Contact: Allan E. Parker, The Justice Foundation, 210-614-7157, firstname.lastname@example.org
AUSTIN, Texas, July 12, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- A press conference will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 1:30 pm. at The Senate Press Conference Room 2E.9 at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas to provide further details on The Justice Foundation’s awareness campaign to help prevent forced abortions.
The following will be present:
- State Representative Molly White
- Women Forced to Have Abortions
- Allan Parker, Esq., President of The Justice Foundation
- Pregnancy Resource Center Directors
The Justice Foundation (TJF) is pleased to announce a new campaign to make everyone aware that forced abortion is illegal in Texas. Coercion, duress, force, violence or threats of violence are unlawful. TJF will be offering free training to police officers, child protective services, and social workers across the state.
Regardless of one's position on abortion, everyone agrees that it is unjust and unlawful to force a pregnant woman to have an abortion against her will. However, most Texans, including law enforcement, don't know this, especially when it concerns minor girls being forced to have an unwanted abortion by their parents. The law is clear and violators can be prosecuted.
There are three common types of forced abortion in Texas.
ALL ARE ILLEGAL
- Adult parents forcing, coercing or using duress against a minor teenage daughter to have an abortion
- The father of the child forcing his spouse or partner to abort
- Human trafficking or prostitution where the pimp forces the woman to abort
Because the law against forced abortions in Texas is not well known, The Justice Foundation is offering free training to police departments and child protective service offices throughout the State on the subject of forced abortion. TJF thanks Attorney General Ken Paxton for expressing his "gratitude to The Justice Foundation for their tireless work on a difficult problem known as forced or coerced abortions. Through their Center Against Forced Abortions they are making it possible for more women to know their rights regarding their ability to protect themselves and their unborn children."
Many teenage daughters and adult women are forced to have an abortion. Lovette says, "My forced abortion left me confused about the value of life. I became suicidal, subsequently had a second abortion and it seriously affected my relationship with my mother." That is why this education campaign is so important.
"According to one published study, sixty-four percent of American women who had abortions felt forced or unduly pressured by someone else to have an unwanted abortion. This must end. I am proud to work alongside The Justice Foundation in their efforts to educate law enforcement about their role in intervening in these situations," said Texas State Representative Molly S. White.
Everyone in Texas needs to know! Abortion is only legal with the voluntary, fully informed consent of the woman. If someone else's will is being imposed on the woman, it is an illegal abortion. It is illegal to force, coerce, use duress or violence to force a woman to have an abortion.
If you have any questions, please contact The Justice Foundation at (210) 614-7157 or visit our website at www.txjf.org/cafa to view the Dear Parent Letter and Dear Father Letter. We look forward to seeing you at the press conference. The Dear Parent Letter is estimated to save at least 1,000 children's lives annually.
Domestic partner violence is a serious issue and can often include coercion, force or duress to have an abortion. Myra Myers says, "As a married woman with children, the fear of abandonment overwhelmed me as I felt verbally and emotionally pushed by my husband to abortion, the only choice."