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WATCH: Attorney describes Planned Parenthood’s appalling treatment of abuse victims

Posted in Abortion and Sexual Assault, child abuse, child predator, Live Action, Planned Parenthood Employee, Planned Parenthood fails to report rape, Planned Parenthood lawsuit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2018 by saynsumthn

Image: Attorney Brian Hurley sued Planned Parenthood for covering child sexual abuse

The latest in a series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s complicity in covering child sexual abuse features an attorney who represented actual victims of the abortion corporation’s “don’t ask/don’t tell” policies on reporting sexual abuse. The interview, conducted by Live Action, comes at a time when society has demanded that organizations who are complicit in covering sexual abuse be held to account. This call has been loud in the media, politics, Hollywood, and sports. The one place this has been glossed over and nearly ignored has been with regard to Planned Parenthood’s complicity.

The “Prosecution” video in Live Action’s multi-part series, Aiding Abusers, opens with a statement by Steven Spielberg addressing the sexual abuse scandal in Hollywood that catapulted the #MeToo movement: “The other thing we have to think about is this: Hollywood and celebrity gets a lot of recognition. You can’t just think of this as a Hollywood problem. And we can’t forget the people that can’t afford attorneys. We can’t forget those people that are afraid to come out to say what happened to them because they have nobody to represent them or to stand up for them. I am more concerned about that group than I am about the celebrities that are being exposed and immediately get a huge amount of attention…. [T]hese kind of crimes of sexual assault are happening daily.”

Image: Steven Spielberg in Aiding Abusers video from Live Action

Steven Spielberg (Image: Screen shot from Aiding Abusers video published by Live Action)

What the Hollywood producer said is especially true when it comes to Planned Parenthood’s victims of abuse cover-up. This multi-million dollar tax funded organization has influence in very powerful circles like the media, Hollywood, and political power structures, outed for covering abuse in the past.

No one knows this more than Ohio litigator Brian Hurley, Esq., whose track record of going after those complicit in covering up sexual abuse is stellar. Hurley dared to face off against Planned Parenthood to defend the young victims of abuse covered-up by this powerful organization. He also once brought charges against the Catholic Church for its role in covering up the sexual abuse of young boys, and later brought two civil cases against Planned Parenthood for covering up the rape of teenage girls.

“I’m a devout Catholic, and I believe the Catholic Church had to be taken to task for what it did and didn’t do with respect to the abuse of boys, mostly boys,” Hurley told Live Action News. “And I was proud as being part of a prosecuting attorney’s office that we brought claims – charges – against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for its conduct. And I think it gave me credibility.”

But Hurley noted nothing would prepare him for what would take place when he agreed to represent two victims of Planned Parenthood’s sexual abuse cover-up. Hurley said that Planned Parenthood, with its half a billion in tax dollars annually, has a litany of attorneys in its arsenal, which it uses against anyone who dares to challenge the organization in court, even when the case is filed to get justice for victims of rape or sexual assault.

“I will tell you I grossly underestimated what I was getting involved in. I’d been involved in very complex litigation for many years as lead counsel and I thought that would prepare me for litigating against Planned Parenthood. And I was wrong,” Hurley said, adding:

Planned Parenthood, when it is sued, hires the best lawyers in the United States. Planned Parenthood will fund the defense of litigation in a matter that, from what I could tell in our cases, it was limitless…. In both of our cases, Planned Parenthood’s lawyers fought every single issue, every aspect of discovery. Every aspect of the case was litigated. Much more so, in fact, than I had seen in any of the other cases I had been involved in my 35 years. Which, I think, from my perspective — and this is argued throughout our pleadings — was an attempt to make it prohibitively expensive for us to continue.

The majority of the plaintiffs in these cases are very poor people, are people from backgrounds where they don’t have much money. And it’s hard to find lawyers who are willing to spend six years litigating against an organization that is going to require you to devote thousands of hours to litigate those claims. And I think that is something that Planned Parenthood and its lawyers are very good at.

