Document Reveals More Abortion, Sexual Abuse Violations at Planned Parenthood
by Steven Ertelt
February 16, 2010
Birmingham, AL (LifeNews.com) — A newly-obtained document from the Alabama health department finds even more violations at a Birmingham Planned Parenthood abortion center. The report finds nine cases of underage girls who were victims of statutory rape getting abortions in violation of the state’s parental consent law.
The documented cases are so numerous that Lila Rose, the pro-life muckraker who exposed the problems in an undercover video, says Planned Parenthood’s license should be revoked.
As LifeNews.com reported, the state health department placed the Planned Parenthood center on a one-year probation last week because of the violations.
Now, Rose’s group, Live Action, has obtained a copy of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Statement of Deficiencies indicating it charged Planned Parenthood with additional violations.
The document, according to Rose, reveals nine of nine underage girls, aged 13 to 15, received abortions without proper verification of parental consent. Also, a 13-year-old girl went to the Planned Parenthood clinic for two different abortions within the span of four months. Rose says Planned Parenthood made no report of suspected abuse or neglect to the state as required by law.
According to Rose, the health department report says, "A reasonable person faced with that situation would have to suspect abuse Neither the Registered Nurse, the Medical Doctor, nor any other Center staff reported the suspected abuse or neglect to the authorities as required by law."
Rose responds: "This is a shocking but sadly typical response from Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood looked the other way when a 15-year-old girl provided ‘parental consent’ by a woman with a different name and address. Birth records indicate the woman was not the girls mother."
Rose says the state health department should move beyond the probation to revoking Planned Parenthood’s license.
"Planned Parenthoods license should be revoked now, and the Health Department should begin an immediate investigation of Planned Parenthoods second Alabama clinic in Mobile," Rose said. "Meanwhile, the Alabama legislature should make sure that not a single tax dollar is being funneled into these abortion clinics."
"It should shock and outrage Americans that the government rewards corruption at Planned Parenthood with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. In fact, a whopping third of Planned Parenthoods billion-dollar budget is subsidized by tax dollars," she continued.
She concludes: "It should also outrage us that out of five states our team of student journalists investigated, only the Alabama Health Department followed up with an audit and disciplinary action. What kind of sexual abuse cover up and other legal violations are commonplace in all the other clinics, and the hundreds of clinics we have yet to investigate?"
Rose portrayed a 14-year-old in the video that showed a staffer at Planned Parenthood telling a woman who appears to be a victim of statutory rape that "we bend the rules."
The Birmingham Planned Parenthood counselor tells Rose that it "does sometimes bend the rules a little bit" rather than report sexual abuse to state authorities.
In the video, Planned Parenthood staffers tell the alleged 14-year-old that she can skirt parental consent laws by getting someone "with the same last name" to sign off on the abortion in place of her parents.
When the clinic workers hear that the girl’s "boyfriend" is 31, they refer her to the clinic director, Dr. Desiree Bates, telling her that Bates "does sometimes bend the rules a little bit."
After the video expose, the Planned Parenthood abortion business released a statement saying its staff normally act in a professional manner and promising an internal probe.
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