As anyone who’s been doing pro-life work for an appreciable length of time is aware, coerced abortion is a huge problem in the United States. The promise of “choice” has been rendered illusory by parents, boyfriends, and abusers. These cases are rarely publicized (notwithstanding a recent exception for a Brazilian celebrity). The risk is especially high for teen moms, who are less educated and have fewer resources.
To help these young mothers assert their right to not kill their children, the attorneys at the Justice Foundation have crafted a letter for the parents of a minor pregnant mom. Efforts to establish uniform state laws on coerced abortion have failed in the face of opposition by Planned Parenthood, but other legal avenues are available to protect young mothers and their unborn children. The Justice Foundation’s “Dear Parent” letter does an excellent job explaining this in layman’s terms. I especially like their response to one of the more common coercive statements:
“If you have this baby, I’m kicking you out of my house.” You do not have to support her child, but you do have to support her, just as she has to support her baby.
The Justice Foundation is working to get this letter out to pro-life pregnancy centers and clinics, where it has already prevented several coerced abortions. You can help by sharing the Dear Parent letter with anyone who is likely to come across coerced abortion situations, such as high school guidance counselors, social workers, and law enforcement officers. Download it here.