The first case involved a 14-year-old girl who went to Planned Parenthood for an abortion after being impregnated by her 21-year-old soccer coach. According to Hurley’s interview with Live Action News, when the adult predator, John Haller, found out that his minor victim, Chelsea, was pregnant, he understood that “he was going to be in serious trouble if that… was ever disclosed.” So, Haller convinced the teen, in Hurley’s words, to “have an abortion, and told her that that was the only way they could stay together, that he loved her and if she had the abortion they would stay together — and, she thought, would get married.”

But rather than investigate or report suspicion of abuse, Planned Parenthood asked few questions and simply took the word of Haller over the phone that he was the victim’s parent, after Haller instructed the girl to give his number to Planned Parenthood. Then, according to court documents, after the abortion, the abuser resumed having sex with the teen. As a result of a subsequent report made by a teacher, Haller was later found guilty of seven counts of sexual battery.

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Planned Parenthood failed to report child sexual abuse lawsuit Ohio

Hurley told Live Action News that the victim’s parents sued Planned Parenthood on several claims, that included a failure to report suspected abuse and a failure to obtain the consent of her parents before the abortion or even notify them. Planned Parenthood settled the case out of court.

The second case involved another teen who had been sexually abused by her father since she was 13. When she became pregnant at age 16, the abuser forced her to have an abortion at Planned Parenthood.

Image: Denise told Planned Parenthood she was raped and they did NOTHING (Image credit: Live Action Twitter page)

Denise told Planned Parenthood she was raped and they did NOTHING (Image credit: Live Action Twitter page)

The victim, Denise Fairbanks, told Planned Parenthood’s staff that her father was raping her, but instead of reporting the abuse to authorities, Planned Parenthood sent Denise home with the abuser where he continued to assault her for another year and a half. The abuser was stopped only after Denise spoke to her coach — and the coach, not Planned Parenthood, went to law enforcement.

Image: Sexual abuse victim Denise Fairbanks sues Planned Parenthood

Sexual abuse victim Denise Fairbanks sues Planned Parenthood

According to Hurley, who also represented Denise in her lawsuit, when the victim was taken to Planned Parenthood…

The Planned Parenthood employee said to her something to the effect, “If you’re going to sleep around you need to get on birth control.”

And Denise was stunned, and she took that as really an insult, that she was being called a whore. And, so, what Denise… said in response was, “This was not supposed to happen, I was forced to do things I didn’t want to do.”

Image: Brian Hurley talks about Planned Parenthood sexual abuse cover up

Brian Hurley talks about Planned Parenthood sexual abuse cover up

Of Planned Parenthood’s failure to report the sexual abuse being inflicted on this young victim, Hurley told Live Action, “It was clear to me that they had a duty to report suspected abuse. I think known abuse, but, at least suspected abuse. They didn’t. And her father continued to rape her for another year.”

Hurley told Live Action News, “Had they reported Denise’s abuse immediately, the abuse would have stopped…. Unfortunately, it was a year later.”

Hurley also told Live Action News he believes the media has given Planned Parenthood a pass and that, as a result, more sexual abuse will be covered up:

While they’re correct in terms of the way they have handled and exposed or or attempted to expose, the abuse that took place in the Catholic Church up in Michigan State, and now even in the #MeToo movement, I think that’s great. What I find to be hypocritical is the media’s refusal to do a serious investigation of what occurs at Planned Parenthood.

There’s been enough information provided to the press, with Lila Rose for example, when she did her exposés, both with respect to the attempts in those situations, based upon the video I saw, of people at Planned Parenthood coaching girls not to say certain things so they wouldn’t have to report abuse. Also, to the videos that talked about the sex trafficking and the prostitution. Clearly, the mainstream media has decided that they don’t want to expose or do an investigation… to find out what is actually going on at Planned Parenthood.

