For decades, Dr. George Tyndall preyed on young students at the University of Southern California (USC). He sexually assaulted his victims; many of them were young students, had never undergone a pelvic exam before, and didn’t initially realize they were being abused. Tyndall was the only full-time gynecologist on staff at USC, and despite complaints that he was inappropriate or made women feel uncomfortable, USC kept him on staff. Tyndall is now under investigation by authorities, and California lawmakers introduced a bill that could help prevent these kinds of abuses from happening again. Planned Parenthood, however, opposed the bill because it might negatively impact their own bottom line… and now it’s been tabled.
California Assembly Bill 1030 was specifically written in response to the crimes Tyndall is alleged to have committed. The bill would require gynecologists to inform patients what to expect during a pelvic examination, and help them understand what illegal, predatory behavior is. This way, people like Tyndall couldn’t take advantage of a lack of knowledge, claiming that his abusive actions were medical in nature.
A.B. 1030 would have required the Medical Board of California to work with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) to produce a brochure or pamphlet that would explain what a pelvic exam is, how it’s properly performed, and information letting patients know where they could report potential misconduct. Patients would need to sign a document saying they received the pamphlet.
“A.B. 1030 will empower patients by giving them much needed information,” Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, who helped author the bill, said in a press release. “I am thankful to my constituent Christy Leach who met with our office last year to share this bill idea. Given recent horrific incidents of abuse during these exams, it has become apparent that patients would benefit from advance information about what to expect during a gynecological pelvic exam.”
The bill was not controversial. It had bipartisan support. It aimed to prevent people like Tyndall — currently suspected of abusing over 700 women over 30 years — from victimizing women again. So why would it not be passed? The answer appears to be because Planned Parenthood opposed it.
The National Catholic Register reported that Planned Parenthood’s lobbyists began mobilizing against the bill. Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California sent a letter of opposition, claiming it “creates additional barriers for patients to access reproductive health care. … Based on the number of gynecological exams Planned Parenthood conducts, we believe this requirement will increase the length of patient visits and thus unintentionally cause patient volume to decrease.” Planned Parenthood also said the bill would place responsibility on the patient rather than the medical provider, and that doctors should be working themselves to prevent abuse from happening. However, that argument makes little sense against people like Tyndall. Someone looking to prey on young, unsuspecting women isn’t likely to suddenly have an epiphany and stop abusing people.
The bill has since been labeled as inactive, and the California Senate never voted on it.
Dr. Patrick Marmion told the Register that Planned Parenthood has a different motivation. “Time is money, and anything that slows down client interaction hurts the bottom line,” he said. “Planned Parenthood does not want the state to mandate what it must tell a client about any medical procedure. Allowing intrusion in this matter opens the door to more state-sponsored ‘informed consent’ regulations regarding abortion procedures.”
In other words, it not only can slow down Planned Parenthood’s profits, but it could also lead to more pro-life informed consent bills. Whether it means more women will be victimized seems to matter little to the abortion giant. As Live Action’s Aiding Abusers report showed, Planned Parenthood is frequently complicit in covering up sexual abuse. Abortion is lucrative; not going through with the procedure and alerting authorities could mean they lose thousands of dollars. Planned Parenthood promises “care, no matter what” to women — yet if it negatively impacts their own bottom line, they choose that over women’s well being. Opposing a common-sense bill like A.B. 1030 which would have protected women from abusers like Tyndall is just further proof of that.
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