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Opinion on sex reporting delayed

February 14, 2006

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— A federal judge won't rule this week on a challenge of Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline's interpretation of the state's sexual abuse reporting law.

Kline contends that the 1982 law that requires doctors, teachers and others to alert the state and law enforcement about child abuse also covers consensual sex between minors.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten said last week that he would try to issue his written opinion early this week. But with other cases on his docket, a ruling could be a month away.

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the challenge, contending that forced reporting discourages adolescents from seeking counseling and medical treatment and violates their rights to informational privacy.

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