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Pro-choice group submits petition

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

86-thousand names fill the pages of two notebooks. They're a petition to investigate Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon and his decision to deny a 16-year-old ward of the state an abortion.

He asked her if she knew "when you have the abortion, it's going to kill the child inside you."

Also, before being appointed to the bench, Bataillon was chairman of Metro Right to Life.

"I believe that it's really important that we start taking action to remove religious influences from our day–to–day government," Doris Goembel said.

Bataillon declined to comment on all of this.

He ruled, and the Nebraska Supreme Court backed him, that the girl had not shown she was sufficiently mature and well-informed enough to decide on her own whether to have an abortion.

"It made me feel angry, it made me feel upset, the idea that a young woman is not mature enough to have an abortion, but she's mature enough to become mother," Nebraska Young Democrats president Neva Winkle said.

State law requires minors to get written, notarized parental consent for abortions, but because she is in foster care, there were questions on whether she needed that. All of this has left many abortion rights groups up in arms.

"More than anything we hope that it'll prevent future rulings such as this and maybe give this woman a chance at a fair hearing," Winkle said.


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