Hurley added, “[I]f I, as a devout Catholic, would participate in the prosecution of the Catholic Church for what it’s role was in failure to report abuse, then I have no problems trying to expose what Planned Parenthood does and doesn’t do.”

But, as Live Action News has previously documented, Planned Parenthood regularly rewards journalists for their complicity of silence on failing to accurately report their abuses, which include Medicaid fraudprivacy breaches, and a failure to report sexual abuse among others.

The evidence against Planned Parenthood is mounting.

Live Action President and Founder Lila Rose commented, “Without over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers, it would be much harder for Planned Parenthood to litigate these abuse cases for years until they wore victims down, never formally admitting their cover up of these young girls’ rape. When Planned Parenthood gets taken to court, it’s the taxpayers who are paying for Planned Parenthood’s defense and helping to put these children through years of litigation and prolonging their agony.”

In the investigative report entitled, “Aiding Abusers, Planned Parenthood’s cover-up of child sexual abuse,” (which can be read here) evidence of Planned Parenthood’s history and corporate culture of failing to report incidents to authorities include:

  1. Court cases including testimonies of victims experiencing horrific abuse
  2. State health department records
  3. Testimonies from former Planned Parenthood workers
  4. Two Live Action Undercover investigations
  5. Loyola University study on sex trafficking

Live Action’s companion video docuseries includes tragic details of criminal and civil cases (many previously in the public record thanks in part to pro-life groups such as Life Dynamics) in which victims were returned to their abusers to be further assaulted. It also contains testimony from former Planned Parenthood staffers, who repeatedly witnessed the organization’s systematic and troubling disregard of mandatory reporting laws. The abortion giant currently receives $60 million from the federal Title X family planning program and hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicaid and other state and federal government money. In 2015, 474 of Planned Parenthood’s nearly 650 facilities were Title X recipients, according to a Guttmacher Institute report. In total, Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion dollars annually in federal and state tax dollars.

Under Title X, recipients are required to follow state and federal reporting laws on reporting sexual abuse.

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

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’: Planned Parenthood sends pre-teen victims back to sexual abusers

Posted in child predator, Planned Parenthood Complicit Machine covering sexual abuse, Planned Parenthood fails to report rape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2018 by saynsumthn

Image: Aiding Abusers Sex Abuse Cover Up at Planned Parenthood Recorded Cases

Is Planned Parenthood an enabler where sexual abuse is concerned, because of its failure to report suspected abuse, leaving victims vulnerable? According to a new docuseries released this week by Live Action, Aiding Abusers, the answer is yes. The nation’s number one abortion corporation has failed to report sexual abuse many times — even child sexual abuse. The compelling evidence contained in Live Action’s Aiding Abusers docuseries and investigative report includes undercover investigations, witness testimony, and court documents, along with news reports showing that sexual abuse victims continued to be abused because of Planned Parenthood’s apparent “don’t ask/don’t tell” practices on reporting sexual abuse.

Today, as society takes a stand against complicity in covering sexual abuse through social media campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, Planned Parenthood, a corporation which has profits of millions of dollars a year and receives half a billion in taxpayer dollars annually, must also be held accountable.

Live Action president and founder Lila Rose stated in a press release:

Despite Planned Parenthood’s public rhetoric as well as laws requiring it to report suspected abuse, its failure to report has been deliberate and widespread. Time and again, rather than reporting abuse to authorities, Planned Parenthood has repeatedly looked the other way and performed abortions on victims as young as 12 years old. These girls deserved advocacy but instead Planned Parenthood staff ignored their abuse and returned them to the waiting arms of their abusers.

Because of flagrant violations like these, the proposed Title X rule tightening on reporting abuse is absolutely necessary. Planned Parenthood has proven that its priority is selling abortions, not caring for the most vulnerable of girls. Planned Parenthood’s culture of cover-up must end, the cycle of abuse of innocent children must end, and Planned Parenthood’s half a billion dollars in annual federal funding must end. Taxpayers cannot be forced to subsidize these abuses of children.

