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PREGNANT TEEN WINS ABORTION LAWSUIT AGAINST PARENTS

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Pregnant Teen Wins Abortion Battle

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."'

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by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 12:08 AM
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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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Wow she is still a kid and is taking 100% responsibility for herself and her unborn child.  She is far from acting spoiled!!  She is simply asking to be able to carry her baby to term and go to school!!  How is that not taking responsibility or being a spoiled brat??

She simply wants her car to go to school and dtrs appts. I think what she is asking is completely reasonable and mature beyond her years.

Quoting talia-mom:

Actually they didn't.  They are allowing it for limited uses.   No right to a car for ths girl or anyone was established.

She is a spoiled little brat who doesn't want the reality of what she put herself into.


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well the fact of matter is the courts disagree with you in this case as they have stated she is to be able to have her car. 

Quoting talia-mom:

There is no right to a car.   None.


Quoting fullxbusymom:

You nor I know the answer to that.  Can only take a bus if there is one offered.  Where I live we don't have public transportation so there would be no way to get to a dtr's appt. without a car.  So yes a car would be a right not a privilege in this situation.

Quoting AMBG825:

 who paid for it? Who is insuring it?

 

I agree with you on the school. She can take the bus. A car is not a right.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

It was HER car and she needed it to get to dtr's appts and school.  Her parents wouldn't allow her to go to school and school is NOT a priveledge!!! 

Quoting AMBG825:

 I like how the judge reinforced the idea that there is no personal responsibility.

 

A car is a privelege not a right. A phone is a privelege and not a right.


 








mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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Why would anyone want someone to go in that direction? Pregnancy should not cause a person to go into poverty.

I had my son at 18. I was still on my fathers insurance at the time so my hospital stay was covered. 

Another reason why we need universal health care. no one should go into debt/poverty for getting sick/injured/have a baby. 

Quoting Woodbabe:

I agree. The parents should NOT be forced to pay her hospital bills either. If she wants to be a big girl, she can boldly ride that bus into the world of poverty, medicaid, WIC and food stamps.

Quoting mehamil1:

I am pro choice. I am glad this girl won. No one should be forced into doing what they don't want to do. This happens all the time. Too many women (and girls) are pressured into having an abortion, or giving it up for adoption, and even pressured into keeping a child they know they don't want. That should never happen. 

punky3175
by Punky on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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And the judge is furthering her belief that it's other people's responsibility to take care of HER CHILD. She chose to have sex and took in all risks associated with said action. She, and she alone, should be responsible for the consequences of this actions.

Out of spite, I may very well stop payment on said car and let it be repossessed. Just to teach this spoiled little brat about real life. Granted I think her soiled attitude is her parents' fault and they are why she feels 'entitled' to so much.


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well the judge disagrees with you.

Quoting punky3175:

Beat me to it. :-)



Quoting talia-mom:

There is no right to a car.   None.




Quoting fullxbusymom:

You nor I know the answer to that.  Can only take a bus if there is one offered.  Where I live we don't have public transportation so there would be no way to get to a dtr's appt. without a car.  So yes a car would be a right not a privilege in this situation.

Quoting AMBG825:

 who paid for it? Who is insuring it?



 



I agree with you on the school. She can take the bus. A car is not a right.



Quoting fullxbusymom:



It was HER car and she needed it to get to dtr's appts and school.  Her parents wouldn't allow her to go to school and school is NOT a priveledge!!! 



Quoting AMBG825:



 I like how the judge reinforced the idea that there is no personal responsibility.



 



A car is a privelege not a right. A phone is a privelege and not a right.






 







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talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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Taking 100% responsibility would be getting her own car paid for by her own dollars, getting her medical care for herself and her child and buying and paying for her own phone without whining her parents weren't it to control her.

This isn't going to get her on teen mom.  


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Wow she is still a kid and is taking 100% responsibility for herself and her unborn child.  She is far from acting spoiled!!  She is simply asking to be able to carry her baby to term and go to school!!  How is that not taking responsibility or being a spoiled brat??

She simply wants her car to go to school and dtrs appts. I think what she is asking is completely reasonable and mature beyond her years.

Quoting talia-mom:

Actually they didn't.  They are allowing it for limited uses.   No right to a car for ths girl or anyone was established.

