A young teen girl in Texas is the new cause of the day for anti-choice activists, as a legal team fights to help her continue her pregnancy against her parent’s wishes.
According to LifeNews, an either 13 or 14 year old girl (both ages are mentioned) who is recently pregnant has, with the help of an anti-choice law group, obtained a restraining order against her family, who is trying to force her into having an abortion.
“Roe v. Wade and ‘choice’ go both ways… if it protects the constitutional rights of a girl or woman to have an abortion, oftentimes without even parental notification or consent, it likewise protects the right of that same girl or woman to not have an abortion against her will” said [Texas Center for Defense of Life] President and CEO Greg Terra.
TCDL Vice President and Chief Counsel Stephen Casey added, “No one should be allowed to decide that an innocent life–especially one that belongs to someone else–is worthless. The right to not have an abortion is protected by law, and this right is not relinquished just because someone else considers the child to be an unwanted burden.”
Except of course, in Texas, you actually do need parental notificating and consent if you are 17 years old or younger and want an abortion. But if you are a 7 week pregnant 13 year old, you are apparently old and mature enough to decide you want to be a teen mom on your own.
I’m a firm believer in choice — even for 13 to 14 year old girls. It’s the double standard that upsets me: that a parent should be the final decider if a teen wants an abortion, but that the teen is old enough to parent if she chooses to remain pregnant.