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Former colleague of abortion doctor Tiller blames state for his death

October 30, 2011

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When Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed in 2009, and the murderer was still on the loose, someone close to Tiller told Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus she needed to leave her house as a precaution.

That’s how life has been for Neuhaus, a longtime associate of Tiller’s.

In an interview with the Lawrence Journal-World, Neuhaus said she sometimes wore a bulletproof vest. When traveling to work at Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services clinic, Neuhaus would park her car somewhere else in Wichita, and a Tiller employee would pick her up so that anti-abortion activists, who held a daily vigil outside the clinic, wouldn’t copy down Neuhaus’ license tag.

That was the routine.

Associating with Tiller, a frequent target of anti-abortion violence, carried risks. But Neuhaus said she has no regrets about working with him.

“He was a highly complex person,” Neuhaus said. “He was one of the most profound people I could ever talk to. That was probably the reason I stuck with him through all the ordeals.”

Former abortion laws

For about eight years, starting in 1999, Neuhaus provided second opinions for patients at Tiller’s clinic for late-term abortions. Such referrals were required under Kansas law.

A complaint pending before the State Board of Healing Arts accuses Neuhaus of negligence in conducting mental health exams of 11 patients, ages 10 to 18, who terminated their pregnancies from July to November 2003. Neuhaus denies the allegations.

State law at that time restricted abortions starting at the 22nd week pregnancy if the fetus was viable. A patient had to face death or “substantial and irreversible” harm to “a major bodily function,” which could include mental health. Neuhaus concluded the patients suffered acute anxiety, acute stress or single episodes of major depression.

Neuhaus said she has counseled many young girls who were raped and many young girls who simply didn’t make the connection between sex and pregnancy. And then there were women with abnormal pregnancies that she tried to help.

The feelings that surfaced among these girls and women were similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, she said.

“Women are coming from all over the country with immensely complex stories. You are trying to do the best you can to deliver the medical help we are sworn to do,” she said.

Disappointed in Kansas

Neuhaus, who operated an abortion clinic in Lawrence from 1997 to 2002, said she has probably performed 10,000 abortions.

“The idea that I would be questioned by someone who has never dealt with abortion is a laughable irony,” she said.

While she is critical of anti-abortion advocates who have pursued cases against her, Neuhaus said it is the state of Kansas she is most disappointed in.

“To me, the state of Kansas was highly complicit in the murder of Tiller,” she said.

Tiller was one of a few U.S. physicians performing late-term procedures when Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion activist, went to Tiller’s church and killed him.

Two months earlier, Tiller had been acquitted of misdemeanor criminal charges, in which he was charged with failing to get an independent second medical opinion, in relying on Neuhaus for referrals, for late-term abortions.

The case against Tiller spanned the administrations of three attorneys general, starting with an investigation by anti-abortion Attorney General Phill Kline. That case was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. Earlier this month, a Kansas disciplinary panel said Kline should be indefinitely suspended from practicing law in the state because of the dishonest way he investigated abortion clinics. Kline has said the finding is politically motivated.

Then in 2007, Attorney General Paul Morrison, who defeated Kline in the election, filed the misdemeanor charges against Tiller. The trial occurred during Attorney General Steve Six’s tenure.

“The people entrusted to make rational decisions” failed, she said, referring to the attorneys general.

After Tiller’s acquittal, Roeder gunned him down. Roeder is serving a life sentence in prison.

Dealing with anti-abortion forces

Neuhaus said that when anti-abortion activists didn’t get the court results they wanted “they go rogue.”

According to news reports, Roeder attended those court hearings in the case against Tiller, and kept up with Tiller developments through the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for Operation Rescue, said Roeder would initiate contact with her. But Operation Rescue has said Roeder had no affiliation with the group.

Sullenger served about two years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic in California in 1988. She has since renounced violence.

Reports have indicated the allegation against Neuhaus before the Board of Healing Arts stems from a complaint filed by Sullenger.

Neuhaus conceded that anti-abortion forces have been successful in getting more restrictive abortion laws passed in Kansas and across the country.

