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Does Planned Parenthood Oppose Child Abuse?

Jennifer Roback Morse

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New reports allege that Planned Parenthood is not reporting child abuse.

With all the publicity about the harm done by pedophile priests, you might think that people uniformly disapprove of sex between minors and adults. If a 16-year-old boy tells us that he had sex with a priest, we all now agree that the older person exploited him. Evidently, this new consensus does not apply to adult men having sex with under-aged girls in California. At least, not if the girl gets pregnant.

Here is the issue. Health-care personnel are ordinarily mandatory reporters of child abuse. But a recent survey has prompted the question of whether abortion clinics take this responsibility seriously. A woman called Planned Parenthood Clinics across the country and told them that she was 13, and pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend. The overwhelming majority of the clinics told her she could come in for an abortion with complete confidentiality; they would not report her boyfriend for statutory rape.

Read the entire article on the National Review Online website.



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