Mother Arrested For Trying to Stop 14-Year-Old’s Abortion

This story has been lost in the news from Florida this week, but it deserves just as much attention. A woman in southern Illinois was arrested March 17 for trying to stop her 14-year-old daughter’s abortion–after her daughter was taken out of school against her specific instructions.

According to the girl’s mother, her 14-year old daughter was called off from school in Madison County by a woman posing as the girl’s “grandmother”. The woman took the girl from her home only minutes before the girl’s mother returned home from work.

It was later determined that the woman who had posed as the “grandmother” to the school authorities was the mother of the male who had fathered the unborn child the 14-year old girl was carrying. The age of the male has not been released.

It’s important to note that the girl’s parents and grandfather were the only people authorized to take the girl from school.

What happened next?

“My husband and I rushed to the abortion clinic where we saw our daughter’s name on the roster and the time she had checked in,” the mother said. She then went into the clinic and searched a room filled with young women awaiting abortions but did not see her daughter.

She took a seat near the main desk and said, “I was told I could not prove my daughter was there so I began calling her name. A medical tech at the clinic told me , ‘It’s your daughter’s rights, it’s her body. You have no rights.'”

The daughter was released from the clinic an hour later, after her unborn child had been put to death. The parents are reportedly preparing a lawsuit.

This is what the last two weeks have taught us about the state of America today: Whether it’s the unborn or the disabled, the rights of legal guardians are honored only when the end result is the death of the helpless.

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14 responses to “Mother Arrested For Trying to Stop 14-Year-Old’s Abortion

  1. The headline on the leader’s story is as follows:

    Mother arrested for attempting to intervene in her 14-year old’s decision to have abortion

    Yet in this “coverage” of the same story on lifesite,
    http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/mar/05032408.html, “The boy and his parents wanted to abort the baby but the girl, who had undergone an ultrasound, decided to keep the baby whom she had already named.”

    So she was FORCED to have an abortion now? At gunpoint, perhaps? THAT would rally the troops, wouldn’t it?!?

    Sorry, I’m dramatizing to make the point that obviously this story is undergoing some very serious spin from the start, and it will only spiral out of control from here. Please be mindful of this as the story progresses.

    Just to clarify: my personal view on abortion is that no one should ever have one. To me, it’s simply a horrible thing. It’s the same way to an awful lot of Americans — even, I think, to many of the people who wind up considering an abortion or even having one, which they wind up doing because they find themselves in circumstances that are so far beyond their expectations for their lives that they simply lose the ability to make good decisions based on their own values. That’s why I just can’t get in line with the pro-life agenda as it stands in America today — the level of rhetoric and willingnessplay it loose with facts to advance their cause. Aren’t the most ardent of pro-lifers supposed to represent a religion with a strong emphasis on compassion, decency, and kindness? It seems clear that their efforts are making progress, as all the stats I found on the subject cite a certain downward trend in the number of abortions in the US per year, but at what cost? And could they be making even faster progress by truly taking the moral high ground?

    I mean, I understand the moral outrage at the very concept of abortion that must drive many of the most ardent pro-lifers, but isn’t there a point when one must realize that coming across as screaming, judgemental, compassionless, and/or reckless might be holding back even more progress? That is to say, what good is it to convince two people to sympathize with your cause if, in the process, you drive three people away? (I’m not saying that is happening right now, but I think it does happen in waves at times when the issue heats up.)

    Besides, a total ban on all abortion wouldn’t exactly end all abortion, anyway, and any denial of the historial reality of abortion before it became a “medical procedure” is, well, a denial of reality, and a dangerous one. That’s a side of the issue on which I haven’t really heard the pro-choice lobby’s opinion (Got links? I’ll read it…)

    I apologize for the tangent (hey, that’s just a risk you take by enabling comments on your site) so before I go I’ll turn back to your post. I have to take issue with your money line:

    Whether it???s the unborn or the disabled, the rights of legal guardians are honored only when the end result is the death of the helpless.

