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  •  Not just negligent or imprisoned... (2+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, zett

    ... some divorced or separated parents will do anything to get back at the other, including forcing their child to bear a child.

    Think about it: the custodial parent (usually but not always the mother) signs off on an abortion.  The non-custodial parent says no.  Whose life is going to be more disrupted?  (Custodial parent.)  Who's probably going to have to spend more money for the pregnant kid's medical care, and then the baby expenses?  (Custodial parent.)

    And it's not like incest is the only circumstance under which a minor might need to not tell their parents.  There are kids who have legitimate fears of being beaten, disowned, or killed for becoming pregnant out of wedlock.  What about them?

    Finally, I remember reading an article written by a girl who got a judicial bypass from parental consent.  She pointed out how ridiculous the process was: she had to navigate the legal system (in an expedited way) and then prove to a judge that she was mature enough to make her own decision to terminate a pregnancy.

    Had she failed to be together enough to navigate the system, or had the judge determined her too immature to decide to get an abortion, the cost of her immaturity would have been to become a mother.

    How does that make sense?

    •  Great additional info... (1+ / 0-)
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      Thank you. Your comments are great additional information to have and expose what I would call child abuse that is not taken into consideration when looking at the option of abortion.  Again, the underlying root is misogyny.  

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