By Susan Brinkmann
The same group responsible for an undercover exposé of a Bloomington Planned Parenthood clinic’s disregard for Indiana’s statutory rape laws has just released taped evidence of a nearly identical occurrence at an Indianapolis clinic. Indiana’s Attorney General has launched an investigation into the incidents.
According to a report by LifeSiteNews.com, the pro-life student group known as Live Action Films went to a clinic in Indianapolis where UCLA student Lila Rose posed as a 13-year-old seeking an abortion after having relations with her 31-year-old “boyfriend.”
Rose is heard on the tape clearly informing a Planned Parenthood staffer that she was 13 years old and wanted an abortion but didn’t want her boyfriend to get in trouble because of his age. The staffer assured her, “We don’t really care about who – what the age of the boyfriend. It’s consensual. It’s your choice.”
However, after Rose stated the boyfriend’s age of 31, she was turned over to another Planned Parenthood staffer, a counselor named Janet. Rose once again described her situation, which is a clear case of statutory rape under Indiana law, punishable as a felony, and one that Planned Parenthood is obligated by law to report immediately.
Instead, the counselor responded: “Well a lot of people will say, well, you know. Yeah, he, he is over such and such. And you can do statutory rape and whatever but it’s going to be in the papers. So most people will threaten stuff and don’t go through with it.”
The counselor objected when Rose related the boyfriend’s age. “I don’t care how old he is,” she insisted.
When Rose said she did not want her mother to find out about the boyfriend, the counselor then advised her on how to circumvent Indiana’s parental consent laws by going to another state for an abortion. “The surrounding states don’t have parental consent,” the counselor said. “I can’t tell you any more. So think about the states that are surrounding Indiana and do some research.”
The counselor went on to instruct her on which method of abortion to use so that her mother wouldn’t find out.
The video is the second in a series known as the Mona Lisa Project, which exposes Planned Parenthood’s routine law evasion in an effort to end the organization’s federal funding.
The first video, released earlier this month, showed a Bloomington Planned Parenthood nurse who also told Rose she “didn’t want to know the age” of the felon and advised her to circumvent Indiana consent law. The employee was later fired.
Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter launched an investigation of the Bloomington Planned Parenthood episode on Dec. 15. This is not the first time the Attorney General has been involved in investigating the cover up of statutory rape in Indiana abortion clinics. In 2005, the Attorney General sought the records of 84 Planned Parenthood patients under the age of fourteen who may have been victims of sexual abuse, but Planned Parenthood sued to prevent their release.
Rose commended the Attorney General’s efforts. “We applaud Mr. Carter’s integrity and urge him to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, despite any political attacks Planned Parenthood may attempt against him personally or his office.”
Rose challenged Planned Parenthood to cooperate. “Planned Parenthood must release files they have previously sued to keep private and allow state authorities to conduct a complete investigation.” She added, “Mandatory reporting laws are necessary for the protection of young girls, and Planned Parenthood must not be allowed to sabotage them.”
To see the Live Action video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTxsWZz9whg
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