Live Action is releasing this report as the Time’s Up movement is exposing both sexual abusers and those who help them cover up their crimes — the people who knew about the abuse but stayed silent. While Planned Parenthood has attached itself to the Time’s Up movement, the movement should be calling out Planned Parenthood for decades of enabling sexual abusers.

In the most recent of several releases in their Aiding Abusers series, Live Action details just of few of the heart wrenching criminal cases of rape and sexual abuse that have been uncovered, showing that time and again, Planned Parenthood’s response was not to protect these victims, but instead to release them back to their abusers:

 

CASE INFORMATION

Police report shows Planned Parenthood failed to report rape in AZ

Arizona, 2014

In 2014, a Planned Parenthood counselor “intentionally miscoded” a sexual assault report as a “consensual encounter” to avoid reporting the incident to police, according to a report by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

The 15-year-old victim allegedly became pregnant from a rape and sought an abortion at a Tempe Planned Parenthood. The rape was perpetrated by 18-year-old Tyler Kost. According to reports, the counselor told the victim and her mother that it “wasn’t worth the hassle” to report the rape.

If the workers had reported the alleged assault, it could have jump-started a sheriff’s investigation into Kost months before he allegedly assaulted other teens at his school, court documents say.

Tyler Kost was charged with sexually assaulting 11 girls from the ages of 12 to 17, although authorities believe he assaulted additional students, according to a Fox News report.

On Feb. 10, 2017, Kost was sentenced to three years in prison in this serial sex crimes case.

Ohio, 2004

Sexual abuse victim Denise Fairbanks claims that Planned Parenthood’s “don’t ask/don’t tell” practices caused her to undergo additional abuse after she was taken to Planned Parenthood in 2004 by her father, John Blanks, who began sexually abusing her when she was just 13 years old. In her lawsuit, Fairbanks claims that she told Planned Parenthood about the abuse, but rather than help her, the workers there became complicit in covering sexual abuse by failing to report it to authorities.

Image: Planned Parenthood covers child sexual abuse Denise Fairbanks

Planned Parenthood covers child sexual abuse Denise Fairbanks

Life Legal Defense Foundation, whose attorney represented Fairbanks, states on its website:

When she became pregnant at age 16, her father took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. Although she informed the abortion clinic staff that she was being forced to have sex, they chose not to comply with mandatory reporting procedures. The Planned Parenthood staff did not inform local law enforcement, nor did they make any further inquiries into Fairbanks’ paternal abuse. After the abortion, Fairbanks was returned to the same abusive situation, where she remained for another year-and-a-half. More than a year later, her father was apprehended through a report filed by Denise’s basketball coach, and sent to jail.

Image: Planned Parenthood Ohio failed to report sexual abuse John Blanks case

Planned Parenthood Ohio failed to report sexual abuse John Blanks case

Planned Parenthood eventually settled the case. However, the victim claims that “Planned Parenthood did everything possible to try to defeat my 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.”

“This is just one of multiple cases that have demonstrated Planned Parenthood’s willingness to cover for sex offenders,” said Dana Cody, then Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. Cody was referring to another example, the case of Roe v. Planned Parenthood from the same Hamilton County Court, which was resolved previously. Cody added:

“What this young woman went through as a young teenager is horrifying enough. She was forcibly raped, impregnated, forced to have an abortion, and then sent back for more abuse — a tragedy that Planned Parenthood could have prevented by simply complying with the law.”

“Ms. Fairbanks’ case, like others before it, has demonstrated a disturbing trend in Planned Parenthood practice, a continued disregard for the health and well-being of women and children.”

Ohio, 2004

“Jane Roe” was just 13 years old when her when her soccer coach, John Haller, began a sexual relationship with the child. In March of 2004, when Jane was 14, the 21-year-old coach impregnated “Jane” and took her for  an abortion at a Planned Parenthood in Southwest Ohio.

