Saturday, January 28, 2006

Watch out Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics' efforts to foil a legitimate search for the truth were dealt a severe body blow when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal court's injunction and sent the case back to the lower court for trial. Read more below.

Court sides with Kline on reporting juvenile sex

Associated PressDENVER - The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday lifted a court order that prohibited Kansas from enforcing a law that requires health care providers to report consensual underage sex to authorities.
The three-judge panel, in a 2-1 decision, reversed the finding of a lower court, ruling that Kansas has a legitimate interest in information about the voluntary sexual conduct of children that overrides the minor's right to privacy.
Under Kansas law, sexual contact with or between children under 16 is a crime.
The majority ruled that although minors have a right to informational privacy, it doesn't exist for illegal sexual conduct. They ruled the state has a greater interest in enforcing its criminal laws, protecting the best interest of minors and promoting public health.
The ruling lifts a preliminary injunction, and the case goes back to federal court for trial.
In July 2003, Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline issued an opinion on the state's 1982 law requiring doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and others who work with minors to report suspected instances of underage sex, even if it involves willing partners of similar ages. Kline said that even consensual sex is inherently harmful to children.
The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of health care providers at the Kansas City-based clinic Aid For Women, who argued they were being forced to choose between violating the law and violating their patients' trust.
Neither Aid for Women nor Whitney Watson, spokesman for Kline, returned after-hours phone messages left by the Associated Press.
Health care providers argued they shouldn't have to report minors' consensual sexual activity -- even if it is illegal -- because Kansas' official interest in such behavior isn't strong enough to overcome the right to privacy. They argued privacy is crucial in reproductive decisions and that the law prevents minors from confidentially obtaining an abortion.
Judge Judith Herrera dissented from the majority's ruling, saying Kansas does not have a legitimate and proper purpose for obtaining or disclosing information about consensual sex among minors. The minor's interest in maintaining privacy concerning voluntary sexual activity is stronger, she wrote.

Abortion clinics have long avoided the public scrutiny required to prevent child abuse and other coercive activities against minor teen age girls. History is replete with under-age girls being made pregnant by adult men and then coerced into abortions by the threats of these men and fear of disclosure. Here in Arizona there have been a number of public cases about the terrible events involving teen age girls being forced into abortions by their adult male partners. Perhaps the public will realize that the abortion industry is interested in profit and perpetrating this evil upon the American people. Perhaps then the American people will rid themselves of the politicians who cover for these cowards and elect men and women of integrity.


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