Here's the story in a nutshell. Girl gets pregnant and suddenly decides that she can't go through with it. She tries to make herself miscarry and eventually asks her boyfriend for help. Eventually she miscarries although no one can say for certain whose actions really caused it. The state finds out and although she has defended his actions as being at her request, he is condemned him to life in prison.
Here's the actual snippet from the AP:
LUFKIN, Texas (AP) -- A 19-year-old accused of causing his teenage girlfriend to miscarry two fetuses by stepping on her stomach was convicted Monday of two counts of murder.
Gerardo Flores received an automatic life sentence because prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, which was available under the state's 2003 fetus protection law.
Erica Basoria, 17, acknowledged asking Flores to help end her pregnancy; she could not be prosecuted because of her legal right to abortion.
The defense contended that Basoria punched herself while Flores was stepping on her, making it impossible to tell who caused the miscarriage.
Her family, it seems, is happy with themselves - although she is destroyed by the whole event. The unwritten part of this seems that her family are actually the malcontents here. It's pretty easy to infer, if they're happy with the situation that they neither wanted her to date this man, nor did she feel they would support her in having an abortion. Left with the choice of having the babies or putting herself through pain, it's pretty clear what this girl decided she had to do.
Texas is about as a mysogenistic state as it gets, though probably tied for first place with Florida. South Dakota recently made the news with this little gem:
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge Monday to strike down a new South Dakota abortion law, saying it would force doctors to read inaccurate, state-scripted medical information to women seeking abortions.
The group filed a lawsuit challenging the new statute in federal court in Sioux Falls, said Kate Looby, director of the Planned Parenthood clinic there.
''Politicians can't force doctors to tell patients things that aren't true. That's bad medicine,'' Looby said. ''Just because politicians believe something is true doesn't make it so.''
The new law, scheduled to take effect July 1, would require doctors to inform women seeking abortions that the procedure ends the life of a human and terminates the constitutional relationship a woman has with her unborn child. It also requires doctors to tell women about the medical risks of abortion, including a statement that abortion could cause an increased risk of suicide.
Fucking amazing isn't it?
Lets see now - having an abortion might have an increased risk of suicide - and carrying an unwanted pregancy to term doesn't. Oh fucking come ON here. What about the risk of no future for the mother or the unwanted baby?
The pope recently weighed in on Abortion - in the terms of defining marriage as being singularly between a man and a woman. His concept that having a baby is the culmination of this relationship is so unbelieveably narrow that it boggles the mind. The fact is that until women can choose not to become pregnant in the first place, they all share the risk of being forced to carry a child they do not want.
And that is the actual crime.