Whenever you hear about a teenaged girl allegedly being forced into an abortion, your antennae have just got to go up. We’re talking about a controversial medical procedure that most people probably don’t undertake electively to begin with — that is, I suspect most women having abortions don’t actually want to be having an abortion — so there’s always an element of whaaaaaaat? when you learn of an apparent attempt at a forced procedure.
Katelyn Kampf, The teen in question here, is actually 19, which makes it even stranger. She was allegedly kidnapped in Maine, the aim being to transport her to New York where the procedure would be performed. How the alleged kidnappers planned to force a legal adult to undergo an abortion out of state is a question for the trial, I suppose.
But the oddest thing about it?
The alleged kidnappers and would-be abortion proponents were the girl’s own parents.
After she became pregnant by a man who is now in jail, her parents allegedly resorted to extreme tactics: Police say they tied her up with rope, gagged her with duct tape, and put her in the family Lexus and drove her across state lines, intent on forcing her to have an abortion.
This is — at best — weird. The woman apparently wants to keep the baby, which is apparently fathered by a man who is currently in jail. Okay. She’s of age, she’s living on her own; yet it seems her parents still feel they can enforce their will upon her.
It’s sick enough when right-wing loonies want to force all pregnancies to term, even ones due to rape or incest; but it’s just as sick to force an abortion on someone who doesn’t want one.
“She always had a really weird relationship with her parents,” said Ella Stiler-Cote, another honors student from Waynflete who attends college in the Boston area. “She was always running away in high school.”
Gee, I wonder why.
It’s been 86 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, yet it seems women are still left voiceless by far too many control freaks. It’s bad enough when a woman is treated like chattel by a man — but when her own parents apparently think they have full rights to ownership, what does this say of our social values?
Addendum: Amanda of Pandagon pointed out something I’d managed to overlook. Katelyn’s baby’s father is black; Katelyn is white. So we have bigotry in play here, as well as ownership of women — all we need now is NASCAR to finish the right-wing loony hat trick.
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