CABELL COUNTY, WV, March 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – More than three years after they took their girl, who was then 11 years-old, to have an abortion, a West Virginia couple is facing charges for incest and child abuse.
Michael and Amanda Adkins were arrested last March and charged with child neglect last March, but authorities have filed new charges of sexual abuse.
The girl – Michael's daughter and Amanda's stepdaughter – became pregnant in November 2010, triggering a state investigation. The couple took her to the state capital, Charleston, for an abortion on March 1, 2011.
On March 16, the Adkins family told her doctor that the girl had experienced a miscarriage, and the doctor performed a dilation and curettage (D&C) abortion to assure he removed any remaining fetal body parts.
The state charged them with child neglect for subjecting their daughter to the needless procedure under false pretenses. “The parents neglected to take care of … her basic needs and put her in extreme danger by letting her go through an unnecessary procedure,” West Virginia State Police Cpl. Marlene Moore told local media, when they allowed the preteen to “be put under anesthesia” unnecessarily.
The couple, both then 30, were held in Western Regional Jail but released.
However, state officials note that the abortionist did not report the abortion, despite the extremely young age of the patient and high likelihood of abuse.
West Virginia has no such requirement. Abortionists in Indiana are required to report an abortion on any girl 13 or younger, but they violate the statutory rape reporting requirements in the majority of cases.
His neglect highlights a broader issue: West Virginia's abortion facilities are, for all intents and purposes, unregulated.
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“There is no state agency that specifically inspects clinics or facilities that perform abortion,” Marsha Dadisman, a Department of Health and Human Resources spokeswoman, told the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail.
Dr. Wanda Franz, president of West Virginians for Life and the former president of the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeSiteNews last year that lax enforcement of law in neighboring Pennsylvania led to the abuses of Kermit Gosnell. “We now have an example [of] government agencies that failed to do their job in terms of protection of women [and] proper oversight,” Franz said, and that “ought to be of concern to people who support abortion.”
State officials expect to release more information on the Adkins family tomorrow.