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Good old fashioned New England family values in action

I've often felt that New Hampshire was an island surrounded by a sea of lunatics. While I've focused a lot of attention to the Massholes to our south -- partly because they're the most populous New England state, partly because they're just that much more whacko -- every now and then I'm reminded that in addition to the Massholes, we have Vermonsters to our west, Hosers to the north, and Maineiacs to our east.

And this morning, I'm reminded most forcefully of why I call them Maineiacs.

A 19-year-old woman in Maine told her parents that she had gotten herself pregnant. She added that she intended to get an abortion. And her parents reacted in a calm, reasoned, loving, supportive manner.

They promptly tied her up and started driving her across New England.

It's not clear just what the parents' agenda was, or what grand plan they possessed them to drive from North Yarmouth, Maine to Salem, New Hampshire with a hog-tied pregnant teen and a rifle. The Salem aspect especially confuses me -- I know Salem pretty well, and there's not much reason for someone coming from Maine to head that way. Normally, if you're trying to get away from Maine, you hop on 95, cut through New Hampshire along the seacoast, and keep going south. Or you cross New Hampshire and hit Vermont -- but there's no interstate highway that runs east-west in New Hampshire. Salem is right on the Massachusetts border and right off 93, but kind of out of the way when fleeing Maine.

Anyway, the couple is in jail on kidnapping charges, the daughter is safe and free, and lord knows what's going to happen next.

Update: Now the story is that the PARENTS wanted the abortion, and were taking her to New York for the procedure against her will. It just gets stranger and stranger...


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The second version almost m... (Below threshold)

The second version almost makes more sense (though "more" doesn't mean a whole lot) because if you know your folks are pro-life (and if they are, you'd know) why even tell them that you're pregnant if you plan to get an abortion?

Am I wrong in thinking that a 19 year old can get an abortion without involving her parents?

I can not IMAGINE what you ... (Below threshold)
Candy:

I can not IMAGINE what you were thinking when you had Vermonters, Massholes & Canucks to pick on and you decided to pick on us poor Mainers.

Honestly? Sometimes they scare me. A couple of winters ago, the snow got higher and higher - and more than a couple of wives living with their husbands in single-wides wound up with bullets, axes and the like sticking out them.

I see no problem with this.... (Below threshold)
Battsman:

I see no problem with this. They're just exercising their choice on the fetus.

This is typical New Hampshi... (Below threshold)
Sal Manella:

This is typical New Hampshire crap. I grew up in NH, and although these people think they are better than everyone else, I can tell you FIRST HAND, they are nothing but a bunch of opinionated loudmouths. I HARDLY think this story about the family from Maine represents your average Maine family. You see, when you live in isolation, your veiw of the world becomes distorted. "Excuse me sir, does this road go to Maine?" "Nope. This road goes nowhere, stays right where it is." Yeah, we all laugh, but it just shows the intolerance if you don't phrase a question correctly. And New Hampshirites call them Massholes. LOL! Bunch of JERKS!!

they left out part of the s... (Below threshold)
divecon:

they left out part of the story

the father of this child is BLACK
and the parents don';t want a "black grandchild"

could HATE crime be added to this in the future




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