Court: Adviser who helped girl get abortion should keep job

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Posted: Apr 07, 2016 2:32 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a guidance counselor who helped a 15-year-old girl get judicial approval for an abortion without telling her parents shouldn't have been fired for insubordination.

The court ruled Thursday that the counselor shouldn't have lost her job for trying to stop her principal from telling the girl's parents.

In a dissent, Justice Robert Lynn accused his colleagues of ignoring legal principles because the case involved a hot-button issue. He says they jumped on the "bandwagon of political correctness."

Under state law, girls under 18 must notify their parents before getting abortions or get a judge's OK. The guidance counselor told the girl about the second option and got a restraining order to stop the principal from telling the girl's mother about the pregnancy.