At a press conference Thursday, pro-life advocates and US representatives came together to urge the Department of Health and Human Services to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood for “enabling child sex abuse.”
A new report by the pro-life group Live Action documents 10 years of evidence that alleges Planned Parenthood knowingly ignores cases of sexual abuse involving minors and performs abortions anyway without alerting authorities.
“What these abusers do, what sexual traffickers do to their victims is take them by force to abortion facilities,” said Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, at Thursday’s press conference. “And Planned Parenthood, instead of reporting the abuse, does a secret abortion under a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and sends a vulnerable girl back into the arms of their abuser.”
According to Live Action, $1.5 million per day in taxpayer money goes directly to Planned Parenthood, which performs roughly 900 abortions daily.
The report points out that 500 Planned Parenthood clinics across the country receive funding through the Title X Family Planning Program, which is a federal law that also mandates recipients report cases of child abuse. However, Live Action says clinics aren’t doing so.
“Planned Parenthood does not empower women and their children, it empowers their abusers,” said Rep. Diane Black (R-TN).
She continued, “In one case a victim admitted that her abuser took her there because they quote, ‘don’t ask questions.'”
The proposed regulations by Live Action would reinforce that mandate to report abuse.
“This report exposes the culture of cover-up within Planned Parenthood,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). “I find their complicity absolutely appauling.”
Pro-life lawmakers are now hoping the new report will not only open an investigation but sway some of their colleagues to defund the organization.
“It comes down to votes,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). “In the House, we have repeatedly voted to not fund Planned Parenthood, but in the Senate it hasn’t moved forward, so I hope this report will help.”
“It’s all of our voices together that are going to make a difference and we’ve got to be loud to get the message through,” said Rep. Black. “The dispicable cycle of these facilities turning a blind eye has got to end.”