She is a spoiled little brat who doesn't want the reality of what she put herself into.


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well the fact of matter is the courts disagree with you in this case as they have stated she is to be able to have her car. 

Quoting talia-mom:

There is no right to a car.   None.


Quoting fullxbusymom:

You nor I know the answer to that.  Can only take a bus if there is one offered.  Where I live we don't have public transportation so there would be no way to get to a dtr's appt. without a car.  So yes a car would be a right not a privilege in this situation.

Quoting AMBG825:

 who paid for it? Who is insuring it?

 

I agree with you on the school. She can take the bus. A car is not a right.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

It was HER car and she needed it to get to dtr's appts and school.  Her parents wouldn't allow her to go to school and school is NOT a priveledge!!! 

Quoting AMBG825:

 I like how the judge reinforced the idea that there is no personal responsibility.

 

A car is a privelege not a right. A phone is a privelege and not a right.


 










mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM
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THANK YOU! 

What some of these "mothers" are saying is despicable. Just cause you have a baby does not make you an adult. It doesn't magically turn you into being responsible. It doesn't do jack besides making life that much more complicated. They need help, not this shame nonsense. Expecting a teen to somehow act like an adult because they are pregnant and want to keep the baby is an exorcise in futility. If my son knocked up a girl, I'd help them as much as I possibly could. And I recognize that my son would still need to be parented despite being a parent himself. 

Quoting romalove:

I don't know.

If my minor child has a baby, even if I don't want her to, she's still my child and my responsibility.  I would feel it necessary to help her, finish school, take care of the child, do whatever to make sure she and the child can have the best life possible.

I don't understand how you could feel otherwise about your own child.

punky3175
by Punky on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM
No she is NOT taking full responsibility. She wants someone else to pay for her car and medical bills. Full responsibility would have been seeking emancipation from her parents and supporting herself and her child.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

Wow she is still a kid and is taking 100% responsibility for herself and her unborn child.  She is far from acting spoiled!!  She is simply asking to be able to carry her baby to term and go to school!!  How is that not taking responsibility or being a spoiled brat??

She simply wants her car to go to school and dtrs appts. I think what she is asking is completely reasonable and mature beyond her years.

Quoting talia-mom:

Actually they didn't.  They are allowing it for limited uses.   No right to a car for ths girl or anyone was established.

She is a spoiled little brat who doesn't want the reality of what she put herself into.



Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well the fact of matter is the courts disagree with you in this case as they have stated she is to be able to have her car. 

Quoting talia-mom:

There is no right to a car.   None.



Quoting fullxbusymom:

You nor I know the answer to that.  Can only take a bus if there is one offered.  Where I live we don't have public transportation so there would be no way to get to a dtr's appt. without a car.  So yes a car would be a right not a privilege in this situation.

Quoting AMBG825:

 who paid for it? Who is insuring it?


 


I agree with you on the school. She can take the bus. A car is not a right.


Quoting fullxbusymom:


It was HER car and she needed it to get to dtr's appts and school.  Her parents wouldn't allow her to go to school and school is NOT a priveledge!!! 


Quoting AMBG825:


 I like how the judge reinforced the idea that there is no personal responsibility.


 


A car is a privelege not a right. A phone is a privelege and not a right.




 










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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

You don't know that she didn't pay for her own car with her own dollars!!  She is also getting her medical care by herself by making her own appts. and getting there herself.  I am not going to argue the phone, however the rest yes I will.  She has every right to argue that her parents have ripped her out of school, forced her to get two jobs and refuse to allow her, her basic freedoms. 

No one has said anything at all about getting her on teen mom. 

Quoting talia-mom:

Taking 100% responsibility would be getting her own car paid for by her own dollars, getting her medical care for herself and her child and buying and paying for her own phone without whining her parents weren't it to control her.

This isn't going to get her on teen mom.  


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Wow she is still a kid and is taking 100% responsibility for herself and her unborn child.  She is far from acting spoiled!!  She is simply asking to be able to carry her baby to term and go to school!!  How is that not taking responsibility or being a spoiled brat??

She simply wants her car to go to school and dtrs appts. I think what she is asking is completely reasonable and mature beyond her years.

