Planned Parenthood Privacy

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

A superior judge in Indiana ruled in favor of the state to obtain the medical records from Planned Parenthood of Indiana for almost 100 patients.... all younger than 14 years old.
They want the records because Indiana state law considers any sexually active juvenile, younger than 14, the victim of sexual abuse.
Critics say it's nothing but an unneccesary fishing expedition.
Pat Elzy the director of public affairs at Planned Parenthood in Reno says the organization has specific guidelines in place about when abuse must be reported to protect both them and the patient.
"We follow all the laws and all the rules and if there is a report that need to be provided to children's protective services, we provide that report. We do not break the law. That's why we feel very confidential when there is an issue to report, we report it."
Elzy says the case is immediatly reported to Child Protective Services who then start an investigation.
And what she calls an obvious infringement of patient privacy, she says will only hurt young patients who need medical services.
"Confidential medical services are the mainstay between a doctor and a patient. What you tell your doctor is always considered confidential and private. Only can you, as a patient, sign and authorize to give that information away."
In the Indiana case, Judge Kenneth Johnson said in his decision "the investigation and prosecution of child abuse trumps even the patient's (privacy) interest."
Planned parenthood is concerned he fear of public acknowledgement could keep potential teen patients from seeking any care.
"Just saying no, doesn't work and we want to make sure that people know they can come to Planned Parenthood and other providers to not only get education, but also medical services."
Planned Parenthood of Indiana is appealing the decision to release the juvenile's medical records, and the state has agreed to wait out the appeal until demanding the records.


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