Teen Deemed Too 'Immature' for Abortion -- But Not to Have a Baby!

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A Nebraska teenager has been deemed too immature to get an abortion. Let that sink in for a minute. Nebraska is one of several states that requires girls under the age of consent to get parental permission before they can have an abortion. The problem is that the teen doesn't have parents. She's in foster care and was a ward of the state. So a judge had to determine if she got her abortion or not. The teen reportedly testified that she didn't feel ready to be a mother, wasn't financially stable, and felt she wasn't mature enough to be the mom she wanted to be right then. The court agreed she was immature -- but not enough to raise a baby on her own. Just enough to not decide for herself if she wants an abortion! Holy convoluted logic!

The unnamed teen was reportedly taken from her parents due to neglect and abuse. She was living with a strict religious foster family and was worried about telling them about the pregnancy. So the state took over -- and had to decide whether or not she could have an abortion.

The judge asked her if she understood that an abortion would kill the fetus. Yes, she understood. He asked if she still wanted an abortion. Yes, she said, she did.

So the court made this jaw-droppingly bizarre decision: It said that because the teen was living with a foster family and was financially dependent on them, and she had never had any work experience, she was not mature enough to make a decision about an abortion.

But apparently this sounds like a fine candidate to have a baby! Perhaps the court didn't realize that denying an abortion equals having a baby?

This ludicrous decision actually went through two more courts, including the state Supreme Court, both of which agreed with the first ludicrous decision.

Because the girl is underage, her lawyer wouldn't give her name or say whether the girl ended up having the baby or getting an abortion elsewhere.

But she also says that this is hardly an isolated incident.

Sure, you can say the girl should have the baby and give it up for adoption. Easy for you to say, not being in her position.

Easy for the courts to say, not being in her position. Not having their daughter in that position. Easy to say, don't have sex. You don't know if she was raped. Birth control? Could have failed.

But also could be a loved-starved teen doing what teens all over the world regularly do -- have sex.

But what we do know is that somewhere out there, a 16-year-old girl who was abused and neglected and stated that she was not ready to be a parent and could not support a baby -- might now have a child. Sound good to anyone?

Do you agree with this decision?


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Katha... Katharine205

Adoption sounds perfectly reasonable to me

Brain... BrainyMommy

And the cycle of abuse will continue.

the4m... the4mutts

Wow... that is some ass backwards thinking right there

nonmember avatar Cass

Katharine, adoption requires she continue the pregnancy and give birth. That carries a significant degree of risk that the government has no right to force her to take. She's made her wishes clear- to force her into carrying out the pregnancy at great risk to her physical and mental health is despicable.

Kattey Kattey

Mutts, I don't usually agree with you but you are totaly right. This is some backwards thinking.

nonmember avatar Creedance

Hmm, seems fair to me. She can give the baby up for adoption. And next time use a freaking condom. *gasp* they should let her kill her baby she spread her legs right"!? Y'all are some backwards a$$ people

crunc... crunchymomma87

Then she shouldn't have had sex if she wasn't ready to have a baby. It's a hard lesson to carry out the pregnancy and give it up for adoption, sure. But don't you think the judge is trying to set an example for other teens? Don't you think there should be some sort of accountability for what the teen decided to do? This is a bad decision, and she should have to live with her decisions. An abortion also has physical and mental risks. Oh wait, for BOTH PEOPLE involved, except one doesn't make it out alive. 

nonmember avatar GhostWriterL

Apparently the girl is "no longer pregnant", but the lawyer will not say what exactly became of it other than "there are ways to circumvent a ruling in one state, and that includes going to another".

nonmember avatar Dawn

Let me start by saying I feel awful for this girl. However, I don't think this article is complete. We do not know what is in her case file. We don't know what emotional issues she has. There are so many things we don't know. Abortion is not just a clear cut way to end a pregnancy. Abortion can have serious and long term emotional after effects that could depending on her mental and emotional state cause her to do harm to herself or incapacitate her emotionally. This odd ruling makes me wonder how much more to this story we are not hearing.

nonmember avatar Creedance

Be thankful your mother chose LIFE!! Or else you wouldn't be here to write to us Kiri

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