An Italian judge has ordered an abortion for a 13 year-old girl who wants to keep her baby:
An Italian judge has ordered a thirteen year-old girl to have an abortion because her parents are opposed to their daughter giving birth. The decision relies on laws in Italy that allow parents to make the pregnancy decisions for their teenage children.
The girl, from Torino, did not want to have an abortion but the ruling will compel her to do so.
The Italian newspaper La Stampa reports the decision has caused the teenager so much stress she has contemplated suicide and needed to receive psychological help as a result.
The unnamed girl became pregnant after have sexual relations with her 15 year-old boyfriend but she decided the best course of action was keeping the baby.
Obviously the choice to have premarital sex was a bad one, and no one thinks that a 13 year-old should have a baby, but that bridge has already been crossed. The baby is unaware of and not responsible for any of this. For the state to compound a poor choice with forced murder is unconscionable.