|NUMBER 280||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||MAY 2009|
|Planned Parenthood Suppresses Evidence of Statutory Rape|
The Mona Lisa Project's latest undercover video shows Live Action president Lila Rose, a 20-year-old UCLA student, meeting with a counselor at Planned Parenthood in Memphis, Tennessee. Rose told the counselor that she was 14 years old and was pregnant after sex with her 31-year-old "boyfriend." Rose said that she needed a secret abortion, bypassing Tennessee's parental consent requirement, to prevent her parents from finding out about her sexual relationship with this much older man. Tennessee Code 37-1-605 requires health care professionals to immediately report suspected statutory rape or other sexual abuse of minors.
"Look, if we keep up this conversation I'm gonna have to talk to my manager and yeah, [your boyfriend]'s gonna get in trouble," the Planned Parenthood counselor tells Rose in the video. "I'm not gonna tell anybody, OK?" she promises, asking Rose also to keep the conversation secret. She goes on to advise Rose to lie to the judge in order to obtain the necessary exemption from Tennessee's parental consent law for abortion. "Don't mention it. Just say you have a boyfriend 17 years old . . . whatever."
"This is the sixth clinic we have recorded that manipulates the law and covers up sexual abuse," says Lila Rose. "Planned Parenthood's abortion-first mentality makes it operate as an advocate for terrible crimes against children. What more do authorities need to see before holding this organization accountable for its institutionalized indifference to statutory rape and sexual abuse of children?" (http://liveaction.org/memphis/)