car as part of their effort to force an abortion, court papers stated.

The teen's parents will be liable for half of the hospital bill when she gives birth, unless she is married to the baby's 16-year-old father.

"We are extremely happy with the judge's decision today and we are very proud of our teenage client for being strong enough to stand against her parents to save her unborn child's life," Greg Terra, president of the Texas Center for Defense of Life, said in a blog post on the group's website.

Attorneys filed a lawsuit on the teen's behalf earlier this month arguing that her parents "are violating her federal constitutional rights to carry her child to term by coercing her to have an abortion with both verbal and physical threats and harassment."

The teen, identified in the lawsuit only as R.E.K. since she is a minor, was "beside herself" when she called the center for help, her lawyer Stephen Casey told ABCNews.com last week. The group claims it has previously represented teens in similar situations and won their cases.

"These girls are in a bind, particularly in a situation where their parents are forcing them to do something they don't want to do," Casey said. "Regardless of the [situation], that's her parents and she should expect support from them in this situation, not resentment and anger."

When the pregnancy was confirmed, the teenager's father allegedly "became extremely angry, was insistent that R.E.K. was not having the baby, and that the decision was not up to her, according to the lawsuit. He stated he was going to take her to have an abortion and that the decision was his, end of story."

The teen claimed in the lawsuit that her parents had taken away her phone, pulled her out of school, forced her to get two jobs and took away her car in an effort to "make her miserable so that she would give in to the coercion and have the abortion."'

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Good for her!

JustCJ
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Holy crap this story is a big ole ball of drama lol.

I don't think the parents should be able to force her to have an abortion...but I also don't think they should be forced to pay the expenses.

I'm gonna catch all kinds of crap for this...I know it.

PamR
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

It's not her parent's choice to make.  She shouldn't have to do it if that's not her choice.

Citygirlk
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Good for her and all, but in about 9 months she'll be singing a different tune.

Citygirlk
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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Nope I agree with you. If they have to take care of her and her baby then they should  be able to have a say in weather she gets an abortion.

Quoting JustCJ:

Holy crap this story is a big ole ball of drama lol.

I don't think the parents should be able to force her to have an abortion...but I also don't think they should be forced to pay the expenses.

I'm gonna catch all kinds of crap for this...I know it.


JustCJ
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

yes ma'am responsibility ends there.

Quoting Citygirlk:

Nope I agree with you. If they have to take care of her and her baby then they should  be able to have a say in weather she gets an abortion.

Quoting JustCJ:

Holy crap this story is a big ole ball of drama lol.

I don't think the parents should be able to force her to have an abortion...but I also don't think they should be forced to pay the expenses.

I'm gonna catch all kinds of crap for this...I know it.



sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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 They ar forcing her parents to pay for her hospital and demanding they lift her punishment...which is ridiculous.

I don't think she should be forced by anyone to have an abortion, ever. but if you are living under your parents roof and they take your car away because of your bad behavior..the court has NO RIGHT to force them to end that punishment...

Quoting JustCJ:

Holy crap this story is a big ole ball of drama lol.

I don't think the parents should be able to force her to have an abortion...but I also don't think they should be forced to pay the expenses.

I'm gonna catch all kinds of crap for this...I know it.

 

JustCJ
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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We agree. I feel all warm and fuzzy now lol. Seriously this comment is spot on.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 They ar forcing her parents to pay for her hospital and demanding they lift her punishment...which is ridiculous.

I don't think she should be forced by anyone to have an abortion, ever. but if you are living under your parents roof and they take your car away because of your bad behavior..the court has NO RIGHT to force them to end that punishment...

Quoting JustCJ:

Holy crap this story is a big ole ball of drama lol.

I don't think the parents should be able to force her to have an abortion...but I also don't think they should be forced to pay the expenses.

I'm gonna catch all kinds of crap for this...I know it.

 


chloedee
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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Good. I'm pro-choice, meaning that I think the decision lies with the woman alone. No one should force or coerce her to abort or give birth, it should be up to her alone.

chloedee
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Does it say anything about forcing them to pay for insurance or gas? Because I think that would be pretty cost prohibitive, even if she was technically still allowed to drive it.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 They ar forcing her parents to pay for her hospital and demanding they lift her punishment...which is ridiculous.

I don't think she should be forced by anyone to have an abortion, ever. but if you are living under your parents roof and they take your car away because of your bad behavior..the court has NO RIGHT to force them to end that punishment...

Quoting JustCJ:

Holy crap this story is a big ole ball of drama lol.

I don't think the parents should be able to force her to have an abortion...but I also don't think they should be forced to pay the expenses.

I'm gonna catch all kinds of crap for this...I know it.

 



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