New Video: Planned Parenthood Staff Urge Teen to Lie About Sex Abuse-Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
April 20, 2009
Memphis, TN (LifeNews.com) — A new undercover videotape shows staff at a Tennessee Planned Parenthood abortion clinic urging a client to lie about her potential sexual abuse so she could get an abortion. A girl who said she is 14 and sexually abused by a 31-year-old man was told to hide the information from a judge.
The staff members at the nation’s largest abortion business told the young woman to conceal the information so a judge would approve her request for an abortion without parental involvement, which is required by state law except in emergency cases.
Lila Rose, 20-year-old UCLA student who has headed up a project to expose Planned Parenthood employees who engage in sexual abuse coverup, released the video footage on Monday.
Rose went to the Planned Parenthood’s Memphis Health Center undercover and told a counselor that a supposed boyfriend twice her age impregnated her and that she wanted an abortion without her parents knowing.
Tennessee Code 37-1-605 requires health professionals to report suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors to law enforcement immediately.
Instead of notifying officials about the apparent sexual abuse, a Planned Parenthood counselor tells Rose on camera that she doesn’t want to continue the line of conversation about the sexual abuse.
"Look, if we keep this conversation I’m gonna have to talk to my manager and yeah, [your boyfriend]’s gonna get in trouble," the staffer says. "And please don’t say that I told you this."
When Rose tells the counselor she thinks her boyfriend will get in trouble if her parents find out, the counselor advises Rose to lie about the man’s age when speaking to a judge in order to obtain a bypass of Tennessee’s parental consent law for abortion.
"Don’t mention it. Just say you have a boyfriend 17 years old…whatever," the staffer says.
"The Planned Parenthood counselor hears about the abuse, says she should report it, decides to remain silent, then tells me to lie to the judge about a 31-year-old man." Rose tells LifeNews.com about what happened.
This isn’t the first video to show problems at Planned Parenthood — as other footage Rose has released exposed Planned Parenthood abortion centers in Indiana and Arizona. The footage has prompted state officials to open investigations and Planned Parenthood staff have been fired or resigned as a result.
"This is the sixth clinic we have recorded that manipulates the law and covers up sexual abuse. Planned Parenthood’s abortion-first mentality makes it operate as an advocate for terrible crimes against children," Rose told LifeNews.com. "What more do authorities need to see before holding this organization accountable for its institutionalized indifference to statutory rape and sexual abuse of children?"
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.
Rose sent the third video, where a Planned Parenthood nurse disregards the age difference and goes as far as cautioning Rose’s colleague not to bring her "boyfriend" before the judicial hearing required in Arizona to waive parental consent for an abortion, to state and local officials.
After hearing the news, officials with Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona said they planned to investigate the matter.
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