Texas Teen Sues Parents to Avoid Abortion
Girl claims parents trying to force her to end pregnancy
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2013 9:52 AM CST
A pregnant Texas teen is suing her parents to stop them from forcing her to get an abortion.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A pregnant 16-year-old in Texas has won a temporary restraining order after taking her parents to court to stop them from forcing her to get an abortion, reports Fox News. The unnamed girl, identified only as REK, claims in her lawsuit that her father said "the decision was his, end of story." Click2Houston adds that the girl's mother "invited the paternal grandparents to a bar for further discussion, where she suggested that she might slip her an abortion pill."

Both parents have used verbal and physical threats in an attempt to force REK to have an abortion, according to the lawsuit, kept her out of school, and harassed the baby's father, as well as his mother. REK is being represented by a lawyer for the Texas Center for Defense of Life. "What Roe established is minors have the choice," says her lawyer. "And when they do make the choice, folks are shocked that they want to carry the baby."

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meimnot
Feb 18, 2013 10:57 PM CST
Guess the easiest way to get emancipation in Texas is the claim Mom & Dad want you to abort. Most other states just having the kid should be enough.
lisa94585
Feb 17, 2013 3:55 PM CST
According to articles in online newspapers from Texas, she lives with her paternal grandparents along with the father of the unborn baby. So exactly how are the parents forcing her to have an abortion, work two jobs, or not go to school since she does not even live with them? I am assuming that the car and cell phone taken away were bought by the parents (which is their right). It appears that this family is very dysfunctional with the mother telling the daughter about her own abortions. What parent would do that? She should just be emancipated and go on with her life without her parents being responsible financially or otherwise. Apparently, she has the support of her grandparents because they were letting her live with the boyfriend already. However, I would bet that the paternal grandparents (great-grandparents to be) will end up raising her baby for her.
Mary8
Feb 16, 2013 7:06 AM CST
When I became pregnant at 17, the woman at the "pro choice" clinic I went to for a pregnancy test told me my child would grow up to hate me when I said I did not want to have an abortion. Nevertheless, that's the choice I made. I also chose to get a college degree while raising my child, who was my motivation for making something of my life. So, Ivan the Gypsy, I did not destroy my life and the fact that I got pregnant at a young age was not evidence that I was stupid. Both I and my now adult son are highly educated and positive contributors to society. What I would love to see established in this country are services for women that support true choice, no matter what the choice is. My other dream, that I don't have much faith in seeing realized is for this country to shake off its Puritan past and develop a more evolved attitude about sex. While in college, I did a research paper to explore the reason for the high rate of teen pregnancy in this country, as compared to other western nations. What I learned was that, while birth control is not any less available to young people in this country, they are less likely to use it because of the stigma to having sex outside of marriage. To use birth control involves planning to have sex, and to plan to do something viewed as wrong is less acceptable in our society than to succumb to pressure or temptation in the heat of a moment and make an error.