Planned Parenthood Downplays Opposition to Rape Reporting Bill

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 21, 2011   |   4:16PM   |   Springfield, IL

The Planned Parenthood of Illinois abortion business is trying to downplay its opposition to legislation that would expand the definition of who is a “mandatory reporter” of suspected sexual abuse to include everyone inside an abortion clinic – not just the abortion practitioner and nurse.

Planned Parenthood opposes the measure and Planned Parenthood’s website includes the following statement in a form letter their supporters can send to legislators making it clear they are more concerned about overburdening government than protecting minor girls:

HB 2093 requires office staff and volunteers of organizations that provide reproductive health care or sex education to be mandated reporters of child abuse. All doctors, nurses and teachers are already mandated reporters. Therefore, these organizations are already legally required to make reports. This bill creates redundant regulations that have the potential to overload the Department of Children and Family Services.

Recently, the abortion business attempted to downplay its opposition by removing the language about the reporting to have the potential to overload the abortion business. The pro-life group Live Action noticed this and saved a screen shot of the older version of the web site showing the reason for it opposing the common-sense bill. The action makes it appear many underage girls are getting abortions at Planned Parenthood who are victims of statutory rape since Planned Parenthood originally indicated state officials would be overwhelmed about calls if abortion center staff were required to report each and every incident.

Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse based in Illinois, commented on the development.

“Planned Parenthood of Illinois is opposing a bill that would require its nonmedical staff to report suspected child sex abuse. HB 2093, if passed, would compel office personnel and volunteers to also be mandated reporters along with medical staff (not that they ever did),” she said. “Incredibly, Planned Parenthood of IL opposes HB 2093 because it claims forcing all staff to report suspected child sex abuse would overtax the system. This will have to go down in the annals as Planned Parenthood’s worst talking point ever. Planned Parenthood belatedly agrees and has just scrubbed the wincer from its website.”

Stanek adds: “Not only did IL PP take lots of heat externally for admitting it must know of an awful lot of child sex abuse, it must have caused quite a bit of dissension among pro-abort ranks.”

That’s because, as reported earlier this month, after initially opposing the bill, the Illinois Choice Action Team changed course in an email to supporters, saying, “In response to comments, feedback, and our own concerns regarding bill 2093, we at the Illinois Choice Action Team have removed our name from the Reproductive Health and Access Act coalition of opposing organizations for Illinois House bill 2093. We understand the bill context however, when it comes to the issue of reporting child abuse we would rather any case seen be reported and so we are withdrawing our name.”

However, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU still oppose the measure.

Stanek concludes: “And if there’s any doubt that Illinois Planned Parenthoods are fully aware that child sex abuse victims walk through their doors, be sure to listen to audiotapes recorded secretly in 2002 by Life Dynamics showing all 12 Illinois Planned Parenthoods were willing to cover up child statutory rape.”