By James Tillman
LEHIGHTON, Pennsylvania, June 8, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A 30-year old Pennsylvania man has been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl and burying the body of their child after she performed a home abortion on herself with a pencil.
The girl attempted to perform the abortion on herself on Wednesday, June 2. Over the next three days she became extremely ill and went into labor. After she called her 30-year-old boyfriend, he told her to "push hard," according to the Pocono Record, and she delivered the baby in the toilet. The girl told the police that the baby was stillborn.
The 30-year-old buried the baby in a plastic shopping bag in a wooded area close to his home. The girl later went to Lehigh Valley Hospital as she was still sick, and hospital staff contacted the police early Sunday morning.
Michael James Lisk told police that he had had sex with the 13-year-old "too many times" to count. Evidence uncovered after a search indicated that the sexual relationship had existed since the girl was 12.
He has been charged with rape of a child, sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and corruption of minors, in addition to concealing the death of a child and the abuse of a corpse.
The girl is still receiving medical treatment.
Some abortion-rights activists have argued that such cases show the wrong-headedness of parental consent laws, which they say can lead children to take matters into their own hands.
Pro-life activist Byan Kemper, however, pointed out that Live Action's Mona Lisa Project has repeatedly caught Planned Parenthood on tape covering up statutory rape.
"If the girl had gone to Planned Parenthood he would probably still be raping her, as I doubt they would have turned him in," he said.
Kemper also pointed out the irony that while many people will likely be horrified by the story, they would not have minded if the girl had had her baby killed in an abortion facility. “Even if this was done in a so-called ‘safe’ abortion clinic,” said Kemper, “it would not change the fact that a human person is dead. Abortion is NEVER safe for the baby who dies.”