Wisconsin Public Defender Forces Teen to Go to Care Net CPC for Counseling - RH Reality Check
Tia’s social worker was taken aback when she learned of the referral to Care Net, a faith-based crisis pregnancy center that opposes abortion.
“I was alarmed at the idea that she was being sent to an anti-choice agency,” says the social worker, who also requested anonymity to protect the student’s identity.
The social worker says she asked Tia whether she was familiar with the agency. Tia was not. When Tia later asked [her public defender Nancy Vue] if she knew Care Net was an anti-abortion group, Vue said she did, but said it offers resources and options to minors.
Tia says that made her angry. “I explained to her that I have my options and I’m ready to see the judge. I’ve talked to many people about this. I’ve had my counseling done.”
Vue did not return calls for comment. But Dee Dee Watson, the regional attorney manager for the Office of State Public Defender, says that state statute requires minors to be counseled on the risks and consequences of abortion and the risks and consequences of carrying the pregnancy to term before obtaining a judicial waiver.