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Woman sentenced to jail for pretending to be mom - Jaya Franklin

One of the most controversial topics that I constantly hear people talk about is abortion.

Everyone has his or her own opinion about the subject. I read a story in a newspaper about a Hall County woman, who signed for a 16-year-old to get an abortion, as if she were the girl's mother.

The problem was the woman, Cindi Cook, was the mother of the boyfriend in the situation, not of the girl who was getting the abortion.

According to news reports, Cook paid for the abortion of her son's girlfriend and found a clinic that would perform the procedure.

Cook, 44, reportedly felt that the baby would ruin her son's chances of going to college.

This lady was completely out of line. There is no other way of explaining this situation.

From reading the story, it's obvious to me that she was only concerned about one person, and that was her son. Especially because the teenage girl was faced with a major, life-changing decision, Cook should have advised her to talk with her parents about the situation.

But instead, she allegedly took it upon herself to correct a mistake made by her son and his girlfriend.

At the age of 16, I can only imagine how the girl felt. She probably didn't know what to do. If her parents allowed her to get an abortion, then that would be something that she and her parents should deal with.

But, when it comes to allowing someone else to make a decision that will affect your body, that's ridiculous. Even though the girl is a teen, we all still have to take responsibility for our own actions. She allowed someone to make a decision for her that will affect her for the rest of her life.

Also, what if something went wrong with the procedure, and the girl could no longer have children? What if she bled to death after getting the abortion? Cook would have two people's lives on her hands.

This is a huge issue. Cook was sentenced to one year in jail for her actions, and I think the punishment fits the crime.

When it comes to abortions, I think the decision should be mainly on whoever is carrying the child. If that person is a minor, it should be the child's and a parent's or legal guardian's decision.

Women should be in control of what happens to their bodies, and no one else --including government officials, fathers or anyone else -- should be allowed to make the decision for them.

Some people are in favor of abortions, and they talk about the procedure as if it were a walk in the park. Others shy away from the topic, and feel that it's completely wrong, religiously.

I believe that abortions are personal choices, and if someone decides to get one, then that's their preference. Who are we to judge the person who is faced with the decision?

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at