A Nebraska teenager in foster care has been denied an abortion — because the state Supreme Court decided that she wasn’t “mature enough” to make the decision on her own.
“It’s a very unique case,” the teenager’s lawyer Catherine Mahern told ABC News. “It’s okay for her to relinquish her child to adoption. She doesn’t need a court to determine the underlying psychological impact or emotional impact of giving up a child, which I think is significant.”
The 16 year-old girl, who has not been named, was 10 weeks pregnant in May when she requested a legal document that would allow her to terminate the pregnancy without parental consent. She argues that she was not financially stable enough to have a child and that she couldn’t “be the mom that [she] would like to be right now.”
Ironically, that same month the court took away her biological parents’ parental rights, citing abuse and neglect and placed her in a foster home in February.
In 2011, the teenager’s father broke her shoulder and collarbone and was convicted of third-degree assault. Court documents also show that her mother had a drug problem.
The court concluded that the young woman wasn’t mature enough to make the decision on her own, citing the fact that he was still financially dependent on her foster parents, never having lived on her own or had any work experience.
Watch a report on the story from Rachel Maddow in the video below.