“We have a whole generation of women who are clueless about what it was like in pre-Roe days,” she said, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

And even though she admired Tiller, Neuhaus said that if she had it to do over again, she probably wouldn’t have taken the health care route that she did.

“It’s not fair to your family,” she said.

Comments

kansanjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Even what you advocate above is the act of a very cold heart! We need to rebuild a culture of life in our nation in which each unborn child is welcomed and affirmed as they join the human race. Abortion is the opposite of this welcoming it is the cold destruction and dismemberment of the human child it is part of a culture of death.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

The fact is that abortion is a brutal violation of human rights! This so-called doctor was destroying her own patients by brutally dismembering their little bodies in my opinion she is a disgrace to the medical community.

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Armored_One 2 years, 5 months ago

For those that insist on no abortions at all...

Could you look your 16 year old daughter straight in the eye and tell her "Nope, you cannot have an abortion. Period."

Just remember, a few stiff blows to the stomach can induce a miscarriage. A fifth of vodka would do wonders as well. You can't get rid of abortion. You can, however, get rid of the ones performed under medical supervision.

This is, however, a lot funnier than the people that gladly give away their rights. You are giving away someone else's rights under the guise of doing what is best for them, as far as you are concerned. It's all about comfort. Namely what are you comfortable in making someone else give up so you can feel better about yourself.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Sad that the Journal World uses it's pages to attempt to make this abortionist into some kind of liberal hero. She killed 10,000 little babies in the womb and as a Christian I believe that one day she will give account to God for those acts of violence against the unborn.

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Sylvie Rueff 2 years, 5 months ago

Two week before Roeder killed Dr. Tiller, Roeder was caught on video vandalizing a clinic in Kansas CIty KS. The incident was reported, the police had his license plate and clear pictures of him in the act. His face was well known at the clinics along with his name. He was not even brought in for questioning. If the authorities had done their job, he would have been in custody the weekend Dr. Tiller died.

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Katara 2 years, 5 months ago

These comments are starting to look like Mad Libs.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 5 months ago

Can someone finish these sentences for me??

"It is okay to kill a pregnant woman when___" "It is okay to interfere in a man's relationship with his doctor when_" "It is okay to make judgments about medical procedures for which you have no education, background or training when___" "It is okay to force a rape victim to be further traumatized when__" "It is okay to bomb, set fire to and/or maliciously vandalize private property, possibly endangering or killing adult people when___" "It is okay to create TRAP laws that force women to carry unviable fetuses to term when__" "It is okay to create a law that forbids any doctor, even with all of their education, training and expertise, from declaring a fetus unviable, when_"

Hey! I like this game!

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 5 months ago

Then in 2007, Attorney General Paul Morrison, who defeated Kline in the election, filed the misdemeanor charges against Tiller.

---oh yeah! that would be Attorney General Paul "I'm layin' here with Linda on my mind" Morrison.

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Agnostick 2 years, 5 months ago

Can someone finish this sentence for me?

"It is okay to assassinate an adult in the middle of a church when ____."

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KDWinTexasNow 2 years, 5 months ago

Can someone finish this sentence for me?

"It is okay to kill a baby in its mother's womb when ____."

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Armored_One 2 years, 5 months ago

If this is supposed to be because of something in the Bible, then why are there not massive protests around platic surgeon offices.

We're all made in God's image and by His will, or so I have been told. If you are supposed to have small boobs, then why get surgery? Botox? Liposuction?

Damned hypocrits, every one of you that base your argument on religion.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Reminds me when the Nazis started persecuting the Jews. Something has to be done with these anti-abortion terrorists. They see life when its convenient for them.

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atiopatioo 2 years, 5 months ago

Fewer people means fewer people to pay taxes for KPERS. Quite a dilema.

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

The arrogance of Neuhaus is beyond stunning, but on par with the rest of the uber-zealous foaming-at-the-mouth pro-abortion crowd. Stunning arrogance!

Seeing them all go to prison would only begin to be justice....the obnoxious Sebelius included.

What an offensive bunch.

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Liberty275 2 years, 5 months ago

Every abortion is another failure of humanity. However, in America, we should never forget a woman has the right to do with her body as she deems best. Concerning abortion, you have to accept the ugliness because it is legal.

