Thursday, April 20, 2006

MedLaw: Judge rules against Kline in teen-sex case

So, this is one of those stories that may have fell off your radar awhile back, but Attorney General Phill Kline tried to force abortion clinics to report any girl under 16 who showed up for services. He was acting under a Kansas law requiring health care providers and others who work with young people to report any case where there's "reason to suspect that a child has been injured" as a result of sexual abuse.

Well, the court has decided that Kline is crazy:

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled that Kansas health care providers should retain discretion in deciding what teenage sexual activities they report to the state as abuse.
Morten also clarified that being in favor of patient privacy is not the same thing as advocating teen sex:
This case certainly is not about promoting sexual promiscuity among underage persons. Each and every witness testified that underage sex should be discouraged.
One of the lawyers opposing Kline's one man crusade noted that this could have big effects outside Kansas.
This is the first time a federal court has recognized that the United States Constitution protects the right of young people to keep certain information they give their doctors and psychologists private.
Just to remind you that Kline is indeed crazy, after losing the case, he claimed victory. Yeah right, and abstinence only education works wonders to reduce teen pregnancy.

Photo Caption: Phill Kline and his daughter, Hillary, who has experienced consenting "sexual abuse" by her boyfriend three times since the start of Freshman year (four if you count that time she got drunk)

1 comment:

: Joseph j7uy5 said...

Kline, however, claimed victory.

"We have defended the constitutionality of the law successfully," he said in a statement released by his office.

Kline has been victorious here, just as Bush has been victorious in Iraq.

Indeed, a strange way to look at things.