Planned Parenthood Probe, De-Funding Sought After Second Rape Coverup
by Steven Ertelt
December 16, 2008
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — Indiana officials have been asked to probe and de-fund Planned Parenthood of Indiana after a second video showed a staff member covering up a potential case of statutory rape. The videos also showed abortion business staff directing an underage girl to get a secret abortion out of state.
Responding to the two videos, Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican from Lakeville, sent a letter to Attorney General Steve Carter and to Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Mitch Roob asking them to investigate.
"I am writing you to request a full investigation of potential Medicaid fraud involving Planned Parenthood clinics across Indiana. I believe the recent events have brought us to the point of the need for a statewide investigation," she says.
"As you know, additional Planned Parenthood employees have been caught on tape violating state law. I believe this most recent video, aired nationally last night, shows the same kind of egregious disregard for our laws that protect minors," Walorski added.
According to an AP report, a Carter spokesman said his office received Walorski’s letter but would not say if or when the investigation would start. FSSA spokesman Lauren Auld told AP that the state agency had no comment.
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.
County prosecutors in Indianapolis have yet to weigh in on the problems there.
In addition, Walorski is calling on Roob to immediately seize all taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana pending the outcome of an investigation.
"Due to the severity of this situation, I am requesting that you suspend all funding and freeze all appropriations set aside for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and its clinics," the state lawmaker says in the letter.
She says the states of Virginia and New Hampshire both halted taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood during investigations in those states.
The abortion business currently receives $3 million in state taxpayer funds, including a large two-year grant to provide family planning services at its 35 centers across the state, three of which do abortions.
Warloski says the videos show Planned Parenthood demonstrating a "contempt for Indiana law and indicates that the incident at Bloomington was not isolated to that clinic."
Indiana Right to Life director Mike Fichter told LifeNews.com on Tuesday that his group is joining Warloski’s calls for an investigation and de-funding.
Fichter is going further and said he is asking Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi "to immediately launch an investigation into Marion County Planned Parenthood offices to determine if child sexual abuse is being reported as required by Indiana law."
Related web sites:
Indiana Right to Life – https://www.protectinglife.com
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