Italian Girl Facing Mental Anguish Following Decision to Force Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 23, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 23
, 2007

Turin, Italy ( — An Italian teenager whose parents and a judge forced her to have an abortion is apparently suffering significant mental anguish. The 13 year-old girl has apparently entered the psychiatric unit of an Italian hospital because she threatened to commit suicide after she was made to have the abortion.

According to the "La Stampa" Italian publication, the girl, whose name is Valentina, suffered a mental breakdown following the abortion.

Since the abortion, she has been confined to the mental health unit at Regina Margherita children’s hospital in Turin.

“You have made me kill, and now I’m going to kill myself,” Valentina reportedly cried, according to the Italian media source. "I am not crazy; I am only evil like a dog” she said about what her parents and the court made her do.

The unnamed girl became pregnant after have sexual relations with her 15 year-old boyfriend but she decided the best course of action was keeping the baby.

Laws in the United States vary by state about how parents are involved when a teenager gets pregnant. Some allow parents the right to be notified about a potential abortion or requires their consent to have an abortion while other states have no involvement laws.

Italian statues give parents the ultimate decision about whether a teenager can have an abortion or carry the baby to term. The way the law is worded, parents can require their children to keep their baby, give the baby up for adoption, or have an abortion.

A representative of the Catholic church said government officials should urge the parents not to force their daughter to have an abortion and said enough support exists to take care of the baby.

"The unborn baby is still a life and I defend life whatever the situation." Severino Poletto, Archbishop of Torino told the newspaper.

"Society must take of this child. I certainly oppose abortions but this case allows us to reflect on the situation. We have to take a step back and ask ourselves how this could have happened to a 13 year old girl" he added.

The incident follows two prominent cases of attempted forced abortions in the U.S.

In one case in Maine, Nicholas and Lola Kampf were charged with kidnapping on allegations that they bound their 19 year-old pregnant daughter Katelyn at gunpoint and put her in the car to take her to New York for an abortion.

Needing to go to the bathroom, Katelyn escaped at a local department store and used her parents’ cell phone to call police.

The Kampfs face 30 years in prison if convicted, though prosecutors said they are not going to press for a full jail sentence.

In Georgia, police arrested Rozelletta Blackshire after she and her daughters’ cousins tried to force the 16 year-old to drink turpentine to cause an abortion.