Attorney General Will Probe Planned Parenthood Abortion Ctr for Rape Coverup
by Steven Ertelt
December 15, 2008
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter says his office will investigate a Bloomington Planned Parenthood abortion business accused of covering up a potential case of statutory rape. The Planned Parenthood was exposed in a new video taken by a pro-life student acting undercover.
UCLA student Lila Rose pretended to be a 13-year-old girl who had sexual relations with a man more than twice her age.
The expose’ video showed a staff member, allegedly named Diana, telling Rose she didn’t want to hear any more about the incident because it constituted statutory rape and would have to be reported to state officials.
Instead, she instructed Rose how to go to Illinois and get an abortion without conforming to the Indiana law requiring parental involvement before a minor gets an abortion.
Pro-life groups called for an investigation and, while the Department of Children and Family Services said it wouldn’t investigate because an actual case of sexual abuse wasn’t involved, Steve Carter says his office will look into the coverup.
According to WTHR-TV, Carter said his office would handle any allegations of medical wrongdoing and that a prosecutor would bring forth any charges.
Planned Parenthood has since fired the staffer after initially putting her on suspension prior to its own internal probe.
Mike Fichter, the head of Indiana Right to Life, previously called for Carter’s office to get involved.
"The state of Indiana needs to know if Planned Parenthood is following state law by properly reporting child sexual abuse and rape," he said. "The content of the video only serves to elevate suspicions that young girls may be routinely given advice by Planned Parenthood on how to circumvent state laws."
Fichter says his worries are exacerbated by the fact that Planned Parenthood was at the center of a 2005 investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s office in which Planned Parenthood refused to turn over records on customers under the age of 14.
The Attorney General’s office sought the records to verify whether child sexual abuse is being properly reported as required by Indiana state law.
Planned Parenthood ultimately won a lawsuit over the records and did not turn them over to the Attorney General’s office.
"It is not enough to allow Planned Parenthood to police itself. That’s called letting the fox guard the henhouse," Fichter said. "We need a full blown investigation to find out exactly what is going on when a girl under fourteen indicates sexual activity to Planned Parenthood."
A spokesman for the city of Bloomington told the Washington Times yesterday that the Bloomington City police department does not plan to investigate the abortion business or the staffer for possibly violating the statutory-rape notification law.
Instead, it is increasing security at the Planned Parenthood facility in a response to possible backlash.
Indiana law requires health care providers and others to report any sexual activity between an adult and a girl under 14 to law enforcement or the Department of Child Protective Services.
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.
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