Teen sues parents to stop them from forcing abortion
Case of pregnant 16-year-old in Texas
- Duration 6:38
- Date Feb 13, 2013
Case of pregnant 16-year-old in Texas
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-- All right this is a very disturbing story this morning a pregnant teenager.
Is now suing her own parents claiming that they're trying to force her.
To have an abortion.
The sixteen year old girl from Texas she's nine weeks pregnant she's being identified in this lawsuit.
With the initials REK.
Because she is a minor she says that her parents are being verbally abusive.
And that they've taken away her phone and that they're trying to make her life miserable to go their way here is part of the lawsuit here's a quote from it did niece is the girl's mother.
Invited the girl's boyfriends parents to a bar.
For further discussion.
Where the girl's mom suggested that she might secretly slip her daughter an abortion -- This is the kind of discussion that we're dealing left.
In this case I'm joined now by Bryan clay -- is a civil rights litigator and defense attorney and -- we'll former prosecutor and Fox News legal analyst welcome to both of you.
Yeah I mean that you just look at the way this family is dealing with each other and just yesterday to give people some -- -- According to this lawsuit this -- been living with her boyfriend's parents for seven months.
She's two months pregnant so she has moved out of our family home she's living in his family's home.
Her mother parents are hard -- -- -- separated and there's also information here about her mother having drinking issue we don't know if that is true.
But police -- maps.
It's a complete math but the -- pretty clear Martha that is Supreme Court and I'm not just talking about Roe vs.
Wade I'm talking about a 1979 decision as well.
Have said that women have the full right to choose -- the over productive right reproductive right.
So if you have the right.
To choose an abortion and you also have the right to not -- and abortion.
And you know that the choice goes both ways it's very clear your -- -- Ryan that they you know what do you make of this legally is CM -- even -- just on the face of it and as leases saying.
That you could never forced another human being dragged them to a clinic -- -- to have an abortion.
Well I think the overriding issue here is is a sixteen year old really a woman has contemplated rovers is way you're dealing with a minor here so.
The parents I think should be involved in the decision process here because.
If for example -- is the sixteen year old mentally fit to have a child what she's suffering from depression what -- she has some drug drug related issues.
I think that's something that the court should look into new and consider because it she she is a minor.
And and -- -- in our country a minor can't sue you have to have a guardian -- on behalf of the minor so I think there should be some input here.
As to whether the child is mentally fit to have a baby.
It may be -- -- let's look at the a lot of vs their decision the nineteen for the nine assists and I was referring to it -- that -- teenage girl has the absolute right.
To legal right to make her reproductive choices this would -- about a portion decision this is the reverse of that but it again.
What's good for the goose is good for the candor if you could accused to have an abortion also choose not to have -- -- that's the Supreme Court case right on what do you think the question -- into the ground of discussing whether or not this child is fit to have this baby don't you also have to ask the question.
Are these parents fit to raise these issues and adding that her parents are -- you know going for a meeting with the parents some of the boyfriend.
At a bar and they're saying well maybe MS support abortion pills I am not sure these people are fit to make any of these decisions -- and the -- I think mark she is that that that the father is a verbally abusive harassing and and play as the year -- in front of them that -- boyfriend's parents' house staring them down outside their house and and scaring these people -- we're dealing with here at Bryant I had.
-- ensured that the that this is very odd -- usually parents would be supportive.
Of their sixteen year old daughter.
Having a child.
But here since the parents are so adamant against it maybe -- something beneath the surface that we don't know about parents know best so I think it.
-- -- -- in the past I'm hopeful seriously not all parents -- parents -- make that statement but I I just can't I can't get my mind around you -- -- -- -- but but around to the fact that in any situation that the parents would unless you know a child is completely incapacitated.
And unable to make any decisions for themselves please.
It seems it would be impossible and that up for somebody to -- to force someone to -- mark that actually came up.
A case in Massachusetts where that growth -- the frantic and all of this and still the court said that the Matthew Supreme Court said no you can't force them to do what made him hear him just answer the point is.
OK if there are those issues I'm not saying that there are those issues with this young woman but.
That appoint a guardian -- light up a a lawyer for her to decide what's in the best interest of this child that's what she would do you wouldn't have the parents beating up on her literally.
-- to have an abortion what -- your earlier point that you know in terms of her age and does she have the right to sue her parents.
-- Martha this in the United States of America yes you can do it fat from twelve years -- -- and I decided to 8 PM yes which is the right to see them.
Here's what she's suing for she's not feeling pretty money she's suing for her -- -- productive -- And her temporary restraining orders thanks stay away from me so I can make my own decision in -- -- also telling you that she hasn't lived with her parents for the long time.
It is and let us to -- at one more piece of a quote from this lawsuit just to give people a little bit more of the tenor of this discussion in the Tina's father.
The man we were just talking about -- tonight he became extremely angry was insistent.
That his daughter REK was not having the baby and that the decision.
Was not up to her he stated he was going to take her.
To have an abortion and that the decision was hit this end of story this fancy is to be very confused about what is -- our Brian.
Well yeah that's right but but the bottom wind -- is a judge is going to make a decision and I don't think there's anything wrong with a judge looking at the background.
Of this sixteen year old girl to make a determination as to whether she's mentally fit to have a child for.
Really what it is a judge can I don't want to -- -- decision I don't know -- but but but well that's that's right here and what doesn't make any sense of it we started off saying he's just not right decisions not -- to be in court that it's really the the parents know best but -- -- -- the judge is gonna make the decision.
I'm a little bit confused I'm sorry.
I didn't say she didn't have a right to sue -- -- in our society you have to appoint a guardian -- light on.
On behalf of the minor to sue for anything in the United States so you should apply the same.
Kind of theory here that -- minor is not fit to sue on her behalf so here.
You need to determine whether she is fit to have a -- what is -- -- -- what.
I read troublesome situation -- across across the board and doubt we'll see what are we can learn about it thank you so much god and thank you -- -- daddy bought you.