Lila Rose to Planned Parenthood: Here are Your Abortion-Rape Coverup Tapes
by Steven Ertelt
May 6, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Lila Rose, the UCLA student who exposed how Planned Parenthood centers in three states have covered up potential cases of sexual abuse, has given the abortion business access to the full videos showing its staff urging her to hide allegations of statutory rape.
In a letter to members of the Tennessee state legislature, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis CEO Barry Chase complained that Rose had not made copies of the full videos to him.
At the time, Rose said her group, Live Action Advocates, had not received a request from Planned Parenthood for a copy of the footage showing a Planned Parenthood staffer telling her to lie about her potential sexual abuse so she could get an abortion.
Rose has submitted a letter to Chase and provided a copy of it to LifeNews.com.
"We made the unedited tapes available last week to the public as well as to the District Attorneys office for further review since it was clear that your staff failed to follow mandatory reporting laws in the state of Tennessee and failed to protect the young girl who came in for an abortion," she says in the communication.
"In fact, your facility staffer told the young girl to lie about the age of her 31-year-old boyfriend in order to obtain the secret abortion," Rose added.
Rose said Chase and Planned Parenthood have "offered no legitimate defense nor any kind of apology for the behavior of covering up statutory rape."
"Now that the unedited tapes are in your possession, we expect Planned Parenthood to issue a long-overdue apology and take appropriate action to remedy the situation," she wrote.
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.
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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