Pro-Life Advocate Behind Planned Parenthood Video Expose’ Challenges Letter
by Steven Ertelt
April 29, 2009
Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — The pro-life advocate behind the series of expose’ videos showing Planned Parenthood officials in various states covering up potential cases of sexual abuse is responding to a new letter. Barry Chase, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region sent a missive to Tennessee lawmakers on Monday.
Chase’s letter attempted to gloss over the sexual abuse coverup, which saw UCLA pro-life student activist Lila Rose posing as a 14-year-old and saying she was sexually abused by a 31-year-old man.
In the video, Planned Parenthood staff at the Memphis abortion center told her to hide the information from a judge so she could qualify for an abortion without obtaining the consent of a parent, as required by state law.
"PPGMR absolutely did not violate any laws in the way Ms. Rose was handled during her brief visit," Chase told Tennessee lawmakers. "PPGMR complies with all local, state, and federal statutes regarding parental notification and statutory rape or incest."
Chase also condemned legislation Tennessee lawmakers filed that would strip Planned Parenthood of state taxpayer family planning dollars because of the expose’ video.
On Thursday, Rose told LifeNews.com that her group, Live Action Advocates, has sent the unedited version of the videotape to the state Attorney General and Memphis District Attorney for their review.
Rose commends the Tennessee state lawmakers, led by Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Sen. Jack Johnson, who have questioned the state’s over $700,000 funding of Planned Parenthood.
"Why would citizens tolerate paying the bills of an organization that protects statutory rapists and victimizes young girls? This is the sad result of the careless abortion-first mentality that has persisted at Planned Parenthood for decades," she told LifeNews.com.
Though Chase told lawmakers in his letter that Rose refused to send him the full copy of the video, neither Rose nor her pro-life group received any correspondence from Planned Parenthood.
"We have not received a request from Planned Parenthood for the raw footage, so their efforts to raise doubts about the validity of the tapes are made only to mislead," Rose said in response.
"The typical last-ditch effort of Planned Parenthood is to wantonly suggest that the unedited tapes might prove them innocent. But to better illustrate the deliberate cover up of statutory rape and abuse by Planned Parenthood, we have made the entire video public," she said.
Rose also responded to Chase’s claims that the woman she talked to was not a trained counselor but a former interpreter. She said Planned Parenthood should not have let her provide Rose false and potentially lawbreaking information.
"It is all the more troubling to think that even a novice counselor at Planned Parenthood would know to recommend this law-evasion strategy. How prevalent must law-evasion be at Planned Parenthood clinics when even the ‘interpreters’ are implicated?" Rose said.
During the encounter with Planned Parenthood staff Rose says "My boyfriend said he could pay for everything–But he shouldn’t come here to pay ’cause you’ll see him, right?"
The Planned Parenthood staffer responds, "It doesn’t matter. As long as your parents are not here and can’t identify him, he can just pay and that’s it. He could be like your older brother or whatever."
Live Action has released similar footage from five other Planned Parenthood centers located in Arizona and Indiana.
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