“As horrific and indefensible as the pedophile priest situation is, in sheer numbers it pales when compared to what’s happening within America’s family planning establishment,” Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher.
Today, Life Dynamics, Inc., a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas has announced that they are launching a national litigation plan to educate attorneys on how they can help stop the scandal of family planning centers covering up for men who rape children.
Last week, Life Dynamics released the second part of their child predator investigation which covers actual criminal cases against pedophiles who used abortion to cover their crimes.
The report, entitled, “The Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse”, clearly proves that the failure of family planning clinics to comply with mandatory reporting laws is having profound, real-world consequences for the victims of child sexual abuse.
Now, Life Dynamics is showing attorneys the opportunities that exist in this area of law and how to litigate these cases.
Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher, explains, “In all 50 states, sexual activity with underage children is illegal. Every state also has mandatory reporting statutes that compel the reporting of reasonable suspicions of child sexual abuse to a designated law enforcement or child protective services agency. That entity is then responsible to investigate in order to determine whether a sexual offense has occurred. Those who are classified as mandatory reporters vary from state to state, but in every jurisdiction healthcare workers are included. The responsibility for determining that an underage girl has, or has not, been a victim of sexual abuse lies solely with the state. Healthcare workers have no obligation and no authority to investigate suspicions of child sexual abuse or make decisions about whether a crime has been committed. Whatever conclusions they might draw relative to these situations are unrelated to their mandatory reporting duties.”
Life Dynamics tells interested attorneys that Forbes Magazine once described sexual abuse litigation as “The Next Wave of Litigation.” In the article, Massachusetts trial attorney, Roderick MacLeish, Jr., stated that, “There is an absolute explosion of sexual abuse litigation, and there will continue to be. This is going to be a huge business.”
Crutcher elaborates on how this applies to litigation against family planning clinics, “America’s high rate of teen pregnancy is being driven by an epidemic of illicit sexual contact between underage girls and adult males. Life Dynamics has shown that this tragedy is being abetted by family planning service providers affiliated with organizations like Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation. The focus of the Forbes article was limited to the pedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church and it failed to see the much larger picture. As horrific and indefensible as the pedophile priest situation is, in sheer numbers it pales when compared to what’s happening within America’s family planning establishment. Every day, these organizations have contact with thousands of sexually active minor girls – the majority of whom are victims of illegal sexual abuse. This scandal allows the abuse to continue with physical and emotional consequences that can be devastating for the victims. Representing the children and parents victimized by these groups fits the business model outlined in the article.”
Life Dynamics explains that in addition to the various criminal charges that could be brought against someone who violates mandatory reporting statutes, civil causes of action exist for, or on behalf of, any child who suffers physical or psychological injuries after being denied the protection of these statutes.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits could be the minor child, her parents, or both.
The Texas organization has outlined possible civil remedies: ( Note this is a partial list. To see the full list visit the Attorney Project page on the Child Predators website !)
Tortious Interference with Parental Rights: It is common for family planning service providers to assist, or even encourage, minor children to conceal their sexual activity from their parents. Even in states that allow children to receive family planning services without the knowledge of their parents, providers of these services are still required to comply with mandatory reporting statutes. The agency that investigates the report could determine that an interview with the child’s parents is warranted. Therefore, anyone who violates the mandatory reporting statutes may be interfering with the parent-child relationship by denying the parents an opportunity to act in the best interests of their child.
Kidnapping or False Imprisonment: Taking a child without the authority of the child’s parents or guardian is kidnapping. Holding or confining a child without lawful authority is false imprisonment. This applies to any school district or state agency that takes a child for family planning services without her parent’s knowledge. Further, when a child is brought to a family planning service provider by anyone other than her parent or guardian, and the provider “keeps” her in the facility for the benefit of another (such as an adult who is having sexual relations with her) the facility becomes party to the tortious conduct. The cause of action is not related to the provision of services, but the circumstance under which the services are provided.
Civil Rights Violations: Whenever a reporting statute is violated, the girl involved is denied the protection of a law that was specifically intended to protect her. When that violation is by a state agency, a family planning services provider, or under color of law, a civil rights cause of action may exist. Statutory violations become civil rights issues when it can be demonstrated that the victim class is disproportionately made up of minorities.
In this case, it is well established that family planning service providers target minority communities, apply for government funds on that basis, and locate a disproportionate number of their facilities in or near those communities. The result is that African-American females now have abortions at a rate more than three times that of white females. Therefore, an underage girl may be less likely to have her sexual abuse investigated if she is black than if she is white.
Class Actions: Life Dynamics’ research shows that among family planning service providers, violations of mandatory reporting statutes are seldom, if ever, isolated events. Depending on the location of the facility and the demographic makeup of the clientele, Life Dynamics knows that the non-reporting rate generally exceeds 90 percent. In fact, during one of the undercover calls conducted by Life Dynamics, to family planning centers, a counselor volunteered to our caller that the facility she worked for had “never reported anyone.”
Clearly, this behavior opens the door for class action suits. The rules for bringing this type of litigation vary among state and federal courts and the qualification of the client as a representative member of a class will be determined by these factors.
Crutcher concludes, “Evidence needed to pursue litigation against family planning service providers is both current and readily available. Data put out by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation proves that they have had contact with hundreds of thousands of sexually active underage girls every year for more than three decades, and government documentation confirms those figures. The data also shows that in only a tiny fraction of these instances were reports of suspected abuse made.
“Since we began releasing the details of our investigation, neither of these organizations has altered their practices regarding this issue. The result is that the flaunting of mandatory reporting laws that we originally documented continues unabated. Given that they provide services to several thousand sexually active underage girls every day, it is clear that the number of potential plaintiffs is enormous and growing daily.”
Life Dynamics says that whether attorneys are seasoned personal injury attorneys with an established practice, or one that is just getting started, their organizations’ litigation support services are offered free of charge.
To assist attorneys further, Life Dynamics has created a sample television spot and has offered to help create professional radio, television and print ads, as well.
Interested personal injury attorneys can call Mark Crutcher or Renee Hobbs at 940-380-8800 or contact them by e-mail at: Mark@ProLifeAmerica.com or Renee@Pro-LifeAmerica.com.
For more information, please read Life Dynamics’ litigation plan at the Child Predators website here:
For an interview contact Life Dynamics here (940) 380-8800
About Life Dynamics http://www.lifedynamics.com
Mark Crutcher’s Bio http://www.lifedynamics.com/Pro-life_Group/Prolife_Activist/
Visit the Attorney Project page here: http://www.childpredators.com/the-attorney-project/
Read the Litigation Plan here: http://www.childpredators.com/the-plan/
Read the latest report here http://www.childpredators.com/cases/