According to oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Ohio, when Haller persuaded her to have an abortion, she lied to abortion workers and said that she had been impregnated by a classmate and that her parents consented to the abortion. She gave them Haller’s cell phone number, saying it was her father’s.

Image: Planned Parenthood Ohio failed to report sexual abuse John Haller case

Planned Parenthood Ohio failed to report sexual abuse John Haller case

Planned Parenthood called the number but made no effort to verify that the person they were getting consent from was her father and not her abuser. They also didn’t obtain written parental consent, but merely verbal consent from an unknown person on the other end of the line. In fact, the victim’s parents never provided consent for the abortion.

Haller then took “Jane” to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, claiming to be her stepbrother. Despite her age, the abortion center did not report any suspected abuse to authorities. Shortly after the abortion, Haller resumed having sex with “Jane.” As a result of a subsequent report made by a teacher, Haller was later found guilty of seven counts of sexual battery.

Jane’s parents later filed a civil suit seeking damages from Planned Parenthood, alleging:

  1. Planned Parenthood intentionally violated Ohio’s informed consent laws for failing to meet with the teen 24 hours in advance of the abortion (instead, they let Haller pick up some documents from their offices to take to Jane);
  2. Planned Parenthood failed to obtain their written consent for the abortion;
  3. Planned Parenthood failed to notify police or a child services agency of suspected sexual abuse of a minor.

Planned Parenthood settled the case. After a criminal investigation, Haller was convicted of seven counts of sexual battery.

Washington, 2017

According to a November 2017 Court of Appeals document from the state of Washington, George Savanah repeatedly raped his daughter and impregnated her when she was 14, 16, and 17 years old, then took her to Planned Parenthood to cover his crimes. The court document reveals that Savanah took the victim to two different Planned Parenthood facilities for abortion procedures.

As Live Action News previously reported, the court record also indicates that no one else knew about the child’s pregnancies [except for the two abortion facilities] and that the victim had never had sex with anyone but Savanah.

Father impregnates daughter three times and takes her to Planned Parenthood

The sexual assaults only became public once the victim, not Planned Parenthood, spoke to her aunt about the abuse, nearly seven years after the victim was taken for her first abortion at Planned Parenthood. Savanah was eventually convicted of two counts of third degree rape of a child and two counts of first degree incest. Savanah was sentenced to 120 months plus 18 months community custody, which he appealed.

Colorado, 2012

A lawsuit filed against Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood and several of its staffers revealed that after a 13-year-old child became pregnant by her stepfather, Timothy David Smith, he brought her to Planned Parenthood to cover up his crime. Tragically, according to the court documentnot one of the four staffers with whom the victim interacted bothered to inquire about the circumstances of her pregnancy, or even verified her relationship with Smith.

Image: Planned Parenthood Colorado failed to report sexual abuse Timothy D Smith case

Planned Parenthood Colorado failed to report sexual abuse Timothy D Smith case

The document states, in part:

On May 3, 2012, R.Z. was thirteen (13) years of age and had been the victim of sexual abuse by her step-father, Timothy David Smith (“Smith”) for approximately seven (7) years… Approximately three weeks prior to May 3, 2012, R.Z. took a pregnancy test at the direction of Smith, due to concerns that she might be pregnant. The test indicated that R.Z. was pregnant. A few days to a week before May 3, 2012, Smith pressured R.Z. to call Planned Parenthood to make an appointment for an abortion. The appointment for an abortion was scheduled for May 3, 2012 at Planned Parenthood’s 7155 East 38th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80207, location. On May 3, 2012, Smith transported R.Z. to Planned Parenthood’s facility… for her appointment and accompanied her inside the facility. In connection with the abortion, Planned Parenthood required certain forms to be completed. Although R.Z. wrote her date of birth and signed some of the forms, the majority of the forms were completed by Smith, and R.Z. did not read them…

The lawsuit goes on to state that no one at Planned Parenthood spoke to the victim about potential sexual abuse nor verified her relationship with Smith.

