Forbidden from having any contact with her sister.

At the age of thirteen, a young woman from Missouri, a state with a parental involvement law, saw her sixteen year old sister beaten by her father after she told their parents that she was pregnant and planning to have an abortion. After throwing her sixteen year old and all of her clothes out of the house, her father ordered the thirteen year old and her ten year old brother to box their sister’s belongings and take them to a dumpster. Everyone in the family was then forbidden from having any contact with the older sister. Four years later, they still knew nothing of the sister’s whereabouts. Now seventeen and pregnant, the young woman was anxious to avoid suffering as her sister had.

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