Planned Parenthood staff allegedly failed to report child sexual abuse in seven states, according to a list of court cases compiled by Christian non-profit Alliance Defending Freedom.
In addition to Planned Parenthood’s recently reported failure to report multiple rapes of a 14-year-old mother of two recently in Alabama, ADF found instances of failure to report rape or sexual abuse in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota and Ohio.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory reporting laws regarding suspected sexual abuse that typically includes statutory rape.
Planned Parenthood was sued directly for failing to report sexual abuse or to notify parents of minors seeking abortions in some of the cases compiled by ADF, and in others Planned Parenthood’s failure to report sexual abuse became evident in a criminal case.
“Planned Parenthood facilities frequently and flagrantly disregard mandatory sex abuse reporting laws,” ADF alleges in the report. “With the evidence of their crimes covered up and destroyed, predators are free to continue abusing their child victims.”
A summary of two of the cases against Planned Parenthood:
A 23-year-old man who impregnated his 12-year-old foster sister took her to a Planned Parenthood clinic for an abortion days before her 13th birthday, and returned with her for a second abortion six months later. The clinic did not notify authorities of the case until five days after the second abortion, and the girl won a settlement from a subsequent lawsuit against the clinic.
In a second still pending case, a 15-year-old girl’s mother took her to a Planned Parenthood for an abortion, and says she notified the clinic her daughter had been sexually assaulted. The mother later told investigators the clinic employee told them it wasn’t worth the “hassle” to report the assault and recorded it as consensual. The man who allegedly carried out the assault was later charged with sexual assault against a number of other minors.
And the list goes on.
Planned Parenthood did not respond to a request for comment.