Mayra Rodriguez is the former health center administrator for Planned Parenthood of Arizona (PPA) who recently won $3 million in damages against the abortion corporation for wrongful termination. Rodriguez says she was fired after voicing her concern regarding multiple dangerous practices at PPA, including those of an abortionist with a habit of severely injuring women and falsifying documents, as well as an abortionist who verbally abused staff members. Rodriguez also accused PPA of covering up at least one case of possible sexual abuse.
As required by law, Planned Parenthood must report suspected cases of sexual abuse, which includes every single case in which the girl undergoing the abortion is underage. In Rodriguez’s complaint, obtained by Live Action News, she stated that she “learned that a manager on duty at the PPA Glendale facility was not complying with Arizona law […] regarding a minor undergoing an abortion surgery when her male partner was of majority age.”
Rodriguez reported this to center manager Elizabeth Ibarra, seeking instruction from her on how to handle the situation. Ibarra never responded to Rodriguez and no action was taken. Was this just one case of inaction, or is there a pattern at PPA of refusing to report suspicion of the sexual abuse of minors?
While the abortion industry would likely say that reporting the case was unnecessary because it was a consensual relationship, legally it cannot be consensual if one person is underage. Planned Parenthood has a history of both ignoring possible situations of sexual abuse and of actually aiding sexual abusers.
Live Action’s Aiding Abusers series exposed several cases of Planned Parenthood protecting sexual predators, and Live Action News documented these cases and more. A Connecticut man was convicted in 2018 of statutory rape of two underage girls ages 12 and 14, one of whom became pregnant. He took her to Planned Parenthood for a forced abortion. Planned Parenthood never filed a report.
A 56-year-old Michigan man impregnated a 14-year-old, paid for an abortion at Planned Parenthood, and she reportedly became “really depressed.” Planned Parenthood never reported the case, though required by law.
A 21-year-old Ohio soccer coach impregnated a 13-year-old student, then sent her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, telling her to claim she was pregnant by a classmate. He pretended to be her father and they took his word over the phone. Then he went to the facility pretending to be her stepbrother. Planned Parenthood did nothing to verify this child was not being abused.
In addition, Planned Parenthood has also been caught intentionally miscoding a sexual assault report as a “consensual encounter,” as previously reported by Live Action News. A 15-year-old girl was raped by an 18-year-old man — and when she and her mother told Planned Parenthood staff about the rape, the counselor told the mother it “wasn’t worth the hassle” to report it. The rapist was eventually charged with the sexual assaults of 11 girls — ages 12 to 17 — and police believe there are even more victims.
Denise Fairbanks was sexually abused by her father from age 13 onward. At 16, she became pregnant and he took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, where they took the money and failed to report it to the police even though Fairbanks told the staff that she was being raped. Fairbanks was sent home with her abuser and the abuse continued for another year and a half until she confided in her basketball coach, who called the police. Fairbanks later sued Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood did everything possible to try to defeat my claims and drown out my message, that when Planned Parenthood knows or suspects that a young girl is being sexually abused, it must meet its duties under the law and immediately report that abuse to the proper authorities,” said Fairbanks.
Rodriguez’s claim of PPA’s failure to report sexual abuse is, unfortunately, a believable accusation. The abortion corporation has a track record of ignoring sexual abuse and failing to protect girls, proving they don’t actually care about their patients. When an employee such as Rodriguez — who does care about the patients — comes along, she is promptly fired for expressing her concerns.
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