Jesus Loves the Little Children

Disgusting:

The highest court in Nebraska has decided that a 16-year-old in foster care must carry her unintended pregnancy to term because she hasn’t proven that she’s “sufficiently mature and well informed” enough to choose to have an abortion. The teen sought to bypass the state’s parental consent law because her foster parents are very religious, and she worried that she would lose her place in their home if she told them she wanted to end her pregnancy.

Not mature enough to have an abortion, but mature enough to raise a kid in a foster home. Have no fear, though, if the Republicans get their way in a grand bargain, I’m sure they won’t cut all the assistance this 16 year old unwed mother in a foster home needs.






66 replies
  1. 1

    I’m sure the real goal is to have her be a convenient baby factory for an infertile rich couple.

  2. 2
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Roger Moore: But Ellen Page was so cute in that movie.

  3. 3
    Trollhattan says:

    At last, a weary nation’s new post sequester had ended.

  4. 4
    scav says:

    Well, that and Nebraska must have been feeling left in the dust in the crazy race. Or, they could see babies as a viable supplement crop to wheat and corn.

  5. 5
    Tom Levenson says:

    There is no compromise with this kind of sh*t. That is all.

  6. 6
    David Koch says:

    This is Miley Cyrus’s fault.

    That, and video games.

  7. 7
    Anoniminous says:

    I blame Obama.

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    Baud says:

    because she hasn’t proven that she’s “sufficiently mature and well informed” enough to choose to have an abortion

    With those qualifications, she should run for Congress as a Republican.

  9. 9
    MomSense says:

    This is horrifying. To think, Republicans are terrified of fantasies about government takeover of healthcare but the state is literally assuming control over this poor girl’s body.

  10. 10
    Baud says:

    @MomSense:

    Birth panels!

  11. 11
    LanceThruster says:

    Oh for f#ck’s sake!

    Jeebus, protect me from your followers.

  12. 12
    Wally Ballou says:

    @Roger Moore: How do you know she’s white?

  13. 13
    MomSense says:

    @Baud:

    Birth panels!! That’s it!

  14. 14
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Not mature enough to have an abortion, but mature enough to raise a kid in a foster home.

    This is quite frankly insane.

  15. 15
    jake the snake says:

    The Cthulhu Cult was less dangerous than the right wing in this country, and a hell of lot less delusional.

  16. 16
    Jerzy Russian says:

    Jesus Hussein Christ. Green Balloons already! Can’t we see what Steve, Lily, and/or Rosie are up to?

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    Ben Franklin says:

    They like the idea because it creates more ‘takers’ in the social welfare sphere. Another chance to kill that baby in it’s crib.

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    WereBear says:

    The poor kid. She’s got no one in her corner, and no one who loves her.

    Sadly, a lot of teens cannot bear to give up the baby, especially those short on love, but then they don’t get the support they need to raise them, either. So they go into foster care of their own as emotionally damaged toddlers.

    So sick, to deliberately destroy lives in the name of morality.

  19. 19
    shelly says:

    aaaaaahhhhhh, nail fungus ad is back!

  20. 20
    Josie says:

    @Roger Moore: This is exactly what is intended. I have often thought that this whole no abortions and no contraceptives movement is about making poor women bear babies they can’t afford in order to have adoption possibilities for wealthier women who don’t want to ruin their figures, etc. I know I sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I can’t help thinking that has something to do with it. Hmmm – seems like someone wrote a book about that at one point.

  21. 21
    Baud says:

    @shelly:

    Not surprising. We’ve been spending a lot of time talking about Boehner.

  22. 22
    El Cid says:

    If I didn’t know these people already, I’d be less unwilling to sy “Wait–what?”

  23. 23
    RaflW says:

    When I saw the post title, I was hoping you’d noticed the rather stunning little scandal erupting in Minnesota involving the Minneapolis-St Paul Archdiocese.

    Seems there’s missing kiddie porn, a tendency (surprise!) to let priests keep being priests after doing really creepy things, and assorted extensions of a decades-long tragedy involving children and men with lots of power and no morals.

  24. 24
    sharl says:

    It is in keeping with the commandments of our Glorious Lord and Prince of Peace that this wayward slut be shamed and made to live in misery on this earth – for her own good – before her soul is lovingly consigned to the Fiery Lake of Eternal Damnation.

    Glory!

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    Citizen Alan says:

    There was a case in Mississippi back when I clerking that was even more disgusting than this. A 16-year-old girl was pregnant and wanted an abortion. Her parents were dead and the grandmother who raised her had never bothered to take the legal step to be made her guardian. She sought an abortion and her grandmother supported her efforts, but the local chancellor, a preening theocratic asshole, decided that she was “too immature” for an abortion. It went all the way to the state supreme court which affirmed the chancellor on procedural grounds. I was disgusted then and I’m disgusted today, twelve years later.

  26. 26
    Darkrose says:

    The story linked on LGM included this bit:

    Catherine Mahern, the attorney representing the girl, said her client went before Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon in July. At the time, the girl was 10 weeks pregnant.

