Laura Hunter, a 15-year-old girl, is pregnant. The school refers her to Dr. Bassett to evaluate if she is psychologically capable of carrying the child, and if not, she could have the child...
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Laura Hunter, a 15-year-old girl, is pregnant. The school refers her to Dr. Bassett to evaluate if she is psychologically capable of carrying the child, and if not, she could have the child aborted. Bassett's opinion is that the parents are excessively permissive. Laura's mother is determined to see that Laura gets an abortion, despite Bassett's opinion that Laura is emotionally mature enough to have the child, and Laura wants to have the baby.
This takes place before Roe V Wade, and abortion on demand became legal. The parameters for acquiring an abortion were very narrow. To save the life of the mother or the possibility of a suicide attempt, were about the only legal reasons allowed for abortion. A 15 year old girl, who is perfect in every way, becomes emotional and irrational. Then it's discovered she's pregnant. Her parents are mortified and attempt to have her declared too emotionally vulnerable to give birth, so she can have an "operation". The Dr. might not agree to go along with the parents and the girl wants to keep her child. Lots of drama, mean classmates and gossipy neighbors. Probably very realistic in the way things were handled back in the day.
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