Who would have thought you could contract carpal tunnel syndrome at the oral surgeon’s office? After writing my initials and signing my name on roughly 217 consent forms, I was ready for an ice pack and a wrist wrap.
No surprise, really. After all, the surgeon was extracting seven teeth from the mouth of my 12-year-old daughter. Despite the fact that three of those were baby teeth, the risks of the procedure apparently are legion. With all the paperwork, I wasn’t sure if I would find the tooth fairy or attorney Sam Bernstein in the parking lot when we were done.
Of course, it would have been different if the procedure at hand were something insignificant and safe, lacking in any long-term physical or emotional ramifications, such as abortion.
For that, a minor girl can maintain her “right to privacy” and her folks don’t necessarily need to sign a thing. That’s because 14 states plus the District of Columbia allow teens to get an abortion without parental consent, and Planned Parenthood’s health counselors are adept at getting around the laws of 35 states that do require parental consent or notification with a judicial bypass. (Utah has no bypass option.)
Thus, Planned Parenthood assures they never lose a sale.
Oops. Make that, assures that all girls get the “health care” they need.
As it happens, Planned Parenthood is so committed to securing profits … er, sorry… providing health care services to teen girls that they’re willing to skirt the laws of various states to do so, even laws intended to protect those girls from unhealthy, unsafe and illegal abuse at the hands of adults.
Recently, the organization Live Action, a youth-led, new media pro-life group, released a hidden-camera video showing Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin ignoring the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old minor by a 31-year old partner. (Watch it at www.liveaction.org.)
Posing as a 14-year-old, Live Action’s president, Lila Rose, who in fact is a college student, claimed she was pregnant by her “much older” boyfriend. Disclosing this fact should have triggered a reporting process required by the state in all cases where girls under age 16 — Wisconsin’s age of consent — disclose that they are sexually active.
Instead, Live Action’s video shows the Planned Parenthood worker explaining that the situation doesn’t necessarily have to be reported. “Was it consensual?” she asks, as if a sexual relationship between a 31-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl can ever be considered consensual and therefore, appropriate.
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