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Abortion industry's silence about abuse is real 'war on women'

Arrest of alleged molester shows importance of following reporting laws

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 8:08 am

Perhaps it would have taken police more than a year to arrest Ronte Latham for child molesting even if Dr. Ulrich Klopfer had reported Latham’s alleged victim’s resulting abortion sooner, as he was legally required to do.

But surely such indifference to the sexual abuse of minors – hardly unique to Klopfer within the abortion industry – calls into question the true perpetrators of the “war on women.”

Most of the local media ignored that angle earlier this month when the 20-year-old Latham was charged with having sex in February 2013 with a 13-year-old girl he met while working at the Weisser Park Youth Center. But Allen County Right to Life connected the dots, stating that “the date of the abortion on the affidavit of probable cause (against Latham) and the date noted on the termination of pregnancy report for the abortion performed (by Klopfer) on the 13-year-old child are the same.”

The pro-life group was justified in doing so, having brought to light last September Klopfer’s apparent disregard for the Indiana law that requires abortions performed on girls 14 and under be reported within three days. Klopfer did not file the report – which would have alerted authorities to the commission of a crime – until July 25, more than five months late. In Indiana, sex with children under 14 is illegal.

All causes have their extremists, and sensible people are careful not to let the words or deeds of a few get in the way. States-rights advocates, for example, properly distanced themselves from Cliven Bundy after the Nevada rancher battling the federal government over grazing rights turned out to be a racist lunatic.

Within the abortion industry, on the other hand, the “woman’s right to choose” apparently takes precedence over everything else, even if the woman is a young girl whose choice is the result of a criminal act.

When Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter in 2005 asked the nation’s largest abortion provider for records that might lead to the prosecution of people like Latham, Planned Parenthood refused – even though Carter promised to keep the patients’ names confidential unless criminal charges were filed.

At the time, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Interim President Karen Pearl insisted that Carter’s request represented “an alarming attack on medical privacy . . . politicians with rigid anti-choice agendas are trying to rip apart the covenant we have with our patients.”

But Allen County Right to Life Executive Director Cathie Humbarger shredded that rationalization after Latham’s arrest, stating that his case “magnifies why abortion requirements are on the books. Abortion doctors have a responsibility to follow the law and report sexual abuse on minors. By reporting pregnancy on a young girl within a timely fashion, police and child protective services can promptly began an investigation and get the victim out of a harmful situation before more abuse occurs.”

Nor does this appear to be the only case in which Klopfer showed indifference to abuse. Mike Fichter, president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, stated that “It also appears that Dr. Klopfer failed to follow proper reporting requirements on girls under 14 at his Gary and South Bend” clinics. And according to the South Bend Tribune, as many as 75 percent of the abortions performed on girls under 14 are not reported in a timely fashion.

Klopfer, an Illinois resident, is not believed to have performed abortions in Fort Wayne since the first of the year because his “back-up” physician – required by county ordinance – resigned last year because of Klopfer’s failure to report the abuse as required.

I have never been able to comprehend the mental and moral gymnastics necessary to defend abortion on demand. Even if one can ignore clear medical evidence and believe that life does not begin until birth, how can anyone justify sucking the brain out of a partially born baby?

How can it be OK for a mother to abort her child but a crime for another person to harm that same child?

How can it be good for women to protect and even profit from men who prey on girls?

Perhaps someone will explain it to me one day. In the meantime, this election season, no doubt we’ll be lectured about the Republicans’ “war on women” by people like Sandra Fluke, who as a law student at a pricey Catholic university became a feminist hero for demanding free contraceptives.

But if the Democrats are honest, they’ll use something else to make their case: Latham’s mug shot.

But I wouldn’t count on it.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Kevin Leininger at kleininger@news-sentinel.com or call him at 461-8355.