    In the Shiavo case, the legal guardian is Michael Schiavo. If he were to express that it were Terri’s wish to continue fighting for recovery indefinitely, then the rights of the legal guardian would indeed be honored. Furthermore, on the abortion issue, the facts don’t really not support your statement either: Forty-four states have laws on the books requiring parental consent or notification prior to a minor’s abortion (cite), though due to the expected legal wrangling that accompanies this issue, only thirty-three of those laws are in effect right now. Does that lift your spirits at all? Take that and do something positive with it, instead of shaking your head so sadly at the state of America today.

  2. Almost forgot: a very happy Easter to you and yours.

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  4. Oh and forgive my self-editing error on this in my first comment:

    …the facts don???t really not support your statement either…

    You’d probably guess, correctly, that the “not” is accidental.

  5. And a happy Resurrection Day to you, Bogey! As always, thanks for your well-considered comments.

    I agree that the rhetoric–on both sides of the abortion issue–needs to be toned down, and the facts shouldn’t be abandoned when they become inconvenient. The Lord called Christians, who make up a substantial part of the pro-life movement, to engage others with “gentleness and respect”, which isn’t always the way it’s done.

    The accounts I read of the incident–admittedly from pro-life sources, but at least they were eyewitnesses–indicate that the young lady heard her mother calling from the front office of the clinic and asked someone on the staff to take a message to her mother. The girl was told that her mother had already left when in fact her mother and father were outside, detained by police.

    The young man allegedly responsible for her pregnancy is reportedly bound for college, and it was thought the baby would complicate his life in an unacceptable way. Another example that writer Bruce Bethke had it right when he stated, “We don’t have unwanted pregnancies in this country. We have inconvenient pregnancies.”

    An aside: That boy’s parents should be publicly shunned in their community for taking an active part in this.

    Yes, this should rally the troops. When a government that won’t allow a minor to take an allergy pill at school without a signed note from parents (and only if the meds are dispensed by the school nurse) allows the same child to undergo major surgery without notifying her parents–and then uses the police to physically prevent those parents from intervening–we have entered a twilight zone where right and wrong have exchanged meaning.

  6. A further note: I understand that most states require parental notification before an abortion, but it’s appalling that there are any at all that allow minors to undergo this process without her parents knowing about it. Is there any other surgical procedure a doctor will perform on a minor without the signed consent of parents or guardians? No, not one, not anywhere.

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  10. Parents are forbidden to stop their own children from getting abortions…a woman in Florida is being deliberately starved to death with the aproval of the local magistrate…and two massive earthquakes centered in the prediminately muslim area of Indonesia; one the day after Christmas and the other the day after Easter…

    …I’m beginning to get a real Hal Lindsay vibe these days, and I’m keeping an eye out for the Four Horsemen…

  11. This entire proceding is a travesty. The school is very liable because that girl could have been kidnapped, raped, killed or many other things. It is also a travesty that, as was mentioned, no other surgery would be performed on that girl without parental consent for fear of litigation, etc. I hope the father of that aborted child is charged with statutory rape and that a lot of other people are charged of their crimes in this. The parents of that boy are disgusting. Would they want someone railroading their son into surgery? There are so many things that were done wrong here.

  12. Bogey
    “Besides, a total ban on all abortion wouldn???t exactly end all abortion,”
    You are linking to a planned parenthood statement and taking their word for it? Perhaps you should read
    http://groups.msn.com/CatholicandProLife/backalleyabortions.msnw or
    http://www.priestsforlife.org/lte/lte27.html
    These links point to well testified facts that the back alley abortion claim is rubbish and that most illegal abortions were performed by physicians.

    Perhaps you should look to poland where the number of abortions went down from around 500,000 to less than 800 after it was made illegal.

  13. http://alangrey.blogspot.com/2005/03/abortion-mother-of-14-yr-old-arrested.html

    “I think that this is merely another case of the abortion clinics showing how little they really care about the pregnant women and how much they care about killing for money.”

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