Magazine article The Christian Century

Counselor Sued in Teen Abortion Case

Magazine article The Christian Century

Counselor Sued in Teen Abortion Case

Article excerpt

A Pennsylvania couple has sued a public school guidance counselor, charging that he violated their constitutional rights by helping their minor daughter obtain a secret abortion. Howard and Marie Carter of Hatboro, a Philadelphia suburb, sued the Hatboro-Horsham School District and counselor William Hickey on August 16 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. "This case is about parents' constitutional right to parent," said John Stepanovich, senior regional counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, a public-interest law firm founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson. "A school official on the public payroll usurped the role of these parents and arranged for a clan-destine abortion for their 17-year-old daughter."

The suit alleges that when the couple's eldest daughter discovered her pregnancy in March 1998, she sought the advice of Hickey, her guidance counselor at a school in the community where her family had recently moved. "Hickey repeatedly emphasized ... that going to New Jersey for the abortion would ensure that the abortion would remain secret from her parents," the complaint states. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.