To Planned Parenthood’s benefit, an activist Superior Court judge took the teeth out of a long-sought Alaska law that would require clinics to notify parents before their under-age daughters undergo abortion.
Judge John Suddock allowed the law to go into effect today–which Planned Parenthood says they’ll still appeal– but he removed any incentive for clinics to obey the law by
- removing the fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment of up to 5 years for abortionist noncompliance,
- relaxing the law to allow physicians or a “designee” to notify parents or guardians, and
- disallowing abortionists from being liable for damages.
The need for such law is clearly playing out in Ohio, where two families are suing Planned Parenthood for failure to contact parents and failure to report statutory rape to the proper authorities.
In one case, a Hamilton County Judge ruled last week that a Cincinnati Planned Parenthood abortion business rushed an abortion on a 14-year-old girl who was a victim of sexual abuse by her soccer coach. The state high court will not allow their attorney to examine redacted clinic records to look for a pattern of illegality (sound familiar, Kansas pro-lifers?)
In another active lawsuit, a Warren County teen accuses Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio of covering up her sexual victimization by her father. Her attorney claims Planned Parenthood uses a“don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to sexual abuse, and there’s a handwritten staff note to prove it.
In both cases, secret abortions shielded predators from discovery and forced minors to endure years of sexual abuse. Which is why both Ohio Planned Parenthood businesses are being sued–and why the Alaska judge had no right to remove the civil lawsuit provisions from the law!
The short lesson is that Kansas still needs the enhanced protective measures for minors, offered in the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act (CARA) that was vetoed by former governor Sebelius:
- the ability to sue civilly for abortion injuries and violations of parental rights;
- due diligence on the part of abortion clinics in identifying the adult accompanying the minor to abortion counseling– to preclude predators or their allies from masquerading as family members;
- require that the judges –who interview minors seeking to bypass parental notification– follow the mandatory reporting rules.