Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 21, 2014

Va. group seeks info on whether abortions reported


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — A conservative advocacy group is trying to find out whether health officials met what it says is a legal obligation to inform police about abortions on two 14-year-old girls.

Family Foundation of Virginia officials say their concern was triggered by the state Health Department’s December 2012 inspection of the Roanoke Medical Center for Women. The inspector noted that the clinic failed to supply notarized parental consent forms for the two girls.

The Family Foundation says state law requires the clinic and the state health commissioner to report the pregnancies to law enforcement because “carnal knowledge” of a 13- or 14-year-old is illegal. The organization filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documentation that the cases were reported.

The Health Department said it had no relevant records.