A pregnant Texas teen known only as R.E.K. has won the right to have her baby against her parents’ wishes after suing her parents, who were attempting to force her to have an abortion. R.E.K. filed suit against her parents earlier this month, contending that her parents had been making her life miserable in order to coerce her to have an abortion.
Represented by the Texas Center for Defense of Law, R.E.K. was able to reach an agreement with her parents in court on Monday. According to Fox News, “Under the terms of the agreement, the parents will allow the girl to marry her 16-year old boyfriend.”
R.E.K.’s boyfriend is reportedly relieved that the matter has been settled. "Emotionally and stressful it's been tough," he said. "We've had fights and arguments over all of this and what will happen next because her parents are very unpredictable."
The lawsuit states that her parents removed her from school and forced her to get two jobs “to make her miserable so that she would give in to the coercion and have the abortion.”
R.E.K.’s mother had demanded that the teen begin paying rent.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Koen reportedly drove “menacingly” past the place R.E.K. was residing and “staring threateningly” at the boy's parents. Jeff Koen also texted his daughter that she “needs an a** whoopin’,” and that he needed to show his daughter that he has “the power … and [he] will exercise it.”
In the lawsuit, the teen claimed her mom, Denise, "invited the paternal grandparents to a bar for further discussion, where she suggested that she might slip her an abortion pill through deception." During that meeting, Denise informed the boy's parents that she had undergone four abortions and that it was the proper thing to do.
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