AUSTIN, Texas, October 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A 16-year-old girl secured a temporary restraining order last week from a Texas court that blocks her parents from forcing her to have an abortion against her will.
On two occasions, the teenager’s mother literally dragged her to local abortion facilities, including International Healthcare Solutions and Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region, demanding that her daughter terminate the life of her child. Though she refused, and the child’s father also does not want the baby killed, her parents continued to insist that they would force her to have the abortion.
The court’s order obtained in the District Court of Travis County last Monday prevented that from happening.
“No one should be allowed to decide that an innocent life - especially one that belongs to someone else - is worthless," said attorney Stephen Casey of Round Rock, who belongs to the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) alliance. "The right not to have an abortion is protected by law, and this right isn’t relinquished just because someone else considers the child to be an unwanted burden."
Casey and another ADF-allied attorney, Gregory R. Terra of Georgetown, filed the motion for the restraining order together with Allan E. Parker of The Justice Foundation in San Antonio.
The 16-year-old high school student, who was carrying a 13-week-old pre-born child, was even more confirmed in her decision against having an abortion after receiving information from a pro-life prayer worker outside one of the abortion facilities to which her mother dragged her.
“This situation illustrates what a difference it can make when a woman is more fully informed about the true nature of abortion,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “We intend to fully support this young woman in her desire to allow her child to live.”
A hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 28 to consider a motion to convert the temporary restraining order into a temporary injunction.
Although often shrouded in secrecy, countless pro-life prayer witnesses have affirmed that abortions forced upon helpless young girls are all too prevalent in America.
The Center Against Forced Abortions, a project of the Justice Foundation, is helping young women avoid the tragedy of a forced abortion by distributing a free letter that describes a mother's legal rights to a potential offender.
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