County Attorney Won’t Charge Planned Parenthood in Abortion-Sex Abuse Coverup
by Steven Ertelt
May 21, 2009
Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — A county attorney in Phoenix, Arizona will not charge two Planned Parenthood abortion centers accused of covering up a potential case of statutory rape of a teenager. Instead, County Attorney Andrew Thomas is calling on the state legislature to implement better reporting laws for sexual abuse.
Thomas’ comments come on the heels of video footage of showing two Phoenix-area Planned Parenthood centers 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. 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."
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.
However, it appears from Thomas’ comments on Wednesday that won’t happen.
"There aren’t going to be prosecutions in this case, but there need to be changes," he said, according to an Arizona Republic report.
He explained that is the case because Rose only talked with administrative staff.
Thomas said he is suggesting the legislature adopt a bill that would "make clear the [-sexual abuse reporting] statute applies to non-professional employees and workers at medical or abortion clinics, such as clerical and triage staff, not just licensed professionals."
The newspaper indicated Thomas called the video footage a "ruse" but said the law should be changed because it specifies "medical professionals" are obligated to report sexual abuse but not staff or counselors of an abortion business like Planned Parenthood.
"Medical professionals are required to notify law enforcement when they learn a child has been the victim of child abuse. That obligation applies to those working at Planned Parenthood," said Thomas.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood officials tell the newspaper that it has changed its sexual abuse reporting procedures and will be training staff in how to talk about such issues.
Cynde Cerf, director of communication and marketing for Planned Parenthood Arizona, claimed the abortion business reported 24 cases of suspicions of abuse in recent months.
Rose told LifeNews.com in March that she sent the full copies of 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.
The Arizona expose’ followed on Rose conducted in Indiana and 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.
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.
The Arizona video can be viewed on YouTube here:
Related web sites:
Live Action – https://www.LiveAction.org
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