My question involves paternity law for the State of: Texas
My daughter is now 16 and about 11 weeks pregnant. She was somewhat dating a boy for a few months before she became pregnant. He raped her over Memorial Day weekend. She won't let me go to the police and now She says that he says she "over-reacted". This boy has completely messed with her head.
She does not have anything to do with the boy after that incident, this was her first and only sexual encounter. I know many will not believe it, but it really is true in this situation.
Myself, my daughter and my husband sat down and talked to her about what was going to happen with the baby, we all decided adoption would be best. The boy has since found out that is her intention and has threatened to go to court for the baby saying they will never allow adoption but will take it to raise. It has become very extremely clear that the boy is abusive and his father is also abusive.
We do not want this child to be raised by the boy who raped my daughter (I hate to even call him the father of their child), we want the child to grow up in a loving environment with two parents who will love him/her and have a stable life - not grow up knowing it's mom got pregnant when she was 16 and Jr. in high school.
What can we do? Does the boy have any rights? What would happen if we moved her out of state with relatives where they couldn't find her until after the baby is born? Do we have any options?
I'm thinking, if a girl has a right to choose what to do with the baby before it's born, shouldn't she have a right to choose what happens to the baby after it's born? A man can't force a woman to have an abortion,right? He shouldn't be able to keep her from giving the baby up for adoption then?
My daughter doesn't want to come forward and press charges against the boy. He is only 16 also.