Mother says Ballard High School health clinic facilitated abortion

The mother of a 15 year-old Ballard High School student tells KOMO that the Ballard Teen Health Center at the school facilitated her daughter’s abortion, and kept the information private.

According to the report, the mother signed a consent form, which she assumed was to allow her daughter to visit the clinic. Abortion, she says, isn’t mentioned in the paperwork. The mother tells KOMO that she later found out that staff at the clinic, which is run by Swedish Medical Center, put her daughter in a taxi during school hours to have an abortion.”We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus,” the mother told the news channel. “They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility.”

KOMO spoke with T.J. Cosgrove of the King County Health Department who says that females of any age in our state can consent to a termination of pregnancy, and the parents don’t necessarily have to be notified.

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onederfullone
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onederfullone

wow.
Yeah, I'd be outraged…which is a bit of an understatement…I'm searching for words.
And public schools claim to be lacking parental input, involvement? hmmmm…
so, I hope that we passed the bonds to ensure funding for this manner of instruction in the future.

annamatopoetry
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annamatopoetry

Good for her (the daughter, that is.) They aren't required to inform the parents, no one broke any rules, and mom needs back the hell off.

Ryan
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Ryan

If she was able to consent to termination, then I don't see why the parents should need to be notified by the school? Besides, why should the school intervene with a such a personal matter? It's for the girl to tell her parents, not the school.

If she's old enough, and responsible enough to get pregnant and make decisions about a termination – then surely she should also be the one to inform her parents, not the school. Sounds to me like the girl and her mother should have just talked about it instead of talking to KOMO news??

pattr
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pattr

Seems to me their might be some twisting of the truth from the daughter to the mother. Can you imagine that? I highly doubt they told the girl “just concela it from your family and it will be free” Looks like little janie doe might be stretching the truth. Either way its a non story

a_train
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a_train

:popcorn

beentheredownthat
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beentheredownthat

I don't feel there is enough information here.

What if the mother was anti-abortion? Should a girl have to go through a pregnancy and potentially raising a child that she doesn't want just to suit her family's wishes? That sounds along the lines or arranged marriage and female augmentation to me….

I think the issue is more between the communication in the family. Why did the girl not feel comfortable enough to talk to her mother about it in the first place?

onederfullone
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onederfullone

They broke the feeling of trust that a parent should have for the well-being of their child at school. Do they require parental permission for your child to have aspirin? Damn right! This is just appalling.

This leftist societal standard has run off the rails, even in this lefty state.
15 years old. Sorry, there's just no excuse to assume the role of caregiver if you care that little about the family.

wal
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wal

I'm am sure there are a lot of details that have been left out of the story thus far, but there will be a lot of people that think they know the whole story. We could, just for the moment, believe that the girl made the decision that was right for her in this situation.

rhino
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rhino

Good for the high school, and good for Swedish.

The decision is the girl's alone. Her parents have nothing to do with it.

annamatopoetry
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annamatopoetry

The school's primary concern should be with the student, not the parent. The same goes for health services (luckily, this state doesn't require health services employees to break their privacy policy.) The situation is different from case to case (her parents could get violent, could attempt to restrain her to prevent the procedure until it was too late, could throw her out. They can't know that ahead of time) , but not informing the parents unless asked to by the patient is a huge and important aspect of patient safety.

Bark more, wag less
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Bark more, wag less

Do they grade for this now at BHS?

plasticbags
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plasticbags

There are other states where the law requires parental consent and/or notification for abortions for minors. If you want that to be the law here, talk to lawmakers. I'm interested to hear both sides of that argument because I don't know if those laws were implemented to protect teenagers' mental health, physical health, or both.

Megan
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Megan

The mother was anti-abortion (pro-life advocated). Which is probably why the girl felt she couldn't tell her mom in the first place. Sad.

The school broke no laws and is in the right. This girl clearly requested an abortion. All people have the right to advocate for themselves. Her health is her business, not her mother's.

Instead of attacking the school I question this mother's parenting skills. What does it say about her relationship with her daughter if the girl clearly felt she had to go behind her mother's back? Sad.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Thank goodness there was someone available to help this young woman. Kudos to Ballard High

Megan
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Megan

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the mother signed a consent form. If she didn't read it fully in order to understand its implications that is her own fault.

bill
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bill

One less kid having a kid.

ballardgiant
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ballardgiant

..derfullone,

Did you read the last paragraph?

“KOMO spoke with T.J. Cosgrove of the King County Health Department who says that females of any age in our state can consent to a termination of pregnancy, and the parents don’t necessarily have to be notified.”

Don't take my guns away…it's my legal right!!! But if a woman wants a legal abortion it's the end of the world. Odd.

59thandBlake
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59thandBlake

Funny how she (mom) named off reasons (KOMO article) she (child) might be going to the Health Center including… “birth control”.

Sounds like the parent needs to be more of a parent and talk to her daughter. She should have questioned why the child needed to go to the Health Center to begin with.

Dweezil
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Dweezil

Maybe the clinic/BHS should turn around and report the mother to Child Protective Services for allowing her child to get pregnant.

…must…. point… finger…. at… anyone….. but…. myself…

c_decarufel
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c_decarufel

If the daughter is 14 or over she has a RIGHT to privacy in that matter. She doean't have tell her mother. The school did exactly the right thing.

ballardgiant
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ballardgiant

From the KOMO article…
“Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.”

Jill may be a little out of touch with what a “pro-life advocate” is?

SPierce
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SPierce

Sounds like Mama should take a critical look at herself. She obviously doesn't have an open relationship with her daughter, otherwise there would have been discussion about this issue prior to the daughter taking action.

I am tired of parents being upset with the school, church, and other organizations for their own failures. I guess it is easier to blame the school then to admit she failed her daughter.

SEdholm
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SEdholm

As far as the article reads, this is a non-issue. If the girl didn't think she could raise the kid (or whatever reason), then I am glad she had the guts to go through with it. I don't want to see her life ruined due to poor sex-ed (either from the school or the parent). No matter what I think the mom is in the wrong. The kid has the right to keep this private from her. The mom and the school should have taught her safe sex and what can happen. I am glad she made the decision and went through with it. It is a grown-up decision and I hope she is happy she made the choice.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

your definition of woman doesn't sink with mine…

zipper
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zipper

“Females of any age in our state can consent to a termination of pregnancy, and the parents don’t necessarily have to be notified.”

Good for Ballard HIgh School. They upheld the law.

Maybe Mom should have put her daughter on birth control….hopefully she will now.