By Liberty McArtor, a Staff Writer, The Stream, May 31, 2018
Planned Parenthood provides abortions. Do you know what else the group provides? According to the pro-life organization Live Action, cover-ups of child sexual abuse.
Live Action just announced a new video series. Titled “Aiding Abusers,” the seven videos will be released on YouTube. Three have been released so far. Topics include recorded cases of employees failing to report sexual abuse, testimony from former workers, and Planned Parenthood’s failure to report sex trafficking.
The #MeToo movement is exposing sexual abuse in multiple industries. Live Action president and founder Lila Rose says it’s time the movement came for Planned Parenthood. She calls the abortion provider “one of America’s biggest accomplices to sexual abuse.” She adds, “there is widespread documentation of systemic sexual abuse cover-up behind its doors.”
Watch the series overview video:
Documented Cases: Sexual Abuse Cover-Ups
A report published this month by Live Action accompanies the video series. In reports multiple cases of sexual abuse cover-up by Planned Parenthood employees in eight states.
In one Ohio case, 16-year-old Denise Fairbanks told Planned Parenthood workers she was being raped by her father. He had brought her in to the facility for an abortion. Breaking state laws, the workers did not report the abuse. The workers set her home with her father. She endured another year and a half of abuse. Her basketball coach eventually found out and reported her father. Fairbanks later sued Planned Parenthood in 2007. Planned Parenthood finally settled the suit in 2012.
In Washington state, a man named George Savanah raped his daughter for seven years. She became pregnant three times, at ages 14, 16, and 17. Each time, Savanah took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. The employees never inquired about her situation. Not even when she came in at 14 — which is below the legal age of consent. A lawsuit was brought against the facility in 2017.
16-year-old Denise Fairbanks told Planned Parenthood workers she was being raped by her father. Breaking state laws, the workers did not report the abuse. They sent her home with her rapist father.
In a 2013 case in Arizona, a 15-year-old reported her pregnancy was the result of rape. But a Planned Parenthood employee recorded the incident as a consensual encounter. The employee did this to avoid the “hassle” of reporting the rape, according to documentation of the incident.
The many cases listed in the report span decades, from 1982 to 2018. Many are also included in the “Recorded Cases” video in the series, published Tuesday. The report states the listed cases are only a “sampling.”
Reports From Inside
Stories like these are backed up by former Planned Parenthood employees. Their comments are found in the report and in the series video “Former Workers.”
One former employee, Catherine Adair, said she was discouraged from reporting abuse. She said her manager would say, “We can’t do anything about what’s going on at home, but at least we can give her the abortion.”
Sue Thayer is a former Planned Parenthood manager from Iowa. She told Live Action, “We were really discouraged from calling [abuse] in, just because they didn’t want to have the trouble. … So, more than once I was told, ‘No, that is not reportable. You don’t need to call it in.’”
Taxpayers Fueling “Systemic Sexual Abuse Cover-Up”
In its report, Live Action delves into Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. Planned Parenthood secures “about $60 million a year from taxpayers. In 2015, 474 of Planned Parenthood’s nearly 650 facilities were Title X recipients.” Further, Title X recipients are required to submit reports on “child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest.”
As the above cases — and several more in the report — suggest, many Planned Parenthood facilities aren’t following the law. Live Action calls for an end to government funding of Planned Parenthood.
Safe Place for Sex Traffickers
The report also highlights the role Planned Parenthood plays in aiding sex traffickers. Live Action references a study by Loyola University Chicago’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy. The 2014 study found that “Planned Parenthood was the [second] top most-visited facility for trafficking victims.” The top-most visited medical facility for victims was emergency rooms.
Why was Planned Parenthood so near the top? According to one victim, “because they didn’t ask any questions.”
In 2011, Live Action investigators posed as pimps and visited Planned Parenthood facilities. Live Action found that many employees covered up the visits, or offered advice on how to avoid getting caught.
“They didn’t want to have the trouble. … So, more than once I was told, ‘No, that is not reportable. You don’t need to call it in.’”
The investigation led to a public statement by Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant promised to retrain its employees to spot trafficking victims. But according to one former employee, that didn’t happen.
Ramona Treviño is a former Planned Parenthood manager from Sherman, Texas. She said that during a retraining session, she asked how her staff could help women being trafficked or abused.
“We’re not here to talk about that, Ramona,” the trainer reportedly responded. “We’re here to teach you how to identify if you’re being videotaped or recorded or entrapped in any way.”
Live Action is calling for a Health and Human Services investigation into Planned Parenthood. Live Action wants to know how widespread the sexual abuse cover up is. It also wants to know whether offending facilities received Title X funding at the time of their offense.
“The evidence against Planned Parenthood is widespread and overwhelming,” Rose said. “It’s time to demand justice for the girls harmed by Planned Parenthood’s willingness to look the other way.”
Read the report, watch the video series, and learn how you can take action here.
Liberty McArtor is a Staff Writer for The Stream. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Patrick Henry College and previously worked in Washington, D.C., as a radio producer for WMAL’s weekend talk show and at First Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas. Liberty resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her husband and their beloved cat. Follow Liberty on Twitter @LibertyMcArtor.