Tape of Abortion Center Failing to Report Sexual Abuse Goes to Kentucky Officials
by Steven Ertelt
April 27, 2010
Louisville, KY (LifeNews.com) — The undercover videotape showing another abortion business caught covering up a potential case of sexual abuse of a minor is heading to Kentucky officials. A Louisville, Kentucky abortion center is the latest caught on tape ignoring sexual abuse of a child and giving misleading abortion counseling.
Commonwealth’s Attorney R. David Stengel, State Attorney General Jack Conway, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services all received copies of the tape.
Last week, Live Action, a pro-life group led by college students, released another in a long line of videos showing problems at Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers nationwide.
The new footage showed EMW Women’s Surgical Center and has Lila Rose and actor Jackie Stollar, who posed undercover as a minor telling the staff that she was 14-years-old and impregnated by her 31-year-old "boyfriend".
The group informed LifeNews.com today that it sent full footage, some 34 minutes of recordings, of their undercover investigation to Kentucky authorities.
In media reports following the release of the footage to the public last Wednesday, the abortion center admitted that an abused child report was not filed and that its staff "would never report it at that point" to authorities because of a lack of information.
"This abortion center does not get to choose when to report abuse of a child," Live Action president Lila Rose told LifeNews.com. "Kentucky law states that child abuse must be reported immediately and after clinic staff was clearly told about the abuse scenario, they failed to report or even ask the appropriate questions."
In the state of Kentucky, sex between a 14-year-old and a 31-year-old is rape in the third degree and Kentucky law requires child abuse to be reported to law enforcement immediately.
Rose’s group is requesting that state officials investigate the abortion center’s compliance with state informed consent laws.
She also believes the abortion center may be disregarding state health standards and informed consent laws.
In the videotape, abortion staff at EMW Women’s Surgical Center present misinformation about fetal development, saying that, "you don’t get brain activity till like 18, 19 weeks" despite the fact that brain waves have been detected as soon as 6 weeks after fertilization.
The abortion center also falsely implies that the unborn child is not living by stating that, "it’s not a living, breathing, baby at this point."
In the video, an EMW Women’s Surgical Center named Wendy determines that Rose is "14 to 15-weeks pregnant" and that an abortion at that point in pregnancy would cost over $1,000.
Rose tells the abortion counselor she wants to keep the situation secret from her parents.
Though Rose gave no indication she would face abusive parents if she informed them of her pregnancy, the abortion center directs Rose to call Louisville attorney Mickey Adams so she can obtain a judicial bypass around Kentucky’s parental consent law.
"The only way you can get away without having a parent with you, is, there is an attorney here in town. Her name is Mickey Adams. And she would take you in front of a judge for you to obtain a judicial bypass," Wendy says.
Judicial bypass provisions are meant to allow teenagers in potentially abusive situations to get out of the parental involvement-before-abortion law but abortion centers routinely employ pro-abortion attorneys to get teens around the requirement.
The video shows that, even though the counselor later calls Adams on the phone, the abortion center failed to ask the questions necessary to file a child sexual abuse report and did not communicate to Rose about the illegal or dangerous nature of her sexual relationship.
The abortion counselor tells the supposed minor that it won’t be a "big deal" to get the judicial bypass.
Rose said she is disappointed by the actions of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center abortion counselor.
"In abortion clinics across the country, our undercover videos document the widespread cover up of sexual abuse. Abortion clinics like EMW in Louisville center attempt to fast track underage abortions on vulnerable girls, shut out parents, and blatantly ignore their legal obligation to report the sex predator to police," she told LifeNews.com.
A similar video released in December from an Appleton, Wisconsin abortion center prompted state senator Glenn Grothman to call for an investigation of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
Also, two embryologists denounced Planned Parenthood’s counseling, calling it "absurd and scientifically erroneous."
Live Action also released a video last February catching Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin failing to comply with mandatory reporting laws for the sexual abuse of a 14 year old girl.
Related web sites:
New undercover video – http://liveaction.org/index.php/projects/monalisa/142
Learn about Live Action – http://liveaction.org
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