Abortion Facility Workers Who Hide Statutory Rape Could be Legally Liable

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 2, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Facility Workers Who Hide Statutory Rape Could be Legally Liable

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 2
, 2009

Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — Staff at three Planned Parenthood abortion centers in two states in recent weeks have been exposed covering up cases of statutory rape. While two of the workers are no longer with the abortion business, one pro-life advocate says they could be held legally liable for their actions.

As LifeNews.com has reported, staff at a Planned Parenthood in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as employees at two centers in Indiana failed to report a potential case of sexual abuse of a minor to authorities.

In Indianapolis, the staff member resigned and a staffer at the Bloomington, Indiana facility was fired.

But Mark Crutcher of the Texas-based pro-life group Life Dynamics tells OneNewsNow that that’s not the end of the story.

He says they could potentially be held legally liable for failing to comply with state reporting laws.

"Well, it depends on what they’re involved in," Crutcher explains. "Sometimes they are [liable]. In some states just the knowledge of improper activity going on, especially as it relates to children, can create a situation where you take on some legal liability."

"If problems develop, their employer will drop them in the grease in a heartbeat. These people need to understand that there won’t be any loyalty toward them if the clinic winds up getting in trouble, so they’d better protect themselves," he told ONN.

While the Planned Parenthood employees may escape prosecution, Crutcher tells the web site that they should at least feel morally culpable for putting minors at risk.

"Certainly from a moral standpoint, I think we’d all agree that they’re liable," he said.

There is the potential that Attorney General Steve Carter or the Family and Social Services Administration could investigate the incidents. Those probes could result in charges against Planned Parenthood or its former employees.

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