What's at stake
- The right of women to be fully informed of the risks of a medical procedure
- The right of parents to protect their children
- The right of infants in the womb to recognition of their status as “a whole, separate, unique, living human being”
- The authority of state governments to enforce laws that protect women without interference from organizations who stand to make a profit
A 14-year-old girl was brought to a Planned Parenthood clinic by her 22-year-old soccer coach, who had sexually assaulted and impregnated her. Without notifying the parents or the civil authorities, which is required in cases of statutory rape, or meeting with the young girl 24 hours in advance – as Ohio law requires – Planned Parenthood performed an abortion on the girl.
With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, the parents brought suit on behalf of their daughter when they discovered that Planned Parenthood performed an abortion on their daughter at the behest of the soccer coach without notifying them. The Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas agreed with the parents that Planned Parenthood had breached its duty to meet with the young girl at least 24 hours prior to the abortion and was in violation of Ohio law.
“The health and safety of young girls is far more important than Planned Parenthood’s bottom line,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “This lawsuit was yet another clear demonstration of Planned Parenthood’s ongoing effort to put its profit margin ahead of the true needs of young women.”
Shortly after the court issued its decision, the case was “resolved and dismissed,” according to Brian Hurley, an Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney who represented the parents in this case. The soccer coach was convicted of sexual battery and served three years in prison.
Our role in this case
Alliance Defending Freedom supported and assisted allied attorney Brian Hurley, who represented the parents in this case. ADF and its allies continue to work to hold Planned Parenthood accountable in other cases across the country.