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PREGNANT TEEN WINS ABORTION LAWSUIT AGAINST PARENTS
February 20, 2013 at 12:08 AM

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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  • Elkamelka
    February 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM
    It is interesting to me that according to the girl, the parents were forcing an abortion. Now they are in for half of her hospital bills, unless she is married. I wonder if this isn't some kind of double standard. Looks like a no-win situation all the way around.

    And I wonder if she has to have permission from her parents to get married. Sad for them all.
  • mehamil1
    February 20, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    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. 

  • Goodwoman614
    February 20, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING?

  • Goodwoman614
    February 20, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    and this post is redundant.

  • MrsSamMerlotte
    February 20, 2013 at 2:56 AM
    She should get to keep her baby. But mom and dad shouldn't have to pay anything. She wants to be a parent, its her responsibility now.
  • mehamil1
    February 20, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    If my parents had taken that stance, I wouldn't be sitting here a college graduate and now a productive member of society. 

    It's better to help these kids then shame the hell out of them. It's better to teach them and work with them and help them as much as humanly possible than expect them to grow up just because they did an extremely human thing. 

    Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:
    She should get to keep her baby. But mom and dad shouldn't have to pay anything. She wants to be a parent, its her responsibility now.
  • AMBG825
    by AMBG825
    February 20, 2013 at 6:27 AM

     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
    February 20, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    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 AMBG825
    February 20, 2013 at 7:25 AM

     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
    February 20, 2013 at 7:32 AM
    I agree. It should be her parent's choice to decide if they want to financially help or not.

    Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

    She should get to keep her baby. But mom and dad shouldn't have to pay anything. She wants to be a parent, its her responsibility now.

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