Sex, Lies, and Audiotape
UPDATE 12/16/05: Deborah, the blogger at Choose Life blog, actually provides the link to file a complaint with the California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.
Commenter Mike at Dawn Eden's post about Planned Parenthood boasting about hiding a rape of an 11-year old girl ... provides links to and partial transcripts of audiofiles of the phone calls made to 73 Planned Parenthoods--including that nefarious Golden Gate PP--and 20 other abortion clinics in California alone.
Oh, and they've removed that boast from their website, as predicted.
Oh, and Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon has a similar boast:
I was raped at 11 years of age, became pregnant and was able to have an abortion with my parent's consent through Planned Parenthood. Thank you for being there for me throughout the years.Although there are admittedly fewer details, it still is heinous that they'd brag about "helping" an 11-year-old rape victim to a second violent act, i.e., abortion, as though PP was such a bunch of heroes.
- Grants Pass Clinic Client
Thanks to our reader Susan Swander in this comment to our earlier post on this.
Now let's go to the audiotape! ...(apologies to Warner Wolf)
"It's really amazing how folks here are arguing ferociously about this case (on both sides) when we have NO IDEA WHAT THE FACTS ARE."The transcript actually gets worse:
OK, here are the facts. Planned Parenthood hides sexual crimes against minor girls AS A MATTER OF POLICY.
You probably aren't aware of this because the pro-abortion mainstream media simply refused to give it any coverage, but a group called Life Dynamics recently did a phone sting that revealed that PP routinely breaks the law requiring them to report the rape of minors.
You can hear some of these calls for yourself at: http://tapes.yeson73.net/
They called 800 clinics (mostly PP clinics) posing as a 13-year-old girl. In each call the "13 year old" told the clinic staff that she was 13, her boyfriend was 22 and that she wanted an abortion so that her parents wouldn't find out that her 22-year-old-boyfriend had impregnated her.
The vast majority of clinics made NO ATTEMPT to contact authorities or ascertain the identity of the 22-year-old rapist.
A quote from the President of Life Dynamics:
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Planned Parenthood in the hot seat
Antiabortion activists charge reproductive rights
groups with 'abetting sexual predators'
Are the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the National Abortion Federation aiding and abetting sexual predators? That's the charge being hurled at both reproductive rights organizations by the Denton, Texas-based Life Dynamics, Inc. Moreover, it's a charge being picked up by a number of mainstream media outlets across the country.
For years, abortion providers have come under attack on numerous fronts by antiabortion organizations. In its report, "Child Predators: Exposing the Partnership Between Planned Parenthood, The National Abortion Federation and Men Who Sexually Abuse Underage Girls," Life Dynamics claims that through an extensive undercover operation it has "uncovered irrefutable evidence that both…[organizations] — often operating on taxpayer dollars — knowingly conceal... crimes while aiding and abetting the sexual predators who commit them."
Over the years, Life Dynamics, Inc., headed by longtime antiabortion activist Mark Crutcher, has focused on litigation against abortion clinics and providers. Its new website, ChildPredators.com, is dedicated to "educat[ing] children and parents who may have been victimized by these organizations." The main allegation is: "Abortion providers and agencies that refer for abortion are underreporting the incidence of statutory rape, a form of sexual abuse, that regularly comes to their attention during the provision of abortion 'family planning services' to girls that are under the age of consent."
Researchers at Life Dynamics "conducted" what they called "a covert survey," placing telephone calls to more than 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities throughout the country. Each caller pretended to be a 13-year-old girl who had gotten pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend. The caller claimed she "wanted an abortion because she and her boyfriend did not want her parents to find out about the sexual relationship."
"In every call," the Life Dynamics report claims "the ages of the girl and her boyfriend were made perfectly clear. It was also made clear that the motivation for the abortion was to conceal this illicit sexual activity from the girl's parents and the authorities. Additionally, our caller never said a single thing that might suggest that her parents would become abusive if they discovered her sexual activity."
The survey's results were "appalling," says the report. "Even though many of these clinic workers openly acknowledged to our caller that this situation was illegal and that they were required to report it to the state, the overwhelming majority readily agreed to conceal this illegal sexual activity.
"Some employees of these organizations even coached our caller on how to avoid detection, how to circumvent parental involvement laws and what to say or not say when she came to the clinic. In a significant number of instances she was encouraged to lie about — or conceal — her age or her boyfriend's age or to give false names. One of the clinic representatives who acknowledged that she was required by state law to inform at least one of our caller's parents in writing that their daughter was seeking an abortion, went on to advise our caller that the best way to hide this from her parents was to use a fictitious address when she checked-in for her abortion.
