A story LifeNews ran yesterday featuring a pro-life activist upset at the way Planned Parenthood promoted a legitimate video urging girls not to hide cases of abuse has created controversy. Sadly, lost in the misrepresentation of the article is the fact that Planned Parenthood has a long history of hiding sexual abuse.
Much of the reaction has came from people who didn’t read the full article to understand that the video itself was not the source of contention — but rather Planned Parenthood’s presentation of it.
As writer Rita Diller of STOPP International wrote:
The video is from a legitimate organization in the UK that fights domestic violence. But the way Planned Parenthood headlines it—with “How to look your best the morning after,” teens are mislead by Planned Parenthood into the cover up mentality. On the anti-domestic violence site, the video is introduced with the headline: “Don’t cover it up.” That headline makes a world of difference to young teens who run across the video.
In February 2011, Planned Parenthood was caught on video in an undercover investigation covering up for and coaching a man and a woman posing as sex traffickers and inquiring about how to obtain abortions for the women they victimized.
The sting operation has the actors looking into testing for sexually transmitted diseases and contraception and birth control for their female underage sex slaves. Planned Parenthood officials say they want to help the pair make their whole operation “look as legit as possible.”
The Planned Parenthood official also coaches the alleged sex traffickers on how soon they can put underage female sex slaves back to work. The prostitute in the video asks how long after the abortion until the girls can have sex again, and, when the Planned Parenthood official says “minimum of 2 weeks,” she asks what sex acts the girls could still do to make money.
“Waist up, or just be that extra action walking by” to advertise sex to potential clients, the Planned Parenthood staffer advises.
In total, Live Action footage showed three centers in southern Virginia, a Perth Amboy, New Jersey abortion business and a Planned Parenthood center in Richmond, Virginia all having staffers helping the alleged sex traffickers find information on how to obtain abortions without facing scrutiny and get STD testing for the girls.
While some abortion activists claimed the videos were faked, Planned Parenthood was forced to fire the staffer in question, saying “We were profoundly shocked when we viewed the videotape released this morning, which depicted an employee of one of our health centers behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable. We have a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior, and the employee in the video was immediately suspended from her duties this morning and was terminated this evening.”
There’s little reason for Planned Parenthood to fire a staffer who had no part in encouraging undercover actors in hiding or concealing sexual abuse via sex trafficking.
In one case out of Ohio,a fourteen year old girl was impregnated by her twenty-two year old soccer coach, a man that she and her parents trusted. The coach knew that he needed to get this “problem” taken care of as quietly as possible since the pregnancy was proof of his statutory rape – repeated statutory rape, in fact, that began almost a year earlier. He turned to Planned Parenthood.
With no questions asked, the Planned Parenthood clinic allowed him to sign for the minor’s abortion in place of her mother and father and to speed up the process and perform the abortion quickly in violation of the state’s 24-hour waiting period. Planned Parenthood staffers didn’t report the sexual abuse to the authorities either – leaving the coach with the opportunity to continue molesting his victim.
In another Ohio case from 2012, Planned Parenthood staffers failed to report a father’s sexual abuse of his thirteen-year-old daughter – resulting in his continued abuse of his daughter, Denise Fairbanks, for over another year. According to a staffer’s handwritten note, their policy is “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
In September, 2001, police in Spokane, Washington served the Planned Parenthood abortion business with a search warrant looking for information in yet another case of Planned Parenthood doing an abortion that potentially covers up a case of sexual abuse. In this case, the parents of an unidentified 15-year-old girl, who became pregnant by a 21-year-old man, took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion after learning from a school nurse that their daughter was pregnant. Police wanted Planned Parenthood to turn over DNA from the remains of the baby killed in the abortion to connect the man to the possible statutory rape charges.
Steve Aden, the Senior Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, says, “The evidence is overwhelming that Planned Parenthood, which receives hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding annually, routinely ignores, fails to report, and covers up sexual abuse of young girls by older men.”
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“Sadly, there is strong evidence that these are not isolated incidents, only examples of a Planned Parenthood policy of empowering sexual abuse of minors,” he has said. “Live Action investigations have revealed that Planned Parenthood clinics across the country have a similarly nonchalant approach to sexual abuse of young girls. Posing as a thirteen-year-old girl seeking an abortion due to intercourse with her thirty-one-year-old boyfriend, Lila Rose called a Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood clinic and was encouraged to lie about her boyfriend’s age and to go out of state to skirt parental notification laws. Calls to Planned Parenthood clinic sin Indianapolis, Tucson, Phoenix, Memphis, Birmingham, Milwaukee, and Louisville revealed similar willingness to hide sexual abuse against children.”
Moreover, a pro-life organization that conducted an undercover investigation in 2002 released additional tapes showing staff at hundreds of abortion centers across the country covering up statutory rape. Life Dynamics released tapes from some of the 813 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation centers it calls across the country. The group placed the calls from Texas, where it is legal to record a phone conversation without the consent of the other party. in the phone calls, an actress portrayed a 13-year-old girl who claimed her 22-year-old boyfriend impregnated her and that she wanted an abortion to keep her parents from finding out.
These are just some of the many cases over the recent years in which Planned Parenthood has done exactly what LifeNews and Rita Diller in her article alleged — been willing to look the other way at sexual abuse and child rape, done abortions on girls without asking questions, or gone to great lengths to help cover up such abuse.