It’s curious that they try to minimise the pnemonia’s connection to any abortion by claiming it was the same micro-organism that killed celebrity Muppeteer Jim Henson, but then also argue that her drug use contributed to her infection in the first place (was Henson a drug-user too?). It’s fairly incoherent, to say the least. Their claim that she never had a surgical abortion appears quite possible, assuming that their information here is reliable. But does that make the parents wrong on how the parental consent laws contributed to their daughter’s death?
- [my daughter is dead][due to parental notification laws denying her a safe early abortion][and because she sought an illegal abortion].
- [your daughter is dead][because she caught a random infection][exacerbated by drug use][and she never had an illegal abortion].
- She falls pregnant, and very shortly afterwards goes to Planned Parenthood seeking an abortion. They tell her it cannot be done without notifying her parents of the procedure.
- She does not tell her parents. Weeks go by, she is still pregnant, she still wants an abortion, she still does not tell her parents.
- She becomes ill. Then very ill. Her parents want to take her to the hospital. She refuses *because the hospital will discover her pregnancy and tell her parents*.
- She passes uterine clots, expresses huge relief to her mother that her period has begun, and tells her she will go to the hospital now.
- Unfortunately, the septic lung infection has progressed to the state of alveolar disintegration and lung failure (probably what precipitated the miscarriage) and the hospital cannot save her life.
[Becky's] mother Karen said, “Two years ago I would have been totally for the parental consent law, but not now. … Mothers and fathers have both come up and said, ‘Well, we just know that our daughters would come to us, we know it.’ And I said, ‘And I knew Becky would come to me.’ And look where she is.”
More information: Parental consent/notification for teen abortions: All viewpoints