Two lawyers wants a 12-year-old rape victim to have the child of the man who raped her.
Lorie Mullins and Win Johnson, both lawyers and both firmly anti-abortion, are fighting against an Alabama court’s decision to allow a 12-year-old girl to have abortion without parental consent after she was raped and impregnated by a relative.
Mullins said the girl has been ‘put in the position of being the perpetrator of this newest violence’.
She added: ‘The courts, the law has decided that she’s not old enough, wise enough and mature enough to make her own decision about whether or not she wants to drink, to buy a pack of cigarettes to drive a car … They have now put this decision, this responsibility, in her hands.’
Mullins has not worked with or even met the unnamed victim she is talking about here.
The 12-year-old girl’s petition to be allowed an abortion come from her wish not to communicate with her mother, who the court heard has allegedly been neglectful and abusive towards the child.
Johnson said of the decision: ‘The court of civil appeals issued an opinion… to decide that [the victim] was mature enough to murder her own child in her womb.’
The lawyer has spoken out against court decisions before, saying of the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalise gay marriage in 2015: ‘Public officials are ministers of God assigned the duty of punishing the wicked and protecting the righteous.’
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The girl reportedly told the court that she did not want to have the child because she was scared.
The court decided that she did not require parental consent to have the abortion because she had been removed from her mother’s care five times, and because she had no family support.