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  •  So what's the line? (0+ / 0-)

    Is it age? Is it a physical demarcation? Who decides?

    Is it 12? 13? 14? 15? 16? 17?

    Insofar as the law goes, I'm not sure there's a difference between the decisions a parent is allowed to make between 11 and 16, is there?

    This is an interesting case simply for revisiting this question because, as a mother with daughters, I think it should be hashed out.

    •  difference between 16 and 11 is the chance (2+ / 0-)
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      marykk, irishwitch

      for emancipation.  A 16 year old has a much better chance

    •  I think 16 is likely the minimum age (3+ / 0-)
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      marykk, chimene, Ahianne

      to be an emancipated minor.  But this is NOT a medical decision from the parents. There is no reason to think the girl's health will be impaired by carrying to term.

      Will her lfie be ruined? Possibly. Will it be challenged if she keeps the baby? Very likely.  

      But whether you approve or not,the law in TX says her parents cannot force the abortion.  Sadly, they MAY be able to prevent one were the case reversed.

      I don't think there's hard and fast case law on this. I think every case is different. It's the same with judicial review in parental notification states--a 14 year old might be mature enough to explain to a judge that she knows that there is a potential (and that is as far as I am willing to go) human being in the fetus inside her--but she also knows she won't be able to care for it, won;t be able to finish high schoola nd will ahve no future, and thus she needs an abortion.  I think  it's at 15-16 that things get touchy--and I really hate the idea od parents forcing their choice on the girl, either way it goes.

      I have no kids, chose not to, have had to face the possibility of an abortion  t age 23--and was spared going through with it because it was a Pill malfunction.  But I HAVE taught junior high stuetns and I have taught GRE students, all of them single Moms, most of them under aged at the time of the birth. I've seenthe consequences of early motherhood, and don't recommend it. Still I DON'T like the idea of a aprent forcimg an abortion on a 16 year old. Frankly I would rather see parents have the brains tot ake their daughter to a gynecologist and give permission for the Pill at age 16--even if you disapprove of sex that young.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:04:04 PM PST

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