    Mahern declined to say whether the girl is still pregnant, three months later. “It is not in my client’s best interests to comment,” she said.

    She noted there are ways for a minor to bypass parental consent other than through the courts. Among them is going to another state, she said.

  27. 27
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Josie:

    I think that is indeed part of it. Especially for white teens who are giving birth to pure white babies that the rich can raise as their own offspring, because they’re infertile or they don’t want to deal with 9 months of pregnancy, or whatever.

    But the slut shaming aspect is also very important. The sluts need to be punished, and make sure that when the baby comes out, the incubator gets no pain relief. Bitch needs to suffer.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @RaflW:

    The missing kiddie porn might identify victims, who might identify the criminal vermin that molested them, and we certainly can’t have that.

    The Book of Dolan is all about this, as is the Book of Law.

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    Tommy says:

    @Citizen Alan: Wow. Wow. I have a penis and not a uteruses. I tend to defer to women on how they care for their vagina or uteruses. That has always worked out well for me.

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    esc says:

    @Roger Moore: I remember reading years ago about a high achieving high schooler who went on down to her local (Christian, of course) adoption agency. They couldn’t have been more thrilled that this smart, pretty cheerleader wanted to give up the baby she had made with her equally smart, athletic boyfriend.

    And then they found out he was black, which put the brakes on the whole thing, at least with that agency.

  31. 31
    Gex says:

    Wasn’t this the state that had screwed up the law allowing parents to drop off kids they don’t want so badly that a child this age could have just been surrendered to the state? It’s strange this age can be old enough to be a mother AND young enough to be surrendered like an infant.

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    esc says:

    @Roger Moore: I remember reading years ago about a high schooler who went on down to her local (Christian, of course) adoption agency. They couldn’t have been more thrilled that this smart, pretty cheerleader wanted to give up the baby she had made with her equally smart, athletic boyfriend.

    And then they found out he was black, which put the brakes on the whole thing, at least with that agency.

  33. 33
    Yatsuno says:

    @Gex: I thought that was South Dakota. I’m not sure now and I’m feeling too lazy to Google.

  34. 34

    @Baud:

    Birth panels!

    Where would you like your internets delivered?

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  36. 36
    lamh36 says:

    IDIOTS!

    Republicans to block quick passage of back-pay bill

    “I think it’s really premature to be dealing with that until we resolve the underlying problem,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. “We’ve offered a number of bills to try to alleviate some of the hardship and they’ve been swatted down out of hand.”

    Cornyn said he didn’t expect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to the floor because of GOP objections.

    “There is no sense of urgency for us to do it. The federal government is shut down,” said Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican of North Carolina who supports providing back pay but not until the government has reopened. “I think it’s very legitimate to take our time on this and hopefully Senator Reid will open it up for amendments and we can see how it ends up.”

    Cornyn said if Democrats put the bill on the floor Republicans would not be okay with legislative shortcuts to pass it – such as a voice vote or unanimous consent agreement.

    Asked if the bill should be subject to amendments and filibusters – procedures that could delay passage for several days – Cornyn said, “yeah, we ought to legislate.”

  37. 37
    Yatsuno says:

    @Gex: Most of the Midwest seems rather fucked up in one way or another. I’m waiting for Wisconsin to get over its teabagger stupidity and rejoin Minnesota in sanity territory.

    @lamh36: Because of course they will. They are exactly who they thought they were.

  38. 38

    The judge whose so-called judgment was affirmed? Used to was the lawyer for Operation Rescue.

    Back before this now-17-year-old young woman was born, left in charge of her younger sibs & somehow got herself knocked up while in foster care. With religious nut jobs who wouldn’t allow her to assert her right to bodily autonomy even if they were allowed to.

    Which goes to show us liberal do-gooders. Step up and get licensed to do foster care–right now it’s whackos only.

  39. 39
    Punchy says:

    I hope someone’s been arrested for statutory rape.

  40. 40

    @lamh36:

    Republicans to block quick passage of back-pay bill

    Shorter Senate Republicans: We need a chance to show what big assholes we are.

  41. 41
    piratedan says:

    @Roger Moore: well they could have chosen to kick some Nuns but the Catholic Church said that they were all on assignment

  42. 42
    MomSense says:

    @Baud:

    Is it wrong for me to wish Boehner would get nail fungus as punishment for dragging the whole country through all of this?

  43. 43

    @MomSense:
    It may not be wrong to wish it, but it is definitely wrong to mention the vile disease here where it may trigger ads.

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    Chris says:

    @Darkrose:

    She noted there are ways for a minor to bypass parental consent other than through the courts. Among them is going to another state, she said.

    There needs to be some kind of underground railroad (doesn’t even really need to be “underground” much) fund for girls to avail themselves of if they’re in this situation to get them to another part of the country, or even Canada, if need be. I can’t imagine there wouldn’t be enough donors. Plenty of people are as sickened by this as we are.

