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Al Capone, one of the biggest influences in the annals of American crime, was brought down by the paperwork requirements of the federal tax system. Now pro-life activists believe the nation’s abortion industry could face a similar collapse, all because of the paper trail that they believe shows the industry has failed to follow the rules and file the proper reports.
“It’s a simple audit function,” Mark Crutcher, the chief of Life Dynamics, told WND. “All you have to do is go into a state … and look at Title X applications and service reports. Look for all the girls they provided treatment to – pregnancy tests, STD treatments, abortion or birth control. If they provided one of those services to a girl beneath the state’s age of consent, that triggers a report.”
“Then go to the … Department of Child Protective services (and look at reports). If those numbers don’t match, you’ve got a violation,” he said.
He said his research shows that the abortion industry “services” provided to underage girls across the nation outnumber the “reports” of suspicion of assault on a child by 11-1 – under the best of circumstances. “And most reports are not by providers; they’re made by pediatricians and emergency room physicians,” he said.
So what’s the big deal with the numbers aligning – or not? Money, money and more money. Millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions of dollars. And the Title X funding mechanism for the nation’s abortion industry that requires industry members to follow state laws, including those pesky reporting requirements – or lose the money.
Crutcher, in a Life Dynamics report, said the information about the reports comes from government sources, medical journals, independent researchers and the abortion industry itself.
“The fact that these family planning facilities are in clear violation of child abuse or statutory rape reporting requirements creates an environment for us to demand that their funding be immediately cut off,” Crutcher said. “Given their heavy reliance on state and federal tax dollars, losing that money would be nothing less than a financial catastrophe for these organizations.
“Better yet, their failure to adhere to state and federal law means that funds allocated in past years were obtained fraudulently. Because of that, we may be able to force a return of those funds. Needless to say that could literally cripple the entire abortion industry,” he concluded.
That means, according to Crutcher and Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, if the report numbers don’t line up, the abortion industry could be liable to return hundreds of millions of dollars in past and current payments.
“In all 50 states, sexual activity with underage children is illegal. Also, every state mandates that if a health-care worker has reason to suspect that an underage girl is being sexually abused, they are required by law to report that information to a designated law enforcement or child protective services agency. That agency is then responsible to investigate the possibility that the child may be the victim of sexual abuse or statutory rape,” according to Life Dynamics.
A pregnancy in an underage girl is evidence of sexual abuse, and “any health-care worker who has contact with a pregnant underage girl has an obligation to initiate a report to the state,” the report said.
Abortion industry lawyers repeatedly have claimed that their clients follow the law, including a special case in Kansas recently where a local prosecutor held a news conference to say late-term abortionist George Tiller had followed those reporting requirements, even though a case that had been brought against him didn’t make that accusation.
Government budgets show that in 2004 alone U.S. taxpayers allocated more than $280 million for birth control functions, focusing mostly on abortion services, including an estimate of between $50 million and $60 million just for Planned Parenthood, the industry’s biggest chain of businesses.
“If you’re not following state law, you’re not entitled to Title X funds,” Newman told WND. “As soon as you defund abortion clinics, they dry up and blow away.”
The U.S. “is funding the nation’s largest perpetrators of child-murder-by-abortion, Planned Parenthood (report murdering over 200,000 unborn children annually by surgical abortion alone), through both Medicaid (Title XIX) and Title X, with over $50 million per year through each program,” said Steve Lefemine, who was the Constitution Party’s candidate for Congress in South Carolina’s 2nd District.
Crutcher, who has spent years opposing the abortion industry agenda, said the industry used to be vulnerable to claims of malpractice from patients who were injured and left with permanent injuries.
But tort reform made such lawsuits negligible for the industry, and now he believes one option for pro-life advocates will be to have parents whose children have been victimized in abortion clinics to come forward, document their cases and possibly sue the clinics – or join a class-action case against the industry.
“We need a nation-wide well-funded effort to basically recruit parents whose children have been the victims of abortion clinics’ failure to adhere to state reporting laws. There are literally hundreds of thousands of these situations over the years,” he said.
The clinics have a vested interest in not having to report those child rape or child assault cases; the men who are doing the assaults are paying the fees for the abortions, but the price for the girls “is extremely high.”
