Planned Parenthood in Sex Abuse Coverup Cited for Falsifying Abortion Reports
by Steven Ertelt
January 21, 2009
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — A Planned Parenthood abortion business in Indianapolis, Indiana received a reprimand months ago over improperly filed abortion reports to the state health department. News of the reprimand, against a Planned Parenthood center that recently was accused of covering up sexual abuse, only surfaced recently.
Indiana Right to Life officials tell LifeNews.com they have learned that the Planned Parenthood of Indiana abortion center on Georgetown Road in Indianapolis received a reprimand in August 2008.
The corrective action came from State Health Commissioner Dr. Judith Monroe and it concerned 278 improperly filed Terminated Pregnancy Reports submitted to the Indiana State Department of Health in 2007.
As part of the reprimand, Monroe warned the abortion business that any future reports that are improperly filed will be referred to the office of Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi for prosecution.
State statutes outline the requirements for the reporting of abortions in Indiana and clarifies that failure to properly file a report is a Class B misdemeanor.
The group told LifeNews.com on Wednesday that it conducted an investigation into the reports Planned Parenthood filed in 2007 and found multiple instances in which Indiana abortion centers, including the Indianapolis center in question, failed to report all of the required information.
IRTL indicates the reports were missing such information as the type of procedure used in the abortion, the gestational age of the baby, the name of the person completing the report, the age of the mother at the time of the abortion and other information required by law.
"It is startling that the Indiana State Department of Health found almost three hundred improperly filed reports in a one year period of time for just one of Planned Parenthood’s clinics," IRTL president Mike Fichter said.
"Incomplete reports, particularly those that do not list the gestational age of the baby or the type of procedure used, raise deep concerns over whether this information is not being included as a means of covering up late-term abortions that are illegal in freestanding abortion clinics in Indiana," he alleged.
Fichter is also concerned that the omission of the age of the woman at the time of the abortion makes it appear there could be instances where Planned Parenthood is doing abortions on girls who are victims of statutory rape.
That is important considering the Planned Parenthood facility in question is the one that saw a staff member resign after an expose’ video showing her not wanting to know more information about a suspected case of sexual abuse.
The staff member also instructed a person she thought to be a minor girl how to go out of state for an abortion in violation of her Indiana’s parental involvement law.
"Abortion clinics are not above the law," says Fichter. "If they refuse to comply with the clear requirements of Indiana Code, their license to operate should be revoked."
Related web sites:
Indiana Right to Life – https://www.protectinglife.com
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