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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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AMBG825
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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 In this state, if you are under 18, you cannot get a license without parental permission. You cannot buy a car without parental permission if you are under 18. You can't even register a car if you are under the age of 18. Given the girl is only 16, it's a pretty safe bet the parents paid for the car and are paying the insurance.

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 8:42 AM
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Yes, well, that's just not reality. We all need help. Even if she was older and had her shit together, she would still need help. Denying help to someone because they are young and fucked up is needlessly shaming them. 

Teen parents need help, not shame. If that car makes her life that much easier to keep her from becoming a statistic, I say let her use it. No one wins when people are allowed to slip into poverty in order to teach some fucked up lesson. 

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

AMBG825
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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 She is not taking 100% responsibility. That is why she went to court. She wanted her parents to take responsibility. She said in the last article that the parents should support her unconditionally. That isn't taking responsibility.

 

Taking responsibility would be if she got a job, figured out how to get her own phone and her own car and how to continue her education.

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.


 


 

 


 

 


 






 

Ktina11
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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100 % of the responsibility would be living on her own and paying all medical costs herself. She is not accepting full responsibility. She is making a grown up decision, but the judge should have required her to accept the grown up consequences. Mom and dad should not have to foot the bill for anything for the teen or the grandchild. What a bad precence to set.

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 8:44 AM
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Where does it say ANYWHERE that she wants someone else to pay for her car or medical bills?  She didn't ask for her medical bills to be paid for by the parents the courts did.  Blah blah blah and parents did nothing wrong by ripping her out of school and denying her an education either right.  WHO the HELL does this to their child??

Glad I love my children more than this no matter what mistakes they have or will ever make.  I will ALWAYS stand by their sides with my complete support.  Oh and nope none of my children have become teenage parents or even had sex. 

Quoting punky3175:

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.




 











NutHouseMomma
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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Totally agree with you.

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.

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punky3175
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM
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I personally would provide all help I could to my kids if they ended up in such a situation. I wholly disagree with her parents trying to force an abortion. In the same vein, I don't believe they should be forced to support her and her decisions and choices. I honestly think their spoiling her (my ASSumption based on her actions) is what brought on this whole situation.

Quoting mehamil1:

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.

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fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

That isn't the case in my state so you know what happens when you ASSume things. :)

Quoting AMBG825:

 In this state, if you are under 18, you cannot get a license without parental permission. You cannot buy a car without parental permission if you are under 18. You can't even register a car if you are under the age of 18. Given the girl is only 16, it's a pretty safe bet the parents paid for the car and are paying the insurance.

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.


 


 


fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Can't live on your own at 16.  By law no one can rent to anyone under 18 so how exactly do you propose she does this?

Quoting Ktina11:

100 % of the responsibility would be living on her own and paying all medical costs herself. She is not accepting full responsibility. She is making a grown up decision, but the judge should have required her to accept the grown up consequences. Mom and dad should not have to foot the bill for anything for the teen or the grandchild. What a bad precence to set.

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.




 













lga1965
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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I don't agree that she needs a car. I didn't have a car until I was 23 and working full time. I took the bus while in college and walked,etc. I think if she has the baby she should put it up for adoption because
nobody in this family is stable or well adjusted enough....the poor baby will suffer.
Whatever happened to self control and responsibility ?
The babys father sounds like a jerk too and they shouldn't get married ...what a mess.
Go ahead and bash.
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