Two teens may face charges after they allegedly used a baseball bat in an attempt to abort a fetus, according to Local 4 reports.
Police said a 16-year-old girl became pregnant and had a miscarriage in October at her home in the northern Macomb County town of Armada.
After an investigation, Michigan State Police determined that prior to the miscarriage, the girl and a 16-year-old boy -- the father of the unborn child -- may have attempted to abort the fetus.
"Without getting graphic, it involved a baseball bat and at some point the child was miscarried and that brings us to where we're at now," said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith.
Smith said the male youth would hit the pregnant teen in the abdomen with a decorative-type wooden baseball bat every other day for three weeks.
"The length at which these two 16-year-olds went to abort this unborn child is just disturbing," said Smith.
[and it just gets more disturbing from there...]
First some background data:
- Michigan appears to have exactly one abortion provider, Summit Medical Center of Michigan. It's in Detroit, about an hour's drive away from the center of Armada Township, where all this happened.
- Michigan does not exactly have "abortion on demand" these days. Here's the policy: 24-hour waiting period (enforced), parental consent required (enforced), no state medicaid funding available.
Now have a look at the discussion they're having about this story in this thread over at everyone's favorite proto-fascism transmitter site, FreeRepublic.Com. If you can't bear to click through— and hey, I can't blame you— then here are some of the more choice quotes (found between all the confusion about the punctuation in the headline and the rending of garments about how they are disgusted and horrified beyond the capacity for reasonable comment):
I thought that the argument for abortion and against parental notification was to prevent stuff like this? Dems will probably say the teens couldn't afford an abortion and this will be another argument for government funded abortion, (no mention of abstinence).
9 posted on 11/16/2004 8:10:45 PM PST by JanetteS (My heart is as light as a song!)
And you just KNOW the liberals will use this as evidence that these sickos didn't have enough access to abortion clinics!
13 posted on 11/16/2004 8:11:17 PM PST by smcmike
This is what democrat leadership defense and promotion of abortion on demand has come to. Lay the blame squarely where it belongs (with the youths) but reserve a portion of the outrage for the promoters who use this to empower their disgusting selves.
16 posted on 11/16/2004 8:11:41 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
Disgusting. But how is it reasonable for the state to intervene in a woman's choice? Is it that she chose to murder her baby slowly rather than slicing it apart? Is it that the state failed to receive its share of tax money it might have otherwise received from an "authorized" abortion?
How is it there is such revulsion to what these kids did as opposed to the same procedure being performed by a "doctor' when he conducts the left's crucial sacrament?
17 posted on 11/16/2004 8:12:08 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze
She should have sat on a fire hydrant, perched her boyfriend on her lap,
had him reach down and turn the wrench, and they would have accomplished their goal...
AND launched themselves into space, ridding the rest of us of two sick people all in one stroke!
35 posted on 11/16/2004 8:18:24 PM PST by 45semi (Man has only those rights he can defend...)
Too bad abortion did not apply to these losers. I wish there was retroactive abortion for scum like them.
36 posted on 11/16/2004 8:18:43 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Proud rabbit hater and killer)
Both teens ought to be sterilized. They should never be given the chance to mistreat another child. We are raising animals, not human beings, and I shudder to think of growing old in such a godless society.
49 posted on 11/16/2004 8:26:58 PM PST by kittymyrib
Both teens ought to be sterilized.
The 16 year old male should at least be under some supervision for the rest of his life. If he's so willing to go after his girlfriend with bat...honestly the whole thing is just too appalling and complicated to think about.
The thought that these two people will someday be parents is horrifying.
59 posted on 11/16/2004 8:33:00 PM PST by JanetteS (My heart is as light as a song!)
Abortions are free and easy to get. What were these two thinking?
64 posted on 11/16/2004 8:37:06 PM PST by ladyinred (Congratulations President Bush! Four more years!)
"Both teens ought to be sterilized."
That's just another form of birth control, it's all evil, whether you get yourself 'fixed' like a cat or pay for the 'family planning' pills and devices.
68 posted on 11/16/2004 8:42:06 PM PST by TheCrusader ("the frenzy of the Mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" - Pope Urban II, 1097 A.D.)
Are you beginning to understand just how long a row we have to hoe here?
I mentioned to someone in my family the other night that this whole episode about not confirming Arlen Specter to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee is basically a fight over whether and how soon to get a change in the U.S. Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision that found a constitutional right to abortion.
She looked at me like I was joking. She's known for some time that the Republicans favor a lot of policies she doesn't like, but it was not easy convincing her that they really, really DO want to make abortions illegal everywhere in the United States, and the reëlection of George W Bush has pretty much sealed the deal on that issue.
It was clear she didn't believe me that such a change in the court would also result in the eventual revisitation of Griswold v. Connecticut, the decision that struck down laws prohibiting married couples from using contraception. After reading the discussion above, I'm thinking: maybe I didn't go far enough— because it sure seems to me that our neighbors in RedState™ America are pretty enthusiastic about the idea of overturning Skinner v. Oklahoma, the decision that outlawed compulsory sterilization as a punishment for a crime.
Nobody wants to believe the Radical Right is really ready to do what they say they want to do. But, as you can see from the background information I provided above, we've already made abortion in much of the country more unsafe, more common, more difficult to obtain, and more difficult to afford than any time since Roe v. Wade. It's such a small step from here to a Supreme Court reversal and an outright Federal law against it. It'll happen. It's only a matter of time, ladies— time to get your War on and stand up for your rights— because it ought to be obvious by now that they won't stop with just banning abortion.
When you wake up a few years from now and you or your daughter have been sterilized because the government doesn't think you or she will ever make a good parent, I don't want to hear any whining from anybody that Nobody Told You It Could Happen. This is how it happens. Stop living in denial.