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HHS rule requires Planned Parenthood / TitleX recipients report sexual abuse

Posted in Center for Medical Progress, HHS, National Abortion Federation, Sexual Assault and abortion, Title X with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2018 by saynsumthn

Don’t be fooled: Requiring Planned Parenthood to report sexual abuse is a good thing

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a proposed rule change to the federal Title X family planning program in the Federal Register, which reiterates the requirement that recipients and subrecipients of those tax dollars must, by law, report sexual abuse, including child sexual abuse and sex trafficking. The move comes on the heels of an investigative report and docuseries published by Live Action, which reveals a systemic decades-long sexual abuse cover-up by Planned Parenthood, one of the largest recipients to Title X funds.

As Live Action News has previously documentedTitle X requires recipients of the government dollars to comply with all federal and state laws involving the reporting of sexual abuse. In 2015 alone, 474 of the organization’s facilities received funding from the federal program.

Image: Sex Abuse coverup at Planned Parenthood report Aiding Abusers

Sex Abuse coverup at Planned Parenthood report Aiding Abusers

 

Live Action’s alarming investigative report opens with this statement from a sexual abuse victim taken to Planned Parenthood for an abortion to cover the predator’s crime:

She’s out there. Somewhere. A girl just like me. Somewhere there’s a young innocent girl – barely a teenager. And right now, she’s suffering from the horrors of sexual abuse at the hands of an adult as I did. Somewhere ‘that girl’ is getting raped. Like I was. Impregnated. Like I was. And she may be taken to a Planned Parenthood abortion center. Like I was. ‘That girl’ may actually be telling Planned Parenthood that she’s being abused. Probably by her boyfriend. In my case, I was abused by my own father. …For six years, Planned Parenthood did everything possible to try to defeat my [legal] claims and drown out my message that, when Planned Parenthood knows or suspects that a young girl is being sexually abused, it must meet its duties under the law and immediately report that abuse to the proper authorities. …We can all get behind cases like mine. Because they’re out there. I know they’re out there. You know they’re out there. Planned Parenthood knows they’re out there.

https://youtu.be/E-Z8KlRUn6A

Live Action’s report, “Aiding Abusers, Planned Parenthood’s cover-up of child sexual abuse,” also includes a few horrific cases documenting Planned Parenthood’s complicity in covering child sexual abuse:

• Denise Fairbanks had been sexually abused by her father since she was 13. When she became pregnant at age 16, he forced her to have an abortion at Planned Parenthood. Although she told the staff that he was raping her, they refused to report the incident. Instead, they sent her home with him, where he continued to abuse her for another year-and-a-half.
• George Savanah had repeatedly raped his daughter and impregnated her when she was 14, 16, and 17 years old, each time taking her to Planned Parenthood and forcing her to get an abortion. Planned Parenthood neglected to report any of the three suspicious incidents to authorities.
• Timothy David Smith had sexually abused his stepdaughter for seven years and took her to Planned Parenthood when she became pregnant at age 13. Planned Parenthood committed an abortion without notifying her parents and without reporting the suspected abuse to authorities as required by Colorado law.
• Planned Parenthood committed an abortion on a 12-year-old girl at the request of her 23-year-old foster brother, who was also her abuser. Shawn Michael Stevens took her home afterwards and continued to rape her. Planned Parenthood not only neglected to notify authorities, but also failed to notify the victim’s foster parents about the abortion.

Though Live Action has exclusively documented many of Planned Parenthood’s failures and cover-ups, Live Action’s investigative report includes information gleaned from other groups who have participated in legal actions or contributions to the public record, including “reams of documents from lawsuits, court filings, and regulatory agency reports.” Those groups include Alliance Defending Freedom, Life Legal Defense Foundation, Life Dynamics, Americans United for Life, and others.

Image: June 2018 TitleX Proposed Rule Comment Federal Registry

June 2018 TitleX Proposed Rule Comment Federal Registry

The proposed Title X rule change indicates that Planned Parenthood and other recipients of Title X funds cannot hide behind “confidentiality” to skirt state and federal laws. It states in part:

As discussed above, Title X grantees and subrecipients are required to comply with all State and local laws requiring notification or reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, incest, and the like. Section 59.11 currently provides that personal information may not be disclosed absent consent by the individual, except to provide treatment, or as required by law, “with appropriate safeguards for confidentiality.” To ensure that Title X grantees and subrecipients comply with applicable reporting requirements, the proposed rule would clarify that concerns about confidentiality of information may not be used as a rationale for noncompliance with such reporting laws.

