Planned Parenthood Sued for Allegedly Ignoring Statutory Rape
Parents of a young woman who was 14 years old when she received an abortion in 2004 are suing Planned Parenthood for allegedly ignoring evidence of statutory rape. Their daughter, "Jane Roe", was accompanied by an unrelated 21-year-old man, who claimed to be her step-brother, when she sought an abortion without parental consent.
The parents claim that a 14 year old female accompanied by a 21-year-old male should have raised red flags with the Planned Parenthood staff of possible statutory rape. The parents' attorney says Planned Parenthood should be required to release records for other underage girls who have already received abortions without parental consent to authorities because girls may have been subject to victimization as a result of statutory rape, according to Dispatch Policy Report
Parental verification is an issue in this year’s election due to a ballot measure in California, Proposition 4. If it is passed, it will require a 48-hour parental notification period if a woman under 18 years old seeks an abortion. While the initiative requires notification, it would not prevent doctors from performing abortions because of parental opposition.
Media Resources: Feminist Daily News Wire 9/29/08; Dispatch Politics 10/8/08; California Secretary of State
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .