Friday, February 12, 2010

Planned Parenthood Busted by Video Sting in Alabama

An Alabama abortion clinic is on probation after an undercover video caught a staffer saying the clinic sometimes "bends the rules" in helping a minor get an abortion without parental consent [and] for failure to report suspected child sex abuse.

UPDATE 4/2/10: Planned Parenthood clinic fires three staffers

-- From "Planned Parenthood Video Sting: Was Clinic Allowing Secret Abortions?" by CBS News & Associated Press 2/11/10

In the video, created by anti-abortion group "Live Action," the organization's president, Lila Rose, posed as a 14-year-old girl impregnated by her 31-year-old boyfriend. She told employees at the Birmingham Planned Parenthood that she needed to have a secret abortion.

Alabama law requires minors to have signed consent from a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion.

But state health officials found that nine minors, ages 13-15, had received abortions at the Birmingham Planned Parenthood without proper verification of consent since November 2008.

They also cited problems with the reporting of suspected sexual abuse. One of the 13-year-olds who received an abortion said she starting having sex at age 12. She was back at the clinic for another abortion four months later.

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From "BUSTED! Undercover video nails largest abortion provider" by Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily 2/11/10

The action by the Alabama Department of Health was based on a 38-page report that found that the business's own records revealed it provided an abortion to a 15-year-old although the "mother" giving consent did not have the same last name or address and provided an expired driver's license as ID.

Records for other patients, mostly ages 13 and 14, also revealed the business failed to document properly the identification of those giving parental permission under the state law for the abortions.

In fact, in all nine cases examined by the state involving minor patients, Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, "failed to obtain parental consent … in a manner that complies with state legal requirements."

Worse yet was the conclusion that "neither the registered nurse, the medical doctor, nor any other center staff reported the suspected abuse or neglect [of a 13 year-old child] to the authorities as required by law."

Sex between an adult and a 14-year-old is a felony in Alabama. The pro-life organization said the Birmingham clinic was the seventh Planned Parenthood clinic implicated in a multi-state scandal over the suppression of statutory rape evidence.

Planned Parenthood did not respond to a request from WND for comment.

"The Health Department report documents the same malpractice that we have found in state after state," [Lila] Rose said. "Sexually abused minors are being neglected by Planned Parenthood, which puts its own 'abortion-first mentality' before child protection.

"These are outrageous violations of state law and the Alabama Health Department should revoke the Birmingham Planned Parenthood clinic license. Alabama legislators must also ensure that no tax money is funding Planned Parenthood's illicit activities," she said.

A spokesman with the Jefferson County sheriff's office said, "Anyone who sees [the video] should be disturbed by it."

The state report reveals that Planned Parenthood staffers refused to be interviewed or said they would be interviewed only with legal counsel present.

When investigators were looking into the case, they found other roadblocks.

"During an interview with the center's interim CEO … she was asked, 'What is the official center policy on underage abortions done here?' She responded, 'I would need to have it in front of me before I speak to that.' She was provided with the two documents …. She excused herself and returned saying, 'I need to talk to my lawyer before I can continue,'" the report said.

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