Image: Planned Parenthood Colorado failed to report sexual abuse Timothy D Smith case

Planned Parenthood Colorado failed to report sexual abuse Timothy D Smith case

In a shocking admission during a deposition in the case, one employee stated that “being 13 and pregnant alone is not a red flag” for possible abuse, in Planned Parenthood’s opinion.

Image: Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains failed to report sexual abuse Timothy D Smith case

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains failed to report sexual abuse Timothy D Smith case

Months after the abortion, the abuse ended after the victim reported it to her mother.

California, 2010

Edgar Ramirez raped his 13-year-old daughter and impregnated her two times, resulting in two abortions at Planned Parenthood.

According to court documents, the first abortion occurred in July 2010. But rather than suspecting abuse when a 13-year-old child presented to Planned Parenthood as pregnant, the abortionist simply committed the procedure and advised the victim (again, only 13 years old) not to have sex for three weeks after her abortion.

Image: Planned Parenthood California failed to report sexual abuse Edgar Ramirez case

Planned Parenthood California failed to report sexual abuse Edgar Ramirez case

Following that abortion, court documents showed Ramirez resumed having sex with the child “a couple of days later.”

Then, within a few months, Ramirez got his daughter pregnant again, resulting in a second Planned Parenthood abortion, at which time the abortionist implanted an IUD to prevent additional pregnancies. Ramirez wasn’t arrested until the spring of 2011, after the child reported the abuse to police.

According to the court document, the trial court sentenced Ramirez to life in prison.

Arizona, 2002 

23-year-old Shawn M. Stevens impregnated his young victim not once, but twice, and each time he turned to Planned Parenthood for an abortion to cover his crimes. A timeline from the lawsuitindicates that on November 10, 1998, the victim, a 12-year-old child, referred to in court documents as “Jane Roe,” was taken by Stevens to Planned Parenthood for the first abortion.

Image: Planned Parenthood Arizona failed to report sexual abuse Shawn M Stevens case

Planned Parenthood Arizona failed to report sexual abuse Shawn M Stevens case

The abortion corporation not only committed the abortion on the girl, but failed to suspect that a pregnant 12-year-old child might be the victim of abuse, and therefore, she was handed back over to Stevens to be abused for an additional six months. By the time the victim turned 13, Stevens had again impregnated the child again. So, Stevens did what many other pedophiles have done. He turned again to Planned Parenthood. On May 6, 1999, he took the child for a second abortion. According to the case, “Only after the second abortion did Planned Parenthood notify authorities on May 11, 1999,” and media reports indicate that Stevens was arrested in June of that same year and sentenced in 2000 to five years in prison and lifetime probation.

Image: article Girls Sues Planned Parenthood failed to report sexual abuse Shawn M Stevens Case

Girls Sues Planned Parenthood failed to report sexual abuse Shawn M Stevens Case

But even the timeline surrounding when Planned Parenthood reported the abuse is disturbing and indicates that they waited five days after the abortion to care to say anything to the authorities. Given this timeframe, it would seem that the sexually abused child was handed back over to her abuser a second time after visiting the abortion business. As a result, the victim sued Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona along with several others for failing to report the abuse.

The lawsuit states in part:

“Had Planned Parenthood properly reported the incident to authorities, the perpetrator of the child molestation and sexual exploitation would have been apprehended by authorities and Jane Doe would not have had to go through a second abortion procedure. As a direct and proximate result of the gross negligence of Planned Parenthood, Jane Doe has suffered physical pain, humiliation, emotional distress, and permanent psychological damages…Plaintiff alleges that the second procedure may have caused permanent physical injury to Jane Doe.”

