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Breaking: Family stopped from forcing Texas teen to have abortion
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-family-stopped-from-forcing-texas-teen-to-have-abortion ^ | 12/22/2011 | LifeSiteNews

Posted on 12/22/2011 3:38:34 PM PST by Morgana

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (LifeSiteNews.com) - Attorneys with Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL) representing a 14-year-old girl secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Wednesday from a Texas court that blocks several of her family members from forcing her to have an abortion against her will.

According to a TCDL press release, the teenager’s family members had scheduled an appointment for her to have the abortion at a local Corpus Christi clinic this week. The girl has been under intense pressure to have the abortion, was allegedly physically assaulted last week by one family member, and has been prevented from attending school. The unborn child’s teenage father and his mother also reportedly do not want the baby killed and have supported the girl’s decision to keep the child.

The court order prohibits the girl’s family members “either directly or indirectly from forcing her to have an abortion against her will,” which includes taking her to any abortion clinic.

“Roe v. Wade and ‘choice’ go both ways… if it protects the constitutional rights of a girl or woman to have an abortion, oftentimes without even parental notification or consent, it likewise protects the right of that same girl or woman to not have an abortion against her will” said TCDL President and CEO Greg Terra.

“No one should be allowed to decide that an innocent life - especially one that belongs to someone else - is worthless. The right to not have an abortion is protected by law, and this right is not relinquished just because someone else considers the child to be an unwanted burden,” said TCDL Vice President and Chief Counsel Stephen Casey.

According to TCDL, the high school student, who is carrying a 7-week-old pre-born child, is now even more resolved in her decision to keep her child. After suffering through several days of coercion and distress, the young woman’s friends contacted a local pregnancy center which, through various channels, was put in contact with Texas Center for Defense of Life.

“We intend to fully support this young woman in her desire to allow her child to live,” said Greg Terra. “Every mother has the legal right to keep her unborn child, against the coercion of others, and we intend to support her decision in this case.”

The motion for TRO was filed by TCDL attorneys in the 347th District Court of Nueces County, Texas. A temporary injunction hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2012, where the court will decide whether to approve an injunction for the duration of the pregnancy.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: abortion; courts; moralabsolutes; prolife; teen

1 posted on 12/22/2011 3:38:45 PM PST by Morgana
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah; All

OH gee! The courts actually ruled in favor of life? oh wow!


2 posted on 12/22/2011 3:41:06 PM PST by Morgana (Rent this Space....Cheap)
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To: Morgana

All praise to God!!!


3 posted on 12/22/2011 3:43:04 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Morgana

I hope this girl is somewhere safe. Perhaps she should go to a home for unwed mothers (where she can get medical care, go to school and have the support of other young women and staff).


4 posted on 12/22/2011 3:48:34 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Morgana

May God Bless and protect this girl, and show the light to her un-compassionate, un-Christian family.


5 posted on 12/22/2011 3:52:58 PM PST by madmaximus (Anyone But Robamney.)
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To: Morgana

That’s fantastic but .... (there is always a “but”) The same legal reasoning would permit her to have an abortion even if the parents tried to stop her.


6 posted on 12/22/2011 3:55:38 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Morgana

Finally....some good news today.


7 posted on 12/22/2011 3:55:46 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Morgana
Where are the "pro-Choicers"? This poor girl's rights are being violated, and she is not being given a choice.

Good for her and her friends, standing up for the right to choose life.

8 posted on 12/22/2011 3:58:45 PM PST by Jess Kitting
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To: Morgana; skr
The courts actually ruled in favor of life?

The reality is that the court also ruled that you as a parent have no right to PREVENT your adolescent child from having an abortion.........

It's called the Law of Unintended Consequences............Praise be to Government!

9 posted on 12/22/2011 4:05:29 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (All I want for Christmas is a nickle bag of Myrrh and a pipe.........)
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To: momtothree

Do they actually exist anymore?


10 posted on 12/22/2011 4:09:50 PM PST by Daralundy
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To: Daralundy

St. Ann’s in Washington, D.C. still exists. I don’t believe they specify that the girl/young woman is Catholic either. I think years and years ago, it was “assumed” the baby would be placed for adoption (times were different). However, not today. That is still available if the girl chooses that but keeping her safe, educated while pregnant etc... is the main goal.


11 posted on 12/22/2011 4:14:14 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Daralundy

I actually found a link that provides “maternity homes” state by state. (If I can post this correctly?) it is littlerose1999.blogspot.com/2007/03/homes-for-unwed-mothers. That is just one list that I found... seems like there are some in each state.


