Corpus Christi, TX – A teenager is suing her parents, saying they are forcing her to get an abortion.
The 14-year-old girl’s attorney says she is two and a half months pregnant and wants to carry her child to term.
One of her cousins has also reportedly gotten violent over the argument. According to CNN, Stephen Casey, the teen’s attorney, refused to give the girl’s name:
“The girl was grabbed by the neck, hit across the face, and thrown into a car in addition to the verbal abuse.”
Stephen Casey is an attorney with the Texas Center for Defense of Life, a nonprofit organization that specializes in right-to-life cases such as this one. Stephen Casey adds:
“This is a highly under-reported situation. If a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion under Roe [vs] Wade, then she has a constitutional right to keep her child.”
The organization has filed a lawsuit on the teen‘s behalf saying her parents:
“are violating her federal constitutional rights to carry her child to term by coercing her to have an abortion with both verbal and physical threats and harassment.”
According to ABC News, Casey said:
“These girls are in a bind, particularly in a situation where their parents are forcing them to do something they don’t want to do. Regardless of the [situation], that’s her parents and she should expect support from them in this situation, not resentment and anger.”
The lawsuit is requesting that the court make it clear that the teen has a legal right to make her own decisions concerning the baby. The lawsuit also asks for a restraining order from the teen’s parents.
Do you think the teen is right in suing her parents over her pregnancy?