In 2002, the Associated Press reported that the judge found Planned Parenthood negligent in the case. In court papers, the organization defended not reporting the abortion because “it does not follow that the negligence caused damages,” and “no reporting would have been required if she had been eight months older,” the AP reported.

Stevens was charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and sentenced in 2000 to five years in prison and lifetime probation.

Pennsylvania, 2013

In 2013, Pennsylvania Department of Health inspectors conducted an annual survey of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood. They discovered that while some female patients admitted to being sexually active since the ages of 11 and 12, in at least six instances, the abortion provider did not inquire about the possibility of sexual abuse, nor did staff report the cases to authorities, as required by law.

Image: Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania failed to report sexual abuse several times

Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania failed to report sexual abuse several times

Live Action is among several organizations to document the repeated and systemic abuse cover-upsat Planned Parenthood, publishing several cases (herehere, and here). And, tragically, additional cases will be published in reports by Live Action regarding the Aiding Abusers series.

As stated in Live Action’s investigative report, “Live Action has documented many of Planned Parenthood’s failures and cover-ups, many other groups, such as Alliance Defending Freedom, Life Legal Defense Foundation, Life Dynamics, Americans United for Life, and others, have participated in legal actions or have collected reams of documents from lawsuits, court filings, and regulatory agency reports. Their work has contributed significantly to Live Action’s report.”

While society is demanding that Hollywood, the media, and other institutions and industries be held to account for complicity in covering sexual abuse, this abortion corporation continues to receive a pass at the expense of the victims they are legally required to protect.

Just listen to the words of sexual abuse victim Denise Fairbanks, whose case was highlighted in the videos:

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 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.

The cases, according to Live Action president and founder Lila Rose, “show a systemic pattern of behavior at Planned Parenthood who claims that sexual assault victims come to its facilities on a daily basis.”

In future video releases, Live Action will continue to demonstrate how Planned Parenthood’s cover-ups aid abusers, and why this organization should be investigated and defunded immediately.

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

Planned Parenthood of Ohio Supreme Court Case regarding failure to report child abuse of teenage victim, seeking medical docs

Posted in child abuse, child predator, Planned Parenthood and Child Predators with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by saynsumthn

Case No. 2007-1832, John and June Roe, Individually and as parents and next friends of Jane Roe, a minor v. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, Roslyn Kade, M.D., and John Does 1-6

