Tapes of Arizona Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Hiding Rape Go to Officials

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 11, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Tapes of Arizona Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Hiding Rape Go to Officials

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 11
, 2009

Tucson, AZ (LifeNews.com) — The activist who recorded tapes of staff members at a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Arizona covering up a potential case of statutory rape have been turned over to local officials. Meanwhile, the abortion business is coming under fire for not apologizing or admitting any wrongdoing in the case.

As LifeNews.com reported, UCLA student Lila Rose shot video footage of Planned Parenthood covering up a case of sexual abuse.

Rose tells LifeNews.com that she has provided the full, unedited footage to the offices of the Arizona Attorney General and the Pima County Attorney.

After learning of the footage, Planned Parenthood officials said they planned to conduct an internal investigation.

In an official press statement, Rachel Chánes, vice president of Community Services for Planned Parenthood Arizona, said, "We are conducting an internal, fact-based review to ensure that all our high standards of care and legal obligations have been met."

That’s not good enough for Rose, who complains Planned Parenthood of Arizona has offered no public apology nor acknowledged any wrongdoing.

"Planned Parenthood’s repeated claims of ‘internal review’ are woefully insufficient, especially since this organization has a record of violating state laws that protect young girls," Rose said.

She hopes the release of the full tapes to state and local officials will result in some actions taken to probe Planned Parenthood.

"Arizona authorities must thoroughly investigate the illicit behavior at Planned Parenthood clinics," she said.

"We must not forget that young girls are at serious risk. Planned Parenthood’s disregard for mandatory reporting laws is prolonging sexual relationships between victimized minors and predatory adult males," Rose told LifeNews.com.

Rose is concerned that state officials may not follow up appropriately to the video as Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is scheduled to deliver the keynote address today at a Planned Parenthood-sponsored event.

In the video, Rose and her friend Jackie Stollar enter a Tucson Planned Parenthood clinic where Rose tells the nurse that Stollar, posing as a 15-year-old, is pregnant by her 27-year-old boyfriend.

The nurse disregards the age difference and goes as far as cautioning Stollar not to bring her "boyfriend" before the judicial hearing required in Arizona to waive parental consent for an abortion.

Rose contends the negligence shown by the Planned Parenthood staffer is unlawful.

"Is he not a minor?" the Planned Parenthood nurse, who identifies herself as Araceli, asks.

When Rose says, "He’s 27," the nurse urges the girls not to bring him to the hearing: "I wouldn’t take him with me, no. I mean: don’t take him."

The video provides what Rose says is more evidence of a multi-state pattern of abuse and disregard for laws designed to protect minors by having medical personnel report alleged cases of statutory rape to state or local officials.

"These videos demonstrate that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is entrenched in an organization-wide policy of circumventing state law and covering up the sexual abuse of young girls," Rose said.

Rose says this isn’t the first time a Planned Parenthood in Arizona has failed to report a case of sexual abuse involving a minor girl.

In 2002, an Arizona judge found the abortion business negligent for failing to report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by her 23-year-old foster brother, who brought her to a Phoenix-area abortion center for an abortion in 1998.

After Planned Parenthood kept silent about the abuse, the sexual relationship continued and led to a second abortion six months later, Rose explains.

"Planned Parenthood is not above the law. They must cooperate with Arizona state authorities to reveal the full extent of their lawbreaking," Rose, who heads her own group called Live Action Advocates, told LifeNews.com.

Other videos Rose has release show Planned Parenthood centers in other states engaged in potentially illegal actions.

The first video Rose released showed a Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood purposefully not telling state officials of a potential case of sexual abuse and staff members urging Rose to get a secret abortion in another state. That led to the firing of one staff member.

A second video, involving an Indianapolis Planned Parenthood, saw the same coverup and it resulted in one staff member resigning her position.

The new video can be viewed on Live Action’s web site, https://www.liveaction.org/monalisa/tucson.

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