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Gazette Premium Content TOWN HALL: Planned Parenthood, worse than Penn State

WAYNE LAUGESEN Updated: August 24, 2012 at 12:00 am

We take sexual abuse of children quite seriously in the United States, but only selectively.

When Americans learned that Penn State employees didn’t make use of evidence that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was having sex with children, we were collectively outraged. After Sandusky’s conviction on 45 counts of sexual abuse, the culture rightly wanted heads to roll. We demanded to know who knew what, when they knew it and why those people had not moved heaven and earth to stop the abuse.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh found that late head coach Joe Paterno and other university leaders “repeatedly concealed critical facts” about suspicions pertaining to Sandusky. Paterno’s statue was removed from campus. Ranking university officials, including the president, were fired. The NCAA fined Penn State $60 million and hit the football program with a four-year postseason ban. Public outcry is so enormous that some say the very existence of Penn State is in question, as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has threatened to pull the school's accreditation.

When society learned that several Catholic bishops had covered up for child molesters, mostly decades prior, the church was sued out of more than $3 billion. The costs keep rising, with some suits that involve cases so old the alleged victims and defendants are dead.

Most would agree that all of this is good. No civilized society tolerates cover-ups of sexual abuse of children.

Yet our federal government pays more than $1 million a day to Planned Parenthood, which probably covers up more sexual abuse of children than any other institution in the United States. Evidence is overwhelming.

In 2002, an organization called Life Dynamics launched a sophisticated sting operation that employed tactics similar to those used by Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” series. The organization hired an actor/investigator who completed and recorded calls to 813 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation abortion clinics in the United States. Hear the calls at www.ChildPredator.com.

In Colorado and all other states, workers in medical facilities are required to report evidence of sexual abuse of minors.

The caller told intake workers she was a 13-year-old who had been impregnated by a 22-year-old — a sexual relationship forbidden in all states. She asked if they would tell anyone about the boyfriend and her pregnancy. In 91 percent of calls, abortion workers agreed to conceal the relationship. In a substantial number of those, abortion workers coached the girl on helping them to cover up rape.

In a typical call, an abortion clinic intake worker tells the girl: “I mean, you know, I’m not supposed to be telling you this, but there’s no way that I can know for a fact that who you bring in here is not your mom or dad.”

The girl/investigator called back and said: “I was talking to my boyfriend, and I told him what you said about getting someone to come in that was old enough to look like my dad.”

Abortion worker: “Yes, yes, yes.”

Girl: “Well, he’s got an uncle who is 50 who said he would do it.”

Abortion worker: “Well, as long as he doesn’t tell me he’s not your father, then we’re alright.”

As a young UCLA student, Lila Rose launched multiple stings in which she posed as an underage girl who was impregnated by an adult. She recorded abortion workers coaching her about protecting the predator. Since graduating, Rose has made a full-time career of catching and recording Planned Parenthood workers willing to actively cover up statutory rape.

Ohio attorney Brian Hurley represents two clients who sued Planned Parenthood for neglecting state laws that may have resulted in investigations of their rapists. One case involved a 13-year-old girl who was raped by her adult soccer coach, John Haller. He impregnated the girl and took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. The clinic declined to report evidence of rape, the girl’s parents sued, and a judge ruled against Planned Parenthood in 2010.

An ongoing case involves an adult who was repeatedly raped by her father, who eventually went to prison. She claims Planned Parenthood declined to contact authorities, even after she told them her father routinely forced her to have sex.

President Obama, instruct the Justice Department to investigate Planned Parenthood. That institution has no more business than Penn State covering up sexual abuse of children. — 

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