Question: I am fifteen years old and three weeks ago, I found out that I am pregnant. My parents are furious and told me they made an appointment for an abortion. Can they force me to do that?
Answer: No. Unless you are in a medical crisis and your life is in immediate danger, they cannot force you to abort your baby. You have a right to make important health and life choices. If you are adamant in your decision, there are resources to help you support your choice and the health of your unborn child.
Parents hold authority over you and can be very persuasive! Some argue that teens don’t have the physical and mental capacity to understand the ramifications of their decisions. They believe that parents should have the legal right to impose their will on their children, because they ultimately have the best interests of the child at heart.
You may contact the Christian Legal Defense council through your local phone book. Or you can call local Evangelical and Catholic churches in your area. They can provide you with legal, spiritual and emotional support at this time. Let that special teacher that you trust know your situation. Tell them about your fears.
In extreme situations, a temporary restraining order can be placed on your parents to prevent them from taking action. You can also write a letter to the clinic staff, letting them know you are not consenting to an abortion and they could be held legally responsible.
If you want to call us here, we can help you figure out your options and help you find the support you need in your local community. Remember, you are not alone! 1-800-923-6784