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    Teen sues family over alleged abortion threat

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/13/us/tex...html?hpt=us_c2


    A Corpus Christi, Texas, teenager is suing her family, claiming they are trying to force her to have an abortion.

    The 14-year-old girl is 10 weeks pregnant and wants to carry her child to term, says her attorney.

    The teen sought legal help after she was allegedly physically and verbally assaulted by her grandmother and two cousins.

    The grandmother and both cousins are accused in the suit of verbally abusing the girl and scheduling an appointment for an abortion without the teen's permission. The teen's lawyers were able to get an emergency restraining order put in place before the scheduled abortion.

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    I'm not sure what to say... well maybe...If she wants to keep the child they need to get off her azz, it is not up to them and to threaten her like that .... It's like saying " were going to take you to kill your child wether you want to or not." Who do they think they are, God !
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    I hope her attorneys get CPS/DHS involved due to the abuse and harrassment she is going through...she needs to be placed in a home where she can get the treatment and support she needs during her pregnancy...who's to say these 'relatives' would not abuse or kill the child when it is born if they are this adament about not wanting her/him in the home?

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    She's 14! How in the world is she going to raise a child? I don't agree with physically and verbally assaulting her but it scares the heck out of me knowing she's going ahead with having the baby.

    I hope she reconsiders ....if not, putting the baby up for adoption would be the best decision she could make for this child.

    Where are her parents? Sounds like she's being raised by grandma with the help of 2 cousins!

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    Can a minor be forced by parent/guardian to have an abortion? That seems kinda weird. OTOH, what happens when the minor has the baby? Can she be forced to sign adoption papers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzieCat View Post
    Can a minor be forced by parent/guardian to have an abortion? That seems kinda weird. OTOH, what happens when the minor has the baby? Can she be forced to sign adoption papers?
    Good questions.

    On the other hand her parents can be forced to have a baby they do not want. They can be made to support the baby ,watch the baby and provide daycare while their child attends school and get rest needed to achive decent grades. I think it is awful a minor can force an adult to have a baby.


    I fully support a womans right to decide. But we are not talking about a woman here, we are talking about a 14 girl. Crazy that in this day and age ,these teens dont know better. What happened to the five year birth control ?

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    At 14, she is old enough to know what she wants.
    Just my opinion

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    I don't know what I think...
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    At 14, she is old enough to know what she wants.
    I find this startling only because so many people refer to 21-23 year- old people as "kids" on WS and seem to think they should be treated as such...whereas I think anyone who is 18 should be responsible for anything and everything they do.

    Now 14? Not so sure. However I don't think a 14-yr should RAISE a baby, even if she has it. I hope adoption is the answer in the long run.

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    Just my opinion, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluciano63 View Post
    I find this startling only because so many people refer to 21-23 year- old people as "kids" on WS and seem to think they should be treated as such...whereas I think anyone who is 18 should be responsible for anything and everything they do.

    Now 14? Not so sure. However I don't think a 14-yr should RAISE a baby, even if she has it. I hope adoption is the answer in the long run.

    JMO
    Well if she committed some crime she could be tried as an adult, so I don't see why she can't decide on whether to have abortion at 14.
    Just my opinion


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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    At 14, she is old enough to know what she wants.
    I truly knew what I wanted when I was 16 and gave birth to a son my parents forced me to place for adoption; I knew my son and I would have had a harder time than if I were older and more ready, but I also knew I loved him and would sacrifice anything and everything to have the privilege of being recognized as his mom and being allowed to raise him .......so everything in me is on this 14 year old girl's side.

    I also know I never forgave my parents until I met my son, when he was 38. Maybe I still haven't forgiven them; I know I still long, with all of my heart, to have been able to have parented my son. Every minute, every hour, every day, week and year that we were apart was pure agony for me....(And that is knowing that he was raised by "mature" parents who were able to give him---at least in a material sense---much more than I could have; maybe you can imagine how great the agony was when I did not know who had been "chosen" to parent my son, did not know if they loved him or were abusive, did not even know if he was alive or had died...) (And it is also before I heard my child, at age 38, tell me how he longed his whole life to know who his "real parents" were, how he wanted so badly to know who his "real momma" was, how he cried for me and prayed to meet me....)

    Maybe I am biased---oh, hell, I KNOW I am biased! And I am talking about adoption, not abortion! Thank GOD I at least had a chance to meet my son on this earth!

    NOBODY SHOULD BE FORCED TO HAVE AN ABORTION!!!! ABORTION IS 100% IRREVERSIBLE!!!!!

    I get that these parents are trying to spare their daughter, if not themselves, pain. But for God's sake, if the girl wants to give life to that child, LET HER.

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    I'm impressed that this young lady stood up for herself and her unborn child. It shows strength and resourcefulness that she was able to find advocates and resources. God bless her and her child. I'm sure it's hard to see your teenage daughter pregnant, but I hope this family can heal and they can see this little one as a blessing. She may choose to give this child up for adoption or she may accept the hard work of raising her baby while maturing herself. I hope she'll have people to help her either way. Having worked with at risk teens, I've seen both scenarios (raising the child and adoption) work out. Sometimes these young ladies get a wake up call and really rise to the challenges before them. Wishing her and her child all the best!

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    If she doesn't have family support then most likely she wouldn't be able to take care of the child on her own. The father of the child is probably a minor too (or they would be arresting him otherwise, I presume). But there are other options to abortion, such as giving the child up for adoption, and I believe that a 14 year old should not be forced to have an abortion against her will.
    Just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeaux View Post
    I truly knew what I wanted when I was 16 and gave birth to a son my parents forced me to place for adoption; I knew my son and I would have had a harder time than if I were older and more ready, but I also knew I loved him and would sacrifice anything and everything to have the privilege of being recognized as his mom and being allowed to raise him .......so everything in me is on this 14 year old girl's side.

    I also know I never forgave my parents until I met my son, when he was 38. Maybe I still haven't forgiven them; I know I still long, with all of my heart, to have been able to have parented my son. Every minute, every hour, every day, week and year that we were apart was pure agony for me....(And that is knowing that he was raised by "mature" parents who were able to give him---at least in a material sense---much more than I could have; maybe you can imagine how great the agony was when I did not know who had been "chosen" to parent my son, did not know if they loved him or were abusive, did not even know if he was alive or had died...) (And it is also before I heard my child, at age 38, tell me how he longed his whole life to know who his "real parents" were, how he wanted so badly to know who his "real momma" was, how he cried for me and prayed to meet me....)

    Maybe I am biased---oh, hell, I KNOW I am biased! And I am talking about adoption, not abortion! Thank GOD I at least had a chance to meet my son on this earth!

    NOBODY SHOULD BE FORCED TO HAVE AN ABORTION!!!! ABORTION IS 100% IRREVERSIBLE!!!!!

    I get that these parents are trying to spare their daughter, if not themselves, pain. But for God's sake, if the girl wants to give life to that child, LET HER.
    Thank you so much for sharing your powerful story. I'm sorry for how much pain it caused you. Your love comes through. I'm sure your son was blessed to meet you and know how much you loved and missed him.

    Incredible post!

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    It sounds like this family is between the old rock and a hard place. If she has the abortion or doesn't have it there are possible physical repercussions, possible psychological repercussions, and will change her life and her future. There are possible psychological repercussions if she aborts, adopts out or raises the child. And who will care for the baby is also a huge question.

    I am glad it will be reviewed in court. Not because I think the family is in the wrong. But because there are many issues that should be looked at in fairness to all.

    When a 14 year old becomes pregnant, the statement "in the best interest of the child" takes on a whole new meaning doesn't it.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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