Attorney General Opens Probe Into Arizona Planned Parenthood, Abortion Abuse
by Steven Ertelt
March 24, 2009
Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — The Arizona Attorney General has reportedly opened an investigation into Planned Parenthood after pro-life advocates released another video tape showing staffers at the abortion business covering up a potential case of sexual abuse. The Arizona footage follows video from Indiana showing the same thing.
As LifeNews.com highlighted last week, two more Planned Parenthood centers were caught on camera with staff hearing from college students posing as 15-year-old girls.
Lila Rose and Jackie Stollar told employees at one abortion center that Stollar needed an abortion because her adult "boyfriend" had impregnated her, giving his age as 27 years-old.
Arizona state law requires law enforcement to be contacted immediately if an adult-child relationship is revealed. Failure to report incidents of sexual abuse are punishable under this law.
After Stollar explains that her boyfriend is "a lot older than me," a staffer at the first Planned Parenthood clinic states: "we don’t ask any questions."
Rose told LifeNews.com today that she sent the videos to county attorneys in Pima and Maricopa counties and to the Arizona Attorney General for use in prosecution.
In response to receiving footage from the Tucson Planned Parenthood, the office of the Pima County Attorney stated in a letter to Rose that "this matter is under review and consideration by the Attorney General."
Rose, 20-year-old UCLA student who is the president of a group she founded called Live Action Advocates, emphasizes the importance of enforcing the laws that protect minors from sexual abuse.
"We expect the Arizona Attorney General to uphold the law and prosecute Planned Parenthood for returning victimized young girls into the arms of their abusers, rather than notifying the responsible authorities as required by law," she said.
"When compared to all of the responsible organizations that carefully follow reporting laws, Planned Parenthood’s negligent and outright subversive conduct stands out as both shameful and criminal," Rose added.
Rose said she is disappointed in the lack of response from the Arizona Planned Parenthood abortion centers compared to those she exposed in Indiana.
Her first video 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.
After hearing the news, officials with Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona said they planned to investigate the matter, but there appears to have been no followup on that promise.
"Planned Parenthood of Arizona has appeared non-responsive, neither recognizing the severity of its sexual abuse reporting violations nor offering a public apology,’ Rose told LifeNews.com.
If Planned parenthood of Arizona is found to have violated state laws, it won’t be the first time it has come under scrutiny from public officials.
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.
"Planned Parenthood is not above the law. They must cooperate with Arizona state authorities to reveal the full extent of their lawbreaking," Rose says.
In response to Planned Parenthood’s repeated violations, Arizona Right to Life is organizing a major protest on Sunday to draw attention to the abortion provider’s disregard for the law.
The new video can be viewed on YouTube here:
Related web sites:
Live Action – https://www.LiveAction.org
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