Tags: Undeserved | Motherhood

Undeserved Motherhood

Thursday, 05 May 2005 12:00 AM

Until she agreed to give up her parental rights three years ago, Jackson allowed her to see her children once every 45 days for eight hours in a hotel room. Then she signed the paper. Once he got charged with child molestation, she initiated an action to restore visitation.

I know a fair number of people who know Debbie because they go to Arnie, who really is a terrific dermatologist. I went to him a few times myself, some years ago, after I had a nasty rash that got misdiagnosed – and my friend Margo said people who live by their faces know who's good.

It's such a deal to get in there that people become good friends with the nurses and assistants, if for no other reason than that. I found another dermatologist for that reason, but that's me.

The people who know Debbie figured she would never desert Michael – even if he hasn't let her see her children in three years and even if she is a "complete mess," as one woman put it to me. She would always lie for him.

What's lying, compared to giving birth to his children, being their "mother," and then giving them up to a complete and total lunatic?

Crazy doesn't begin to describe it. Klein's Rent-a-Womb? The only woman he knew was a nurse in his doctor's office.

It turns out, of course, that the reason Debbie lied on what she now claims was the unrehearsed videotape that she made for Michael was that he had promised to let her see him and the children (not just the children, mind you – she wanted to see him, too) and that was enough for that lie.

But no visit was forthcoming. Nor did she bring any action after seeing Michael Jackson dangling his third child out that Rome window. But you don't have to be sane to be a mother. No license is required.

My guess is that enormous attention, and lawyers' fees, went into the financial arrangements between Jackson and Rowe, but as for the rest? In their case, they needed some medical help, but even that is usually unnecessary.

It's not being a mother that takes permission. In a Florida courtroom, another would-be "mother" had her day in court, with a Florida judge finally agreeing to allow a 13-year-old girl who was in state custody to have an abortion against the objections of the state, which refused to consent, even though she was a victim of statutory rape.

The week before, the judge had refused to allow her to have an abortion, ordering a psychological examination to determine if she would be harmed by an abortion. She was in state care and had run away from a group home – her parents' rights had been terminated.

Thirteen is very young to decide on your own to have an abortion. But it's even younger to become a "mother" if you say you're too young and not ready. People often accuse me of imagining these horror shows. Not so.

What Florida wanted to do was block the girl from deciding on her own to have an abortion, and then invoke the state law providing that the state cannot grant consent. She would have been forced to become a "mother."

Instead, she was forced to wait until past her first trimester for the procedure. Even that is shameful.

Meanwhile, my friends make their appointments for Botox.

I assume Debbie is better at her work.

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