By Kathleen Gilbert
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Parents suing a Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio clinic for failing to report statutory rape may not access other girls’ medical records to see if they establish a pattern of neglect, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.
The lawsuit involves a 14-year-old girl who, unbeknownst to her parents, aborted a child in 2004, conceived after having relations with her 21-year-old soccer coach. Ohio state law requires that parents give consent for a minor’s abortion, but the parents say only the coach signed off on the procedure.
Attorneys Charles Miller and Brian Hurley had attempted to procure the medical records of other minor girls who received abortions at the clinic to establish whether the facility had routinely neglected to report statutory rape.