“At Planned Parenthood, nothing matters more than the health and well-being of our patients.”
This statement is taken directly from Planned Parenthood’s website.
So the well-being of patients are Planned Parenthood’s top priority, right?
To the contrary, there have been several documented cases in which Planned Parenthood has illegally failed to report the sexual abuse of minors. As mandatory reporters, clinicians and medical professionals are required by law to report any suspected abuse or neglect of children. However, Planned Parenthood staff failed to do so and actually sent many young girls back into the hands of their rapists. Collected in a report by the Alliance Defending Freedom law firm, the cases are as follows:
The Alabama Department of Public Health documented that a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Mobile, Alabama failed to report the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl. Already a mother of two, the young girl received an abortion on April 9, 2014. Only nine days later, on August 18, 2014, she was presented for another abortion. In Alabama, an individual is deemed incapable of consent if he or she is less than 16 years old. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood gave her the two abortions, sent her back home, and made no report to authorities.
Doe v. Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona
A 12-year-old girl was impregnated by her 23-year-old foster brother, according to court documents. The older man took the girl to Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona (PPCNA) for an abortion. In Arizona, it is considered statutory rape for an adult 18 years or older to impregnate a girl younger than 15. However, the clinic failed to report the sexual abuse to authorities, and sadly it continued. Six months later, the man took the child back to the clinic for another abortion. It was five days later after this second appearance that Planned Parenthood finally notified the authorities. The girl eventually filed a lawsuit against PPCNA for failing to report the sexual abuse. The civil case was later settled.
State of Arizona v. Tyler Kost
In this ongoing case, Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Arizona is accused of failing to report the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by Tyler Kost. According to police, Planned Parenthood told the girl’s mother that it was not worth the “hassle” to report the assault, and they intentionally miscoded the situation as a “consensual encounter.” Kost was later charged with sexually assaulting several girls, some of which he assaulted after the Planned Parenthood failed to report the rape.
Fairbanks v. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region
An Ohio Planned Parenthood facility failed to report the sexual abuse and rape of a 16-year-old girl in 2004 after she came to the clinic for an abortion, following four years of sexual abuse by her biological father. The girl told a Planned Parenthood employee that she had been forced into doing things which she did not want to do. Furthermore, according to Ohio law, the age of consent is 18. Still, Planned Parenthood did not report anything to law enforcement. Instead, the girl was sent back home to suffer sexual abuse by her father for another 1 ½ years. The lawsuit against Planned Parenthood was eventually settled and the father was prosecuted and sent to prison.
Roe v. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region
An Ohio Planned Parenthood facility failed to report the suspected sexual abuse and rape of a 14-year-old girl when she came to the clinic to have an abortion after being impregnated by her 21-year-old soccer coach. The girl gave the clinic the coach’s number, in place of her father’s. Making no effort to verify the identity of her father, Planned Parenthood illegally failed to notify the girl’s parents and obtain their consent. After the abortion, the abuse continued. Eventually, the coach was found guilty of 7 counts of sexual battery. The court granted the child’s parents a partial summary judgement against Planned Parenthood’s for its failure to comply with the 24 hour waiting requirement in a civil case. The case was later settled.
State of Ohio v. Joseph Coles
During a criminal investigation, it was found that an Ohio Planned Parenthood facility failed to report the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl. Joseph Coles, boyfriend of the girl’s mother, had sexually abused and raped the girl for several years, and she became pregnant twice. After each of these pregnancies, she had abortions at two facilities, including Planned Parenthood. Neither Planned Parenthood nor the other facility notified the authorities, violating state laws and send the girl back to be raped.
Cary Smith (Sisk) v. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, et al.
A Colorado Planned Parenthood facility sent a 13-year-old girl back home with her rapist to endure several more months of sexual abuse after he brought her to the clinic to have an abortion. The man, who was her stepfather, had sexually abused and raped her for seven years. Planned Parenthood performed the abortion without parental notification or any report of suspected abuse (in Colorado, the age of consent is 15), which are both required by Colorado law. Smith was later prosecuted and imprisoned, and the girl’s mother brought a civil case against PPRM on the grounds that they “purposefully committed conduct which they must have realized as dangerous, and performed it heedlessly and recklessly, without regard to consequences, or of the rights and safety of others, particularly [the child].” The case was settled by Planned Parenthood.
People of the State of California v. Andrew King
During a criminal investigation, it was found that Planned Parenthood of California failed to report the sexual abuse and rape of a 14-year-old girl by swim-coach Andrew King. After King impregnated the 14-year-old girl, he brought her to Planned Parenthood in California for an abortion, according to the prosecution’s sentencing statement. Planned Parenthood made no report of sexual abuse and rape to law enforcement, even though it is considered statutory rape in California for someone 18 or older to impregnate a minor (someone younger than 18). Andrew King has been incarcerated for the sexual abuse of several young girls over a number of decades. It was not until one of his victims notified authorities that an investigation finally took place.
People of the State of California v. Gary W. Cross
During a criminal investigation, it was found that Planned Parenthood of California failed to report the sexual abuse and rape of a 13-year-old girl by her step-father, Gary Cross. Cross took her to a California Planned Parenthood clinic for a pregnancy test when she was already five and half months pregnant. Instead of notifying authorities of potential rape (considering the girl was well below the age of consent), they referred her for a late-term abortion and sent her back into the hands of her rapist. After the abortion, Cross continued to rape the girl for months, and it was not until later that he was finally convicted and incarcerated, through no help of Planned Parenthood.
