The mother of a 15-year-old student at Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington is speaking out against the school’s clinic, which she says arranged an abortion for her daughter:
Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.
“We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus,” said Jill. “They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility.”
This sounds highly coercive to me, especially if the school knew that the student was pro-life, but we’d need to hear from her to know for sure. Also, if the school and/or the King County Health Department (which “administers the school-based [clinic] programs”) receives federal funds, the use of those funds to pay for an abortion could be illegal.
The teen did not experience any physical complications from the abortion as far as we know. But the next student may not be so lucky. Parents are legally responsible for their children’s emergency care, and abortion is the ONLY surgery which can be carried out without a parent’s knowledge. I encourage Washington residents to get in touch with Human Life of Washington to see how they can help pass a parental consent law. No one should have to experience what Jill, her daughter, and her unborn grandbaby went through.
By the way, I love Human Life of Washington’s motto: Talk of human rights is a charade, if it is only for the “chosen” of the human family.