14-year-old's abortion investigated
A lawsuit filed in Cincinnati by a couple who claim they weren't consulted before their 14-year-old daughter was given an abortion has prompted an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood broke the law.
The lawsuit claims the 21-year-old man who impregnated the girl took her to a Planned Parenthood clinic and said he was her stepbrother. It alleges the clinic performed the abortion without notifying her parents.
In Ohio, it's a crime to give an abortion to a minor without a parent, custodian or guardian's permission. Hospitals and clinics are also required to report any suspicion of abuse of anyone under the age of 18. Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier says the office is looking into whether anyone should be charged. First offenses for both crimes are misdemeanors punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a one-thousand-dollar fine.
The 21-year-old has since been convicted on a charge of sexual battery for having sex with a girl who was 13.