A 16 year-old Houston, Texas teen, who goes by the name R.E.K on court documents, has set the law on her parents – because they are forcing her to have an abortion, against her will. A lawyer from Texas Center for Defense of Life, who is representing the young woman has notified the estranged parties that their daughter is now legally protected. To protect R.E.K and her fetus, the courts have issued a temporary restraining order against her parents.
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The lawsuit claims R.E.K.’s parents kept her home from school, took her phone and car and that she, the father of her child and the child’s paternal grandmother have been harassed by her father. It also claims R.E.K.’s mother suggested she was going to slip her daughter the abortion pill.
This reproductive health case brings to life Roe Vs. Wade, which centered around a single mother who challenged criminal abortion laws in Texas.
Interesting Fact: Did you know under Bellotti v. Baird, teenagers have the right to make decisions about their reproductive health.