Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline might have some legal basis to argue that, under Kansas law, any evidence of underage sexual activity is evidence of a crime and therefore should be reported by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.
But as we argue in an editorial on today’s Opinion page, there’s good reason to worry that such a broad-brush approach could violate physician-patient privacy and discourage teens from seeking medical advice and treatment. Moreover, Kline’s motivations don’t inspire confidence: Where does his zeal in cracking down on sex offenders end and his zeal in pushing an anti-abortion agenda begin? It’s not always clear.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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