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:
- The murder took place in the family home, where Spring was still living under the same roof with her father.
- 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.
- 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.
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.