Under Section 59.17: Compliance With Reporting Requirements, the proposal adds:

New provision § 59.17 would address explicitly the requirement for Title X projects to comply with all State and local laws regarding the notification or reporting of crimes involving sexual exploitation, child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, incest, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 included the following provision: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no provider of services under Title X of the Public Health Service Act shall be exempt from any State law requiring notification or the reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest.” This provision is consistent with language that has been included in appropriations acts for HHS since fiscal year 1999...

The rule also includes, “those State or local laws respecting intimate partner violence and human trafficking because such criminal activities would be encompassed within the categories of crime enumerated in the Appropriations Act (“child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest”)… Title X grantees and subrecipients have an affirmative obligation to comply with notification or reporting requirements; merely being aware of such requirements is insufficient to comply with the law.”

One might assume that reporting abuse, specifically child sexual abuse, is not an unreasonable requirement for agencies receiving tax dollars. But in a time of intolerance toward the enabling of sexual abuse brought on in part by the MeToo and TimesUp movements, Planned Parenthood continues to receive these taxpayer funds, despite mounting evidencethat they protect abusers by failing to report abuse, often in violation of the law.

Image: George Savannah sex predator took victim to Planned Parenthood

George Savannah sex predator took victim to Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has little interest in identifying the age of partners of minor children who seek their services. And in a 2008 Live Action investigation, when directly told that an adult is having sex with an underaged minor, Planned Parenthood employees have been shown coach potential sexual abuse victims to lie about the age of their abusers:

In addition, undercover footage captured by the Center for Medical Progress reveals that other abortion providers find mandatory reporting laws unreasonable. In footage now removed from YouTube, a National Abortion Federation abortion provider bemoaned the law as forcing abortion businesses to be a “state actor.” A transcript of the comments were captured by the blog Clinic Quotes, as follows:

[…]these regulations that we all are so familiar in working with fighting with now, challenge the moral agency of physicians. Because they turn physicians into agents of the state. We’re familiar with this with very vulnerable populations, such as making physicians mandatory reporters for child abuse, but it puts them in that same role as a state actor, saying what the state wants them to say or doing what the state wants them to do. It’s a conscription of physicians to perform state actions. In my opinion, if the state wants these things, they should print state flyers and appoint state employees to do these things, rather than force the physicians to do it on the state’s behalf.

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CMP NAF abortion provider calls requirement they are mandatory reporters “state actors”

Under HHS’ proposed rules, deliberate skirting of mandatory reporting laws would no longer be acceptable. The rule states:

Some practitioners have proposed that providers avoid soliciting or determining the age of the adolescent or the age of their sexual partner as a means of assuring the adolescent of confidential services and, thus, avoiding the potential responsibility of reporting. But Title X exempts neither Title X clinics nor Title X healthcare providers from their responsibility to comply with State and local reporting laws. Sexual exploitation, abuse, or assault (including statutory rape) are crimes that affect individuals, families, and communities. Title X projects should lead the Nation in protecting those who are vulnerable to sexual abuse, rape, and assault; in developing protocols to identify clients who may be at risk for sexual abuse; in counseling teens on, and in producing programs and materials that assist teens in, resisting sexual exploitation, abuse, and coercion; and in assuring appropriate support and management of teens (and women) who have been exploited, abused or coerced into unequal sexual partnerships.

According to former staffers, Planned Parenthood has looked the other way for years when abuse victims entered their doors. Live Action’s investigative report quotes some of these whistleblowers, including Monica Cline, former health educator who worked with Planned Parenthood in Texas and New Mexico:

“[Planned Parenthood workers] adopted George Bush’s ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ [policy]… If we don’t ask how old her partner is, we don’t have to tell. And so Planned Parenthood actually allows victims of human trafficking to continue to be victims of human trafficking. And they’re okay with that. I went back to my office and I told my supervisor, listen, I’m trying to teach them about key concepts on Title X; they’re admitting that they’re not going to report cases of statutory rape.”

https://youtu.be/igQlxvXdn4s

Statements like this are a reason HHS has added in the proposed rule:

Through the proposed rule, the Department would require, as a condition of receiving Title X funding, that a project provide assurance that it has a plan in place to comply with State and local laws requiring notification or reporting and maintains appropriate documentation of compliance with these reporting requirements… It would require that Title X grantees and subrecipients have in place a plan that demonstrates that the grantee and any subrecipients are aware of what specific reporting requirements apply to them in their State (or jurisdiction), and provide adequate training for all personnel with respect to these requirements and how such reports are to be made.

