January 15, 2005
Blind Eye to Statutory Rape."
A study of 46,500 school-age mothers in California
published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that two-thirds
of the girls were impregnated by adults whose average age was 22. A
federal report to Congress also concluded that two-thirds of the males are
20 or older.
This is a crime, "statutory rape." A girl of 15, a
minor, cannot legally consent to sexual relations with an adult male. These
illicit relationships leave the girls very vulnerable to abusing drugs or
alcohol, being lured into prostitution, having a child out-of-wedlock
and ending up on welfare or running away from home, or even committing
Yet the crimes are rarely reported.
In every state, if health care workers suspect that an
underage girl is being sexually abused, they are legally required to report
it to law enforcement or child protective services.
If the girl becomes pregnant and calls an abortion
provider, such as a Planned Parenthood clinic, those health workers are
required by law to report the crime. They rarely do.
"The driving force behind this tragedy is the fact that
men who prey on underage girls have powerful national organizations that are
willing to harbor them," asserts Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics. "Our
investigation has uncovered irrefutable evidence that both Planned
Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation - often operating on
taxpayer dollars - knowingly conceal these crimes while aiding and abetting
the sexual predators who commit them."
Life Dynamics, a non-profit pro-life group, conducted
an undercover survey of all 906 Planned Parenthood and Abortion Federation
facilities, and spoke with 813 of them. A 24-year-investigator posing as a
13-year-old said she was pregnant by her 22-year-old boy friend. She wanted
an abortion because she did not want her parents to find out about her
"The results of this survey were appalling," said
Crutcher. Even though 91% of clinic workers said they were required by law
to report the statutory rape, "virtually every Planned Parenthood and
National Abortion Federation facility we contacted was willing to illegally
conceal the sexual abuse of the 13-year-old girl." They coached callers on
how to avoid detection, by lying about their age or that of the boy friend
because he "could go to jail."
In half the states the parents of a minor must be
informed about an abortion. Abortion clinics told their alleged 13-year-old
caller how to avoid that by lying about her age or going to a nearby state
without the parental law.
When the Life Dynamics caller asked if she could get
birth control assistance from the clinic, she was told yes. Thus, "the
abortion industry enables the continued abuse of these girls," keeping these
underage girls available to sexual predators," charges Crutcher.
"Our investigation proves that the single most
important factor behind the epidemic of adult men sexually exploiting
underage girls is the willingness of Planned Parenthood and the National
Abortion Federation to conceal these crimes."
These groups received $260 million in federal aid. So
you and I are subsidizing the rape of thousands of young American girls!
Planned Parenthood was unavailable to answer these
charges. A spokeswoman for the National Abortion Federation said, "Life
Dynamics is an extreme anti-choice group...Our clinics adhere to state
guidelines." Asked how many reports are made to authorities, she had no
This is an outrage, and one that mainstream media has
refused to report upon. Only Focus on the Family has given the issue
Dr. Alma Golden, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health
and Human Services for Population Affairs, who oversees federal funding in
this area, acknowledges the problem: "We have a large group of providers and
youth service workers who become aware of kids involved with older men, and
are not following up to be sure they get out of the exploitative
Federal guidelines require recipients of federal
funding to follow state laws with regard to underage reporting. But it is
not being done. There are two investigations underway, such as by the HHS
Inspector General. A few State Attorney Generals, such as Kansas AG Phill (cq)
Kline, have been trying to enforce the law. Most ignore it.
Sadly, law enforcement is lax. As a pediatrician, Dr.
Golden tried to report upon an 18-year-old's affair with a 13 year old, but
the authorities said, "We have a lot more important things to do."
What can be done?
Consider the firestorm the Catholic Church has faced
over pedophile priests. Dioceses paid hundreds of millions of dollars in
lawsuits and settlements. But the issue was not simply priests molesting
children. Rather, dioceses are sued because they allegedly knew about the
sexual abuse of children and failed to report it.
What's needed is a similar series of civil suits
against the various partners of this grim conspiracy.
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