Montgomery abortion clinic failed to report 13-year-old patient
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery abortion clinic failed to report a patient who was 13 years old to the Department of Human Resources, according to a report from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Abortion clinics are required to report the pregnancy of a child under the age of 14 to DHR.
The 13-year-old first went to Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery in January 2016, according to the deficiency report from the ADPH.
According to the report, the patient indicated she was 15 years old and in 9th grade, but her birth certificate, which she brought with her, indicated she was 13. There was no documentation the clinic reported the child's case to DHR.
Medical records show the girl had a second abortion in April 2017.
On Jan. 26 of this year, a clinic employee, identified as the director or owner, contacted DHR when he or she realized no one had reported this case, according to the ADPH report. The employee reported both abortions and provided contact information for possible sexual abuse.
In a correction plan, the clinic said it had changed its policies related to mandatory reporting of minors under 14 and those ages 14-15 who may be victims of sexual abuse.
The changes include requiring the director or assistant director to initial that a minor's date of birth is accurate by comparing it to her birth certificate and identifying minor's records with a sticker.
The deficiency report and corrective plan can be seen here:
WSFA 12 News reached out to Reproductive Health Services for a comment Friday morning but hasn't received a response.
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