By Kathleen Gilbert
WARREN CO., Ohio, February 20, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A woman who suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father filed a lawsuit today suing Planned Parenthood and five of its employees for refusing to report signs of abuse when she obtained an abortion, with the result that the abuse continued for another 1 1/2 years.
Prosecuting Attorney Brian Hurley told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that the Planned Parenthood employees “played ostrich” when the girl told them she was being raped.
“We believe that they ignored Denise’s cry for help … and as a result she was sexually abused three times a week for a year and a half because they didn’t meet their duties to report,” said Hurley.
Ohio law requires that Planned Parenthood employees report obvious signs of abuse.
Planned Parenthood has come under fire recently for a trend of failing to report sexual abuse and rape. In a project knows as the “Mona Lisa Project” UCLA student Lila Rose and her friend Jackie Stollar went undercover and videotaped PP employees conscientiously ignoring statutory rape. So far three different PP facilities have been caught covering up rape, which they were required by law to report to the authorities.
Denise, who is now 21, suffered sexual abuse by her father between the ages of 13 and 17. In 2004, when she was 16, Hurley says Denise’s father took her to the Mount Auburn facility of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio to seek an abortion after he had impregnated her.
When questioned by Planned Parenthood, the girl allegedly said “that she had been forced to do things that she did not want to do.”
The abuse ended when Denise’s father was arrested eighteen months after the Planned Parenthood visit, thanks to the intervention of the girl’s basketball coach. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2006.
Hurley is convinced that Planned Parenthood will be brought to justice for its negligence.
“She tried to put an end to this abuse by informing a Planned Parenthood employee that she had been forced to have sex and to do things she did not want to do. Tragically for her, Planned Parenthood’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy was in full force,” Hurley told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
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