In addition, Title X projects would be required to conduct a preliminary screening of any teen who presents with an STD, pregnancy, or suspicion of abuse in order to rule out victimization of a minor. Such screening would be required with respect to any individual who is under the age of consent in the jurisdiction in which the individual receives Title X services. If positively diagnosed, projects are permitted to also treat STDs.

“Even in the rare situation where Planned Parenthood may attempt to argue that it has no legal obligation to report a specific instance of suspected sexual abuse, most people would agree that adults in a position of authority have a moral obligation to do so, especially when the abuse involves minors,” Live Action’s report states, noting, “Despite the evidence that this reporting problem seems to be part of Planned Parenthood’s culture and a ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy regarding underage pregnancies seems to be prevalent throughout the organization, Planned Parenthood affiliates continue to receive Title X funding and children continue to remain trapped in abusive situations.”

Because of this, the HHS proposed rule § 59.17 would “require grantees and subrecipients to maintain records that would identify, among other things, the age of any minor clients served, the age of their sexual partner(s) where required by law, and what reports or notifications were made to appropriate State agencies. The Department would use this documentation to ensure appropriate compliance with State and local reporting requirements.”

The public has until July 31, 2018 to file a comment, here or here.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Congressman to HHS Secretary on Planned Parenthood funding: unconscionable what are we going to do about this?

Posted in HHS, Planned Parenthood HHS, Title X with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2015 by saynsumthn

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, was recently grilled by lawmakers on her department’s funding of millions of federal dollars to Planned Parenthood following videos exposing their baby parts operation.

HHS Secretary Burwell

In the hearing on “Reviewing the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services” conducted this week on ObamaCare, the HHS secretary denied that she could do anything to defund the abortion business.

Planned Parenthood has come under fire after three videos were released by the Center for Medical Progress showing the callous way the abortion giant haggles over prices of baby body parts from children they abort, possibly using an illegal procedure, once defended by Hillary Clinton, called Partial Birth Abortion.

You can watch the videos on this blog here, here, and here.

In the Congressional hearing, Secretary Burwell was specifically questioned by two Congressmen who said that they are receiving numerous calls concerned about this issue.

A transcript of the exchange is below:

Congressman Steve Russell: “Given that HHS Provides significant TitleX funding to Planned Parenthood, do you believe personally that the harvesting of infant body parts to be moral.”

Russell Planned Parenthood Title X Planned Parenthood

Burwell: “So, as I said, this is an issue that has, an important issue that has strong passions and strong beliefs abut the important of the research and other beliefs. And what I think is important is that our HHS funding is focused on the issues of preventative care for women. Things like mammograms and cancer prevention screenings. With regard to our relationship there. With regard to the other issues the Attorney General I think right now is under review to make determinations as to what is the appropriate next step.”

She is then grilled again by U.S. Rep. Rick Allen.

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U.S. Rep. Rick Allen: “What I want to zero in on is this Planned Parenthood thing. And, I would like some commitment from you here today, on when your department will conduct an investigation on this very very serious matter. Not only is it unconscionable but they’re breaking the law. And it’s a big issue with the people of this country. I mean it’s what I hear about every day. What are we going to do about this? Can you tell me when we’re going to do something about that? ”

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Burwell “With regard to the Planned Parenthood issue, um as I said this is an important issue one that there is passion and emotion and belief on many sides of the issue and I want to respect that. With regard to our funding, I think you know, we do not fund abortions at the Federal Government – except- that the Hyde exception has been in place for many years.

“Our funding for Planned Parenthood is in another issue. With regard to the issue you raised, which is a question of whether it’s a legal issue and there are laws, and they’re are statutes that guide the use of fetal tissue that are in place and should be enforced.

