Out-of-state children can get abortions in Louisville, and keep it a secret from their parents [The Arena]

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According to statistics accumulated by the Guttmacher organization, at least 4,430 abortions are being performed in Kentucky each year; producing a rate of 5.1 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age.  The rate increased 16% since 2005, when it was 4.4 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44.  Louisville’s EMW Women's Surgical Center, located at 138 West Market Street is the only licensed gynecologic surgery center in Kentucky offering abortion services.

Now, there is a hot debate going on about whether children from other states are being allowed to come to Louisville for abortions, without the consent or even knowledge of their parents.  But the debate is not taking place in the Commonwealth’s General Assembly; it is being conducted in secret, behind closed doors, in “confidential” courtrooms.  And if any reporter has the temerity to report about it, the Judge will sic the cops on him.

Andrew Wolfson, of the Courier-Journal, reports today that Jeff Taylor, the Chief Judge of Kentucky’s Court of Appeals, has asked the state police to investigate who leaked a confidential abortion rights ruling to the newspaper.  The “leak” concerned a secret Court of Appeals decision handed down earlier this year, in which the court ruled 2-1 that minor girls from other states may ask Kentucky judges for permission to have abortions without their parents’ consent.

The Court of Appeals decision reversed a ruling by Jefferson District Judge David Bowles, prohibiting an out-of-state child from obtaining a court order necessary to have an abortion here without parental consent.  The un-named girl was represented in her appeal by Louisville attorney Amelia “Mickey” Adams.

This is the same Amelia Adams who was involved in a controversy last year, when the student-led pro-life group Live Action released video footage today of EMW Women's Surgical Center ignoring the sexual abuse of a child and giving misleading abortion counseling. The footage was taken by Live Action President Lila Rose and actor Jackie Stollar who posed undercover as minors with Rose telling the staff that she was 14-years-old and impregnated by her 31-year-old "boyfriend."

In the video, the EMW counselor named "Wendy" determines that Rose is 14 to 15-weeks pregnant and Rose expresses that she wants to keep the situation secret from her parents.  Even though Rose allegedly gave no indication that she would face abusive parents (as required for a “judicial bypass” under Kentucky law), the clinic directs Rose to call Louisville attorney “Mickey” Adams so that she can obtain a judicial bypass around Kentucky's parental consent law and avoid parental knowledge of the abortion or sexually abusive relationship.

Under Kentucky law, sex between a 14-year-old and a 31-year-old is rape in the third degree and would reasonably be considered “sexual abuse of a child” which must be reported to law enforcement immediately. The clinic apparently failed to ask the questions necessary to file a child sexual abuse report and did not communicate to Rose about the illegal or dangerous nature of her sexual relationship.

Rose, a UCLA student, says this sort of disregard for the law is typical at abortion centers. "In abortion clinics across the country, our undercover videos document the widespread cover up of sexual abuse. Abortion clinics like EMW in Louisville center attempt to fast track underage abortions on vulnerable girls, shut out parents, and blatantly ignore their legal obligation to report the sex predator to police." says Rose.

Kentucky Abortion Center Fails to Report Child Sex Abuse

Watch highlights of the undercover video as well as the unedited tape at: http://liveaction.org/index.php/projects/monalisa/142

Learn about Live Action: http://liveaction.org

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About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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