Sex-abuse law to include abortionists?

By Jon Dougherty

Nassau County, N.Y., District Attorney Dennis Dillon says a proposed local law requiring that clergy report incidents of sexual abuse should be widened to include abortion providers who learn that minor girls have been impregnated by adults.

“What should be just as shocking (as alleged clergy sexual abuse against minors) is the documented failure of abortion providers, upon learning that a minor female has been impregnated by an adult male, to report this crime to authorities,” Dillon wrote in a letter to county Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs, D-Woodbury.

Newsday reported Thursday that Nassau lawmakers believe Dillon has gone too far with his assertion, believed prompted by an investigation conducted by a pro-life organization that found such incidents rampant.

The group, Texas-based Life Dynamics, said its study earlier this year found that “among girls 15 and younger who become pregnant, between 60 percent and 80 percent of them are impregnated by adult men.”

Also, researchers say they found “irrefutable evidence” that pro-abortion-rights organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation “knowingly conceal” the crimes of sexual abuse of minors “while aiding and abetting the sexual predators who commit them.”

“In America today, we have reached the point where a junior high-school girl is more likely to become pregnant by an adult than by someone close to her own age,” said the group. “One study concluded that the average age of men who father children with girls under 14 is now higher than the average age of men who father children with 18-year-olds.”

Abortion providers have denied the allegations.

In his letter, Dillon said that based on a report he had, “leading abortion providers fail in 90 percent of … cases to report [underage] sexual abuse.”

Jacobs downplayed both Dillon’s call for a more inclusive law and the abortion provider allegations.

“His letter and attachments are disturbing in its linking of Planned Parenthood and sexual abuse of underage girls,” she said. “Seems to me he has crossed the line between his personal beliefs and upholding the law.”

Dillon is a known abortion protester and has run for governor of New York on the Right to Life Party ticket, Newsday reported.

A spokesman for the DA said his boss’ call for a wider law went beyond the allegations against Planned Parenthood.

“We used abortion providers as one example to expand the law beyond one single group,” spokesman Rick Hinshaw told the paper. “It is one example that for reasons of ideology would raise a flag with some people. We felt is should be considered.”

In the wake of several cases of sexual abuse by priests nationwide, local lawmakers are considering a measure requiring clergy to report sexual abuse involving minors.

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