Last week, Alliance Defending Freedom released a report detailing Planned Parenthood’s treatment of victims of child sexual abuse including two cases in Arizona. The report presents a pattern of Planned Parenthood incidents involving sexually abused minors in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Ohio, according to Marissa Poulson with Alliance Defending Freedom.
According to the report, “a Planned Parenthood facility in Tempe, Arizona was under investigation for failing to report the alleged rape of a minor. Previously, two different Planned Parenthood facilities in Arizona were caught on tape failing to report statutory rape. Another Planned Parenthood facility some years before failed to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl by her 23-year-old foster brother until the child was brought in for a second abortion just six months after Planned Parenthood performed the first abortion on the child.
The report includes a summary of those cases:
DOE V. PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ARIZONA, ET AL., Maricopa County Superior Court, Case No. CV 2001-014876- CIVIL CASE
In this case, court documents revealed that a 12-year-old girl who had been placed in foster care was impregnated by her 23-year-old foster brother, Shawn Stevens. Stevens himself took the child to Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona (PPCNA) for an abortion eight days before her 13th birthday. The facility failed to report the sexual abuse to authorities, consequently, the sexual abuse continued. Six months later, Stevens brought the girl, then 13, back to PPCNA for another abortion. Five days after the second abortion, PPCNA notified the authorities.
The girl later filed a lawsuit alleging that PPCNA’s failure to timely report the sexual abuse to authorities essentially resulted in the continued abuse and subsequent abortion. The civil case was ultimately settled.
STATE OF ARIZONA V. TYLER KOST– CRIMINAL CASE Pinal County Superior Court, Case No. CR201400949
This case, which is still pending, involves an allegation that Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s Tempe facility failed to report an alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by Tyler Kost.
According to the police report, the girl’s mother (who was present at Planned Parenthood with her daughter) advised investigators that the Planned Parenthood employee told them that it wasn’t worth the “hassle” to report the sexual assault and intentionally miscoded the assault as a consensual encounter. Kost was subsequently charged with numerous counts of sexual assault against numerous minor victims; the criminal case is still pending. Four of the counts which name additional minor victims are alleged to have occurred after the incident at Planned Parenthood, indicating that if Planned Parenthood had notified law enforcement of the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, regardless of whether or not the allegations were true, there would have been no opportunity for further victims.
The report notes that according to the “pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, less than 2% of adolescents have had sex before their 12th birthday, and only 16% have had sex by the time they are 15. Consequently, young girls appearing at Planned Parenthood, or any other abortion facility, pregnant should be a significant red flag for medical providers and should always be reported to the proper authorities.”
Instead, according to the report, while child victims of sexual predators are frequently brought to abortion facilities by the predators in an effort to hide the results of their criminal sexual abuse, “Planned Parenthood facilities frequently and flagrantly disregard mandatory sex abuse reporting laws. With the evidence of their crimes covered up and destroyed, predators are free to continue abusing their child victims.”
Arizona State Rep. Mark Finchem stated, “This goes far beyond failing to report an alleged statutory rape. I had suspicions before that Planned Parenthood turned a blind eye to child sex exploitation before, but now I am more convinced than ever. I am appalled at what Planned Parenthood does in the name of “family planning.” I would very much like to see the convenience killing of unborn children (our posterity) in our nation put to an end.”
Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe said, “Just when you thought you heard it all, another scandalous revelation of the depths of Planned Parenthood’s depravity is revealed, as more of its illegal, unethical behavior is uncovered. As reported by the Alliance Defending Freedom, Planned Parenthood has repeatedly defied our laws by not reporting the rapes of young children who received abortions at their clinics. The question that must be answered is who is the greater monster? Is it the evil rapist of children, or the Planned Parenthood officials who enable these rapist by covering-up these heinous crimes, or is it our Congressmen who openly defy the will of the people by continuing to fund the unspeakable behaviors of this organization.”
Arizona State Rep. Kelly Townsend stated, “Yet another example of Planned Parenthood getting caught red-handed disregarding the law. This is not surprising, as we have seen this so many unfortunate times before. However, with the newest revelations brought about by undercover videos showing the financial motivation behind this abortion industry, perhaps the nonfeasance of Planned Parenthood in the end produces more abortions, and therefore is a sinister form of fundraising. After all, if sex abusers keep returning with their victims for more abortions, there is a mutually beneficial partnership between the rapist and the clinic. When this dark partnership is more important than the victim or the baby, we must closely examine who we have become as a people.”
Arizona State Senator Steve Smith said, “Once again, Planned Parenthood rears is disgusting and deplorable head. If the recent videos exposing them harvesting baby body parts wasn’t sickening enough, we now find that there are cases where they were not reporting the rape and sexual assault of minors right here in Arizona?”
Smith concluded, “I will continue to do all I can to stop any and all State funding to Planned Parenthood and I encourage all to contact their members of Congress to demand the same so that no taxpayer money will be used to subsidize this abhorrent organization.”