This problem would go away if people minded their own business and left other people alone when they make a lawful decision.

If you hate abortion, fight the law. Allowing your hatred to spill over on people making an almost impossible decision or physicians acting lawfully doesn't help anyone.

If you are pro-abortion, there is no need to even respond to the other side's rhetoric. Fanning the flames of hatred is never a good idea. The people that don't agree with you aren't necessarily stupid or religious extremists, most just disagree. You already have your way, just walk off.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 5 months ago

it is wrong to inflict your morals on an innocent baby and kill him or her because of your choice. you then are deciding whether he or she is human and worthy of human rights.

95% or more of abortions are simply birth control abortions. the abortion proponents always love to site: rape; incest; life of the mother. these account for 5% or fewer of american abortions.

birth control abortions are deeply immoral.

"life of the mother" conditions almost never come up anymore. and rape an incest, well why punish the child for the act of the father, punish him or her with the death penalty. that's like punishing the victim for her rapist's crime.

furthermore, increasingly abortions take place in america for gender selection; yes, that means that parents choose to kill their unborn baby daughters simply because they are female.
where's the womyn's rights crowd about this, eh?

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Liberal 2 years, 5 months ago

I would love to know how many people reading this have had an abortion? How did you feel about it. Was it a good decision? Would you do it again? Would you recommend one for your daughter? How did you get in the position you needed an abortion to begin with? i.e. was birth control used/not?

Do you/did you feel any guilt or was it just no big deal? People seem to argue for each side endlessly but I have really never heard how people who have opted for abortion really truly feel about their decision to end their pregnancy.

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raw_sunflower 2 years, 5 months ago

Dr. Tiller's Killer is a Terrorist, a Hypocrite, and a Coward!!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31060234/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/doctor-refused-quit-i-know-they-need-me/#.Tq3L0XI2HbE

Keep your laws out of my body and womb. If you don't have one, please find something else to focus on. I'm tired of your authoritarian rants. Go do something useful. Enough people are living in fear of you, though many will fight your battle. Is that your idea of pro-life?

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kernal 2 years, 5 months ago

I'm pro choice, but I also understand that at times there are circumstances beyond a female's control when she may become impregnated, rape being number one. I would be ashamed to berate a woman who is raped and chooses to have an abortion during the first trimester; that is her right.

Before Roe vs. Wade, women who couldn't get abortions sometimes took their own lives, some left their children on the steps of churches, some gave them up for adoption, some lost their jobs, some were sent by their families to homes such as Florence Crittendon Home for Unwed Mothers, and some had back alley abortions which left them permanently sterile, maimed or dead. I knew one who was raped and took her own life. Another was sent to an unwed mothers home and has not spoken to her parents in forty-five years and the third was maimed and and never could have children again. Those who had the money went to Europe for abortions.

None of us have the right to inflict our moral judgment on these women and tell them they don't have the right to choose.

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Ray Parker 2 years, 5 months ago

In this interview, abortionist quack Kristin Neuhaus admitted to counseling several young girls who had been raped relating to their late-term abortion. Neuhaus then signed a form letter stating that the child had been harmed by the rape in order to justify the late-term abortion in Tiller’s abortion mill. But Tiller and Neuhaus both refused to report the rapes of underage girls to legal authorities for criminal prosecution and to prevent the ongoing sexual abuses. In fact, while committing hundreds of abortions on children 14 and younger, Tiller’s clinic only reported one case of child sexual abuse and Planned Parenthood only reported one case. Phill Kline’s successor as Kansas Attorney General, the disgraced Paul Morrison, also refused to continue the investigation of the obvious and ongoing cover-ups of the rapes of children, young victims who were forced into high-risk, agonizing, illegal post-viable abortions and returned to the hands of their abusers. It is now coming to light that Gov. Bilious Sebelius, from the mansion where she treated Tiller and other abortionist quacks to a surf-and-turf soiree, probably ordered KDHE employees to further engage in more cover-ups, by destroying state records that incriminated Planned Parenthood’s attempts to hide illegal post-viable abortions, thus becoming an accessory after the fact to the rapes of children.

