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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