Not only does the Planned Parenthood worker indicate that the state’s reporting requirement can be avoided, she also assures the 14-year-old that she can get around Wisconsin’s adult-consent requirement by using the bypass option. For free.
Never mind that Wisconsin doesn’t even specify that consent be provided by a girl’s parents specifically. A grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling over 25 can sign the release to allow an abortion for a teen girl. Still, at no time in the encounter did the Planned Parenthood worker ask the girl if there was a trusted adult family member to whom she could turn.
She did, however, ask if the 31-year-old boyfriend was going to pay for the abortion.
Excuse me while I turn the sound down on that cash register.
Live Action president says the Wisconsin case is typical of what they find at Planned Parenthood sites across the country. “What’s common is for their workers to assure that any hurdles to abortion can be crossed,” Ms. Rose says.
Not to worry about those pesky laws designed to protect young women who obviously already are engaged in high-risk behaviors. Planned Parenthood is happy to provide the quick fix and send them back into the arms of their “much older” boyfriends. The ones with the fat wallets.
A pregnant teen needs help and support, to be sure. At this critical junction, Planned Parenthood ought to promote every means possible to assure that her parents are responsible for her care — perhaps more responsible than they have ever been — and to protect her from sexual abuse.
But where’s the profit margin there?