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  31 Of 53 Teen Girls At Flds Ranch Are Pregnant Or Had BabyApril 28, 2008 22:06 This whole saga is completely disgusting. Where is the Mormon church, speaking out against a splinter group of the church and helping with reeducation? We're using those techniques in Iraq, why aren't we using them here?

More than half the teenage girls taken from a polygamist compound in west Texas have children or are pregnant, state officials said Monday.

A total of 53 girls between the ages of 14 and 17 are in state custody after a raid 3 1/2 weeks ago at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. Of those girls, 31 either have children or are pregnant, said Child Protective Services spokesman Darrell Azar. He didn't specify how many are pregnant.

"It shows you a pretty distinct pattern, that it was pretty pervasive," he said.

State officials took custody of all 463 children at the ranch controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, saying a pattern of teen girls forced into underage "spiritual" marriages and sex with much older men created an unsafe environment for the sect's children.

Under Texas law, children under the age of 17 generally cannot consent to sex with an adult. A girl can get married with parental permission at 16, but none of these girls is believed to have a legal marriage under state law.

State officials said earlier that they had found girls who were pregnant or had children of their own at the ranch, but they had not provided more than rough estimates until Monday.

Church officials have denied that any children were abused at the ranch and say the state's actions are a form of religious persecution.

FLDS spokesman Rod Parker said he does not believe the CPS count is accurate. He said that from talking to ranch residents, he believes at least 17 of the girls may actually be adults but have been labeled by CPS as minors.

Agency officials have called into question claims of adulthood among the girls since the raid and have in some cases disputed documentation provided, saying the girls look younger than 18. Because many FLDS members share similar names and have complicated family relationships, identifying all of the children taken into custody has been a challenge.

"I do have serious questions about how they are determining age in there," said Parker, who is trying to get a better count from FLDS families.
  Judge Denies Kline Abortion DocumentsApril 28, 2008 20:10 cannot have the abortion reports they want for their criminal case against Planned Parenthood.

The documents are key to District Attorney Phill Kline’s 107-count case against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and its Overland Park clinic, Comprehensive Health, its attorneys have said.

But Kline said today that he can proceed with his criminal case against Planned Parenthood even if KDHE doesn’t turn over the reports.

Earlier this year, Kline subpoenaed 23 late-term abortion reports from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Attorneys for KDHE filed a motion to quash the subpoena. They argued that the state’s abortion laws prohibit the department from disclosing information that could identify a patient or abortion provider. The only exceptions are for use by the state attorney general or the state Board of Healing Arts in a criminal or disciplinary proceeding, they argued.

In his ruling to quash the subpoena, Tatum said he agreed with KDHE’s reading of the law.

Kline stated in his legal arguments that his subpoena did not seek the identity of either patients or providers. If the state Legislature had intended to bar district attorneys from seeking other information in abortion records, it would have stated that in the law, Kline argued.

“It is absurd to argue that no one outside the purview of the Attorney General’s office can ever obtain the information,” Kline’s legal motion stated.

Kline argued that KDHE produced these same reports for him while he was investigating Planned Parenthood as Kansas attorney general. With the permission of Shawnee County Judge Richard Anderson, who oversaw that investigation, Kline said he forwarded those documents to the Johnson County district attorney when he assumed the office in January 2007.

 
  Gta Iv Sex Video Gives Thompson, Other Critics Fresh AmmoApril 28, 2008 12:09 Grand Theft Auto IV is one day away from release, and already Jack Thompson has begun to step up his war on the title. The embattled Florida attorney has written a letter to the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, R. Alexander Acosta, demanding that legal action be taken against Take Two and retailers for selling the game. This time, Thompson appears to have an unlikely ally thanks to video gaming news site IGN.