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|So on Wednesday, the Kansas attorney general issued an opinion directing the state's abortion providers to call police or the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Service when they encounter pregnant patients who obviously had sexual intercourse before they were 16.
The same applies to doctors and nurses providing prenatal care, counselors and social workers.
|"The attorney general's opinion reflects his politics -- Mr. Kline has long been an anti-choice zealot," said Peter Brownlie, president and CEO at Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
Brownlie said Kline's opinion would not affect Planned Parenthood's procedures.
"First of all, this is an opinion, it's not binding," Brownlie said. "Second, we're already in full compliance with the law."
In his opinion, Kline said that when a girl younger than 16 is pregnant, doctors, nurses and social workers have "reason to suspect that a child has been injured as a result of physical, mental or emotional abuse or neglect or sexual abuse" and are required to report it.
Brownlie disagreed, arguing that not all underage pregnancies constituted an injury.
"That's a decision that, in the law, is left up to professional judgment and is to be made on a case-by-case basis," Brownlie said, noting that Planned Parenthood workers routinely call authorities when there's reason to suspect physical or emotional abuse.
"The A.G. is saying that a 14- and 15-year-old having sex is inherently injurious," he said. "It's our position that that's not necessarily the case."
|Teens should not be afraid to seek medical care. And no, as a parent I do not think I have the right to know everything my kid is doing. I figure if she can't talk to me when she gets older about sex-related stuff, something is very wrong with our family and I have to do my part to fix it.|
Mom to 10yo Autistic Wonder Boy and 6yo Inquisitive Fireball Girl . December birthdays.
|another similar line, in CA you also have to provide a sexual history (dates, times, places, witnesses to any sexual acts) if you are applying for Medi Cal for a child. It goes to the DA and if you refuse to fully answer the questions you can be prosecuted. This is even if the fathers name is on the birth certificate. Of course it's possible that things have changed as I learned of it about 7 or so years ago.|