Here is your daily dose of outrage:
In Nebraska last week, a 16-year-old girl in foster care sought access to abortion services. The young woman had just terminated the parental rights of her biological parents because they were physically abusive toward her. Now, the young woman found herself in a foster family that by her own account was religiously conservative—and she didn’t want to raise the subject of terminating her pregnancy and risk being kicked out of her new foster home. So this young woman was a ward of the state. She was forced to ask a Nebraska judge to rule on what she could do with her own body.
The judge who ruled, District Judge Peter C. Bataillon, once served on a committee for an anti-abortion organization in Nebraska. Judge Bataillon ruled that this young woman was “not sufficiently mature” to make this decision and denied her request for an abortion. This despite the fact that this young woman received counseling on six occasions, underwent three ultrasounds and took the initiative to approach the court to request such permission in the first place—plus stated, very maturely it would seem, that she couldn’t “be the right mom that [she] would like to be right now.” No, instead, an obviously ideologically-motivated judge decided that this young woman was utterly too immature to get an abortion—but plenty mature to raise a child.
What’s my take on this? Check out my column this week.