An abortion is personal business. But one woman who is involved in a nasty custody battle has been ordered by a judge to talk about her abortion in the courtroom.
The woman, Lisa Mehos, is in the middle of a custody dispute with her
husband, a wealthy banker named Manuel John Mehos, over their two
children. For some reason the man's lawyer was able to subpoena Lisa
Mehos' medical records, where he found out she had had an abortion -- he
was not responsible for the pregnancy and the couple were together at
the time. So what on Earth does this have to do with custody arrangements?
The lawyer, Eleanor Alter, apparently tried to use the abortion to prove that Lisa Mehos was a "hypocrite" because she didn't want her ex-husband to have the kids over Easter, since he was an "atheist."
Additionally, since the woman had testified that she'd had no men
over in front of her children, the judge thought it relevant that she'd
had an abortion (uh, can children not be conceived somewhere besides in
front of children?). Also, the lawyer argued that since Lisa Mehos is
saying her husband is causing her "stress" -- she wants to prove that
perhaps it is the abortion that caused her stress.
Anyway, this sounds like one helluva contentious divorce.
All kinds of things are being thrown into the mix here. I just have no
idea what an abortion has to do with anything. The lawyer reportedly
This is a woman who complains that she’s under great stress only
caused by Mr. Mehos. I would be the first person to acknowledge that
having an abortion, especially a two- to three-month late abortion,
would be stressful.
Wow, I'm glad the lawyer seems to know what Lisa Mehos is feeling! An
abortion can cause stress for sure, but it might also not cause stress.
It is quite possible that a nasty divorce battle causes MUCH more stress than an abortion.
Why is this anyone's business? This is a legal medical procedure. It
seems like the abortion is just being thrown into the case to embarrass
Lisa Mehos (not that she should be embarrassed) and to bring some moral
judgment down on her.
Since the ex-husband reportedly once tearfully confessed to his wife that he'd cheated on her with dozens of prostitutes, and he reportedly was arrested for hitting her in front of their children, he is really the one who should be embarrassed.
Shame on the judge for ordering this.
What do you think of an abortion being used against a woman in a custody trial?