Pregnant Teen Suing Parents Over Forced Abortion

By:  Raven Clabough
02/13/2013
       
Pregnant Teen Suing Parents Over Forced Abortion

A pregnant teenager in Texas has filed suit against her parents, who are attempting to force her to abort her baby. A Texas judge has granted a temporary restraining order against the parents to prevent the forced abortion while the case is unfolding.

A pregnant teenager in Texas has filed suit against her parents, who are attempting to force her to abort her baby. A Texas judge has granted a temporary restraining order against the parents to prevent the forced abortion while the case is unfolding.

The 16-year-old girl, known only as R.E.K. because she is a minor, claims that her parents are threatening her physically and emotionally to coerce her into getting an abortion. The lawsuit states:

Now comes plaintiff, R.E.K., a minor, complaining of defendants Jeffrey Koen and Denise Watts Koen, her natural mother and father (collectively “Defendants”), who are violating her federal constitutional rights to carry her child to term by coercing her to have an abortion with both verbal and physical threats and harassment.

R.E.K. is currently nine-weeks pregnant and had been living with her boyfriend's parents for seven months. The lawsuit explains, “For some time R.E.K. has resided at the home of her baby’s paternal grandparents because her mother routinely does not supervise her, frequently spending her evenings at a local bar, and R.E.K. avoided her father’s presence because of his tendency towards physical violence, which she has observed on multiple occasions.”

The lawsuit also claims that R.E.K.’s parents have been harassing the father of the child, as well as his family.

In the lawsuit, the teen claims her mom "invited the paternal grandparents [of her baby] to a bar for further discussion, where she suggested that she might slip her an abortion pill through deception." During that meeting, the teen's mom informed the paternal grandparents that she had undergone four abortions and that it was the proper thing to do.

Jeffrey Koen has threatened to cancel R.E.K.’s health insurance. He also told his daughter that decisions regarding the unborn baby were his — “end of story.”

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