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Friday, April 4, 2003



More on that Mississippi teenager

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports in its April 3 edition that Federal Judge William Barbour will decide next Monday whether to lift or extend a Temporary Restaining Order. The TRO was sought by a 16-year-old girl to restrain her parents from forcing her to get an abortion.

To obtain the TRO, the girl sought the assistance of the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, a policy group of national scope which is based in Tupelo.

They report that they have done this once before, successfully, in Delaware. In that case, the girl was in foster care and the government agency in charge of her care was insisting that she abort.

The Clarion-Ledger sought out an employee at the abortion clinic where the girl's parents had made an appointment. Apparently, they wanted to know why a 16-year-old would have to go to the trouble of getting a TRO in order to prevent an unwanted abortion.

The abortion clinic employee told the Clarion-Ledger,

"if A.S. would have given the slightest hint she didn't
want to have an abortion, it would not have been performed under
any circumstances" and

"Abortion facility officials did not sense any hesitation from
A.S. during her first visit."

A couple of points to note. If the good pro-life legislators of Mississippi had not enacted waiting period legislation, this girl would most likely already have lost her child.

The most interesting point, though, is that the employees at the abortion clinic "did not sense any hesitation" from the girl.

They probably felt compelled to say this, because they themselves did not cancel the girl's next visit based on indications during the first visit. They probably want the reading public to feel reassured that no, they are not such monsters that they would perform an unwanted abortion.

It's kind of a catch-22, though, isn't it? The fact that they "did not sense any hesitation" from this girl...this suggests to me that the abortion clinic is deeply unskilled at determining whether hesitancy exists.

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