Police broke up fight as mother tried to force 15-year-old into abortion: report

Officers in the Cleveland suburb say things got physical inside the abortion facility when the teen said she wanted to keep her baby.
Tue May 20, 2014 - 12:50 pm EST

BEDFORD HEIGHTS, OH, May 20, 2014 ( – Police had to rush to a Planned Parenthood facility on Monday to stop a physical fight between a mother and her 15-year-old daughter, after the teenager refused to have an abortion, officers say.

The mother wanted the child to abort, but the teen wanted to keep her baby, according to police in the Cleveland suburb.

The altercation took place inside the Bedford Heights Health Center, a Planned Parenthood facility located at 25350 Rockside Road in the Cleveland suburb. The facility says it offers the morning after pill, pregnancy testing, and abortion referral.


The Plan Dealer reports that no charges have been filed in the incident, which took place at 3:50 pm. Monday afternoon, but that the prosecutor's office will further review the issue.

The news comes just one day after a 15-year-old girl was reportedly locked inside an abortion facility when she and her mother changed their minds about going through with the abortion. Abby Johnson of the pro-life group And Then There Were None received text messages from the girl, who said she was locked inside a room at Buffalo Women's Services, reportedly the first businesses in America to house an abortion office and a “natural birthing center” under the same roof. A local pro-life volunteer named Cheryl came to her rescue, Johnson reported.

Incidents of forced abortion are common, especially for young teenagers who feel they have no other option. In one prominent example from 2000, Florida mother Glenda Dianne Dowis pointed a gun at her 16-year-old daughter's belly while driving her to an abortion facility. Dowis was sentenced to two years community service and three years probation.

Last October, Pennsylvania Judge Michael Faulkner dropped charges against 37-year-old Magdalena Mateia-Bitla, who police said violently beat her “school-age” daughter in the abdomen when the girl refused to have an abortion. “Everything is great,” the mother's attorney, Angelo T. Almonti, said after the mother completed family counseling. “Prosecuting would have been overkill.”

A meta-analysis published in January in the journal PLOS Medicine found that one-quarter of all women seeking an abortion were abused.

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Pro-life activists say violence is the heart and soul of abortion.

“Pro-choice advocates might argue that neither of these cases resembles the 'right to choose,' as each involves the use of force and coercion from the mother and the abortion clinic,” Katie McCann, public relations manager at Ohio Right to Life, said. “But what is abortion except the use of force against an innocent child?”

“The abortion industry thrives on force and violence,” she said. “To be consistently pro-life means opposing violence and aggression in all of its forms. But to be consistently pro-choice means to accept force and aggression against an innocent human being.”

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