Planned Parenthood Refuses to Respond to Escort’s Attack on Pro-Lifer Lila Rose
by Steven Ertelt
February 1, 2010
San Jose, CA (LifeNews.com) — Staff at the San Jose, California Planned Parenthood abortion business where pro-life advocate Lila Rose was attacked in December have yet to respond publicly to that attack.
According to a police report filed at the scene and numerous witnesses, a uniformed Planned Parenthood escort engaged in a short exchange with Rose and eventually struck her on the hand, knocking her literature to the ground.
At the time, Rose told LifeNews.com she was visiting the abortion center with a group of about 20 students and three adults to pray and provide information to women who might be open to abortion alternatives.
Rose asked pro-life blogger Cassy Fiano to try to contact Planned Parenthood and get a response from them about the incident — and she had no luck.
"I genuinely wanted to know their side of the story. Have they done their own investigation into this? Is the escort, a Gerard Nordley, still working with Planned Parenthood? Do they have a statement? Will they issue an apology?" she writes today.
"I called their public relations department repeatedly for over a month. I left message after message. I never received a single phone call to follow up about this incident, or a single e-mail," Fiano continued.
The pro-life blogger believes Rose’s account of what happened is factual given that Planned Parenthood refuses to respond to defend Nordley.
"I understand the role of escorts for abortion clinics, and approaching the abortion protestors is not in the job description. Assaulting them is definitely not," she says. "Lila wasn’t hurt, thankfully, but what happens next time?"
"If this man wasn’t even disciplined for his actions, what will keep him from taking it a step further with someone else? And if Planned Parenthood does not discipline this man in any way, or issue an apology to Lila Rose, then you have to assume that they approve of his behavior," she concludes.
According to Rose, Nordley approached Rose from the Planned Parenthood parking lot and said, "You idiot. You’ve caused so much trouble. You piece of crap."
"Sir, are you familiar with the abortion procedure?" Rose asked the Planned Parenthood escort while standing on the public sidewalk.
Rose told LifeNews.com, "The man appeared to recognize me though I had never met him. He knew who I was and I think that is part of the reason for his surprising anger and the attack."
She offered to show the escort a picture of a baby victimized by abortion, saying, "Can I show you a picture of what it really does to a baby?"
At this point, the escort struck Rose’s hand knocking her pro-life pamphlets and Bible to the ground and Rose stepped further back on the public sidewalk.
The Planned Parenthood official moved closer to Rose and, visibly shaking, says, "It’s a woman’s choice!"
"What about the baby’s choice?" Rose responds.
The Planned Parenthood escort replied, "It’s not a baby!" and then turned around and walked away.
Rose, the president of Live Action, said police were called and interviewed her and several witnesses on the scene.
Related web sites:
Live Action – https://liveaction.org
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