Live Action Docuseries 7th video of 7 released: Attorney who brought charges against the Catholic Church for covering up the sexual abuse of young boys brought cases against Planned Parenthood for covering up the sexual abuse of teen girls
Washington, D.C. – (June 14, 2018) – Today, Live Action released a new video featuring an attorney who brought two cases against Planned Parenthood for covering up child sexual abuse who says Planned Parenthood’s legal strategy is focused on dragging litigation out for years until victims can no longer afford to fight.
The “Prosecution” video is the seventh in Live Action’s seven-part docuseries “Aiding Abusers: Planned Parenthood’s cover-up of child sexual abuse.” The video features the testimony of Brian Hurley, an attorney who had once brought a case against the Catholic Church for covering up the sexual abuse of young boys, who also brought two separate cases against Planned Parenthood in 2007 for covering up the sexual abuse of two teenage girls in Ohio.
In one case, Hurley represented Denise Fairbanks, who told Planned Parenthood her father was raping her when he brought her in for an abortion at age 16. Planned Parenthood refused to report the rape to police, as the law required.
Hurley also represented the parents of Chelsea Wallace, who was 14 when her 21-year-old soccer coach got her pregnant and took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. Planned Parenthood broke the law by failing to notify her parents of the abortion and getting their written consent, and by failing to notify authorities of the suspected sexual abuse of a child.
In both cases, the two predators took their victims home and continued abusing them after the abortions because Planned Parenthood failed to alert authorities to the suspected abuse. In Fairbanks’ case, her father continued to rape her for another year and a half.
Hurley said that rather than admit wrongdoing, Planned Parenthood’s strategy in the cases was to wear the victims out by litigating every detail of the case, dragging out one case for six years until the plaintiffs finally had to settle.
“Every aspect of the case was litigated. Much more so in fact, than I had seen in any of the other cases I had been involved in my 35 years. Which, I think, from my perspective — and this is argued throughout our pleadings — was an attempt to make it prohibitively expensive for us to continue,” he said. “The majority of the plaintiffs in these cases are very poor people, are people from backgrounds where they don’t have much money. And, it’s hard to find lawyers who are willing to spend six years litigating against an organization that is going to require you to devote thousands of hours to litigate those claims.”
Hurley scoffs at Planned Parenthood’s posturing as an advocate for abused women in the Me Too and Time’s Up movements: “I think it’s hypocritical for Planned Parenthood to take a position about how important it is to report suspected and known abuse. They need to look in the mirror.”
Hurley said of the legacy media’s lack of holding Planned Parenthood accountable in sexual abuse cases even after being presented evidence: “What I find to be hypocritical is the media’s refusal to do a serious investigation of what occurs at Planned Parenthood. …Clearly, the mainstream media has decided that they don’t want to expose or do an investigation of — to find out what is actually going on at Planned Parenthood.”
Live Action President and Founder Lila Rose commented, “Without over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers, it would be much harder for Planned Parenthood to litigate these abuse cases for years until they wore victims down, never formally admitting their cover up of these young girls’ rape. When Planned Parenthood gets taken to court, it’s the taxpayers who are paying for Planned Parenthood’s defense and helping to put these children through years of litigation and prolonging their agony.”
The details of Fairbanks’ story are covered on page 8 of the “Aiding Abusers” report, and the details of Wallace’s story are covered on page 12 (Wallace is referred to as “Jane Roe” in the report and the court documents).
Link to today’s video release.