Fifty-six members of the Congress stood in front of the U.S. Capitol yesterday to decry new evidence that Planned Parenthood is covering up sexual abuse and human trafficking of girls, some as young as 12.
The evidence comes from a report and video series from Live Action that contends Planned Parenthood has a decades-long history of covering up crimes against minors that has gone largely ignored.
“Abuse cover-up is systemic to the abortion industry,” said Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, who spoke at the gathering.
“What these abusers do—what sexual traffickers do—to their victims is take them or threaten to send them by force to an abortion facility, which can become a key place for that abuse to be covered up,” said Rose. “And Planned Parenthood, instead of reporting the abuse as they’re mandated to do in virtually all 50 states by law—instead of reporting abuse, instead of being that person who can encounter a girl in a situation of extreme distress and be that moment of intervention for her—does a secret abortion, has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell policy,’ and sends this vulnerable young girl back into the arms of sex abusers.”
The latest videos from Live Action titled “Recorded Cases” details how the abortion giant’s refusal to report men who brought in girls as young as age 12 for abortions enabled their abusers to continue raping them.
Sometimes these young girls plead with Planned Parenthood staff to them help them escape their abusers, but their pleas go unheeded.
“Abortion is not family planning; it is family destruction,” said Rep. Diane Black (R-TN).
“The lies that are coming from the Big Abortion Industry are just heartbreaking,” Black continued. “Live Action’s findings show us that these same lies are used to willfully neglect reporting these horrific cases of abuse, rape and sex trafficking.
“It’s come to light that Planned Parenthood performs abortions on girls as young as 12 years old, and then sends them right back into the arms of their abusers without alerting the authorities,” noted Black. “It is shameful.”
“Planned Parenthood’s failure to report these heinous crimes does not empower women or our children; it empowers their abusers,” said the Congresswoman. “The despicable cycle of these facilities, turning a blind eye to sexual abuse and exploitation of our children, must end.”
“Planned Parenthood has shown gross negligence by returning these children to their abusers,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). “I find Planned Parenthood’s complicity in sex trafficking absolutely appalling.”
“It seems that Planned Parenthood…has broken the law,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC). “There should be a full investigation into whether or not Planned Parenthood willfully turned over child victims of abuse back to their abuser, and if necessary, criminal prosecution.”
“Are these lives not important to Planned Parenthood? Or is the greater abortion industry more important than protecting these young innocent lives?” asked Walker.
“We’re borrowing money from China to send to Planned Parenthood, how moral is that?” asked Iowa, Rep. Steve King (R-IA). “I don’t think any taxpayer dollars should go to any organization that either does abortions or counsels in favor of them.”
“Planned Parenthood portrays itself as a champion of women’s rights, but Live Action’s investigation exposes the abortion giant’s systematic betrayal of vulnerable women and girls,” said former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave in advance of the gathering. Musgrave now serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for Susan B. Anthony List.
“Abortion is a gift to pimps, traffickers and abusers,” continued Musgrave, “and Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business, has helped them cover their tracks while raking in more than half a billion dollars from taxpayers every year. We can’t put a price on the lives and dignity of unborn children and their mothers. That’s why further action is needed to disentangle taxpayers from the scandal-ridden abortion business.”
In addition to the public appearance, the lawmakers also sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting an investigation into Planned Parenthood.
“The report’s findings suggest that abusers feel comfortable taking their victims to Planned Parenthood. We are therefore requesting an investigation into Title X recipients, particularly Planned Parenthood, to determine how widespread this failure is and if there are other instances where Planned Parenthood failed in its duty to report suspected child abuse to local authorities and to HHS.”
Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Title X funding, receiving about $60 million tax dollars annually through the program.