Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

Witness: Teen girls hurt most by sex:
A child psychiatrist testifying for Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline told a federal judge that teenage girls' access to birth control pills should be limited but not boys' ability to buy condoms.
This isn't going anywhere good. We've started off by defending sex bias.
But Allan Josephson of Louisville, Ky., also testified Monday that his expert opinion had been influenced by a private consultant for the state.

The consultant, Vincent Rue, has received more than $150,000, Kline's office told The Eagle, to help defend the attorney general in a lawsuit entering its second week.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten quizzed Josephson extensively about his relationship with Rue, who along with his wife runs the Institute for Pregnancy Loss in Florida.

Rue even talked Josephson into changing his mind about the central issue of this case -- a 2003 legal opinion by Kline. The opinion requires health care providers to report sex involving teenagers under age 16 to social services and law enforcement, even when it was voluntary.
The things $150,000 will buy.
Josephson's opinions included that sex causes more harm to girls than to boys and that, if a pregnancy results, abortion doesn't teach kids the lesson they need to learn.
To be clear, his argument is not that girls are more hurt by sex, but that they are more hurt by pregnancy. At least, that's what it seems like from reading about it. And that stands to reason.
"It is not unusual for a teenager who attempts suicide to be pregnant," Lazoritz said.
Suicidal pregnant boys? Zero. Evidentiary value? Also zero.

If pregnancy causes girls to commit suicide, isn't that a case for permitting abortions? Josephson says no. "The product of that behavior [which lead to the pregnancy] should not be eliminated." This sounds a little too close to how you train a dog, rather than how you'd treat a person.

Your tax dollars at work.