This story has been lost in the news from Florida this week, but it deserves just as much attention. A woman in southern Illinois was arrested March 17 for trying to stop her 14-year-old daughter’s abortion–after her daughter was taken out of school against her specific instructions.
According to the girl’s mother, her 14-year old daughter was called off from school in Madison County by a woman posing as the girl’s “grandmother”. The woman took the girl from her home only minutes before the girl’s mother returned home from work.
It was later determined that the woman who had posed as the “grandmother” to the school authorities was the mother of the male who had fathered the unborn child the 14-year old girl was carrying. The age of the male has not been released.
It’s important to note that the girl’s parents and grandfather were the only people authorized to take the girl from school.
What happened next?
“My husband and I rushed to the abortion clinic where we saw our daughter’s name on the roster and the time she had checked in,” the mother said. She then went into the clinic and searched a room filled with young women awaiting abortions but did not see her daughter.
She took a seat near the main desk and said, “I was told I could not prove my daughter was there so I began calling her name. A medical tech at the clinic told me , ‘It’s your daughter’s rights, it’s her body. You have no rights.'”
The daughter was released from the clinic an hour later, after her unborn child had been put to death. The parents are reportedly preparing a lawsuit.
This is what the last two weeks have taught us about the state of America today: Whether it’s the unborn or the disabled, the rights of legal guardians are honored only when the end result is the death of the helpless.