Vindicated: Live Action busted Indy Planned Parenthood for covering up statutory rape in 2008
Updated at 2:04 p.m. Eastern time to include remarks from Right to Life of Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, November 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For Live Action, a newly released report that found Indiana abortionists are not complying with a state law designed to catch pedophiles may have brought on a sense of deja vu. The group caught one of the locations on tape covering up statutory rape five years ago.
Under Indiana state law, a child 13 or younger cannot give consent for sex, and having sex with a minor that age is a felony. Abortionists must report any client under 14 to state authorities within three days, so they can promptly investigate potential child molestation. But a report by Amanda Gray of the South Bend Tribune found that between 58 and 75 percent of all such abortions are not reported in time.
In all, four abortionists flouted the law by reporting the abortions on under-14-year-old weeks or months too late.
One of the repeat offenders according to Gray is Dr. Michael King, who reported two such abortions weeks after performing the abortions in Indianapolis at Planned Parenthood's Georgetown Health Center.
As part of the group's “Mona Lisa Project,” in June 2008 an undercover reporter posed as a 13-year-old girl who had gotten pregnant with her 31-year-old “boyfriend.”
When the reporter told a Planned Parenthood counselor named Janet the father's age, Janet replied, “I don't care how old he is.”
“We don't really care...about the age of the boyfriend,” another staffer told the girl. “It's consensual. It's your choice.”
Janet counseled the young minor against taking RU-486 because, if she miscarried at home, “it would be harder to hide.”
Janet also helpfully told the girl, “The surrounding states don't have parental consent” laws. Obtaining an abortion in a neighboring state would allow her to avoid her parents' notice and cover up the abusive relationship.
Live Action also exposed a Planned Parenthood in Bloomington, the home of Indiana University.
The unwanted publicity may have spurred State Representative Randy Frye, R-Greenburg, to author the law mandating such abortions be reported promptly. But Gray's investigation shows the law is still not being followed.
Lila Rose, president of Live Action, told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview this week that the recurrence speaks volumes about the abortion industry.
“Abortion advocates always respond to our work by saying the offending killing centers are outliers, but that's nonsense,” Rose told LifeSiteNews. “Covering up sexual abuse is no anomaly in these places; on the contrary, it's part of their modus operandi, tailor-made to maximize their abortion income.”
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For its part, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky told Gray, "We take our reporting obligations seriously and are committed to following all reporting laws and regulations. The Indiana State Department of Health has not identified timeliness as an issue with any of the terminated pregnancy reports we submitted in 2012."
Right to Life of Indianapolis noted the story, saying in a press release that "Planned Parenthood's willingness to cover up for sexual predators shows that they are not interested in 'women's health.'"
It noted that most sexually active 13- and 14-year-olds first have sex with people at least three years older than they are.
"Dr. King and other abortion doctors have a duty to their minor patients to disclose any evidence of sexual abuse," the release stated. "Indiana's reporting law was enacted to help protect the vulnerable girls who are taken to have abortions. These are children who are not old enough to drive."
"Evidently, selling abortions is more important to Planned Parenthood than these children's welfare," the group said.
Gray's story, as well as an article from the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check, revealed that Dr. Ulrich George Klopfer has counseled patients under 14 to visit states without a reporting requirement.
“The front page Tribune report also shared how one of the doctors actually admits telling underage girls and their parents or guardians to go to other states to avoid Indiana's notification law,” said Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “This is alarming on many levels.”
Alarming, perhaps, but nothing new.