At Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, Alabama, abortion doctors were more than happy to kill two unborn children for a young girl when she was 13 and 14, respectively. However, reporting the potential rape or sex trafficking of the girl? Not so much.
That’s the takeaway from a bombshell report from the Alabama Department of Public Health released by anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, which details how the clinic was cited for breaking state laws on information collection and notifying authorities.
The inspection report, which was dated Jan. 26, 2018, noted that “(b)ased on the review of medical records and interview, it was determined the facility failed to report a patient who was 13 years of age to the Department of Human Resources in 1 of 2 records review of patients under the age of 14.”
Abortion clinics in Alabama are required to pass on the information of any patient they see under the age of 14. The girl in question had originally put her birthdate as being July 3, 2000, which would have made her 15 at the time of the January 2016 abortion.
There were no dates on the Mexican identification cards of either the girl or her mother. However, when they reviewed the girl’s birth certificate on the day of the abortion, it actually put her birthdate as July 3, 2002.
That would have made her 13. Under Alabama law, all abortion recipients under the age of 14 must be reported to the state.
Meanwhile, the girl declined to provide any information about the father and none was collected. Alabama law also requires cases where the father of the child is two years older than a minor recipient of an abortion to be reported to the state.
LifeSite News notes that when the same girl returned the the clinic 15 months later, there was also no mention of a father or his age in the citation narrative, a serious compliance issue.
There are a number of issues raised by this lack of reporting. For instance, why did the girl seem to know enough to originally put her date of birth as July 3, 2000, thus meaning she wouldn’t fall under the umbrella of Alabama’s reporting law? That seems like an odd thing for a 13-year-old to know, especially given the fact that the young woman didn’t seem to be a citizen. Wouldn’t that set off klaxons of alarm among the staff at Reproductive Health Services that this might be a victim of sex trafficking or that she was being manipulated by someone who was breaking the law?
The same thing applies to the fact that she didn’t have information about the potential father. Wouldn’t this have set off alarms that maybe this young woman was the victim of rape? Another thing that should have raise suspicion is that the woman who identified herself as the girl’s mother didn’t speak English and the girl acted as her translator. Yet, they apparently decided to let this slide on all accounts, even in the presence of factors which should have alerted any reasonable individual to a potential crime.
“Let’s call this what it is. A girl was raped at age 13 and no one lifted a finger to help her or save her from future rapes,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, postulating that the girl had been abused.
“It is clear that the abortion staff either didn’t care enough about that girl to report or they were actively covering up her abuse.”
“This failure of the abortion facility’s staff to report suspected child sex abuse in a timely manner subjected this 13-year-old girl to additional sex abuse, as evidenced by a second abortion just 15 months after the first. A simple phone call could have prevented this suffering,” he added.
“Given the sketchy information provided by the girl and her so-called mother, it leads me to wonder if this child was being trafficked. There should be serious penalties for the clinic, which must be held at least partially responsible for any crimes committed against this girl.”
So, what was the outcome of this? “As soon as (the director/owner of the clinic) realized no one called the Department of Human Resources, (they) called and reported the patient on 1/26/18 at 10:00 AM,” the report reads.
In other words, once the Alabama Department of Public Health called them out on it, they reported it, just two years after the fact.
If you ever wonder about the utter disregard in which abortion providers regard human life, well, here you go. This should have been a case that raised a field of red flags. Yet, instead of looking into the case or passing on the information to the authorities, they didn’t even do what was legally required of them.
No possible penalties were mentioned in the report. However, this is a disgusting breach of the public trust and it needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law — not just to hold those at Reproductive Health Services to account, but to make sure that cases like this never go unreported again.
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