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post #1 of 19
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This story has sickened me.

http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=5462044

I don't know what these people were thinking. I am just glad the baby is ok and the girl who is pregnant is now in protective custody. I just wanted to hear what you all thought of this story.
post #2 of 19
I am disgusted and outraged, but also very very sorry for that poor girl. To be betrayed and almost KILLED by her mother like that....my thoughts go out to her.
post #3 of 19
Something similiar happened here in Maine. Its been on the news here all week .Forcing her to drink turpentine is simply horrible.I'm glad she was taken into protective custody before she was seriously hurt or dead from drinking it.
Heres the link about what happened here
http://www.boston.com/news/local/mai...n.com+%2F+News
post #4 of 19
Hmmm, seems to me that if the mother should have been putting more effort into trying to prevent her daughter from getting pregnant, 16 years old with a 30+ year old?? and how does one think that DRINKING turpentine is going to abort the baby but not harm the mother? some people really amaze me
post #5 of 19
Wow. Hearkens back to the days of coat hangers, bathtubs full of gin, and throwing yourself down the stairs to terminate a pregnancy when abortions were illegal.....

Perhaps the mother didn't have the funds to cover the cost of an abortion? Is the procedure covered in a hospital in the US the way it is here in Canada or do you have to always pay?

Sad. Very sad story...
post #6 of 19
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From what i understand the girl wants to keep the baby. The mother and her cousin were forcing her against her will to have an abortion.

http://www.wrbl.com/servlet/Satellit...h=%21frontpage
post #7 of 19
Oh I see! Wow. And now the girl is facing the most important decision in her life and must feel so very alone...
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy View Post
Oh I see! Wow. And now the girl is facing the most important decision in her life and must feel so very alone...
I was thinking the same thing Cin. The ONE person she should be able to count on above all others betrayed her. I hope she's finding support and comfort while she's in protective custody.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
Hmmm, seems to me that if the mother should have been putting more effort into trying to prevent her daughter from getting pregnant, 16 years old with a 30+ year old?? and how does one think that DRINKING turpentine is going to abort the baby but not harm the mother? some people really amaze me
Exxxxxactly.

First of all, we have safe, legal abortion in this country. Secondly, we have resources for people to seek counseling on this issue. We also have after-care resources for people no matter what choice they make. It perplexes me that drinking turpentine would seem reasonable to ANYONE. But then again, maybe this mother's lack of judgement is what contributed to this poor girl getting pregnant in the first place. Notice how they said there was only objections to this teen's pregnancy raised AFTER they learned about the father? Hmmmm...
post #10 of 19
Both of those stories are horrible. In 1991-1992, when I was in nursing school, there was a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit with a gash in its forehead from its grandma trying to abort the baby with a coat hanger.
post #11 of 19
It seems like everyday we are seeing something that makes us doubt the "goodness" of people. Although I do not know the family and hate to make assumptions, I'll do it anyway. Anyone who forces their child to drink turpentine or abort with a coat hanger is likely uneducated and, more than likely, poor.

While I am pro-choice, and support a woman's right to safe abortions, the best thing for this girl would be to adopt her baby. I know that people are not allowed to "pay" for a baby, but they would support her and provide excellent prenatal care for the child. A kind family helping out in this way would probably give her her one chance to escape from her circumstances. Why people don't see these possibilites before trying something stupid is beyond my realm of comprehension.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by AnnasMom View Post
It seems like everyday we are seeing something that makes us doubt the "goodness" of people. Although I do not know the family and hate to make assumptions, I'll do it anyway. Anyone who forces their child to drink turpentine or abort with a coat hanger is likely uneducated and, more than likely, poor.

While I am pro-choice, and support a woman's right to safe abortions, the best thing for this girl would be to adopt her baby. I know that people are not allowed to "pay" for a baby, but they would support her and provide excellent prenatal care for the child. A kind family helping out in this way would probably give her her one chance to escape from her circumstances. Why people don't see these possibilites before trying something stupid is beyond my realm of comprehension.
The girl is from South Columbus according to news stories. That is the lower class part of the city. It is sad to see this happen no matter what the social class of the people.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo View Post
Both of those stories are horrible. In 1991-1992, when I was in nursing school, there was a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit with a gash in its forehead from its grandma trying to abort the baby with a coat hanger.

Which is the VERY reason why safe abortions, performed by board-certified doctors, need to remain a legal option for women!
post #14 of 19
This is sooo sad...the things people do these days never cease to amaze and sadden me! My heart goes out to the pregnant teen and her unborn baby. I'm glad she is choosing to carry the baby to term...hopefully she will be a much better mother than her own mom. She must feel soo alone right now I just want to hug her!
post #15 of 19
I was thinking the same as the poster above - it sounds very much to me like the mom and cousins didn't really know any better. They were probably raised to believe this was the best way to cause the girl to abort. Even though we may all find it disgusting/sad, I feel bad for all of them - they probably didn't know any better and didn't feel they had the means to do anything differently. I try not to not judge others until I've walked a mile in their shoes or at least made an effort to try to understand them.

This really is sad for all 4 of them.
post #16 of 19
Can someone explain what Tupertine is?

This reminds me of my used to be friend.
She was 13-14, clearly looked like a 20 year old and would date 30 - 40 year olds it was gross in my eyes, adn was very lucky not to get pregnant.

Sometimes the girls are very intelligent and know what they are doing.
So from this experience with my friend, i never truly fully blame the men because some of them purely dont know what age she is!
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by fwan View Post
Can someone explain what Tupertine is?
Here you go:
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-turpentn.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turpentine
post #18 of 19
I can't imagine that anyone would be that stupid- I can't help but think the family members knew the girls would not have abortions and thus chose to try to force them. Plenty of undereducated and just generally stupid people have normal abortions every day. There are so many ways women have tried to induce abortion over history- the mom and two cousins who forced the girl to drink turpentine probably knew that if they took the girl a an abortion clinic the clinic would not perform the abortion- so instead they forced her to drink poison not knowing it could kill the young lady. The other couple probably thought they could get away with forcing their daughter, or that they could some how persuade her by the time they got her to a clinic. Either way both families should face serious jail time. If you are willing to nearly murder your child, or to kidnap her, who knows what else you are willing to do. I hope those kids never have to meet grandma and grandpa!!
post #19 of 19
Ignorant people who have no clue on how physically damaging something like that could be.
dont even get me started on all the terrible things that could have happend to her and the baby.
tisk tisk tisk
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