Saturday, January 28, 2006

Kansas ~

AP - A federal appeals court on Friday lifted an order blocking [Republican] Attorney General Phill Kline’s interpretation of a Kansas law that requires health care providers to report consensual underage sex to authorities. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the finding of a lower court, ruling that Kansas has a legitimate interest in information about the voluntary sexual conduct of children. The court said that that interest overrides the minors’ right to privacy.

In Kansas, sexual contact involving children under 16 is a crime. A three-judge panel, in a 2-1 decision, ruled that although minors have a right to informational privacy, it doesn’t exist for illegal sexual conduct. The ruling lifts a preliminary injunction, and the case goes back to federal court for trial.

In July 2003, Kline said that state law requires doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and others who work with minors to report suspected instances of underage sex, even if it involves willing partners of similar ages.


At 6:54 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

So what are your thoughts on that?


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