.- Another student investigation into Planned Parenthoodâs treatment of alleged statutory rape victims has caught on video an Alabama counselorâs admission that her clinic âdoes sometimes bend the rules a little bitâ rather than report sexual abuse. State law requires health professionals to report suspected cases of sexual abuse immediately to state authorities.
Lila Rose, a 20-year-old UCLA student and president of the group Live Action secretly visited a Planned Parenthood clinic in Birmingham, Alabama under the guise of a 14-year-old pregnant by a 31-year-old âboyfriend.â
The video shows a Planned Parenthood counselor advising Rose on whether there is a âproblemâ about her âboyfriend.â
The counselor, identified as âTanisha,â replies âAs long as you consented to having sex with him, there's nothing we can truly do about that.â
When Rose claims her boyfriend said he could get in âbig trouble,â Tanisha replied âhe could, especially if your parents find out that he's 31.â
Tanisha then says that the clinic manager, named as OB/GYN Dr. Desiree Bates, âsometimes does bend the rules a little bit.â
âWhatever you tell us stays within these walls," she states, adding "we can't disclose any information to anybody."
Alabama Code 26-14-3 requires health professionals to immediately disclose suspected cases of sexual abuse to the authorities via telephone or in person and later file a written report.
Tanisha also tells Rose that a signature from an âolder sisterâ over the age of 18 or someone âwith the same last nameâ could function as a substitute for parental consent allowing an abortion to be performed. Alabama law requires a minor seeking an abortion for reasons other than abuse, rape, incest or neglect to have the written permission of either a parent or legal guardian.
Commenting on the investigation in a press release, Rose said:
âThe law is explicit about a healthcare provider's duty to report, yet Planned Parenthood pretends they cannot say anything.
"Planned Parenthood increases its business and influence by circumventing state reporting laws, but inflicts terrible harm upon the vulnerable young girls sent back to statutory rapists."
âWhen to 'bend the rules a little' means hiding a case of statutory rape from Child Protective Services and looking for ways around the parental consent requirement, Planned Parenthood becomes directly responsible for ensuring that statutory rapists can continue their abuse of young girls," Rose charged.
The new video is the sixth of a series in Live Actionâs âMona Lisa Project.â Other video investigations have shown questionable treatment of suspected statutory rape cases in Planned Parenthood clinics in Arizona, Indiana and Tennessee.
The new video can be seen at http://liveaction.org/alabama