One straight-A student, college bound young woman came from a family who strongly opposed pre-marital sex and abortion on religious grounds. She was so desperate not to disappoint her parents that she drove hundreds of miles from Minnesota, which has a parental involvement law, to an Illinois clinic so that she could have the abortion without letting her parents down.
Just days after a young woman appeared for a judicial bypass hearing, her parents received an anonymous letter from an anti-abortion group informing them of the date, time, and subject of the hearing. The members the anti-abortion group saw the young woman in the courthouse and identified her by searching for her face in high school yearbooks.
In examples from Minnesota and Massachusetts, one young woman was sitting in a court corridor when her sister’s civics class came through; another saw a neighbor in the courthouse; a third encountered her godmother, who was employed as a court officer; another had to hide in the bathroom to avoid being seen by a family member who worked in the courthouse; and a young woman ran into her father right outside of the courthouse.
An attorney received a frantic call from her client stating that, although the school was treating her absence as excused, it would nonetheless be noted on her report card. As she routinely achieved perfect attendance, she knew her parents would notice the excused absence and demand an explanation.
Upon learning of one minor’s intended absence from school to attend a bypass hearing, a Massachusetts school principal removed the student from class, drove her home, and informed her mother of both her pregnancy and her desire for an abortion. Her mother forced her to carry her pregnancy to term against her wishes.
A young woman picked a fight with her brother so he would punch her in the stomach, all in hope of triggering a miscarriage.
Another young woman threw herself down the stairs in hope of disrupting the pregnancy.
One young woman, who was a gymnast, devised a gymnastics practice regimen that she hoped would cause her to miscarry.
A young woman was so scared that her parents would find out about her unintended pregnancy, she tried to overdose on over-the-counter medication.
In a well publicized case from Indiana, a teen, desperate to end her pregnancy without her parents’ knowledge, had an illegal abortion and died from complications.
The much older adult sister of a pregnant youth disclosed to a clinic that since learning of her sister’s pregnancy, her parents had engaged in a prolonged period of degrading her sister (by, for example, repeatedly calling her a whore and telling her that she was no good) and isolating her from all outside sources of support. As a result, the pregnant youth became so depressed the sister was seriously afraid that the pregnant youth would try to kill herself.
The older sister thought that the situation was so dire that, after talking to clinic staff, she called DCFS about her own family.