Clinic Workers Save Young Woman From Abusive Mother

A woman in Florida last week who tried to force her 16 year-old daughter to have an abortion by pointing a gun at her stomach and threatening to pull the trigger was stopped by clinic workers at the Aware Woman Medical Center in Palm Beach, Florida. At the clinic, the young woman wrote on a medical form that her mother was making her have the abortion and she did not want the procedure performed. Upon discovering this, staff members spoke with her privately and told her she did not have to continue with the procedure. When the clinic workers became aware that the teen’s mother had a gun, they immediately called police and had the mother arrested. The woman is in jail awaiting charges of false imprisonment and domestic assault. The clinic staff were praised for their courageous efforts to ensure the safety of the young woman and their continued commitment to providing women with a choice in their reproductive futures.


Reuters - August 2, 2000 and Associated Press - August 3, 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation

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