Planned Parenthood to Do Internal Probe After New Abortion-Sexual Abuse Coverup
by Steven Ertelt
July 1, 2009
Birmingham, AL (LifeNews.com) — The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Alabama has responded to new video footage showing one of its staff members hiding a potential case of sexual abuse. The video also shows the Planned Parenthood employee telling a woman posing as a teenager how she can evade the state’s parental consent law.
As LifeNews.com reported, the new undercover video shows a staffer at a Birmingham, Alabama abortion center telling a woman who appears to be a victim of statutory rape that "we bend the rules."
The Birmingham Planned Parenthood counselor tells UCLA activist Lila Rose, who pretends to be a 14-year-old statutory rape victim, that it "does sometimes bend the rules a little bit" rather than report sexual abuse to state authorities.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business released a statement yesterday saying its staff normally act in a professional manner and promising an internal probe.
"Planned Parenthood of Alabama provides high quality health care and takes any allegation of this nature very seriously," it claimed.
"An essential part of our mission is to protect teens, and to make sure that they get the counseling and medical care they need. We will conduct an internal, fact-based review to ensure that all our high standards of care have been met," it added.
"Planned Parenthood of Alabama is committed to following all laws, and regularly makes reports to law enforcement officials. The health and safety of our patients is our top priority and we know that parents trust their teens to get accurate information and quality care at Planned Parenthood health centers. We will continue to work exceptionally hard to maintain that trust," it claimed.
But the staffer in question broke that trust when it comes to obeying state law and helping teenager girls and their parents.
The counselor Rose spoke with tells her that a signature from an "older sister that’s over the age of 18" or someone "with the same last name" could function as a substitute for parental consent so Planned Parenthood could perform an abortion on a minor.
However, Alabama law specifies that the written permission of either a parent or legal guardian is necessary before a minor may obtain an abortion.
Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office also heard the tape and told CBS 42 he is shocked by it.
"Anyone who sees that should be disturbed by it, and I hope they’re disturbed by it," he said.
"For a 31 year old to have sex with a 14 year old, that is rape in the second degree. I think they are not only morally obligated to report it – the law requires them to report it, and there could be some serious consequences otherwise," he said.
Cheryl Ringuette Ciamarra, a spokesperson for Alabama Citizens For Life, also condemned Planned Parenthood.
"This pattern of disregard for sending young underage minor girls back into the arms of their sexual predators and abusers is a disgrace to Alabama and Birmingham," Ciamarra told LifeNews.com.
"Educators, health care workers, and many segments of society concerned with child development will become aware of Planned Parenthood’s failure to report statutory rape of minor girls due to this peek at what really goes on inside these facilities," she added.
Ben DuPré, an attorney with the Foundation for Moral Law, is calling on state officials to look into the footage and prosecute Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood of Birmingham showed no regard for the mandatory reporting law, said DuPré.Only statutory rapists stand to gain from Planned Parenthoods continued failure to report sexual abuse of minors."
This is the seventh Planned Parenthood center implicated in a multi-state child abuse scandal involving the deliberate and unlawful suppression of evidence of statutory rape. Alabama is the fourth state to be implicated in the controversy, along with Arizona, Indiana, and Tennessee.
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