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    Chris says:

    @Josie:

    I know I sound like a conspiracy theorist

    No, I just think you’re overthinking it. Making life as painful as possible for the slut in every possible way is the ends in itself. What happens to the baby after it’s born is immaterial. It may very well be that there’s a pool of rich people waiting to adopt poor people’s kids who’re using this situation to their advantage, but the situation would still exist even if there wasn’t.

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    Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader says:

    The kid should have thought about this before she fucked in Nebraska.

  47. 47
    Baud says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader:

    What the hell else is there to do in Nebraska?

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    GxB says:

    @Yatsuno: Oh you’ll be waiting a loooog time… This place is barely recognizable as the home of Fighting Bob and Russ Feingold. I don’t own a TV but my folks say the airwaves are clogged with “Walker is wonderful!” themed commercials blasting at all hours, and it is apparently working quite well. Throw in the hopeless gerrymandering and we are at best deep maroonish-purple (tending to maroon in more ways than one) for at least the next decade.

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    WereBear says:

    Being raised by “strict religious” is Shackleton on the ice floe.

    There is no shelter or warmth or care. There’s only increasing, impossible, demands which must be met lest you are cast out on the street.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Wally Ballou:

    How do you know she’s white?

    It’s Nebraska, and a “good, Christian” foster family. Odds are in favor.

  51. 51
    gelfling545 says:

    The daughter of a friend got pregnant way too young & bought the “choose life” propaganda. In the (Catholic) hospital while in labor & after delivery she was subjected to a long line of medical people pressuring her to raise the baby her own 16 year old self & going on about how could you give up your own baby, la, la, la until her mother finally raised hell, after which she was moved to a remote part of the ward & ignored until she was discharged. Nothing pleases them unless they can make you really suffer.

  52. 52
    Chris says:

    @gelfling545:

    The more I read about shit like this, the more that scene from Airplane appeals to me.

  53. 53
    fuckwit says:

    @MomSense: That’s exactly it!! They’re terrified of losing their control over poor girls’ bodies, and handing that control to… the girls themselves, which is what the government would do.

  54. 54
    fuckwit says:

    @lamh36: GENERAL FUCKING STRIKE.

    That’s what needs to happen. The workers… ALL WORKERS… all over the country, need to come together, and just refuse to go to work. Federal, state, city, public sector, private sector, retail, white collar, everything.

    Just FUCKING GO ON STRIKE UNTIL THE FUCKING REPUBLICAN CONGRESS DOES THEIR FUCKING JOBS.

    What was it the Russians said of the Soviet Union — “we pretend to work and they pretend to pay us”?– well, it’s time for that now, here.

  55. 55
    fuckwit says:

    @Baud: But the few times I’ve tried to spell it without the h and without the extra e, FYWP has thrown it into moderation.

  56. 56
    Roxy says:

    @Josie:

    James Tiptree Junior wrote a short sci-fi story about abortions being illegal and what it has done to society.

  57. 57
    Suzanne says:

    @Josie: I don’t think it’s about body image, but there are certainly more infertile rich white people than there are healthy adoptable infants. Demand needs supply.

    On a related note, the Baby Veronica case makes me want to hurl.

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    Wally Ballou says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Then, too, a woman with no control over her fertility is less likely to be picky over who (or whether) she marries, or get highfalutin notions about pursuing an education or career, or otherwise push back against God-given patriarchal social order.

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    johnny aquitard says:

    @Josie: They have to be white babies. Asian babies are distant runner up, only if they’re not wealthy enough to pay a poor white girl to have one for them.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Chris: I wish I could remember the name of the group that wanted members to buy and keep on hand the morning-after pill for emergencies. I lost track of them, so I don’t know if they still exist or if they have expanded to the types of aid they can/will give.

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    nineone says:

    if the Republicans get their way in a grand bargain

    Waitasec, there’s a grand bargain?

  62. 62
    gnomedad says:

    @Josie:

    about making poor women bear babies they can’t afford in order to have adoption possibilities for wealthier women who don’t want to ruin their figures, etc. I know I sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I can’t help thinking that has something to do with it.

    I rather doubt this, but I’m tempted to say that they should loudly and frequently be accused of it anyway, in order to divert some of their energy into attempts to deny it.

  63. 63
    Suzanne says:

    @johnny aquitard: Actually, all the baby-hungry infertiles I know (and I know a lot) are okay with having a baby of any race. Angelina Jolie made it okay. However, now that increases the demand for international adoption, which can result in human trafficking in countries that have even more corrupt, shady systems than we do.

    This is the reason why, even though I think adoption can be a wonderful thing, that there really isn’t any way to ethically participate in that system.

  64. 64
    swbarnes2 says:

    I think it’s more about people thinking that sex, or any kind of pleasure, (as well as food, housing, healthcare, education clean water, etc) are too good for most people. So if one of those inferiors takes a pleasure they aren’t entitled to, it’s only just that they suffer for it.

  65. 65
    kc says:

    What the FUCK?

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    John PM says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: I think irony has finally died.

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