Kansas doctors worried about reporting pregnancy in girls who are 15 and younger.
Two weeks ago, the Kansas attorney general issued an opinion that abortion clinics should report evidence of sexual activity in girls who are 15 or younger. Kansas law says that the age of consent is sixteen and sex with a partner under sixteen is statutory rape.
The attorney general has been accused of have a prurient interest in what fifteen year olds get up to in the back seat of cars. He responds:
"That's not what this is about," he said. "This is about going after predators. I know we've got 14-year-old girls telling their doctors that they're having consensual sex,
but I also know they'll tell the doctor whatever the boyfriend tells them to say -- even though he may be 27 and sitting in the car in the parking lot."
Some people insist that it is possible to be a fifteen year old girl and have consensual sex, as long as the male sexual partner is roughly your own age and is not selfishly exploiting your joint possession of an unformed mind, emotional immaturity and a vagina.
Maybe there is such a thing as non-exploitative junior sex of the kind they envision. But you know, when the junior sex ends up with the girl getting gonorrhea or pregnant...doesn't that suggest that her sexual partner was, oh, not very protective of her? Isn't there a hint in that story of someone who did not have her best interests at heart?
**** APRIL 2007 UPDATE: Especially now that the CDC Now Says Gonorrhea Is a Drug-Resistant "Superbug", PERIOD: "Gonorrhea, which is believed to infect more than 700,000 people in the United States each year, can leave both men and women infertile and puts people at higher risk of getting the AIDS virus....Gonorrhea, spread through sexual contact, is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States, trailing only chlamydia, which the CDC says affects more than 2.1 million people yearly in the U.S. The highest rates of infection are among sexually active teens, young adults and African-Americans. Because many people don't have obvious symptoms, they can unknowingly spread it to others."
Definitely worth reading it all.****