People of the State of California v. Edgar Ramirez
During a police investigation, it was found that Planned Parenthood of California failed to report the continuous sexual abuse and rape of a 13-year-old girl by her father, Edgar Ramirez. In July of 2010, the girl was taken to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, under the cover of a made-up story that her boyfriend impregnated her. Without filing a report of potential rape, Planned Parenthood gave her the abortion and sent her back home to endure more sexual abuse and rape. Months later, she was impregnated again by Ramirez and taken back to Planned Parenthood for another abortion. This time, the doctor implanted an IUD in order to prevent future pregnancies. Once again, no report of potential abuse was made, by Planned Parenthood sending her back to be raped again. The following year, Ramirez was criminally prosecuted.
State of Connecticut v. Adam Gault
During a police investigation, it was found that Planned Parenthood in West Hartford Connecticut failed to report the sexual abuse and rape of a 15-year-old girl by her kidnapper, 41-year-old Adam Gault. In June 2006, the girl went missing for a year, during which Gault had locked her in a tiny room and raped her. After he impregnated the girl, she was taken to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. According to Connecticut law, it is illegal for an adult to impregnate anyone younger than 16. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood made no report of suspected abuse to authorities. She was sent back home to endure continued abuse until authorities eventually found her, through no help of Planned Parenthood. Gault was eventually convicted and imprisoned.
State of Connecticut v. Kevon Walker
During a criminal investigation, it was found that Planned Parenthood in Norwich, Connecticut failed to report the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl by her 21-year-old boyfriend. The girl was impregnated three times in just six months and was subsequently taken to Planned Parenthood for three abortions in 2006. After failing to report the first statutory rape, Planned Parenthood sent the girl back to endure further rapes and sexual abuse. Her rapist was later convicted, through no help of Planned Parenthood.
State of Minnesota v. Paul James Frederick
During an investigation, it was found that Planned Parenthood failed to report the potential sexual abuse and rape of a 14-year-old girl by a 42-year-old man. Court documents recount that the man had “groomed”the young girl and had taken her to Planned Parenthood to get birth control. The age of consent is 16, according to Minnesota law. However, no report was made by Planned Parenthood. The man was later prosecuted for sexually assaulting the girl.
In addition to these documented cases, the group Live Action recently released a seven-part docuseries on how Planned Parenthood, through it’s negligence, has enabled and aided abusers. You can watch the new docuseries, here.
In 2007 and 2008, the same group conducted an undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics. It revealed that Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country were willing to ignore clear evidence of abuse and advise young girls on how to avoid the laws of parental consent, in order to give them secret abortions, ultimately sending the girls back into the hands of their rapists.
In the following videos, an undercover investigator poses as a minor girl impregnated by a much older man. As she converses with Planned Parenthood staff about her situation and how she can obtain an abortion, their responses are shocking.
Planned Parenthood Bloomington, Indiana
In this video, a Planned Parenthood nurse acknowledges that she is required by law to report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by a 31-year-old man to Child Protective Services. However, she advises the investigator, posing as the pregnant girl, on how to circumvent the parental notification laws and lie about the man’s age, in order that a report might not be written. After the release of the video, the Planned Parenthood nurse was suspended and fired, and the Indiana Attorney General opened an investigation into Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood Indianapolis, Indiana
In this video, a Planned Parenthood nurse says that she doesn’t care about the age of the man, and she will not report the incident. As in Bloomington, the nurse advises the investigator on how to obtain a secret abortion and lie about the man’s age. After the video’s release, the staffer resigned.
Planned Parenthood Memphis, Tennessee
In this video, the investigator, posing as a 14-year-old girl impregnated by a 31-year-old man, is advised by a Planned Parenthood staffer to lie to the judge about the man’s age in order to circumvent parental notification laws. She also admits that she should report the incident, but she chooses not to. After the release of the video, Tennessee lawmakers voted to defund Planned Parenthood up to $1.1 million.
Planned Parenthood Birmingham, Alabama
In this video, the investigator, posing as a 14-year-old girl impregnated by a 31-year-old man, is told by a Planned Parenthood counselor that the clinic “does sometimes bend the rules a bit.” The counselor also says that whatever information is given “stays within these walls,” and in order to obtain parental consent for an abortion, she recommends that she find someone to forge her parents’ signature. After the release of the video, the Alabama Attorney General investigated the clinic, found 9 violations, and put the clinic on probation.
Planned Parenthood Milwaukee, Wisconsin
In this video, the investigator, posing as a 14-year-old girl impregnated by a 31-year-old man, is told by a Planned Parenthood counselor that she doesn’t have to tell them anything, but “just give them the information needed.” In Wisconsin, sex between an adult and a minor under 16 is considered a felony, which health care professionals are required to report.
Planned Parenthood Phoenix, Arizona
In this video, the investigator tells the Planned Parenthood nurse that the man who impregnated her is “a lot older.” The Planned Parenthood nurse responds, saying that they don’t ask any questions.
Planned Parenthood Tucson, Arizona
In this video, the investigator, posing as a 15-year-old impregnated by a 27-year-old man, is advised by a Planned Parenthood nurse not to bring the older man to the judicial hearing that is required in Arizona for parental consent to be waived in an abortion.