Reporter describes counseling of 14-year-old abortion patient

A reporter at an abortion clinic wrote about a young patient who came in:

DeNeese…has never heard of Roe v. Wade. She’s not even in high school yet. At age 14, five months after losing her virginity, she’s now almost 14 weeks pregnant – the maximum length of pregnancy that this clinic will handle.

“I didn’t realize I was this far along,” says DeNeese, a petite girl with large brown eyes and close-cropped hair….

The father of her baby is her steady boyfriend, and when she got pregnant, there was no discussion of keeping the baby. “I just told him I’m having an abortion,” she says. “I don’t think I ever wanna have kids.

DeNeese has full parental support. With her stepmother at her side, DeNeese listens to counselor Jessica Huertas like a schoolgirl who’s been sent to the principal’s office. DeNeese leans over the table, her chin resting on her hand, her eyes rolling as Ms. Huertas delivers a mini-tutorial on how she must continue to use condoms even after she gets a Depo-Provera shot that will keep her from getting pregnant for three months.

No one suggests that DeNeese might want to try sexual abstinence. “We have to be realistic,” says Ms. Monastersky, the clinic director, later in the day. “This girl is going back to her boyfriend and he’s going to say, ‘Oh baby, I love you….’ and well, you know.”

Linda Feldmann “Abortion: Uneasy Day at the Clinic” The Christian Science Monitor JANUARY 22, 1998

14 weeks

14 weeks

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