Monday, April 20, 2009

Candid Camera

A hidden video has captured a conversation between a Planned Parenthood abortion counselor in Memphis coaching a 14-year-old to lie to a judge about her 31-year-old boyfriend.

Tennessee Code 37-1-605 requires health professionals to report suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors to law enforcement immediately.

The Planned Parenthood counselor tells the young girl on camera, “Look, if we keep this conversation I’m gonna have to talk to my manager and yeah, [your boyfriend]’s gonna get in trouble,” but promises, “I’m not gonna tell anybody, ok?” She adds, “And please don’t say that I told you this.” When the girl tells the counselor she thinks her boyfriend will get in trouble if her parents find out, the counselor advises her to lie about the man’s age when speaking to a judge in order to obtain a bypass of Tennessee’s parental consent law for abortion: “Don’t mention it. Just say you have a boyfriend 17 years old…whatever.”

The video sting operation was conducted by the nonprofit organization Live Action. It is the fifth installment in Live Action’s “Mona Lisa Project,” a nationwide undercover investigation that documents Planned Parenthood’s repeated noncompliance with state mandatory reporting laws for sexual abuse of minors. Tennessee is the third state to be implicated in the controversy, along with Arizona and Indiana.

Despite the mounting evidence of Planned Parenthood's institutionalized indifference to statutory rape and sexual abuse of children, no criminal charges have been filed.