"During these calls it was not uncommon for the Planned Parenthood or National Abortion Federation representative to warn our caller that if someone were to find out about this situation her boyfriend could go to jail. In those situations it was unmistakable that our caller was being instructed to be more careful about what information she gave out and to whom. It was also not uncommon for the employee to interrupt our caller when she started talking about her age or the age of her boyfriend. On those occasions, the obvious indication was that the employee did not want to hear this information.
"In other calls the facility employee advised our caller that she had already provided too much information for them to be able to help her. In those instances, she would often be given the number of another family planning facility and encouraged to tell a different story when she called there. At times, this advice was quite specific with the employee telling her exactly what to say — or not say — to the people she talked to at the second facility."
Mike | Email | Homepage | 12.14.05 - 4:00 pm | #
As it turns out, our friends at PP of Golden Gate were part of the phone sting I mentioned above. Hear the call here:
CALLER: Okay. Well, do you know -- I'm just really worried about everything because like, well, my friend told me that since like I'm going to be 14 in March and she said that they would have to tell my parents, but my boyfriend's 22. Could he just sign whatever it is, and they wouldn't have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: You're going to be 14 years old?
CLINIC: No. You don't need parental consent.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: At all at any age. It doesn't matter.
CALLER: So my boyfriend would sign, or --
CLINIC: No, your boyfriend doesn't have to sign anything.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
CLINIC: You would do everything.
Mike | Email | Homepage | 12.14.05 - 4:07 pm | #
CALLER: Okay. Well, me and my boyfriend were talking about all this and we don't want anyone to know about us. Would you guys have to say anything?The clinic person eventually refers her on up to a manager who dances around this reporting issue with garbage about "consensual" and "don't tell us how old he is and we won't ask you," trying her darnedest to not lose this sale:
CLINIC: No. Everything's confidential.
CLINIC: But if he is 22 and you're 13, well, I don't know if you'd really want to bring him to -- does he look that old?
CALLER: Oh, I don't know.
CLINIC: Hi. You know, your question is a difficult question to answer just, you know, absolutely. First and foremost, we're not -- we want to encourage that you do seek the care that you need.Gee. 73 Planned Parenthoods and 20 other abortion clinics in California...Southwestern Oregon Planned Parenthood...Planned Parenthood of Bridgeport, Connecticut...
CLINIC: And with sensitive services you can receive services without parental notification. However, under other circumstances there might be another referral necessary to CPS if in fact there are certain factors. One is --
CALLER: Who is that?
CLINIC: Well, one, we want to make certain that it is consensual on your --
CALLER: Well, yeah. I mean, we're in love. We're going to get married.
CLINIC: And then sometimes there is an age disparity of concern, so if somebody is greater than, you know, 19 and you are less than -- or 14 -- there's an age difference between the two of you that are greater, that might be an indication to have further review with you just to make sure that in fact that this is consensual and that you're not at risk.
CALLER: Well, could my boyfriend come in with me for a pregnancy test?
CLINIC: Yes, he can. Uh-huh.
CALLER: Okay. But would you have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Well, that's why, again, I want to be clear and not give you mixed messages.
CLINIC: That if there is a greater risk and concern that it, in fact it's not consensual, then an outside referral will be given.
CALLER: Oh. Well, what do you mean? Like, what outside referral?
CLINIC: Child Protective Services.
CALLER: Oh. Well, what would happen?
CLINIC: It's a, what we call an informal referral, and they may or may not notify you or your parents.
CALLER: They could notify my parents?
CLINIC: Well, again, it's not considered a high alert if in fact you have indicated that it is consensual.
CALLER: Well, yeah. But -- but okay.
CLINIC: But I can't tell you absolutely we won't make that referral.
CLINIC: That's why I'm telling you, you know, straight, the way it may be.
CALLER: Well, what if it turned out that I wasn't pregnant?
CLINIC: He's an adult and you're a minor, and so based by law that's a whole different jurisdiction.
CLINIC: Do you understand what I'm saying?
CALLER: Yeah. I think so.
CLINIC: Because you are how old?
CALLER: I'll be 14 in March.
CLINIC: Okay, and he is how old?
CALLER: He's 22.
CLINIC: Yeah. The age difference in that in and of itself is a concern.
CALLER: Okay. Well, if it ended up that I wasn't pregnant, would you have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: Well, no, I can't say that absolutely either. But I'm just letting you know that if certain information is disclosed, meaning that if you come forward and tell us, we have a certain obligation to do an informal referral.
CALLER: Okay. So if I didn't tell you, you wouldn't have to tell anybody?
CLINIC: That's correct.
Ya think there's a p a t t e r n here...?
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