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July-20-98

Abortion Blocked in Case of Twelve Year Incest Victim

A Michigan Judge has blocked a twelve year old pregnant girl who is a victim of incest from being taken by her parents to Kansas to obtain an abortion Raped by her brother, the girl is twenty-eight weeks pregnant. Her doctor failed to properly diagnose her four times. Michigan outlaws abortions after twenty-four weeks except when the woman's life is endangered.

Prosecutors, tipped off by the girl's cousin, pressed a judge to forbid the girl from having an abortion until she underwent psychological treatment, saying that the girl was unsure whether she wanted to have the abortion or not. The Judge blocked the girl's parents from taking her out of state to get the abortion until she has had a month of treatment. The brother will face sexual assault charges.

Media Resources: AP - July 17, 1998


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