Planned Parenthood was negligent in its failure to report
a 13-year-old foster-care girl’s abortion to Child Protective Services, a
Phoenix judge ruled.
Pro-lifers tout the case as an example of the importance
of parental consent laws, the Associated Press reported. A law enacted in 2000
requires girls under 18 in Arizona to get permission of a parent or guardian for
an abortion unless they seek court approval.
The Phoenix case began in 1998 when the girl, whose name
has been withheld by AP, had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic
accompanied by her 23-year-old foster brother, with whom she was having a sexual
Court records show that Planned Parenthood did not notify
authorities until the girl returned six months later for a second
abortion. [Full Story]