By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A Planned Parenthood counselor in Birmingham, Alabama was caught on tape “bending the rules” regarding enforcement of the state’s statutory rape laws, making this the seventh clinic to be implicated in a multi-state abuse scandal.
According to a report by LifeSiteNews.com, Lila Rose, 20-year-old UCLA student and president of the non-profit Live Action, went undercover at the Birmingham clinic and told a counselor that she was 14-years-old and had become pregnant by her 31-year-old “boyfriend.” Rose said she needed a secret abortion so her parents would not find out about her sexual relationship with the older man.
Rose asked the counselor, “Is it a problem about my boyfriend?” to which the counselor said, “As long as you consented to having sex with him, there’s nothing we can truly do about that.” The counselor goes on to tell Rose that the clinic manager, Dr. Desiree Bates, “sometimes does bend the rules a little bit” and states that “whatever you tell us stays within these walls” and “we can’t disclose any information to anybody.”
However, Alabama code 26-14-3 requires health professionals to disclose suspected cases of sexual abuse to state officials immediately.
“The law is explicit about a healthcare provider’s duty to report, yet Planned Parenthood pretends they cannot say anything,” Rose said about the investigation. “Planned Parenthood increases its business and influence by circumventing state reporting laws, but inflicts terrible harm upon the vulnerable young girls sent back to statutory rapists.”
In the video, the counselor also advises Rose that a signature from someone over the age of 18 with the same last name, such as a sister, could function as a substitute for parental consent so the abortion could be performed. Alabama law, however, specifies that the written permission of either a parent or legal guardian is necessary before a minor may obtain an abortion.
The new video is the sixth in Live Action’s “Mona Lisa Project,” a nationwide undercover investigation that documents Planned Parenthood’s repeated noncompliance with state mandatory reporting laws for sexual abuse of minors. Alabama is the fourth state to be implicated in the controversy, along with Arizona, Indiana, and Tennessee. Recently, the investigation of a clinic in Memphis, TN helped state legislators to successfully divert nearly $1 million in taxpayer subsidies from Planned Parenthood to law-abiding local health clinics.
“When to ‘bend the rules a little’ means hiding a case of statutory rape from Child Protective Services and looking for ways around the parental consent requirement, Planned Parenthood becomes directly responsible for ensuring that statutory rapists can continue their abuse of young girls,” Rose said.
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