Abortion Advocates Blast Parental Notification Law After Teen’s Pencil Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Advocates Blast Parental Notification Law After Teen’s Pencil Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 8
, 2010

Lehigh, PA (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates are responding to a bizarre case of a self-induced abortion by claiming abortion isn’t promoted enough and blasting parental involvement laws allowing parents to help persuade their teenagers to not have an abortion.

As LifeNews.com reported on Monday, a 13-year-old Pennsylvania girl reportedly conducted a self-abortion using a lead pencil after her much-older boyfriend subjected her to statutory rape.

The 30-year-old boyfriend, officials say, then buried the body of the dead unborn child after the abortion was completed.

Robin Marty, at the pro-abortion blog RH Reality Check, used the occasion not as a chance to condemn statutory rape or admit how legalizing abortion didn’t stop the self-induced "back alley" abortions it was designed to prevent, but to attack pro-life laws and promote abortion further.

"It’s a stark reminder of what happens when a desperate woman (or in this case child) gets pregnant and will do anything to end the pregnancy when there are no safe means available," Marty claims.

She added the teenager "had no choice but to try to abort on her own."

Yet legalized abortion is available throughout Pennsylvania, though it is clearly unsafe — as a woman in Philadelphia who died from a botched abortion found out.

Marty also condemned pro-life youth leader Bryan Kemper, who told LifeNews.com the story never would have made the news had the girl used an abortion drug and aborted the baby at home instead of engaging in a self-induced abortion.

"If the girl had gone to Planned Parenthood he would probably still be raping her as I doubt they would have turned him in," Kemper explained.

But Marty claims Kemper is wrong.

"As a parental consent state, Pennsylvania does not have legal access to abortion for a young teen," Marty says — ignoring the fact that the teenager could have had an abortion with parental consent or a judicial bypass.

Kemper notes the same abortion access for the teenager in his response to Marty.

"What they fail to mention is that all she would have to do is get a judicial override and that the baby killing center would be happy to help her get that," he said.

"As I said in the commentary, the pro-abortion activists would use this story to further spin lies about why killing babies should remain legal. As always, they use the emotion and distorted reason to argue that the real compassionate thing would have been to allow this young woman to pay someone to rip her pre-born child out of her womb," he continued. "Again they fail to recognize the tragedy of killing a baby as a tragedy but paint it as a cure of some sort."

"They are masters at spinning the story to make you think this was a young woman who had no other choice but to kill her baby herself. First off, she had the choice to NOT kill her child which is the only real choice that should be considered," Kemper said.


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