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Gazette's Wayne Laugesen on why he thinks Planned Parenthood covers up statutory rape

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Update: This weekend, Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen published a scathing piece in which he argued that Planned Parenthood was likely worse than Penn State when it came to covering up sexual assaults on children; our previous coverage is below. Laugesen explains the timing of the item as well as the inspiration of a case involving the daughter of someone he knew that took place over a decade ago.

"We'd been sort of following the whole thing with President Obama's comment that 'rape is rape,' and pondering what that statement really meant," says Laugesen in regard to the Gazette's editorial board. "And we'd written and published an editorial a few days earlier that said we understand the sentiment, but is all rape really equal? And we explained that it's not, if we want to be truthful about it. Every state has very unique statutory rape laws that vary greatly. In Arizona, I think, an eighteen year old who sleeps with her seventeen-year-old boyfriend could technically be charged with rape -- but in Colorado, it's very different, and there are very pragmatic statutory rape laws."

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Wayne Laugesen.
By the way, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan recently used the same "rape is rape" language as Obama, despite having previously sponsored legislation that used the phrase "forcible rape" -- which critics on the left see as an attempt to blame some sexual assaults on victims who presumably "wanted it." Laugesen says he was unaware of Ryan's statement.

After the "rape is rape" editorial, Laugesen continues, "it sort of dawned on me that we as a country rightly have zero tolerance for those suspected of looking the other way regarding sexual exploitation or abuse of children." Meanwhile, "the Penn State thing was still in the news, and the subject of rape kept coming up because of the asinine comments" made by Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, a Missouri senatorial candidate. "And it got me thinking about the manner in which this country responds to sexual abuse and exploitation of children and those who should stop it but don't."

The topic also spurred Laugesen to reflect again about his "personal knowledge of someone's child getting an abortion at Planned Parenthood and feeling that the institution mishandled the situation.

"It was a deal where I knew of a young person through that person's relatives, and they had found out later that this person had gotten an abortion, and that this person had been violated by an older person. And they were upset, because they felt they should have known about it and felt that Planned Parenthood should have been suspicious at the time."

Continue reading for more of our interview with the Gazette's Wayne Laugesen.



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HeyThere
HeyThere

Oh, lord. This dude? He's just some blogger & as relevant as chewing gum.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Statutory" rape ... by definition .. is SUBJECTIVELY created by STATUTE and not the FORCE of Physical Assault AGAINST Consent consistent with other criminal Rape, hence the separate definitions in law and the differentiating adjectival modifier.

 

The wide variances of SUBJECTIVE statutory limits on CONSENSUAL sex between partners in the U$A exemplifies that fact. 

 

The Majority of U$ States set the unrestricted age of consent for sex at 16, the majority of the remainder set it at 17, with only a few parochial nanny-states setting it at 18 -- Wyoming used to be 19 ! .

 

Many States also have "close in age" exceptions that lower the ages even further, down to 13 years old depending upon the age of the other consensual partner.

 

So are the 17 year olds in the Red State of Arizona too stupid to engage in healthy consensual sex with someone 18 or older, while the more mature 17 year olds in Colorado can bang whomever they desire, from age 14 up to 99 ?

 

The primary focus of Planned Parenthood is the health and safety of the Client ... and not acting as an arm of nosy nanny-state jackboots who seek to enforce their prudish moralism upon others.

 

This attack on Planned Parenthood is merely an empty hit-piece by another anti-abortion, anti-choice, woman-hating, bible-thumping, religulous, reich-wing nutbag.

 

 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Too much heat and verbiage; not enough light on the central issue of whether accusations that Planned Parenthood ignores evidence of sexual crimes have any merit.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Thanks again Michael , for sharing much disputed info w/ those of us who have never been inside a Planned Parenthood .

They are ALWAYS going to be defending their program and services . Especially when we are on pace to possibly be voting a religious fanatic into our nations highest seat as President .

I wish Romney's mother would have stumbled into a Planned Parenthood , years ago .

We wouldn't be facing this possible national disaster !!!

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

I'm sure. And unfortunately, there are a lot of gullible people who will believe the lies, all so they can sleep well at night knowing they 'saved the children' when in fact they are harming families.

