Wednesday, February 13, 2013

More details in Texas abortion coercion case

The local CBS station has new details from a Courthouse News Service story regarding the case of the Texas teen who is suing her parents and claiming they are trying to force her to have an abortion.
The complaint states that the girl lives with the baby's father and when they told her parents, Jeffrey and Denise Koen, they threatened her and tried to coerce her into having an abortion.

"Denise informed them that R.E.K. having the baby was the biggest mistake of her life, that Denise had already had four abortions, and it was the right thing to do in this situation," the complaint states, according to Courthouse News Service.

The lawsuit accuses Denise Koen of suggesting to slip her daughter an abortion pill.

R.E.K. claims that her father says the decision to have an abortion rests with him.

"On 2/1/2013, defendant Jeffrey Koen came to the house of the paternal grandparents and demanded that plaintiff ‘stop playing house' and have the abortion," the lawsuit says. "He was screaming and yelling at her, making verbal threats to enter the paternal grandparents' house and ‘drag her little ass out of there' if he had to. He said he would put a stop to this today."

Denise Watts Koen has a FaceBook page where she recently recommended the ABC story on the case.  That story doesn't mention her by name and the father claims the lawsuit allegations are false. 
We spoke to the teen's father who claims the allegations are false. He says he believes someone is putting his daughter up to this lawsuit and had no further comment about the case.
The Courthouse News Service story notes the plaintiff claims she has threatening text messages from her father and notes the paternal grandparents were the ones who claim Denise suggested slipping her daughter an abortion pill. 

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