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Court Asked To Order Disclosure of Medical Records of Minors Who Obtained Abortions
John and June Roe, Individually and as parents and next friends of Jane Roe, a minor v. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, Roslyn Kade, M.D., and John Does 1-6, Case no. 2007-1832
1st District Court of Appeals (Hamilton County)
ISSUE: In pursuing a civil lawsuit against a clinic for allegedly failing to obtain parental consent before performing an abortion on a 14-year-old girl and allegedly failing to report known or suspected sexual abuse of a minor to police or a children’s services agency, are the parents of the girl entitled to compel the clinic to provide them with the medical records of all minors who obtained abortions through the clinic during the previous 10 years, with information identifying the patients redacted?
BACKGROUND: This case involves Jane Roe of Cincinnati, a 14 year old who obtained an abortion from Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio in March 2004. In subsequent legal filings, Planned Parenthood has stated that Jane told its medical staff she had been impregnated by a school classmate and that her parents knew and approved of her plan to obtain an abortion. The clinic also stated that when its representative called the phone number provided by Jane, an adult male who identified himself as Jane’s father answered and confirmed that he knew about and consented to the procedure.
Within weeks after the procedure was performed, a police investigation revealed that Jane had been sexually abused and impregnated by her 21-year-old soccer coach, John Haller; that the phone number provided to Planned Parenthood by Jane had been Haller’s number rather than that of her parents; and that the man the clinic had notified and from whom it had obtained consent for the abortion was Haller, not Jane’s father. Haller was later convicted on seven counts of sexual battery.
Jane’s parents subsequently filed a civil suit on their own behalf and on behalf of Jane seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Planned Parenthood and the physician who performed the abortion. The suit alleged that Planned Parenthood and the doctor intentionally breached their legal duties to: (1) notify Jane’s parents and obtain their consent before performing the abortion; (2) provide Jane with all the information required by law before obtaining her consent to the procedure; and (3) notify police or a child services agency of a known or suspected case of sexual abuse of a minor. In seeking punitive damages from the clinic and doctor, the Roes alleged that the intentional breaches of legal duties in the clinic’s handling of Jane’s case were part of a “pattern or practice” of similar breaches in other cases.
During pretrial proceedings, the Roes filed a discovery motion demanding that Planned Parenthood provide them with copies of all medical records and sexual abuse reports in its files for every minor who had sought an abortion from the clinic in the preceding 10 years. When the clinic refused to comply, the Roes sought and were granted an order of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas ordering the clinic to produce the requested records, with all information disclosing the identity of the other patients redacted (blacked out) from the records. Planned Parenthood appealed the trial court’s discovery order to the 1st District Court of Appeals, which reversed the trial court and invalidated the discovery order for the other patients’ records.
The Roes now ask the Supreme Court to reinstate the trial court’s discovery order. They argue that:
• The court of appeals erred by reviewing the trial court’s order under a de novo rather than a much more deferential abuse-of-discretion standard of review. They assert that trial courts have wide discretion to determine whether and when discovery of requested documents is necessary for a plaintiff to establish his claims, and claim that the court of appeals improperly substituted its judgment for that of the trial court by duplicating a balancing test between the Roes’ need for the requested medical records and the confidentiality rights of the clinic’s other patients, especially in light of the fact that all identifying information from the patient records was to be rendered unreadable prior to disclosure.
• The Roes assert that under R.C. 2151.421, the state law requiring certain professionals to disclose known or suspected child abuse to police or child welfare authorities, a proven claim that the clinic systematically failed to report sexual abuse in this case and other patient’s cases would entitle them to punitive damages, and that they need access to the medical records and abuse reports of other minor patients in order to substantiate that pattern of wrongful conduct.
• They also argue that a state law barring the use of sexual abuse reports in lawsuits against the party filing such reports does not bar them from accessing sex abuse reports filed by Planned Parenthood regarding other abortion patients, because the Roes are not suing the clinic for filing those reports, but rather for its failure to file a report in Jane’s case and other similar cases.
Attorneys for Planned Parenthood respond that:
• The court of appeals properly employed a de novo standard of review in overturning the trial court’s discovery order because the clinic’s appeal was based on a question of law (the privileged status of patient medical records) rather than a question of fact for which a trial court’s discovery rulings are reviewed on an abuse-of-discretion standard.
• They contend that because R.C. 2151.421 created a statutory cause of action that did not exist at common law before the 1851 state constitution was adopted, and the legislature did not expressly state in the statute that violations entitle a plaintiff to punitive damages, plaintiffs suing under the statute are limited to seeking only compensatory damages. In the absence of a right to seek punitive damages for a “pattern or practice” of breaches, they add, the trial court erred in finding that there was a “need” for the Roes to examine the privileged medical records of any patient other than Jane in order to prove their claim that the clinic breached its duties in handling Jane’s case.
• Planned Parenthood also argues that R.C. 2151.421(H)(1) expressly prohibits disclosure to the Roes of information from child sexual abuse reports that the clinic filed regarding any of its other patients, and specifically bars the Roes from using information from such reports “as evidence in any civil action or proceeding brought against the person who made the report.”
NOTE: Numerous amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs have been filed on behalf of both parties in this case. The full text of those briefs and other filings can be accessed online by searching the Court’s online docket at http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Clerk/ecms/default.asp. Click “Go,” and on the search screen enter Case No. 2007-1832.
Contacts
Brian E. Hurley, 513.784.1525, for John & June Roe and Jane Roe.
Daniel J. Buckley, 513.723.4000, for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio.
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