WaPo holds up Texas teen who is glad she had her twins as reason pro-life law is flawed

Alexander said she didn't want to think about what would have happened had the Texas pro-life law not been in effect. "It's really scary thinking that I wouldn't have them," she said.

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY

A pro-abortion article in the Washington Post laments the fact that a 16-year-old Texas girl was unable to obtain an abortion for her twins after 12 weeks gestation. The article blames Texas lawmakers for the girl's predicament, but then details a timeline of events where, at nearly every stage, this young girl was failed by parents, educators, and a social values system that undermines family and responsibility.

After three months of dating a boy she met at a skate park, Brooke Alexander became pregnant, details "This Texas teen wanted an abortion. She now has twins." It was only after two missed periods that she took a pregnancy test, discovering that her fears were true. Her mother instructed her to get an abortion, as did her father. The two are divorced, and while Alexander preferred living with her dad as a kid, that changed when he started using cocaine. Her mother was volatile and Alexander found that relationship hard to navigate.

Mother and daughter found themselves at a pregnancy center to get a free ultrasound. Upon seeing the ultrasound images, Alexander decided to keep the children. The new law had just gone into effect, and Alexander, at 12 weeks, was passed the cut off.

Alexander was a high-school drop out, having left school at 15-years-old. She was taking real estate courses at a community college and working as a waitress. Her relationship with her babies' father was new. Yet she decided, upon seeing the ultrasound, to keep the children as opposed to trying to leave the state to seek an abortion elsewhere.

The pregnancy center offered resources for pre-natal care, but Alexander told the Washington Post she felt it was a "waste of time." Her boyfriend Billy, the babies' father, said that he would join the Air Force and take responsibility for their growing family, but later he said he didn't want to and just wanted to skateboard. He had also encouraged abortion, saying "I don't think I'm ready for this."

He didn't want to lose "the freedom of being a teenager."

Alexander stopped working as the pregnancy became more difficult, and she also stopped attending the real-estate licensure classes. The babies' father worked to pay the bills for both of them. And then, Alexander's mother kicked her out of the house after a fight over some dirty dishes. Her boyfriend's father took them in, and she, Billy, and the babies lived in Billy's bedroom.

Things were not easy for the young couple with two children. Neither parent thought their life was going as they had planned. Alexander had wanted to earn her real-estate license, Billy didn't want to do anything more than he was already doing.

"I didn't get myself pregnant," she reportedly told him. She also said that she missed her freedom as well. "I can't just really be free," she told the Washington Post. "I guess that really sums it up. That's a big thing that I really miss."

Yet, despite that lack of total independence, Alexander told the Washington Post that she didn't want to think about what would have happened had the Texas pro-life law not been in effect. "It's really scary thinking that I wouldn't have them," she said.

But for the Washington Post, this is some sort of cautionary tale about why abortion should be legal. For the progressive, Jeff Bezos owned media outlet, the caution is not about the perils of broken homes, or dropping out of school, or sex without commitment, or even paying attention to cues such as two missed periods before taking a pregnancy test.

For the Washington Post, the fault of this young woman's difficulties has to do with Texas legislators making pregnancy termination illegal past six weeks gestation. Meanwhile, the young woman they at holding up as an example of what's wrong with the law is glad she she kept her children.


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