HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — A teenage girl will be allowed to keep her baby after winning a lawsuit against her parents who were trying to force her to get an abortion.
The 16-year-old girl, known as R.E.K. in the complaint, originally filed the suit after she said Jeffrey and Denise Coen were trying to coerce her into aborting the fetus.
KRIV-TV reports that the agreement reached will have the Coens help pay for her health insurance and cellphone bill and it also gave consent that she can marry the baby’s father.
Evan Madison, father of the unborn baby, tells KRIV that the court case has been “stressful.”
“[W]e’ve had fights and arguments over all of this and what will happen next because her parents are very unpredictable,” Madison said.
The lawsuit initially stated that the mother wanted to slip her pregnant daughter an abortion pill and that the father threatened her with an “a** whoopin’.”
Greg Terra, attorney and president of the Texas Center for the Defense of Life, said in a press release that they are “extremely happy” with the Harris County judge’s decision to grant a long-term injunction in the case.
“This is a tremendous victory and another life has been saved,” Terra said. “Our victory today stands for the principle that ‘choice’ goes both ways. Under Roe v. Wade and post-Roe cases, a teenage girl has the absolute legal right to choose life, even over the strong objections, pressure, and punishments of her parents. We are extremely happy with the judge’s decision today and we are very proud of our teenage client for being strong enough to stand against her parents to save her unborn child’s life.”
The young couple is planning on marrying soon.