Saturday, March 05, 2005

Kansas Common Sense

AG Kline's office never returned my call. Fortunately, No More Mister Nice Blog has an update. This is Mr. Kline's explanation of why, if one's duty [is] to investigate and prosecute child rape and other crimes, the outcome of the pregnancy--spontaneous abortion vs. elective abortion vs. livebirth--constitutes proof of a criminal act:

Kline said he doubted many child rapists would allow their victims to carry out their pregnancies. And he said his office would not prosecute consensual sexual activity between children of similar age.

"I have stated that repeatedly; we are looking for the child predators," Kline said. "You do not find child predators standing in a hospital as their prey gives birth to the child that they father. That's common sense."

Mr. Kline might have doubts, and he might claim to have common sense, however, based on his statements, he either doesn't have clarity of thought, or he doesn't know the law. Before he asserted that pregnancy outcome determines if a crime has been committed, he stated that pregnancy, not its outcome, is proof of child rape: rape is a serious crime and when a 10, 11 or 12 year old is pregnant - they have been raped under Kansas law.

Between the pronouncement from the Texas Alliance for Life that rape victims don't need emergency contraception, since "A [raped] woman has gone through a trauma; for these reasons her body may not be fertile.", and AG Kline, I'm starting to sense a trend: divining anatomy, physiology, and medical care.

(via Mouse Words)



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