Michigan law seems clear on the issue: “The pregnancy of a child less than 12 years of age … is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse and neglect have occurred.” But a sidewalk counselor who has worked in front of a Kalamazoo abortion business for 15 years says it’s being ignored.
It’s the same situation WND described in an earlier report about abortion clinics not reporting “services” provided to underage girls, despite state laws requiring those reports. A pro-life activist says it simply boils down to the money being paid the businesses.
In the latest situation, Ann Norton told WND that she’s documented a number of cases of underage girls being taken to the abortion business, has contacted child protection officials, police, the district attorney, and even the state attorney general’s office, with a complete lack of response.
“I’ve stood on my head, trying to get action,” she said. “This is something that needs to be brought out into the open.”
WND’s earlier report said the failure by abortion businesses to follow mandatory reporting laws can conceal myriad assaults. Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline fought a 2-year legal battle against two abortion businesses in order to get records he believed would document cases of assault on a child.
Within days of getting those records, he had forwarded to local prosecutors information regarding 25 such incidents. He had wondered how, in 2003 for example, there could be 78 abortions on underage girls without a single case of assault on a child.
But the stakes are extremely high for the abortion industry: If clinics are found to not be following state law, they would be ineligible for taxpayer funding, which in recent years has reached $280 million nationwide.
Norton said the conspiracy of silence around such assaults is leaving her frustrated in trying to protect young children. She cited one case in 2005 in which an 11-year-old girl was taken to the Kalamazoo abortion clinic. Norton talked with the girl’s mother, collected witness statements, sworn affidavits, and other evidence, but still was unable to get anyone to investigate the attack that resulted in her mother bringing her to an abortion clinic.
“She [the girl's mother] confirmed the girl was 11 years old. The poor girl was in the back, crunched into the fetal position, scared to death,” Norton recalled.
Norton asked about the girl’s situation, and her mother responded that, “I’m not going to have any blankety blank babies in the house.”
“We know the girl did test positive, and we feel strongly that she did have the abortion,” Norton told WND. But after police were called and child protective services were notified, nothing happened.
Norton was told that child protective services reported it couldn’t act without a police report, and police reported they couldn’t act unless they knew the location of the alleged child rape.
Michigan authorities did not return a message left by WND asking for a comment on the case.
But Norton noted state law calls for an age of consent of 16 years, and the law’s assumption that a pregnancy in a child is “reasonable cause” to believe there was child abuse.
Because there has been no response from authorities, on the recent anniversary of Roe. vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court opinion that discovered the “right” to abortion, she assembled her documentation, called a news conference and waited, and waited, and waited.
No one showed up.
“It’s like knocking your head against a wall,” Norton told WND.
She said authorities confirmed that Planned Parenthood did not file a report on the abortion given to the 11-year-old, and police and child protective services officials have told her that is what is needed to start an investigation.
“Here in Kalamazoo, I don’t know what is going on,” she said. “Everything is hush-hush.” She said her work even brought her into contact with the state attorney general’s office, but again nothing was accomplished.
She said one investigator in the state office told her, “Everyone’s been told to shut up,” and without that testimony authorities “can’t do anything.”
She said she assembled case files on nearly two dozen cases, including in many situation names and locations.
Mark Crutcher, the chief of Life Dynamics, a recently told WND it’s a common problem, and pro-life activists should move forward with their information.
“The fact that these family planning facilities are in clear violation of child abuse or statutory rape reporting requirements creates an environment for us to demand that their funding be immediately cut off,” said Crutcher.
A pregnancy in an underage girl is evidence of sexual abuse, and “any health-care worker who has contact with a pregnant underage girl has an obligation to initiate a report to the state,” said a Life Dynamics report.
“If you’re not following state law, you’re not entitled to Title X funds,” Newman told WND. “As soon as you defund abortion clinics, they dry up and blow away.”
Abortion industry lawyers repeatedly have claimed that their clients follow the law, including a special case in Kansas recently where a local prosecutor held a news conference to say late-term abortionist George Tiller had followed those reporting requirements, even though a case that had been brought against him didn’t make that accusation.
Crutcher said if there’s a pregnancy in an underage girl, and the health-care provider fails to meet the state’s mandatory reporting law, the victim is released – often – right back into the hands of the predator.
In an earlier Life Dynamics project, the group arranged for an adult volunteer to pose as a 13-year-old and call every Planned Parenthood clinic in the United States. She posed as that young teen, pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend, and asked for help because she didn’t want her parents to know. Almost without exception the recorded responses from the clinics advise her not only how to obtain an abortion without her parents’ knowledge, but also how to protect that adult boyfriend who is guilty in any state of statutory rape on child.
“While many clinic workers can be heard on the tapes telling the caller that this situation was unlawful and that they were legally mandated to report it to the state, 91 percent of these facilities still agreed to illegally conceal it,” Life Dynamics reported. “So it’s no wonder that abortion clinics are refusing to cooperate with law enforcement efforts to investigate child abuse. In Kansas, abortion clinic representatives have even gone so far as to state in published reports that they will not comply with the state’s mandatory reporting laws.”
He said those who have been hurt in abortions need to come forward with their complaints, to get the investigations on track.
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