OneMoreTime
OneMoreTime

The purpose of an abortion is to protect the mother from unwanted responsibility, everyone wins under these circumstances, but there are those that would impinge on a person’s right to terminate their baby. Which leads to a mother giving birth,  and to the horror of an unwanted child,  it's clear that a baby just after birth is still by far an unviable tissue mass, and has no more cognitive functionality than a fetus,  the law should provide a three day period of decision for the mother to decided whether or not the tissue mass should be terminated. A woman must reserve the right to avoid the horrors of motherhood, the decision on whether or not the tissue is allowed to developed into a child should be left for her to decide.

Donna Mullen Good
Donna Mullen Good

Good heavens! Has the Gazette editorial board lost its mind? It sounds more like a headline from one of those creepy newspapers you see in the grocery line, "Mom gives birth to two headed alien". What are they thinking?

Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols

Wow. This coming from a party that believes rapists have more rights than their victims.

Walt Hester
Walt Hester

The Springs and it's newspaper are fertile Fox territory. Outrageous and offensive claims come with it. And, yes, it's reprehensible.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @OneMoreTime Why only 3 (three) days?

 

What scientific or psychological evidence do you have to support this utterly arbitrary restriction ?

 

 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @OneMoreTime

That's made the most sense out of anything

I have read or heard on the subject .

Very well written.

Thank you.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @OneMoreTime the horrors of motherhood?????????????/ are u fucking insane? horrors? this has to be a joke

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @OneMoreTime YOUR TALKING ABOUT KILLING A LIVING BABY..BORN AND IN THE WORLD. YOU ARE A SICK FUCK. TRY GOING TO PRISON FOR KILLING A BABY LIKE THAT U UGLY EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING

 

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @OneMoreTime "The purpose of an abortion is to protect the mother from unwanted responsibility," WOW

No the purpose of condoms and responsible sex is there to protect the mother from unwanted responsibility.   

HOW MANY PREGNANT WOMEN HAVE YOU ASKED....."WHEN IS YOU FETUS DUE?"

ITS A BABY. WAKE UP

OneMoreTime
OneMoreTime

 @rockiesfever  @OneMoreTime

 

Hey I was just trying to make a point. I don't care if a person has an abortion just don't tell me you not killing your own baby. As you can see by the reply some people don't care if they kill their own baby they pretend it's something else. This will never go away its fight that will never end so there's really nothing you can do about it. Whether its legal or not some people will demand someone kill their baby for them. We just live in a sick world,

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever  "You're"

 

You have no problem killing those same babies, just 18 years later, either in the Death Chambers run by the State, or by sending them off to fight and die in some illegal war started by criminal Repiglikan regimes.

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever  

 

Until it leaves the womb -- dead or alive -- it's a PARASITE feeding off of its HOST.

 

Ipso facto.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever You want a say in whether an embryo or fetus goes full term?

 

Grow a Uterus.

 

hth.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @DonkeyHotay I admit I am for the rape exception, which some pro lifers would agree im not pro life.....religion aside, I am pro life because I had a chick and her "choice" abort a baby that was mine and I had no say. I would have raised that child fine. She didnt want to harm her modeling career....this was 10 years ago. Whered her modeling career end up? She an overweight receptionist at a denver doctors office...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever How do you know the fetus is "innocent"?

 

That fetus could be the one that goes on to "brutishly murder/rape somebody".

 

BTW -- Christians claim that no Babies are innocent, they are all TAINTED with SIN !

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @DonkeyHotay I do, theres a difference between an innocent fetus, and a person who brutishly murders/rapes somebody

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever  " I lost my shit lol. Sorry"

 

HipTip -- you never had your shit.

 

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @OneMoreTime oh im sorry. I must have misread it. I thought you were saying there should be a 3 day window that the mom could choose to kill the baby. I lost my shit lol. Sorry

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever "im sure the rest of your life in prison is less humane than the death penalty"

 

Wow ... even a broken clock is occasionally right.

 

Death is NOT a Penalty.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @DonkeyHotay if they commit a crime, sure. besides, im sure the rest of your life in prison is less humane than the death penalty.....no McDonalds, females, rockstar, or (legally) smoking for the rest of your life? shit man. Kill me

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