“With regard to investigating or looking into those issues, I said because it is a statutory/legal issue the Department of Justice and the Attorney General has said she has taken those issues under review and will determine what the appropriate next step is.”

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen: “And that would include your investigation, I mean it should be like all hands on deck on this thing?”

BurwellWith regard to the question of a legal matter and I defer to our colleagues at the Justice Department, we will support them in anything they need or want from us and we always do that, but with regard to making those decisions, the question of an investigation of a legal matter…”

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen: Interrupted: “So you don’t have personnel that can look into this?”

“With regard to what we do have at the Department of HHS is this is not an issue in terms of us funding this specific issue. When we do have issues…”

Burwell “You deal with Medicare fraud…”

He is then stopped because his time for questions had expired.

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Life Dynamics has documented that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently granted $18.75 million in federal money to Planned Parenthood from the Office of Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) under HHS.

Read that here.

In addition to those federal dollars, Life Dynamics has also reported that an additional 5.6 million dollars in federal money was allocated to various Planned Parenthood affiliates under a teen prevention program run by HHS.

Read that here.

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Burwell claims that the HHS fudning is for the prevention of pregnancy, but Life Dynamics president Mark Crutcher has told OneNewsNow that Planned Parenthood is not interested in reducing the number of teen pregnancies rather they only want to reduce the number of teens that actually have their babies.

What you have to understand is that Planned Parenthood’s interest is not in reducing the number of teenage girls that get pregnant,” Crutcher alleges.

It’s in reducing the number of teenage girls that have babies, and those are two totally different things which they often try to sell as the same thing.”

Crutcher and his team recently documented again how Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry cover child rape.

The latest report, entitled, “The Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse” gives horrific criminal case summaries of pedophiles who used abortion to cover their crimes. When sexual rapists take their young victims to an abortion facility or Planned Parenthood center they know that the chances they will be reported to authorities are slim.

The report also shows how the failure of abortion and Planned Parenthood clinics to comply with mandatory reporting laws is harming these minors who are often returned into the arms of their abusers after the abortion.

You can read that report if full here.

Planned Parenthood’s Get Real sex-ed approved for HHS programs list

Posted in Planned Parenthood sex ed with tags , , , , , , , on February 6, 2015 by saynsumthn

On February 5, 2015 the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released updates and new additions to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review and evidence-based programs list.

Get Real US Dept of Health

The revised list of 37 programs now includes GET REAL a curriculum developed by abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

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Get Real is a sex education program for middle and high school students and was developed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

Get Real Planned Parenthood Middle School

The Get Real middle school curriculum is a three-year program comprising a total of 27 lessons—9 lessons delivered in each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Get Real Planned Parenthood High School

The Get Real high school curriculum is a one-year program comprising eight required and three optional lessons for 9th or 10th grade students.

PP Get Real ABout

Ironically, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts “about us” on the website that promotes Get Real leaves out the fact that they do abortions.

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The truth is that Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, which has locations in Greater Boston, Central Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, Somerville, Fitchburg, Marlborough, and Milford which perform abortion up to 18 weeks.

And..now they have greater access to your kids!

A disclaimer on the HHS website states, “The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review does not examine curriculum content to make assessments about whether a program is medically or scientifically accurate, or inclusive of populations that are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. Meeting the Evidence Review criteria does not indicate HHS endorsement of a program model.”

Obama Nominates Former Director of Gates Foundation for HHS Secretary

Posted in Bill Gates, Burwell, Health Care, ObamaCare with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2014 by saynsumthn

Sylvia BurwellThe former President of the Global Development Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been nominated by President Obama as the new Health and Human Services Secretary after Kathleen Sebelius resigned on Thursday.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001 and left in 2011, saying that she wanted to be closer to aging parents.

Image Credit Washington Post

Image Credit Washington Post

Burwell was the Gates Foundation’s president of the Global Development Program beginning in 2006 and served as chief operating officer from 2001 to 2006. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Burwell served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget under the Clinton Administration. Burwell joined the Clinton administration in December 1992 after serving as the Deputy Director of Economic Policy for the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign, and then as the manager of the President-elect’s Economic Transition Team. She served as Staff Director for the National Economic Council from 1993 to 1995, Chief of Staff to Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Robert Rubin from 1995 to 1997. Burwell served in the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton from 1997 to 1998, where she supervised the work of the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, Council on Environmental Quality, and the White House offices of Public Liaison, Intergovernmental Affairs, Press and Communications.

