No choice

No choice

A wealthy couple from Maine has been arrested on charges they kidnapped their daughter to force her to have an abortion. So what’s new? I’ve seen similar things with my own eyes.

First, this couple kidnapped their 19-year-old daughter who they thought was at an exclusive boarding school out of state, but they found was living in Maine with a black man and pregnant by him. Such a thing could not stand so they kidnapped, tying her hand and foot and threatening her with a rifle and set off for New York where abortion laws are more liberal. Maine prohibits abortion when the fetus is viable, which is undefined but somewhere between 20 to 27 weeks, while New York allows them up to 24 weeks. The girl was 22 weeks pregnant.

My first question is: What made them think they could take their kidnapped daughter into an abortion clinic in New York for an abortion? Would any of these oh-so-high-minded abortionists violate their sacred credo of “a women’s choice” to abort the child against her will? You bet they would. I’ll be looking to see if the abortionist waiting for them at the other end of their journey gets charged with conspiracy.

As I said, I’ve seen something similar to this. About 20 years ago, my brother and I were on a pro-life picket outside an abortion clinic in Brighton. We saw a car pull up and a mother and father get out. The teenage daughter (or perhaps their son’s girlfriend?) gets out, but then balks upon seeing the pro-lifers. She tries to get back in the car, but the father literally, and I mean literally drags her into the clinic. This is choice?

In fact, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that more often than not women who go for abortions are doing so because they have no choice, that they are pressured into it by parents, boyfriends, husbands, parents of boyfriends, bosses, and Lord knows who else. Crisis pregnancy clinics and sidewalk counselors are there to give these women a choice, but the abortion-political-industrial complex doesn’t want that. The only good choice is abortion.

The Kampfs were upset that their daughter was pregnant by a man who is now in jail, police said, and before leaving Maine on Friday they had an argument at the parents’ home.

“Katelyn stated to me that upon her parents finding out that she was pregnant, they told her she had no choice but to get an abortion,” Marino wrote in his court affidavit.

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Domenico Bettinelli
  • “Maine prohibits abortion when the fetus is viable, which is undefined but somewhere between 20 to 27 weeks, while New York allows them up to 24 weeks.”

    What the hey …????

    Don’t you know that the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions (both rendered on January 22, 1973) effectively eliminated all bans on abortion—FOR ANY REASON, FOR THE ENTIRE PREGNANCY, REGARDLESS OF VIABILITY?  There is no way that Maine or New York can prevent an abortion after some number of weeks of pregnancy (not even 39 weeks). 

    Wow!  This is the kind of ignorance that one normally sees only in pro-abortion newpapers and journals, not in the writings of good Catholics.

  • Um, no. I suggest you do some research before essentially calling me incompetent. smile

    According to the American Life League’s web site:

    On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court enacted Roe v. Wade making abortion a “constitutional” right. The court established a trimester system defining parameters within which states could limit abortion. States could not restrict abortion at all during the first three months of pregnancy. States were permitted to apply some restrictions (i.e., licensing of doctors and health facilities, health codes, etc.) from the end of the third month up to the point of viability. The Court permitted states to outlaw abortions from viability until birth, except when necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.

    If they couldn’t restrict abortion at all, then what was the point of the Partial-Birth Abortion ban, the Mexico City policy, the ban on abortions at military bases, so on and so forth?

  • Dom, read on to the following paragraph on that ALL page:  Doe v Bolton makes the “maternal health” exception a total barn door, and seems to make most laws against third-trimester abortions unenforceable.

  • That isn’t what AnUnSi was saying. He was saying that there is no way that Maine or New York have laws outlawing abortions after a certain number of weeks of pregnancy.

    Those laws do exist and the courts have said that they may exist. Yes, the maternal health exception is a barn door, but it is not automatic. Yes, someone who tried to break the law could challenge it in court and might win, but it’s a far cry from saying the laws don’t exist.