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Friday, June 20, 2003

More on the new reporting requirement in Kansas.

On Wednesday, the state attorney general in Kansas issued an opinion which would require abortion clinics to report to the child welfare department any abortions performed on girls under 16. Under Kansas law, girls who are 15 or younger are presumed to be incapable of consenting to sex. Ergo, any girl 15 or younger who is pregnant, by Kansas law, is an assault victim.

The Kansas City Star has followed the story here and here.

According to the first story:

"Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which operates an abortion clinic in Overland Park, criticized the legal opinion and said it would refuse to do what Kline suggests.

Planned Parenthood has reported, and will continue to report, cases in which young girls have been injured by abuse, he said. But the cases of girls who seek to end pregnancies resulting from consensual sex need not be reported, he said."

All that this new requirement is doing is requiring abortion clinics to report evidence of abuse to the state department that is trained to ascertain whether abuse (nonconsensual sex) has occurred.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, at its highly profitable abortion clinic in Overland Park, is going to refuse to do that.

Yet I am highly confident that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri does not have the time or resources to counsel pregant 14-year-olds as to whether the sex that led to the pregnancy was consensual. One of the reasons I am highly confident of this is that Planned Parenthood of Kansas has never referred a case to the Kansas child welfare department, which implies that when they screen girls who are 15 or under, they invariably determine that she got pregnant as a result of consensual sex.

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