In 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Burwell to lead the Office of Management and Budget. At that time Burwell was the Wal-Mart Foundation’s philanthropic director.

Harvard Poll: Americans don’t trust public health officials to tell them about H1N1 vaccine safety

Posted in Constitution, Health Care, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by saynsumthn

People aren’t sure they’ll get swine flu vaccine, poll says

Only four out of 10 adults are absolutely certain they will get swine flu shots once they are available and only a little over half will get their children vaccinated, according to a Harvard poll released today. But others might change their minds, which could put pressure on vaccination delivery.

Among the people who said they wouldn’t get the flu shots for themselves or their children, about 6 in 10 said they might reconsider if people in their community were sick or dying from swine flu. Also known as H1N1, the strain emerged last spring and has so far sickened an estimated 20,000 people in Massachusetts, including 12 who have died.

These findings suggest that public health officials need to be prepared for a surge in demand for the H1N1 vaccine if the H1N1 flu becomes more severe,” Robert J. Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a statement released with the poll.

When asked why they weren’t planning to get flu shots, people said they were worried about side effects or not concerned about catching the flu. Parents also said they were concerned about their children getting other illnesses from the vaccine and didn’t trust public health officials to tell them about vaccine safety.

Only a third of adults think the swine flu vaccine is safe, compared to a little more than half who think seasonal flu vaccine is safe.

The poll is the fifth is a series of public opinion surveys about swine flu. Conducted by telephone from Sept. 14 through 20, it has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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According to the Harvard Poll:

Major Reasons for Not Getting Vaccine or Being Unsure

Those who were not “absolutely certain” they will get the H1N1 vaccine cited the following as the top “major” reasons for their thinking: (1) they are concerned about getting side effects from the vaccine (30%); (2) they don’t think they are at risk of getting a serious case of the illness (28%); and (3) they think they could get medication to treat H1N1 if they do get sick (26%). The top “major” reasons cited by parents who are not “absolutely sure” they will get the vaccine are that (1) they are concerned about side effects of the vaccine (38%); (2) they are concerned that their children could get other illnesses from the vaccine (33%); and (3) they do not trust public health officials to provide correct information about the safety of the vaccine (31%).

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty about what people will ultimately do in terms of getting the vaccine. If public health officials want to encourage a larger number of people to get vaccinated this fall, they will need to address the public’s concerns in the coming weeks,” said Blendon.

Safety Concerns

At this point in time, only about a third (33%) of the public sees the H1N1 vaccine as very safe “generally for most people to take.” By comparison, the figure is 57% for the seasonal flu vaccine. A smaller fraction of the public thinks the H1N1 vaccine is very safe for particular groups to take, including children ages 6 months to 2 years (18%) and pregnant women (13%). The Centers for Disease Control is encouraging these groups, among others, to get the vaccine as early as possible.

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New York is the first state to mandate health care workers receive the vaccine and the CDC is considering a nationwide federal mandate for workers in the health care field to prevent the spread of the flu.

At a demonstration outside of Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, New York, Gail Sloan, a RN tells Bloomberg, “I object to the government telling me what shots I’ve got to take,” said Gail Sloan, a registered nurse in the emergency room at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, New York. “The vaccine has been pushed by drug companies and I don’t think it has been fully tested.

In Seattle, 16,000 registered nurses and their union, the Washington State Nurses Association, has filed a federal lawsuit against MultiCare Health System for mandating a flu vaccination policy. Nurses have the option to wear face masks or face losing their jobs, reports KOMO News.

The policy is being implemented at Tacoma General and Good Samaritan hospitals. The union feels that any mandatory policy should be overseen by the state or federal government, not the hospitals on their own.

Liability

Because vaccines are not considered lucrative for drug makers, since the 1980s the government has encouraged production by offering protection to vaccine makers from lawsuits that result from any injuries. Last July, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the H1N1 makers will be protected as well.

Read more: http://www.injuryboard.com/national-news/40-percent-will-not-be-vaccinated-says-harvard-poll-.aspx?googleid=272104#ixzz0T5xM7hLS