Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Planned Parenthood responded to Live Action’s new investigative report that reveals the abortion chain’s decades-long pattern of helping child sex abusers cover up their crimes. Live Action released the first of a series of videos showing several court cases that went into explicit detail about Planned Parenthood’s blatant failures to report the suspected sexual abuse of children. The abortion chain has been caught repeatedly performing abortions on abuse victims as young as 12 and 13 years old and returning them to their abusers without reporting the suspected abuse to authorities. According to Politico, “In response, Planned Parenthood said that Live Action’s report draws on discredited evidence.”
Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action responded to Planned Parenthood and also announced the release of a new video today featuring four former Planned Parenthood employees confirming the organization’s failure to report sexual abuse.
Rose responds to Planned Parenthood:
“When Planned Parenthood calls our report ‘discredited,’ they are attacking the testimonies of the very girls who endured horrific abuse and then had it covered up by their own abortion centers.
“To be clear, the report includes numerous court cases, multiple news media reports, official police reports, state health department records, manager testimonials admitting a failure to report, and statements of underage sex abuse victims saying they were returned to their abusers after forced abortions.
“Planned Parenthood has said repeatedly that victims of sexual abuse should be believed, yet when they call these cases that are documented in court records and media accounts ‘discredited evidence,’ they are calling the victims liars, just like their abusers did. At a time when Planned Parenthood’s ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on sexual abuse continues to put girls in danger every day, their callous attempt to discredit victims and their stories is especially abhorrent.”
The video Live Action released today features former Planned Parenthood managers and workers giving their eyewitness accounts and confirming Planned Parenthood’s failure to report sexual abuse. Included are testimonies like this one from Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood Manager from Storm Lake, Iowa:
“We were all required to be mandatory reporters, but, if we saw a case – questionable abuse or even for sure, I mean, this kid is being abused – we really were discouraged from calling it in, just because they didn’t want to have the trouble – the angry parent, the angry boyfriend, whatever it was. So, more than once I was told, ‘No, that is not reportable. You don’t need to call it in.’“
Monica Cline, a former health educator who worked with Planned Parenthood in Texas and New Mexico tells this story:
“[Planned Parenthood workers] adopted George Bush’s ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ [policy]… If we don’t ask how old her partner is, we don’t have to tell. And so Planned Parenthood actually allows victims of human trafficking to continue to be victims of human trafficking. And they’re okay with that. I went back to my office and I told my supervisor, listen, I’m trying to teach them about key concepts on Title X; they’re admitting that they’re not going to report cases of statutory rape.”
And Ramona Treviño, a former Planned Parenthood manager from Sherman, TX, discusses what Planned Parenthood really did after it was caught aiding people posing as human traffickers and then pledged to retrain thousands of workers to report abuse and trafficking:
“I raised my hand and I said, ‘I’m confused, when are we going to actually begin the retraining? What can I do as a manager to take this information back to my staff and enforce policies and procedures that would help protect women who are experiencing either sex trafficking or sexual abuse in any way?’ [The trainer] immediately shot me down and she said, ‘We’re not here to talk about that, Ramona. We’re here to teach you how to identify if you’re being videotaped or recorded or entrapped in any way.”
More of their stories can be seen on today’s newly released video and all can be found in the report Aiding Abusers: Planned Parenthood’s Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse.