Friday, June 17, 2005

Another example of why we need parental involvement

California mother Virginia P.'s 14-year-old daughter, Erin, had a learning disability, low verbal comprehension, and psychological and emotional impairment. Due to the problems Erin was having, Virginia approached the school, and school officials agreed "to keep her informed of everything that happened relating to Erin, no matter how trivial or insignificant," and the principal developed a program of written daily reports to keep Virginia apprised of Erin's school situation.

Nevertheless, staff at Erin's school learned that she was pregnant, and conspired with outside agencies to falsify records and arrange an abortion for Erin during school hours.The abortion was performed at Chico Feminist Women's Health Center, a National Abortion Federation member facility.

The first Erin's mom knew about all these machinations came when she got a call to come to the school immediately. Erin was suffering complications from the abortion and had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.

While Erin was in emergency surgery, and her mother paced the floor in front of surgery, Chris Parker from the clinic arrived at the hospital, and started defending the decision to perform this secret abortion on Erin, on the grounds that the girl was a woman who had every right to do what she wanted with her own body. Erin's mom, needless to say, was in no mood for this, with doctors fighting to save her daughter's life.

Fortunately, Erin survived her ordeal. But her mother learned that it Erin's school routinely conspired to arrange secret abortions on underage girls.

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