Pregnant teen sues parents over abortion

By Courtney Zavala, Anchor/Reporter, czavala@kprc.com
Published On: Feb 12 2013 06:48:17 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 13 2013 10:00:17 PM CST

Feb. 12, 2013: A pregnant teenager is suing her parents, claiming she is being coerced to have an abortion against her will. Courtney Zavala reports.

HOUSTON -

A lawsuit claims a 16-year-old girl is being coerced to have an abortion against her will.

The teen is two months pregnant and is represented by lawyers with the Texas Center for Defense of Life.  A judge granted a temporary restraining order to save the baby's life.

"We were asking judge to stop them physically forcing her to have an abortion. She is legally protected. They cannot drag her to get an abortion, force an abortion on our client," attorney Stephen Casey said.

The lawsuit is eight pages long and details alleged verbal abuse by the teen's parents.

In the lawsuit, the teen claims her mom "... invited the paternal grandparents to a bar for further discussion, where she suggested that she might slip her an abortion pill through deception." 

The teen also claims her father told her "he was going to take her to have an abortion and that the decision was his, end of story."

Even though she is a minor, the teen has the power to make that decision.

"What Roe established is minors have the choice. And when they do make the choice, folks are shocked that they want to carry the baby," said Casey.

Another hearing will be held Friday.

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