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love2fish_ks 2 years, 5 months ago

I am pro choice.However, I think it is all sorts of wrong and even criminal to abort when the fetus is viable outside the mothers womb. Part of the blame has to rest with my side of the isle, i.e. pro-choice. But this is so political that an honest conversation can't be had and we defend abortion in the extreme.

There are many caring professionals that help women terminate a pregnancy. They should not be painted with the same brush as the very evil man, Tiller.

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labmonkey 2 years, 5 months ago

And just think, if Casey Anthony murdered Kylee a couple years earlier, it would have been perfectly legal and no outrage.

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Armored_One 2 years, 5 months ago

For all the Let's Do Away with Abortion people out there, Phelps has long since been known to abhor abortion.

See, you have another famous person to have something in common with, folks. Doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

http://standwithtruth.com/uncategorized/more-evidence-raped-kansas-children-were-ignored-tillers-partner-speaks-of-raped-young-girls/

It's only a matter of time before the perfect amalgamation of evidence, witnesses, subpeonas etc etc take a whole lotta people down....up and including our current HHS sec'y.

That day can't come a day too soon. Hopefully, it'll also be one more nail in Obama's re-election bid coffin---not that he'll need it, especially by then.

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Frank Smith 2 years, 5 months ago

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

Typical leftist hyperbole......Bingo!

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 5 months ago

It seems to me that Roeder and Sullinger are terrorists and that Operation Rescue is a terrorist organization. I don't understand why Homeland Security isn't dealing with them as such. If they don't agree with the rule of law, they take actions like murder and bombings. This isn't a left or right issue. It's an American issue. These folks are un-American.

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WilburNether 2 years, 5 months ago

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

And may I add, it's not the state's fault so much as it is (or was at this point) all the cronyism and donations handed around, back and forth to this guy and that guy, Judge Clark, the Sedgewick county DA Foulston and Sebelius and on and on----with Tiller right there in the high ranking position of donating, along with the disgusting ProKanDo and the despicable Julie Burk (or Burkhart or whatever the heck her last name is). All make me sick to my stomach. A sad testimony to the what the leftist forces have done to Kansas. LJW and Lawrence the epicenter of it all---proudly may I add.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/abortionists_letter_contradicts_sebelius_campaign_contribution_statement/

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

"Neuhaus, who operated an abortion clinic in Lawrence from 1997 to 2002, said she has probably performed 10,000 abortions.

“The idea that I would be questioned by someone who has never dealt with abortion is a laughable irony,” she said."

Even though it's very hard to rank some of the most despicable stuff on LJW's pages, this ranks up pretty high. Of course, usually if not always the same "reporter".

Paint Neuhaus as a victim. Neuhaus portrays herself as a hero and wears those 10,000 abortions like a badge.

Sickening. Sickening now and sickening then (Sebelius era).

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djeyler 2 years, 5 months ago

Evil meets Evil, and Evil runs with Evil. When you kill 10,000 people your mind begins to run from your past. Imagine trying to make up all the reasons used to justify killing 10,000 children. I often wondered what these doctors tell the mothers of these children to get them to use justifiable homicide on their own children. Now we know. We also know that this doctor blames her guilt on everybody to save her own sanity. What else can she do? When people look into her eyes they see the lady who has personally killed 10,000 infants. Not somebody most are willing to get real chummy with. Not somebody we want to discuss job duties with. Because of your justification to kill babies, others with the same evil in their hearts us their justification to kill as well. Your running from yourself doctor. Dr. Tiller had time to look into the eyes of the man who killed him, and he saw himself.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 5 months ago

By the way, just to let you know the planet will reach a population of 7 billion soon (if it hasn't already). One of these days the earth is going to shake us off like a bad case of fleas.

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Armored_One 2 years, 5 months ago

Me, personally... I miss the anti-abortion rallies here in town.

It was fun to get the guys there to the very edge of violence, then turn my back on them and walk away laughing. Got hit a couple of times. Amazing how quickly they changed their mind when the heel of my boot came into contact, very abruptly, with the top edge of their kneecap.

