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Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Court Halts Forced Abortion

This story warms my heart.

"Jackson, MS -- Late Friday, March 28, a federal court in Jackson,
Mississippi issued an emergency Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) barring
the forced abortion of a pregnant 16 year old high school junior's unborn
child. The girl's parents had scheduled the abortion for 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 29, at the Jackson Women's Health Organization on State

The girl had pleaded with her parents to let her keep the baby, but they
insisted that the abortion must take place. In desperation, the girl
contacted attorneys at the AFA Center for Law & Policy on Thursday in
hopes that legal action could stop the abortion. AFA attorneys Stephen M.
Crampton and Michael J. DePrimo hastily prepared the lawsuit and
successfully obtained the TRO from federal Judge William H. Barbour, Jr.
late Friday afternoon, only hours before the abortion was scheduled to
take place."

Sad to think that without specific, intelligent legal intervention--and a national pro bono legal organization nearby--this young mom would probably have ended up losing her child.

Pro-choice groups worry about parental notification laws, which are state laws that require parental consent for a minor to have an abortion. They object to these laws on the grounds that some teenagers are in danger of abuse from parents if the parents learn of a pregnancy.

Teenagers who are unwillingly aborted--and who suffer much at the hands of their parents until they abort--are, I would guess, a larger population.

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