NewsWed Dec 17, 2008 - 12:15 pm EST
Indiana Lawmaker Calls for Planned Parenthood Defunding after Video Exposés
By Kathleen Gilbert
INDIANAPOLIS, December 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Indiana state Rep. Jakie Walorski has called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood (PP) and asked state officials to investigate after a second Indiana PP clinic was caught evading the law and covering up the rape of a 13-year-old girl. PPIN receives millions in taxpayer funding each year.
"Seeing these events occur at two different locations in Indiana and seeing 3 different employees react in virtually the same manner, showing a blatant disregard for all Indiana laws pertaining to protecting minors from sexual abuse, today, I called for the ‘defunding’ of Planned Parenthood of Indiana," said Walorski in a statement released yesterday. Walorski also asked the Indiana’s Social Services to suspend Medicaid funding.
"This story has flown into the national spotlight because of the blatant disregard for Indiana’s law regarding the protection of minors," Walorski said. "I believe, that irregardless of your view of the pro-life/pro-choice question, this is now a matter of public safety. We have to commit to protecting young women in this State."
Planned Parenthood has suspended one of its counselors caught evading Indiana law on footage released Monday night as part of a series of exposés by Live Action Films, a student-run pro-life group.
In the most recent video, UCLA student journalist Lila Rose told the PP counselor that she was 13 years old and sought a secret abortion to hide her relationship with a 31-year-old boyfriend - a case of statutory rape punishable as a felony in Indiana, one that the counselor was obligated to report immediately. In Indiana law, If a person over 21 has sexual relations with a child of 13, it is considered a class A felony with a potential prison sentence of 20-50 years.
The counselor brushed aside the boyfriend’s age, counseled the girl to evade Indiana’s parental consent law by travelling to a surrounding state for the abortion, and coached her on how to hide the abortion from her mother. (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/dec/08121602.html) The counselor’s actions were stunningly identical to those of a Bloomington PP employee in a Live Action video released only two weeks before, one that grabbed national headlines and resulted in the firing of the employee.
Walorski complained in her letter to Attorney General Steve Carter and Social Services Secretary Mitch Roob of the "egregious disregard for our laws" shown in the two videos. "This incident shows a pattern of contempt for Indiana law and indicates that the incident at Bloomington was not isolated to that clinic," she said.
"It is unacceptable for this pattern of behavior to be happening at two different Planned Parenthood clinics, in different parts of the State; therefore, I believe we must look out for the safety of Hoosier minors in this State and proceed with the full investigation of Planned Parenthood of Indiana."
Indiana Right to Life is coupling Walorski’s call with its own appeal to Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi to immediately launch an investigation into Marion County Planned Parenthood offices to determine if child sexual abuse is being reported as required by Indiana law.
See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Another Indiana Planned Parenthood Caught Covering up Felony Rape
Planned Parenthood Suspends Employee Caught Covering Up Rape of 13-Year-Old