Thursday, January 5, 2012

Coercive abortions are real, Michigan legislators have a plan

Michigan legislators have introduced legislation called the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act which hopes to prevent coercive abortions in Michigan by making coercing a woman into an abortion a specific crime, requiring abortion clinics to screen women to insure they aren't being coerced and giving women the right to sue someone who coerces her to abort.

An example of coerced abortion is currently occurring in Texas where the family of a 14-year-old pregnant girl attempted to force her into having an abortion. The girl sought help and a prolife law firm in Texas was able to get a temporary restraining order to protect her and her unborn child from her family.
She sought out help after members of her family allegedly tried to force her to have an abortion last month. In one instance according to court documents, she was physically assaulted by a family member. In December one district judge granted a temporary restraining order. Wednesday, back in court, the girls attorneys had hoped to get that TRO extended through her pregnancy. But that didn't happen.

"It's not the first case in Texas and these cases are very very under reported. Girls go through these situations they don't feel like they have a representative or an advocate and that's what TCDL does, is we let them know they're not alone. And they have a constitutional right to carry their child and protect their child," Stephen Casey and attorney with the Texas Center for Defense of Life......

Again a hearing is set for the January 19 when Judge Medary will decide whether to continue to enforce the temporary restraining order or withdraw it. In the meantime, the TRO prohibits the family members of the girl not to coerce, threaten or try to convince the girl into having an abortion.