In late June, pro-life organization Indiana Right to Life held news conferences across Indiana demanded a probe into whether nine of its state’s abortion providers are properly reporting abortion procedures performed on girls under the age of 16.
IRTL claimed parents accusing physicians of failing to “follow the legal reporting requirements to protect young children from sex abuse” have filed a mind-numbing 48 consumer complaints.
The state of Indiana requires abortionists who complete their procedures on girls younger than 16-years-old to report each instance to the Indiana Department of Child Services and Indiana’s Department of Health within three days. This law was changed in 2017 to increase the compulsory reporting age from 14 to 16. Republican State Senator Erin Houchin, who wrote the bill last year, revealed her feelings regarding the recent allegations at a news conference at Indiana’s capital in Indianapolis.
“At these young and vulnerable ages, sometimes as young as 12 years old, it is likely that these pregnancies did not occur as a result of legal consensual activity,” she said. “It is the duty of the Department of Child Services and our law enforcement agencies to examine the circumstances behind each of these cases to determine what, if any, action should take place to protect these young girls and hold potential predators accountable.”
She reasoned that agencies can’t adequately protect these minors if abortionists fail to follow Indiana’s reporting laws. Houchin implored Indiana’s government to investigate suspected abuses of the law.
“The alleged failure to report abortions on minors under the age of 16 … at every licensed abortion facility in Indiana is negligent and frightening,” she added. “It is disheartening to see the General Assembly, policymakers come together to have pass thoughtful legislation only to have some in the abortion industry disregard the law completely and subject young girls to continued potential abuse.”
“Some of the girls under 16 years old who had abortions that weren’t reported to DCS were as young as 12 and 13,” the pro-life group said in a press release. “The alleged 48 instances of failure to report occurred since July 1, 2017. The 48 consumer complaints have been filed with Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and the Indiana State Department of Health. The Marion, Lake, Tippecanoe and Monroe county prosecutors have also been notified.”
Physicians mentioned by name in the complaints included Jeffrey Glazer, Cassandra Cashman, Caitlin Bernard, Mandy Gittler, Carol Dellinger, OMartin Haskell, Sarah Turner, Kathleen Glover, and Resad Pasic. The physicians work at all of the licensed abortion facilities in Indiana, including the Clinic for Women in Indianapolis, Women’s Med Center in Indianapolis, and Planned Parent locations in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Lafayette, and Merrillville.
According to IRTL, 11 complaints have been made against Glazer, a doctor at Women’s Med Center in Indianapolis.
“Abortion doctor Jeffrey Glazer, Medical Director for South Bend’s Proposed Abortion Site, allegedly failed to report an abortion on a 12-year-old,” the press release added. “Glazer was recently listed as the medical director for Whole Woman’s Health Alliance’s proposed abortion facility in South Bend. The state denied its license application citing poor character and integrity of that company.”
In a statement, Cathie Humbarger, vice president of policy enforcement for IRTL, remarked, “In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we’re demanding answers and action…“The 48 complaints represent a widespread problem throughout Indiana’s abortion industry. These nine abortion doctors must be held accountable. Their alleged negligence has further victimized the children suffering at the hands of their perpetrators.”
Crista Miller is the leader of Giving Teens Grace, a non-profit organization based in Indiana that focuses on educating kids and parents to guard against predators. She said, “The average age for a child to be groomed is 11 years old; the average age for a child to be taken into trafficking is 15. We have to step up and protect the children of Indiana with bold and immediate action against any clinic or staff found not reporting underage abortions.”
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