Whatever else you do today, go to Jill Stanek's blog and read about how Planned Parenthood workers were caught on tape advising a fake "pimp" on how to bring underage girls in for abortions without triggering mandatory reporting laws.
Before you click the link, parental warning: the blog post and associated videos are not to be viewed when young children are in the room; some workers may also wish to consider them NSFW.
The blog post is here.
The saddest thing of all to me is that this sometimes happens, based on reports from post-abortive women, when there are no video cameras around and nobody is setting up a sting. It is particularly painful to read about young girls, some aged 13 or 14, who endured incestuous abuse from a family member or molestation from a teacher or coach--and then were presented at abortion clinics to have an abortion and get birth control, all with no questions asked. We talk about "choice," but what kind of choice is it when a 12-year-old girl gets taken to a clinic by the older brother who is sexually abusing her? And when no one, from a Sunday School teacher in whom she confided to the clinic workers who informed her she was pregnant when the abuse she'd endured hadn't, as yet, included intercourse, even seemed to care that so young a girl was supposed to be pregnant?
I think that states need to pass new laws to protect minors which go beyond present parental consent laws. These laws would make it a crime of negligence to perform an abortion on a minor child without a mandatory social services investigation to confirm that the child is not a victim of rape (including statutory rape), incest, or criminal sexual activity (e.g., prostitution). Let's face it: there are laws in some states triggering a mandatory social services investigation when children are left alone in a car for a few minutes while Mom or Dad runs an errand--so I think it's reasonable to say that pregnancy in a child under age 18 is a suspicious enough circumstance in and of itself to warrant a similar investigation.
Let's stop making excuses that allow at-risk children to be further abused by abortion, after they've already endured sexual abuse, rape, or incest. A mandatory abortion investigation act would be a first step toward making sure that abortion isn't just a way for abusers or pimps to cover up their crimes against children.