SAN FRANCISCO, October 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Laws that require abortionists to report statutory rape to the authorities are tantamount to forced labor, a panelist told the national meeting of the National Abortion Federation last April.
One of the 11 undercover videos leaked to the website GotNews.com shows a NAF speaker stating that the regulation amounted to “conscription.” Other pro-life laws are a form of “age discrimination,” she said.
“These regulations,” allowed within narrow limits by the Supreme Court's 1992 Casey decision, “challenge the moral agency of physicians, because they turn physicians into agents of the state,” a presenter says in the video of NAF's annual meeting last year.
“We're familiar with this from very vulnerable populations such as making [abortion] physicians mandatory reporters for child abuse,” the woman, whose name is not divulged, says at the beginning of the video footage. “But it puts them in that same role as a state actor, saying what the state wants them to say or doing what the state wants them to do. It's a conscription of physicians to perform state actions.”
Conscription, or the military draft, ended in January 1973 after years of protests during the Vietnam Conflict.
“In my opinion, if the state wants these things” reported, “they should print state fliers and supply state employees to do these things rather than force physicians to do it on the state's behalf,” she said.
The abortion industry is known for its resistance to reporting statutory rape. Live Action conducted undercover stings showing Planned Parenthood officials willing to cover up child abuse.
Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood's tight-lipped response is not merely a hypothetical concern. After Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer failed to report a 13-year-old girl's abortion in accordance with state law, an independent analysis found Indiana abortionists do not report as many as two-thirds of suspected statutory rape cases to the authorities under the law's terms.
Planned Parenthood fought and won a nearly two-year-long court battle against then-state Attorney General Steve Carter, when he requested the medical records of 73 girls under the age of 14 who had abortions.
In other cases, the abortion industry wins electorally. Last fall, Virginia's Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring issued a ruling that abortionists in the Old Dominion no longer need to report abortions of girls age 15 and under as potential child abuse, unless the abortionist suspects the parent or guardian is responsible.
The NAF presenter said all abortion restrictions could be seen as a vehicle for oppressing the youth.
“I also think there's something terribly unfair about looking back at our former selves,” she said while dismissing concerns over abortion regret. “I also think that this happens at a legislative level. Legislators in their 50s, 60s, and 70s have a hard time putting themselves back in the shoes of people in their 20s.”
“Of course, we think of abortion issues as issues of gender discrimination, but I'd like to propose that we consider them issues of age discrimination, as well – an older generation not able to remember what it's like to be young,” she said.
Restrictions passed to require tighter health and safety standards are merely “a Trojan horse.” designed to “undermine patient moral agency,” because they “represent a regressive return to rejected paradigms of paternalism.”
Her remarks come at the beginning of the third in a chain of 11 videos leaked to GotNews.com.
A federal judge appointed by President Obama blocked from being released by the Center for Medical Progress but allowed CMP to turn them over to Congress, as well as NAF. At some point after that, they were leaked and uploaded to YouTube.