And Then There Were None, an organization that helps abortion workers leave the industry, held a webcast where former abortion workers spoke about things they witnessed in the abortion business. Monica Cline was one speaker. Cline worked as a sex educator, and, though not directly employed by Planned Parenthood, worked with the Planned Parenthood abortion franchise extensively. She became the manager of Title X funds, which are government funds given to Planned Parenthood and other organizations to promote sex education, birth control, and teen pregnancy prevention. While the funds do not directly pay for abortion, they free up funds that Planned Parenthood can use to promote and provide abortions.
Cline was sent to conventions where she gave talks to Planned Parenthood workers. She remembers one talk in particular:
I was teaching on human trafficking and statutory rape, and was telling Planned Parenthood staff of Corpus Christi and the Gulf Coast, basically, you’ve got to report when you see a girl coming in with an older man who you can tell is not her father. You know something’s wrong, you’ve got to report that; it’s considered human trafficking. It is also considered statutory rape; you’ve got to report this. And they started laughing. And I said, ‘I don’t think there was anything I said that was funny. What’s going on here?’ And the response was, ‘Honey, if she’s not having sex with this man this week she’ll have another one next week.’
Cline realized then that the Planned Parenthood workers had no intention of reporting statutory rape or sex trafficking. They assumed that the teens coming to Planned Parenthood, even the 13-year-olds, were consenting to sexual activity and would only continue having sex with older men. They saw them as sexually aggressive with no self-control, even though they were just children. Planned Parenthood workers completely ignored the girls’ victimization.
And so their view of our children is distorted. It’s dehumanized. I don’t know why their hearts are hardened, but they are. And so when a girl or a young man goes there for an abortion, or condoms or testing, they don’t see them with compassion anymore, if they ever did. They see them as just, almost like an animal who can’t control themselves, there always gonna have sex so we’re just going to give them enough lube and condoms and hope they come in to get tested before they get some kind of cancer. They’re not gonna stop statutory rape.
The Planned Parenthood workers told her how they really dealt with statutory rape in their facilities:
One of the things that they even mentioned was, they adopted George Bush’s don’t ask, don’t tell [policy] in the military for homosexuality, so they said well if it’s good enough for Bush, it’s good enough for us. 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 gonna report cases of statutory rape.
To Cline’s surprise, her supervisor defended the abortion workers:
The response from my supervisor was, ‘Your job is to teach them key concepts, and that’s it.’ She was really upset with me that I challenged that. So they’re not protecting our children, and that’s a message we need to give out to the parents, that so many parents believe that Planned Parenthood and all the other clinics, they must – they’re the experts, they’re the medical staff, they must know better. But they don’t.
Cline also spoke about how Planned Parenthood hid girl’s sexual activity from their parents, even when their partners were adults:
Planned Parenthood likes to keep secrets. They tell the kids, ‘You don’t have to give me your real name. You don’t have to give me a phone number where your parents might find out. Give me the number to your friend’s house so I can remind you to come in for a checkup or remind you to come in for birth control pills.’ They will do anything possible to keep parents out-of-the-way.
Young women who are victimized by statutory rape do not find help at Planned Parenthood.
In Arizona, a 12-year old went to Planned Parenthood pregnant after being raped by her 23-year-old foster brother. The girl herself was in foster care, and very vulnerable. Planned Parenthood did not report the abuse, and it continued. Six months later, the rapist brought her back to Planned Parenthood, pregnant again. Five days afterward, Planned Parenthood finally reported the abuse after allowing the girl to be raped for six more months.
In another case involving a 15-year old, the victim came in with her mother, who let Planned Parenthood know that the man who impregnated her was an adult. The mother was told by Planned Parenthood staff that reporting the abuse was too much of a “hassle.” Instead, the sexual assault was filed in the paperwork as consensual sex.
The abuser was later arrested and charged with numerous cases of sexual assault. At least four of his teenage victims were raped after Planned Parenthood chose not to report the abuse.
In Colorado, a 13-year-old was raped by her step-father, who took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. According to a lawsuit that was later filed, the facility committed an abortion on her and sent her back home with her abuser, who continued raping her. The rapes continued for two more months until the mother finally found out about the abuse. The price of Planned Parenthood’s negligence for the girl was two additional months of sexual assault.
Another 13-year-old in California was abused by her father. She went to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, and they gave her one without informing anyone. She came in for another abortion appointment and had an IUD fitted, still being abused by her stepfather. The facility never reported the abuse, but it was eventually brought to light.
In Ohio, a 16-year-old was also sexually abused by her father and went to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. She had been victimized by him for four years, ever since she was eleven. She told the Planned Parenthood workers that she was being forced into sex, but they still did not report the abuse. She endured another year and a half of being raped by her father.
These children were victims. They were not promiscuous adolescents having sex with a different man every day. They were clearly young people being exploited. Planned Parenthood allowed their abuse to continue and, in one case, allowed a rapist to prey on others. Sadly, there are many stories like these.
Monica Cline’s testimony only confirms Planned Parenthood’s typical response to children victimized by older men. Planned Parenthood workers do not report sexual abuse thereby aiding sexual predators, allowing the abuse to continue, and failing the very women and girls they vow to help.