As to abortion itself, not exactly my favorite form of birth control, but I'm not an arrogant [BEEP] and can sit back and dictate what someone else may or may not do with their body.

What I think will be funny will be abortion being outlawed and the biggest faces associated with the movement are caught having an abortion and are sent to jail for it. Either that, or they succeed, but since there are no sterile requirements, they get something truly nasty, preferably something that either requires a VERY expensive set of medicines for a VERY long time, or they just go sterile.

Stupidity should never breed. Intelligence gets watered down over the years. Stupidity only intensifies.

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buffalobill 2 years, 5 months ago

We don't tell people to stop driving cars because it is causing the deaths of thousands of little helpless animals crossing the roads every day. I don't see anyone protesting the killing of termites or cockroaches, aren't they a form of life too. Don't they have a say? Yes Agnostick as long as we are killing religiously.

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buffalobill 2 years, 5 months ago

Oh name calling, nice! Very tasteful. Everyone thinks their babies are so special, well let me tell you "YOUR BABY IS ONE OF 6 BILLION IT'S NOT SPECIAL!". Some people are so proud of their opinions about how life should be they want to FORCE other people to comply. Also very tasteful. Your opinions are just in your head they have nothing to do with life until you force others to comply with those little ideas in you head. Give some money for condoms to planned parent hood if you don't want to see unwanted babies aborted.

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buffalobill 2 years, 5 months ago

So it's OK to murder a grown man? I don't see the logic? Who cares about babies anyway, there are enough people on this planet. More babies more mouths to feed more war more tragedy! The baby won't know a thing after a second or two. Like I need one more person standing in front of me at the grocery store? We kill tens of thousands in wars every day, do these pro life fanatics care about that? No! Oh I forgot we are still killing in the name of religion, duh? If anything we need a good plague.

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brittany96 2 years, 5 months ago

she seems proud she killed 10,0000 babies. i bet she is also against the death penalty for a convicted murderer.

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ksrush 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey Rothschild, the article makes 1 refrence to the "Dr" being disappointed in the state but nowhere does it say she blames the state for anything. If you want to flaunt your lib view on life ( which you do weekly ) at least make the title of the article part of the story. Is this the old standard of making the "news" fit the agenda ?

."While she is critical of anti-abortion advocates who have pursued cases against her, Neuhaus said it is the state of Kansas she is most disappointed in. "

Granolaville quality

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mloburgio 2 years, 5 months ago

Unintended Pregnancies Cost Taxpayers $11 Billion A Year A new study by the Guttmacher Institute, a leading reproductive health research and advocacy group, estimates that unintended pregnancies cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $11.1 billion dollars a year. Nearly two-thirds of unintended pregnancies -- roughly a million births -- are publicly funded by Medicaid and other government programs, the report shows.

At the same time, the demand for abortions among low-income women has been on the rise since the recession. The abortion rate increased 18 percent among poor women between 2000 and 2008, according to another recent Guttmacher report, as a result of their inability to afford or access contraceptive services and their perceived inability to support a child. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/24/unintended-pregnancies-cost-taxpayers_n_866386.html

You have to love christian republicans, they hate in the name of god!

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Amy Heeter 2 years, 5 months ago

Bleeding hearts for Tiller on a Sunday morning. Boo woo, run along to church now

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somebodynew 2 years, 5 months ago

Yeah,newmommie - - can we just send the bill to you for raising the unwanted baby and the councelling sessions for those rape surviviors??? Or maybe you think it should just be illegal for young women, not the adult women who make this choice (legal as it is) for various and difficult reasons.

And what do you propose for the "fathers", actually baby-daddies, who were "so careless" to have gotten a woman pregnant?? I guess that is OK in your book. It is all the woman's fault that she was so careless to get pregnant.

Call me a liberal if you want, on this one I will wear that badge proudly.

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newmommiebrazil 2 years, 5 months ago

i blame the state too. they turned a blind eye. why abortion is legal in this country blows my mind. girls especially teenagers should have to face the reality of giving birth and raising a child if they are so careless to have one to begin with. care to chime in liberals?

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