Complaints about abortion providers uncovered a few tardy reports of abortions for 13-year-olds. Pregnancy in 13-year-olds is always unfortunate.
Indiana deems mutual consent between 13-year-olds invalid. Neither is considered a victim of rape; it is mutual abuse. Without knowing the partner’s age, it’s not correct to say a 13-year old girl was a “victim of rape," as activists and journalists have done.
Dr. Ulrich "George" Klopfer sometimes informs parents that neighboring states have different reporting laws. Reporting 13-year-olds can be harmful, carrying risk of suicide, violence and creating barriers to health care.
The problem isn't abortion providers. The problem is that the state doesn’t commit to 13-year-olds’ sexuality education, health care and opportunity.
- Carolyn Meagher and Sue Ellen Braunlin, Co-Presidents of the Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Lafayette