Planned Parenthood Fires Abortion Center Staffer Covering Up Statutory Rape
by Steven Ertelt
December 10, 2008
Bloomington, IN (LifeNews.com) — The Planned Parenthood staff member in Indiana who appears in a recent undercover video covering up an alleged case of statutory rape has been fired. The video sent shockwaves throughout the nation as "Diana" didn’t want more information on the abuse and told a girl how to get a secret abortion.
As LifeNews.com originally reported, a UCLA college student engaged in an undercover video expose’ that had her posing as an underage teen.
Lila Rose says she told a Planned Parenthood official she had sex with a man nearly twice her age. Despite the consent, the sexual encounter clearly violated the state’s laws concerning statutory rape.
The Planned Parenthood official told Rose she didn’t want to know about the age discrepancy and apparently did not report the case to authorities as required by state law.
Planned Parenthood put the staffer on unpaid suspension and announced Wednesday that she has been fired.
According to a Planned Parenthood of Indiana press release, official say their internal investigation has been completed.
In addition to the firing, PPIN representative Kate Shepherd says the abortion business has retrained its staff on how to handle future situations involving alleged statutory rape.
All health center staff members have been retrained on reporting procedures and policies," she said. "We will continue to review and update our policies and procedures as appropriate to ensure that all of our employees are meeting the high standards we demand.
Following the expose, the Indiana Department of Child Services came under fire for refusing to get involved in the situation.
Steve Vaughn, director of the department, told the Indiana Daily Student newspaper that the agency will do nothing about the incident since a minor girl was not actually involved.
Vaughn told the IDS that, had the situation involved an actual teenager, the department would target the employee for potential prosecution, not Planned Parenthood.
Failure to report the crime is a misdemeanor punishable under state law by a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine and the county prosecutor’s office could file charges in the case but a Bloomington city official told a newspaper that won’t happen.
The Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood facility in question is the same business that issued Christmas gift certificates that could be used to pay for abortions.
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