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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 May, 2004, 08:09 GMT 09:09 UK
Abortion boyfriend 'wanted baby'
The 14-year-old boyfriend of a schoolgirl who had an abortion without her mother's consent wanted to keep the baby, it has emerged.

The mother of the boy, from Mansfield, said her son was extremely upset by what had happened.

She said pressures on the boy caused by the case meant the family would have to move away from the area.

The 29-year-old mother said the police had spoken to her son but would be interviewing him again.

I have to be present while the police question him, but I didn't have to be present, nor did the girl's mum, for them to sign for the abortion
Boyfriend's mother

Speaking to the BBC, the woman, who is not being named, said her son loved his girlfriend very much and the couple had been together for more than a year.

She said: "I'm very hurt because I think it is very one-sided.

"It does take two and I think he's already gone through enough without having to go to police station again and discuss it again, which is very hard for him and very hard for us as a family to cope with.

"I don't agree with the law - I have to be present while the police question him, but I didn't have to be present, nor did the girl's mum, for them to sign for the abortion.

"So I do feel very strongly about him getting done for sex under age."

Mother blames herself

Melissa Smith, 14, changed her mind about the pregnancy when she had taken the first of two pills as part of a chemically-induced abortion.

The boy's mother said: "We phoned the hospital on Thursday evening and they assured us everything would be fine.

"And they did plan to keep the baby - on the Friday they were very happy, planning the future, as fourteen-year-olds do.

"Then on the Saturday, it all came to a head when it was too late, the termination had already started."

The woman, who was a teenage mother herself, added she had advised her son about sex, but still felt responsible.


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