Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Whose Privacy?

In a ruling that will make a lot of people shriek about the Patriot Act (though it has nothing to do with either patriotism or terrorism, an Indiana judge has ruled that Planned Parenthood can no longer shield rapists from child abuse authorities.

At issue are the medical records of 84 girls younger than age 14 who visited Planned Parenthood, and according to the law in Indiana, if a girl needs to visit Planned Parenthood before 14, someone is molesting her, by definition.

So think about it: whose privacy is really being protected by the organization? The girls? Their names won't be released, and the authorities won't be accusing them of any crimes. It's the "uncles," neighbors and boyfriends who took advantage of them.

Betty Cockrum, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said, "We are a trusted member of the community and work closely with authorities to protect the young women and men in Indiana."

Funny place to mention that they protect the men as well as the young women.

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