Is it legal for school coaches and employees to pay for an abortion for a minor?

by Elida
(Walla Walla, WA, USA)

When I was a sophomore in high school (almost 30 years ago) I got pregnant. A head coach, some other coaches and an alumni leader supporter all gave $780 to my then boyfriend to take me and get me an abortion. I was a minor at the time.

This was allowed and obviously condoned (supported by the school coaches) and has caused me shame and nightmares for decades. Is there anything wrong with a school district employees paying for an abortion of a minor student at their school? This happened in 1985.

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ANSWER for "Is it legal for school coaches and employees to pay for an abortion for a minor?":

Elida (Walla Walla, WA, USA):

The actions almost 30 years ago of a head coach along with other coaches and an alumni leader certainly bring into question their propriety. Unfortunately it doesn't appear a crime was committed. Even if it was, it is likely the statute of limitations would be long expired.

The same applies for any civil legal remedies you might have had. Even though you were a minor at the time, your legal status to sue would have expired on your 18th birthday.

You want to be careful about publicizing the names of any of those who may have been involved in the incident. Although there may be truth to your allegations, making public allegations which might disparage their reputations may be the basis of a defamation lawsuit.

Unless you have documented evidence, including credible witnesses, medical records, etc., any disparaging statements about those involved may only serve to cause you to become a defendant in a libel or slander suit.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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