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Oct 8

Nebraska teen denied abortion for not being 'sufficiently mature'

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The Nebraska Supreme Court rejected the request of a 16-year-old to waive parental consent requirements to get an abortion on Friday. The unnamed teenager is a foster child and a ward of the state, or a person who is under the legal protection of the government. The court ruled she had not shown that "she is sufficiently mature and well informed to decide on her own whether to have an abortion." 

At the hearing, the teen told the court she was financially incapable of supporting a child, or of being “the right mom that [she] would like to be right now." She also told the court she feared she would lose her foster placement if her religious foster parents learned of her pregnancy. 

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