Is organization giving child abusers a pass?
Planned Parenthood facilities in Arizona and Colorado are under fire for allegedly looking the other way at suspected cases of child abuse.
In Denver, Colo, a mother is suing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for failing to inquire how a 13-year-old girl became pregnant when she appeared at the clinic with her stepfather who was later convicted of raping the girl.
Meanwhile, Arizona officials are investigating an allegation that a counselor at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Tempe failed to contact law enforcement when a 15-year-old girl—an alleged rape victim—sought out an abortion earlier this year.
Planned Parenthood officials told local media outlets that the episodes were the result of individual employees using bad judgment. But pro-life activists say those incidents are the latest examples of Planned Parenthood’s long-running malfeasance.
"This is happening everywhere, and that is because Planned Parenthood employees are trained to get as many abortions as they can. They don’t think about the good of the child coming in the door. They’re thinking about money going out the door if they do the right thing," said Rosalinda Lozano, the director at Colorado Right to Life.
Lozano told Aleteia that a Colorado Planned Parenthood employee earlier this year released pictures, which were later posted online, showing that the abortion industry leader awards satellite clinics for exceeding abortion visit quotas.
"The abortion industry gives incentives for people who provide the most abortions. The proof is in the pudding," Lozano said.
For several years now, pro-life organizations such as the American Life League and Live Action have conducted undercover investigations and released lengthy reports to make the case that Planned Parenthood is motivated by profits generated from abortion services. That profit motivation, pro-life activists say, often leads abortion facility employees to cover up suspected cases of child sexual abuse.
"To believe that Planned Parenthood routinely reports child sex abuse would be folly," said Rita Diller, the national director of American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood Project.
"Because its philosophy and materials are what it terms ‘sex-positive,’ and it routinely schools young children that anything is normal in the sexual realm and fails to provide modules warning children in its classroom sex education about child sexual predators, it stands to reason that the last thing Planned Parenthood is interested in is reporting child sex abuse," Diller told Aleteia.
Since 2007, Live Action has conducted undercover video investigations showing Planned Parenthood counselors at facilities in Arizona, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, California and other states covering up sexual abuse and disregarding mandatory suspected statutory rape reporting laws. Those clinics also appeared to provide instructions on how to circumvent parental consent laws.
In its latest investigation, Live Action said it found instances of Planned Parenthood counselors in Minnesota telling an undercover investigator, who posed as a 15-year-old girl, about how to engage in sadomasochistic sex practices. The counselor also recommended two specific sex shops where the investigator could get “sex toys” and “sex props.”
"The new video lays bare Planned Parenthood’s sexual ethos, even for kids: abusive, demeaning, and violent sexual behavior is ‘normal’ and ‘OK’ as long as the recipient believes that she’s consented to it," Live Action President Lila Rose said in prepared remarks.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian public interest law firm, has filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services asking the agency to investigate the Tempe Planned Parenthood facility that allegedly failed to report the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who was later arrested and charged with sexually assaulting several other teenage girls.