Monday, October 06, 2014

Abortionists Can Ignore Rape of Teens: Virginia AG

A decision by Mark Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, has unilaterally negated the long-standing state requirement that health professionals inform authorities of instances of suspected statutory rape.  Herring wrote that abortion clinics need not be concerned that a pregnant 13-year-old might have been a victim of rape by an older man, but rather may simply "turn a blind eye."
“The [abortion] industry is counting on [Gov. Terry] McAuliffe finding a way to end the public scrutiny of their abortion centers.”
-- Virginia Cobb, The Family Foundation of Virginia (TFFVA)
For background, read of myriad instances of Planned Parenthood being exposed of violating laws:

Four Abortionists Charged in Indiana: Rape, Murder

Planned Parenthood Conceals Serial Rapist in Arizona

Abortionists Concealing Rape: New Jersey Clinic Shut Down

Planned Parenthood Criminal in Serial Rape Coverups

Planned Parenthood Busted by Video Sting in Alabama

-- From "Virginia Attorney General Absolves Abortion Clinics From Requirement to Report Suspected Rapes of Teen Girls" posted at Washington Free Beacon 10/2/14

“It is my opinion that a Virginia Department of Health (VDH) licensing inspector who is a nurse and who, during the course of a hospital inspection, learns from the review of a medical record that a 14-year-old girl received services related to her pregnancy is not required to make a report of child abuse and neglect pursuant to Virginia Code § 63.2-1509 unless there is reason to suspect that a parent or other person responsible for the child’s care committed, or allowed to be committed, the unlawful sexual act upon the child,” Democrat Mark Herring’s September 12 opinion said.

“It is also my opinion that the VDH licensing inspector is not required to make a report to law enforcement of the crime of carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13 and 15.”

Herring includes “prenatal or abortion services” among the signs of potential rape that he said do not have to be reported to law enforcement.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Virginia AG: Abortion Clinic Inspectors Don’t Have to Report Statutory Rape" by Zoey DiMauro, 10/3/14

According to Virginia law, anyone who "carnally knows, without the use of force, a child thirteen years of age or older but under fifteen years of age, such person shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony” punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

But Herring says that the fact of a minor girl’s pregnancy alone, “without additional information or evidence, is not sufficient to create a reason to suspect that the child is an ‘abused or neglected child’” under Virginia’s mandatory reporter statute, which requires certain professionals to report suspected child abuse.

TFFVA claims that Herring’s opinion unilaterally changes a Virginia law that has been uncontested for 14 years, in addition to reversing the decisions of two former attorneys general. “. . . a 2001 opinion by then Attorney General and now respected Court of Appeals Judge Randolph Beales requir[ed] teachers to report sexual acts against a child regardless of whether the teacher suspected or believed the child’s parent or other responsible person committed the sex crime.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Abortionists don’t have to report most statutory rape cases: Virginia’s Democratic attorney general" by Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews 10/2/14

Abortion personnel only need to report suspected child abuse if it is perpetrated by a parent or legal guardian, Virginia AG Mark Herring, a Democrat, wrote in a five-page opinion to State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine on September 12.

His guidance overturns the opinions of two previous state attorneys general that required the reporting of suspected child abuse, even if the abuser was not a parent or the abuse took place without the parents' knowledge. Then-Attorney General Randolph Beales, now a court of appeals judge, issued such an opinion in 2001 and Jerry Kilgore offered similar guidance in 2003. Both are Republicans.

State law makes having sexual relations with anyone under the age of 15 a fourth class felony, but Herring cited a statute that defines an “abused or neglected child” as someone abused by his or her parents or guardians.

Herring is no stranger to selectively enforcing the law. He faced calls for his impeachment after he refused to defend the state's marriage protection amendment.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read how Planned Parenthood teams up with schools by providing "kinky sex trainers" for kids.