Quoting talia-mom:

Actually they didn't.  They are allowing it for limited uses.   No right to a car for ths girl or anyone was established.

She is a spoiled little brat who doesn't want the reality of what she put herself into.


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well the fact of matter is the courts disagree with you in this case as they have stated she is to be able to have her car. 

Quoting talia-mom:

There is no right to a car.   None.


Quoting fullxbusymom:

You nor I know the answer to that.  Can only take a bus if there is one offered.  Where I live we don't have public transportation so there would be no way to get to a dtr's appt. without a car.  So yes a car would be a right not a privilege in this situation.

Quoting AMBG825:

 who paid for it? Who is insuring it?

 

I agree with you on the school. She can take the bus. A car is not a right.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

It was HER car and she needed it to get to dtr's appts and school.  Her parents wouldn't allow her to go to school and school is NOT a priveledge!!! 

Quoting AMBG825:

 I like how the judge reinforced the idea that there is no personal responsibility.

 

A car is a privelege not a right. A phone is a privelege and not a right.


 











ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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I don't think a car is ever a right.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

You nor I know the answer to that.  Can only take a bus if there is one offered.  Where I live we don't have public transportation so there would be no way to get to a dtr's appt. without a car.  So yes a car would be a right not a privilege in this situation.

Quoting AMBG825:

 who paid for it? Who is insuring it?


 


I agree with you on the school. She can take the bus. A car is not a right.


Quoting fullxbusymom:


It was HER car and she needed it to get to dtr's appts and school.  Her parents wouldn't allow her to go to school and school is NOT a priveledge!!! 


Quoting AMBG825:


 I like how the judge reinforced the idea that there is no personal responsibility.


 


A car is a privelege not a right. A phone is a privelege and not a right.




 


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ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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Lets just hope she's paying for all the expenses that come with having a car.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well the fact of matter is the courts disagree with you in this case as they have stated she is to be able to have her car. 

Quoting talia-mom:

There is no right to a car.   None.



Quoting fullxbusymom:

You nor I know the answer to that.  Can only take a bus if there is one offered.  Where I live we don't have public transportation so there would be no way to get to a dtr's appt. without a car.  So yes a car would be a right not a privilege in this situation.

Quoting AMBG825:

 who paid for it? Who is insuring it?


 


I agree with you on the school. She can take the bus. A car is not a right.


Quoting fullxbusymom:


It was HER car and she needed it to get to dtr's appts and school.  Her parents wouldn't allow her to go to school and school is NOT a priveledge!!! 


Quoting AMBG825:


 I like how the judge reinforced the idea that there is no personal responsibility.


 


A car is a privelege not a right. A phone is a privelege and not a right.




 






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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Maybe the car is paid off, Maybe she bought that car with her own money YOU DON'T KNOW how it was purchased.  She is taking 100% responsibility for her actions alone by fighting tooth and nail for her child. 

She is not acting spoiled at all imo but doing what she has to for her child.

Quoting punky3175:

And the judge is furthering her belief that it's other people's responsibility to take care of HER CHILD. She chose to have sex and took in all risks associated with said action. She, and she alone, should be responsible for the consequences of this actions.

Out of spite, I may very well stop payment on said car and let it be repossessed. Just to teach this spoiled little brat about real life. Granted I think her soiled attitude is her parents' fault and they are why she feels 'entitled' to so much.


Quoting fullxbusymom:

Well the judge disagrees with you.

Quoting punky3175:

Beat me to it. :-)



Quoting talia-mom:

There is no right to a car.   None.




Quoting fullxbusymom:

You nor I know the answer to that.  Can only take a bus if there is one offered.  Where I live we don't have public transportation so there would be no way to get to a dtr's appt. without a car.  So yes a car would be a right not a privilege in this situation.

Quoting AMBG825:

 who paid for it? Who is insuring it?



 



I agree with you on the school. She can take the bus. A car is not a right.



Quoting fullxbusymom:



It was HER car and she needed it to get to dtr's appts and school.  Her parents wouldn't allow her to go to school and school is NOT a priveledge!!! 



Quoting AMBG825:



 I like how the judge reinforced the idea that there is no personal responsibility.



 



A car is a privelege not a right. A phone is a privelege and not a right.






 








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