NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Doctors performing abortions on girls younger than 13 years old would be required to preserve a sample of the fetal tissue for law enforcement under a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation could use those samples for DNA tests to help prosecute rapists, said Sen. Roy Herron, the bill's sponsor.
'Whoever has sex with a child 12 years of age or younger is committing rape, whether force is involved or not, and they ought to be prosecuted,' he said.
Herron said most of these rapes are committed by those who know the victim, often go unreported, and are not discovered until days, weeks or months later.
The 'Child Rape Protection Act of 2006' passed on a 29-0 vote. A companion bill has lingered in a House subcommittee for a month and is not scheduled for discussion until April 4.
Possibly because this law doesn't stand between the abortionist and his fee, PP isn't fighting it.
The bill would require records be kept of the names and residence of the victim and parent or guardian. A doctor who violates the proposed rules would face a $500 civil penalty for the first violation, a $1,000 civil penalty for the second, and a misdemeanor for the third.
Anybody who fails to comply -- and who fails to report the rape -- ought to be prosecuted as an accomplice.