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Family ‘Misunderstanding’ Beyond Comprehension

Posted by thelamp on September 28, 2006

A woman from Maine made national news in a bizarre ordeal that now is being brushed off as a family misunderstanding.

A pregnant 19-year-old named Katelyn Kampf told authorities that her parents bound her with duct tape and began driving her to New York, where they intended to force her to get an abortion. The daughter escaped at a Salem, N.H., shopping center and called police, who arrested the parents.

The decision to go to New York may have been based on the pregnancy’s term. New York allows abortions until the 24th week of pregnancy. Maine limits abortions once the fetus can survive outside the womb, which can be as early as 20 weeks, state health officials said.

“They kidnapped me, held me against my will, threatened my life and were planning to force me to have an abortion against my will,” Kampf wrote in legal documents explaining why she was in immediate danger of physical abuse.

She said that she and her parents fought after she told them she was 20 weeks pregnant. “They said they were going to force me to have an abortion in New York and threatened to kill me and themselves.”

The first question that comes to mind is, “Why?” Why would any parent choose to subject their daughter to such a traumatic experience against her will? News reports provided insight.

Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion said that Katelyn Kampf, who is white, told him her parents were upset that the baby’s father is black. Her boyfriend, Reme Johnson, 22, is serving a 6-month jail sentence for theft.

Apparently, Katelyn’s parents were consumed with hatred that was racially motivated. It’s unfortunate that at a time this teen needed her parents unconditional love and guidance, she has negative memories instead that will last a lifetime.

“The Kampf’s chilling family drama is a serious indictment of the weakening moral character of society,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, president and founder of the Center for Moral Clarity. “When parents teach disregard for the sanctity of life, it’s doubtful the next generation will understand just how precious life is.”


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