Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Remember: Spring Adams, Sent Home to a Murderer by Prochoice Helpers

With all the news coverage of the New Hampshire law going before SCOTUS, it's a good time to remember Spring Adams, a girl who died because the people she turned to for help saw the pregnancy as the problem, and sent her home to her rapist father. He shot the girl dead in her bed. She was only 13 years old.

From an ACLU pamphlet:
Where a pattern of sexual abuse already exists, parental reactions to a daughter's pregnancy can be even more extreme. One notable example occurred in Fruitland, Idaho, where 13-year-old Spring Adams became pregnant as a result of sexual abuse by her father. Although the young woman decided to have an abortion and arranged for an appointment, she could not afford either to pay for the procedure or to travel to the abortion provider, who was more than six hours away in Portland, Oregon. The local social services agency would have refused to pay for her medical care because abortions are not covered by medical assistance -- even in rape or incest cases. Two Portland organizations arranged for a free abortion, a ride to Portland, and a place for Spring to stay overnight. But the morning before she was to leave for the clinic, Spring's father shot her to death with a .30 caliber rifle while she lay sleeping.
According to this site, the Idaho Health Department set the ball in motion for Spring's abortion, contacting an the Portland abortionist. Spring was returned to her abuser for two weeks while her self-appointed helpers worked to arrange the abortion. And then they have the unmitigated gall to blame parental involvement laws for her death!

Let's look at some other facts the abortion rights people gloss over:
  1. The murder took place in the family home, where Spring was still living under the same roof with her father.
  2. Rocky Adams had admitted to the incest in a written statement made to the police on June 16 -- two months before he murdered his daughter. Child abuse charges were filed on June 20. Yet Rocky Adams was neither incarcerated nor committed to a mental institution, in spite of a plea he made for treatment for psychological and substance abuse problems. 
  3. It was two weeks after Rocky confessed before any arrangements were put in motion for an abortion, and even while prochoice professionals were arranging an abortion, they did not arrange for her to stay in a safe place while they worked out the details.
If Spring Adams had walked into a prolife pregnancy center, the first order of business would have been protecting the girl from further abuse. Her abusive father, not her unborn baby, would have been identified as the threat to her well-being and no effort would have been spared to deny him access to his victim.

But somehow, through some convoluted twist of thought that only abortion zealots can understand, the murder of Spring Adams was caused not by multiple failures to remove her from a dangerous situation, but by "lack of access" to an immediate abortion -- as if killing the fetus would have assuaged Rocky's guilt and stayed his murderous hand.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

How in the world is this the fault of abortion providers?! That is absolutely absurd. Had abortion been a viable, accessible option, she could have contacted a provider, and had her abortion. That the state did not provide housing for this poor girl is hardly the fault of abortion. Perhaps if laws were more accommodating for women in abusive situations, or had the state been capable of providing abortion care via social services (no doubt a result of the Hyde Act, which makes it impossible for state agencies to pay for abortion, even in cases where the woman in question is eligible for state sponsored health care), she may have had a chance. It is not to say that an abortion could have saved her life, but it certainly could have been a step towards attaining further state protection.

GrannyGrump said...

I didn't blame the abortion clinic; I blamed the prochoicers who knew that the girl was being abused and sent her home for continued abuse because they were so focused on killing the fetus that they completely forgot that Spring had a right to safety.

It's the blinders prochoicers put on. If a pregnant woman -- or girl -- is in a tight spot, they never think to address those problems. For all the complaints that prolifers are obsessed with the fetus, prochoicers are more obsessed. It's like they get into a "THIS FETUS MUST DIE!" mode where even the woman's very life pales by comparison.

Anonymous said...

This is a lie. Spring was sent home to her family, NOT her father. Her father was not living in the home. He broke in in the middle of the night to kill her. Get the facts before you publish this sh*t. If it were your daughter would you want her to have your husband and her fathers baby?

GrannyGrump said...

Anon, thanks for clarifying that. Do you have a source? Sadly, I'm stuck with primarily PROCHOICE SOURCES that are less than accurate, and I have to go with what I've got access to.

Christina Dunigan said...

I found a news clipping about the case -- Spring was still living in the home with BOTH PARENTS! What the hell was her mother thinking?