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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 November, 2004, 07:30 GMT
Teen abortion girl pregnant again
A Mansfield girl who sparked national debate by having an abortion without her mother's knowledge is pregnant again - and plans to keep the baby.

The girl was 14 when she had a chemical termination arranged by a school health worker earlier this year without her mother's permission.

Her mother wants a law which states under-16s cannot have abortions without parental consent.

The baby is due in July - just after the schoolgirl finishes her GCSEs.

'Atonement' baby

Her mother said: "Me and my family are supportive 100%. We'll be there for her - like we said previously."

Aware she may be criticised for letting her daughter get pregnant again, she added: "She's 15, she made her own mind up. She was hell-bent on replacing the one she lost, basically.

"Other than strap her to her bedroom or follow her around with a camera 24 hours a day, I don't see what else I could do as a parent."

But Rachel Heath, a spokeswoman for the pro-life charity LIFE, said: "It is not uncommon for women who have an abortion to become pregnant again soon after.

"Many women find the pain of their abortion difficult to bear and go on to have an 'atonement' baby. This is often by the same father."

She added: "I hope this time the school health worker leaves (the girl), her boyfriend and family alone to prepare themselves for the birth of their child."


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