January 14th, 2009 | Contact: 323.454.3304, firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES – Live Action releases the complete footage it shot at an Indianapolis Planned Parenthood showing clinic employees covering up the reported statutory rape of a 13-year-old. The group releases the unedited footage to show the story in real time, as clinic employees met the UCLA student investigative journalist, Lila Rose, posing as a 13-year-old and heard her describe how a 31-year-old man had impregnated her. Once in the counseling room, a Planned Parenthood nurse assured Rose that she would not report the statutory rape and instructed her how to obtain a secret abortion across state lines.
In return for releasing the footage, Rose challenges Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) to also show transparency. In an open letter issued twelve days ago, Rose requested that Betty Cockrum, president of PPIN, disclose her organization’s data on how often it provides birth control, pregnancy testing, STD testing, and abortion services to minors under the age of fourteen and how often it has reported these cases to Child Protective Services. The organization has not responded.
“If Planned Parenthood has concern for the children of Indiana, as they claim, why don’t they disclose the statistics that will help law enforcement apprehend the scope of the problem? We are willing to be open and transparent about our methods and activities because we have nothing to hide,” Rose said. “Can Planned Parenthood of Indiana say the same?” Planned Parenthood of Indiana has tried to keep the matter private, promising a “thorough internal investigation,” although state authorities have intervened and opened an investigation into the abortion provider’s handling of statutory rape cases.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) pledged to have Prevent Child Abuse of Indiana (PCAI) review its policies, though Live Action revealed that the two organizations maintained deep internal ties. PCAI lead Prevention Specialist, Carol Pool, worked for Planned Parenthood of Indiana as an educator for thirteen years and Planned Parenthood commonly affirms the methods of PCAI.
Regarding PPIN’s relationship with PCAI, Rose says, “Planned Parenthood tacitly approves of child-adult sexual relations so long as the older man can keep the matter private by getting the girl to have secret abortions. This is a fact Planned Parenthood does not let out of its own circles.”
The full footage released today, as well previously released clips from Indianapolis and Bloomington, are part of the “Mona Lisa Project,” Live Action’s investigation of sexual abuse cover-ups at Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation. Rose explains, “The Mona Lisa Project demonstrates how Planned Parenthood clinics knowingly help sexual predators hide their crimes against young girls by offering secret abortions.”
The full video footage, released today, is available at:
Previously released footage can be found here: