Ohio Supreme Court Allows Legislator to Join Abortion-Sexual Abuse Coverup Case

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 28, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ohio Supreme Court Allows Legislator to Join Abortion-Sexual Abuse Coverup Case

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 28
, 2009

Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday agreed to allow a state legislator to join a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood. The suit accuses the abortion business of ignoring suspected sexual abuse against a teenager who went to its facility in Cincinnati for an abortion.

Rep. Robert Mecklenborg added a provision to a domestic abuse bill to make it easier for victims to sue agencies like Planned Parenthood that fail to follow state law and report suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors.

Mecklenborg’s attorneys argued his provision may be related to the lawsuit and Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer agreed yesterday.

The bill, the Pregnant Women from Coercion & Violence Bill, received lopsided bipartisan support in the state legislature and went into effect earlier this month.

The law is designed to stop women from being pressured or forced into a decision to have an abortion. It requires abortion facilities to display a poster in their waiting areas making it clear to women that no one can coerce or pressure them into having an abortion they really don’t want.

Also earlier this month, the Ohio Supreme Court asked lawyers for Planned Parenthood and the attorney representing the parents of a teenager girl who was pressured to have an abortion to comment on how the law would affect the lawsuit the girl’s parents filed.

Cincinnati attorney Charles Miller says he thinks the law may result in him having access to Planned Parenthood medical records to prove his contention that the abortion business engaged in a pattern of abuse by failing to report to state officials cases of statutory rape.

Instead, it did abortions on the girls, who were victims of sexual abuse.

The case was brought by Cincinnati-area parents whose minor daughter had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility without her parents’ knowledge after being sexually abused by her adult coach.

The parents allege that Planned Parenthood failed to comply with the statute requiring reports of known or suspected child abuse as well as Ohio’s parental consent statute.

Related web sites:
Ohio Right to Life – https://www.ohiolife.org

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