Missouri lawmakers preach that adoptees getting their own birth certificates is a gross invasion of privacy, but say that mandated criminal investigations into the sex lives of the state’s teenage girls isn’t.
Tuesday the Missouri House passed HB 1327, which if it becomes law, would require abortion clinics to inform prosecutors when women under the age of 18 inquire, about getting an abortion. They don’t have to get one; just ask about it. Of course this is for their own good. And ours.
From KMOV-TV, St. Louis:
Supporters say the intent is to help identify men who may have impregnated teens through rape.
Other parts of the bill would create a new crime of coercing a woman to obtain an abortion and expand the information that must be provided to a woman 24 hours before an abortion.
The Associated Press reports further:
Missouri’s proposed mandate to inform prosecutors about minors seeking abortions could be a first nationally if it became law, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks reproductive-rights issues.
Missouri law already requires the consent of the minor and a parent, guardian or judge before a physician performs an abortion on someone younger than 18. It also requires abortion providers to report evidence of rape or abuse to the state.
The legislation would go further by requiring a physician or abortion clinic to notify prosecutors when someone younger than 18 inquires about getting an abortion — even if she does not go through with it. Notification would have to occur at least a day before an abortion. The only exception to prosecutorial notification would be for court-approved cases.
For some “unknown” reason there is no section in the bill that requires minors seeking solutions for unplanned pregnancies other than abortion to be similarly protected. CPCs are not required to snitch out young women inquiring about pregnancy tests or “crisis pregnancy counseling. ” Adoption agencies are not required to turn in teenagers inquiring about “the loving adoption option,” “Safe haven” drop-off stations are not required to call in prosecutors when a teenager drops by inquiring about how to dump a baby.
Why don’t they deserve equal protection?
We all know the answer to that.
The AP also reports:
The Missouri bill also would create a specific crime of coercing a woman to obtain an abortion through such acts as assault, stalking, threatening her employment or withholding an academic scholarships.
Why doesn’t the bill outlaw coerced adoption surrenders?
We know the answer to that, too.
Who do they think they’re kidding?