Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, joined Live Action president Lila Rose and additional members of Congress in a press conference Thursday, June 7, 2018, to expose Planned Parenthood’s decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse. Live Action’s new seven-part docuseries, Aiding Abusers, exposes Planned Parenthood’s systemic cover-up of sex abuse including the aiding of sex traffickers.
Walker, who applauded President Trump’s Protect Life Rule to Title X funding, said that while it is astonishing that Planned Parenthood would cover up sex abuse he did not actually find it surprising. The Protect Life Rule would end Title X family planning funding for groups that commit, support or refer for abortion.
“Seems that Planned Parenthood, according to reports, has broken the law,” he said during the press conference. “There should be a full investigation into whether Planned Parenthood willfully turned over child victims of abuse back to their abuser and, if necessary, criminal prosecution. […] This isn’t about politics.”
Walker’s wife is a nurse practitioner who is trained in recognizing and responding to suspected sexual abuse in patients who is called on even during the night to assist with victims.
“In hospitals and ERs and level one trauma centers, when such abuse has taken place, they are required by law,” said Walker. “They do ask the questions. Which makes me ask the question, ‘Are these lives not important to Planned Parenthood? Are these victims not important or is the greater abortion industry more important than protecting these young innocent lives?’ This is a travesty of magnanimous proportion.”
Walker said that the newly proposed Protect Life Rule announced by President Trump will help protect these victims and hopefully ensure that all suspected cases of abuse and sex trafficking are reported as required by law.
“Do not let our voices be silenced,” said Walker. “We must speak out for these victims.”
Fifty-six members of Congress have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, asking for an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s systemic cover-up of sexual abuse.