Planned Parenthood: ‘probably won’t’ have to report 14-year-old pregnant by 21-year-old boyfriend
Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 11, 2013 (OperationRescue.org) – Project Defending Life has released a video that features an undercover phone call placed to Planned Parenthood of New Mexico in Albuquerque by a woman seeking an abortion who indicated she was 14 and her boyfriend was 21. The caller was told by a Planned Parenthood employee that they probably would not need to report even though the relationship qualifies as statutory rape.
The caller asked if her age would be a problem. The Planned Parenthood receptionist responded, “In Mexico, there’s no limit on when you can have sexual reproduction rights.”
The caller told the receptionist the age of her boyfriend and indicated he was “worried” that he would be reported.
Caller: Well, I’m concerned because I’m 14…but my boyfriend is the one who is going to be bringing me and he is worried because he’s 21.
Planned Parenthood: You need to come to your appointment and [unintelligible] that with the doctor.”
Caller: Will he get in trouble?
Planned Parenthood: That’s what you and the doctor would have to discuss. It just depends on what – the state law that we have to report. They probably won’t. This is something we see often. You’re certainly not the first one.
The Planned Parenthood worker identified the abortionist as Shauna Jamison.
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“The fact that a pregnancy resulted from a sexual relationship between a 14-year old girl and a 21-year old man is plenty of evidence to suspect that the laws had been broken and that this man was taking advantage of a young teen who legally cannot consent,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor of Operation Rescue. “Planned Parenthood’s policies give cover for child rapists while allowing manipulated young women to be sexually exploited. Lawmakers in New Mexico need to amend the laws to provide protections to these victims and hold abortion clinics such as Planned Parenthood criminally accountable for shielding child predators from the law.”
“It’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood continues to cover up for rapists since they profit from these lucrative abortions, but in New Mexico where abortion has no restrictions whatsoever, the point needs to be made that young girls are being sexually exploited and abortion doctors in this state are complicit!” said Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life.
Bud Shaver, spokesman for Project Defending Life issued the following statement, “Young girls in New Mexico cannot trust Planned Parenthood to do the right thing, so we are calling on New Mexico legislators to protect our young girls from sexual predators – and from Planned Parenthood.”
This incident is certainly not the first time Planned Parenthood has been caught failing to report child sex abuse. Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, Inc. conducted a similar undercover investigation as early as 2002 that revealed that nearly every abortion clinic in the U.S. covered up child sex abuse. In 2007, Live Action confirmed that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics continued a policy of not reporting incidents of statutory rape even though they had been fully exposed five years earlier.
Operation Rescue has periodically conducted its own undercover investigations, documenting the chronic problem of abortion clinics failing to report child sex abuse, which has subjected young women in some cases to years of sexual exploitation at great harm to them.
“This is a serious problem that is causing untold harm to girls across the country that must be addressed, not ignored. We urge the New Mexico legislature to move quickly to protect underage girls from exploitation and betrayal by older men and Planned Parenthood,” said Sullenger.