Congressman: Probe Arizona Planned Parenthood Over Abortion-Rape Coverup

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 29, 2009

Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — An Arizona congressman is calling on state officials to investigate the Planned Parenthood abortion business after a video showed staff members potentially covering up a case of statutory rape. Two centers were caught on camera with staff hearing from college students posing as 15-year-old girls.

In the video, Lila Rose and Jackie Stollar told employees at one abortion center that Stollar needed an abortion because her adult “boyfriend” had impregnated her, giving his age as 27 years-old.

Arizona state law requires law enforcement to be contacted immediately if an adult-child relationship is revealed. Failure to report incidents of sexual abuse are punishable under this law.

After Stollar explains that her boyfriend is “a lot older than me,” a staffer at the first Planned Parenthood clinic responds: “we don’t ask any questions” and “everything is confidential.”

Now, Rep. Trent Franks says the organization appears to be guilty of a flagrant violation of the law.”

“These video clips are the most recent in a series of recorded incidents in which Planned Parenthood clinics have blatantly disregarded the law and failed to protect children by refusing to report potential cases of statutory rape,” Franks said in a press release.

“It is a travesty that even though Planned Parenthood has been repeatedly shown to conceal the sexual abuse of children, state and federal officials have nevertheless refused to involve themselves in drawing attention to these crimes, seemingly because of their desire to avoid the abortion issue altogether,” Franks said.

Last week, the Arizona Attorney General reportedly opened an investigation into Planned Parenthood after receiving a copy of the video from Rose.

Rose told LifeNews.com today that she sent the videos to county attorneys in Pima and Maricopa counties and to the Arizona Attorney General for use in prosecution.

In response to receiving footage from the Tucson Planned Parenthood, the office of the Pima County Attorney stated in a letter to Rose that “this matter is under review and consideration by the Attorney General.”

Rose, 20-year-old UCLA student who is the president of a group she founded called Live Action Advocates, emphasizes the importance of enforcing the laws that protect minors from sexual abuse.

“We expect the Arizona Attorney General to uphold the law and prosecute Planned Parenthood for returning victimized young girls into the arms of their abusers, rather than notifying the responsible authorities as required by law,” she said.

“When compared to all of the responsible organizations that carefully follow reporting laws, Planned Parenthood’s negligent and outright subversive conduct stands out as both shameful and criminal,” Rose added.

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