Is organization giving child abusers a pass?
"Planned Parenthood’s main concern should be the safety of young girls, not the size of its profit margin," ADF legal counsel Natalie Decker said in a prepared statement.
“Sadly, this is not an exception, and Planned Parenthood is abusing more than just taxpayer dollars," Decker added. "Their complicity in placing young girls at the mercy of adult male sexual predators can’t be ignored, nor should it be allowed to continue.”
Planned Parenthood of Arizona, according to published reports, issued a statement that it was discussing with law enforcement the allegations that a clinic employee decided not to contact police because it would be "a hassle." Planned Parenthood said the allegations constituted a "serious violation" of its policies.
"Patient health and safety is our top priority, and Planned Parenthood Arizona takes its role as a mandatory reporter of criminal activity very seriously, including screening for potential abuse, charting answers, and responding to indications of criminal behavior," the statement said.
Jason Walsh, executive director of Arizona Right to Life, told Aleteia that an underlying problem that "fuels the fire" against Planned Parenthood in Arizona is that it has long operated under a double standard in relationship to other medical facilities.
"Standard medical facilities don’t have to be notified prior to a health inspector coming in to their facilities," Walsh said. "Planned Parenthood, up until a bill finally passed the legislature, had to be notified ahead of time, and that in itself is suspicious. The real crux of the issue is that if Planned Parenthood is really an advocate for women’s health, then they would want to be under the same protective guidelines as everybody else."
Planned Parenthood’s real impetus, Walsh said, is to make money, and its profit operation can be disrupted if abortion facilities are calling the police whenever a young girl seeks an abortion under suspicious circumstances.
"When you’re bringing money into your business, you don’t want to create any negative consequences for your customers who are sitting in the waiting room, and that would be a police officer coming in to investigate," Walsh said. "When money is the issue, people do strange things. Here, they’re protecting their market share and trying to get as little negative press as possible."
If Planned Parenthood is trying to quash negative press, those efforts do not appear to be working. This year, a Denver mother filed her lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains alleging that its Denver facilities’ employees neglected to question the 13-year-old girl, who was pregnant, about sexual abuse in June 2012. The girl left the clinic with her stepfather, Timothy David Smith, who sexually abused the girl for about seven years, according to court documents.
The lawsuit says Smith continued to sexually abuse his stepdaughter for several weeks after the abortion until the child told her mother. Smith was subsequently arrested and charged with numerous felony counts. In late 2012, Smith pleaded guilty to charges related to the sexual abuse, according to the lawsuit.
Lozano, the director of Colorado Right to Life, said Planned Parenthood has been protected by lawmakers and law enforcement officials who are hesitant to hold the abortion industry leader accountable.
"I truly commend the mother of this child for standing up for her daughter and making sure that that man was brought to justice," Lozano said, "and for letting people understand that Planned Parenthood is not for women. Planned Parenthood is for their own bottom line."
Brian Fraga is a daily newspaper reporter who writes from Fall River, Massachusetts
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