Only in Alabama would a district attorney object to a 12-year-old who had been raped and impregnated by a relative getting an abortion.
The conservative state has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country — requiring women to undergo counseling designed to discourage them from having an abortion and then wait 48 hours before getting the procedure.
State law also bans abortions after 20 weeks unless the woman’s life is endangered. This regulation is based on the assertion that a five-month old fetus can feel pain — a claim inconsistent with all scientific evidence.
Further, minors in Alabama can’t get an abortion without parental consent — which is how this particular case got to court.
When the 12-year-old in question — who is referred to as “Anonymous” in court filings — was impregnated by a male relative (who is now being charged with statutory rape), her mother reacted violently.
Child services removed the young girl, who doesn’t know her father, from the mother’s home and placed her into state care.
Understandably, she needed a waiver from the parental consent law, but her application was objected to by a district attorney.
The case was then brought to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, which ruled Wednesday in favor of the child, according to the Associate Press.
After already having to navigate the court system, the little girl now has to find one of the few abortion providers in the state and endure scorn from protestors like these, recently reported on by Huffington Post editor Chloe Angyal:
Next, read about the new Arkansas law requiring women to tell the father before getting an abortion. Then, learn about the underground female-run clinic that gave 11,000 women safe abortions before it was legal.