12 posted on 12/22/2011 4:23:47 PM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree
Your link doesn't work. Try this.
13 posted on 12/22/2011 4:50:53 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Morgana; 185JHP; 230FMJ; AKA Elena; Albion Wilde; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; Amos the Prophet; ...
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14 posted on 12/22/2011 4:54:48 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Don’t say “but”. In this one case they ruled for life!! That should be enough!


15 posted on 12/22/2011 5:13:30 PM PST by Morgana (Rent this Space....Cheap)
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To: Morgana
The unborn child’s teenage father also reportedly do not want the baby killed and have supported the girl’s decision to keep the child.

Good. So many are so quick to presumptively demonize the father of the baby when conception is premarital.

16 posted on 12/22/2011 5:17:28 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: Morgana
the young woman’s friends contacted a local pregnancy center which, through various channels, was put in contact with Texas Center for Defense of Life.

What good friends she has. Strange to think how her friends, in this case, were a better influence on her than family. How the heck did that come to be?

This also points out the two-way influence between law and culture. The prolife movement has created an environment where individuals in bad situations can find a way out, even if it means going against family. That is a victory, because culture leads law, and the culture of life is beginning to prevail, which it must, if good law is to follow.

17 posted on 12/22/2011 5:38:44 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Morgana
That should be enough!

Take your blindfold off and stop reveling in your little temporary victory because you know darn well what the evil side of that decision is...............

18 posted on 12/22/2011 6:01:27 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (All I want for Christmas is a nickle bag of Myrrh and a pipe.........)
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To: skr

Yes, all praise to Him.

Could this be “the silver lining on the horizon after the long dark night”? I hope so.


19 posted on 12/22/2011 6:02:37 PM PST by Roadgeek
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To: Hot Tabasco

No - there’s ALREADY plenty of legal precedent that says a minor girl can have an abortion w/o parents’ consent.

This was a victory for our side, straight up.


20 posted on 12/22/2011 6:04:40 PM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: skr

so then who sent the lawyer?


21 posted on 12/22/2011 6:06:19 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: I Shall Endure
a minor girl can have an abortion w/o parents’ consent.

Then that pretty much proves my point doesn't it? Looks like the evil side actually won a long time ago.......

22 posted on 12/22/2011 6:08:32 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (All I want for Christmas is a nickle bag of Myrrh and a pipe.........)
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To: Hot Tabasco

One life was saved!

Deo Gratias!


23 posted on 12/22/2011 6:09:34 PM PST by Morgana (Rent this Space....Cheap)
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To: momtothree

Haven’t all the homes for unwed mothers closed? I suppose through churches there are families homes where girls in this situation can stay, or convents, some place safe.


24 posted on 12/22/2011 6:09:47 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Morgana
You can look at it as an isolated victory against abortion but I view it as a final statement that you as a parent no longer have control over your minor child; you have willingly given that responsibility to your government.

As long as abortion is legal, it is the parent who should determine what is best for their child, not your government.

If legalized abortion is overturned by the SCOTUS, as I hope someday it will, then, and only then will I approve your government to prevent you or anyone else from forcing their child to have an abortion........

25 posted on 12/22/2011 6:25:58 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (All I want for Christmas is a nickle bag of Myrrh and a pipe.........)
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To: EDINVA

Interesting, I wonder if a non-religious not for profit could open one today.


26 posted on 12/22/2011 6:50:58 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

It’d be worth checking out with Right to Life or another pro-life organization.


27 posted on 12/22/2011 6:56:59 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Hot Tabasco

>> The reality is that the court also ruled that you as a parent have no right to PREVENT your adolescent child from having an abortion.....

I raised the concern of outlawing Sharia for similar reasons.

Regarding this issue of abortion, it could be argued the right to kill is not the judicial equivalent of the right to life.


28 posted on 12/22/2011 8:15:35 PM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jets.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

It’s called emancipated minor with respect to health care. The girl is allowed to choose. Just like God lets all his children choose between sin and righteousness.

I do think parents should have the right to know what their daughter plans, and discuss all the reasons why she should choose to let her baby live. I do not believe in forcing her against her will.

If she was hell bent on an abortion, and I could not convince her to at least have the baby and let me raise it, there would be consequences. She’ probably have to find a new residence, cause I would not live with someone who killed my grand child.


29 posted on 12/22/2011 8:32:36 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: upchuck; EDINVA

Thank you, Upchuck! You are a computer linking genius! Mom


30 posted on 12/23/2011 3:19:21 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

You’re welcome.


31 posted on 12/23/2011 5:11:30 AM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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