“What happens when a 13-year-old girl goes into a Planned Parenthood facility. She’s demonstrating that she’s sexually active, obviously. According to the most reliable statistics out there now, (of girls 15 and younger) the chances are 60-to-80 percent that she’s sexually active with an adult,” Crutcher said.
“If this young lady is given an abortion, birth control or anything, and the health-care provider fails to meet the state’s mandatory reporting laws, the child is sent right back into the hands of the rapist,” he said.
“The behavior of these abortion clinics, as we proved in our undercover survey, makes it absolutely clear they’re protecting the men, not the girls,” he said. “The result is that a child predator now is given the knowledge that he can get away with it.”
That undercover project involved Life Dynamics arranging for an adult volunteer to pose as a 13-year-old and call every Planned Parenthood clinic in the United States. She posed as that young teen, pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend, and asked for help because she didn’t want her parents to know. Almost without exception the recorded responses from the clinics advise her not only how to obtain an abortion without her parents’ knowledge, but also how to protect that adult boyfriend who is guilty in any state of statutory rape on child.
“While many clinic workers can be heard on the tapes telling the caller that this situation was unlawful and that they were legally mandated to report it to the state, 91 percent of these facilities still agreed to illegally conceal it,” Life Dynamics reported. “So it’s no wonder that abortion clinics are refusing to cooperate with law enforcement efforts to investigate child abuse. In Kansas, abortion clinic representatives have even gone so far as to state in published reports that they will not comply with the state’s mandatory reporting laws.”
Crutcher said in his investigation, clinic workers even have been taped telling a person they believe to be a pregnant 13-year-old to have her “boyfriend,” a statutory rapist, take her across state lines without her parents’ knowledge for an abortion.
“What we have is a conspiracy to cover up the crimes that are being committed across the nation by sexual predators on behalf of the abortion cartel. Their love for money, their love for abortion is greater than their care for what actually is happening [to children],” said Newman.
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who battled the secrecy of the abortion industry for years, did obtain some records prior to the end of his term in office earlier this month, and confirmed that he had sent to various local prosecutors information regarding 25 underage girls who, abortion clinic records show, probably were assaulted or molested or raped.
Those cases are being evaluated by those prosecutors now, but Newman said the tragedy there is that stalling tactics utilized by abortion business interests delayed Kline’s investigation long enough that 28 other cases were lost because of the statute of limitations.
“That’s disturbing. There’s an obstruction of justice going on,” he said.
“When a 14-year-old or a 15-year-old walks into an abortion clinic pregnant, that’s evidence of abuse. It is by definition evidence of abuse. Slap the cuffs on them and figure out the details later,” he said.
Crutcher said the “circle-the-wagons” attitude about the abortion industry protecting its own interests was what he saw happening recently with Kline in Kansas, when the attorney general sought documentation from two abortion clinics that he believed could show evidence of crimes.
He was defeated in his bid for re-election when abortion interests donated heavily to his opponent’s campaign, and a special interest group with ties to prominent Wichita abortionist Tiller sent out a series of mailings severely critical of Kline.
His opponent at the same time publicly made campaign statements that he didn’t see the need to investigate abortion clinics in Kansas, and has fulfilled a campaign promise by firing a special prosecutor Kline had appointed to oversee a case he had assembled against Tiller.
Kline needed to appoint the special prosecutor, Don McKinney of Wichita, because when he filed a series of 30 criminal charges against Tiller, the local prosecutor, Nola Foulston, argued the state’s top law enforcement official had no authority to file those counts in her district if she didn’t want him to, and worked with a judge to have them dismissed.
“The concern clearly is not the girl, but the abortionist,” Crutcher said. “They filed lawsuits, stonewalled, they refused to adhere to court orders that were issued; all just to keep AG Kline from investigating alleged crimes.”
“Any time you see an entity that just moves heaven and earth in order to stop an investigation, you know they’ve got something to hide,” Crutcher said.
The potential loss of all Title X funding, especially since it could be made retroactive, would be enough to force that “circle-the-wagons” mentality, he noted.
Newman also said he has a tape recording of abortionists, including Colorado’s Warren Hern, discussing how they cannot raise prices for abortions, which run generally from $325 to $400, because every time there’s a price hike, business drops off.
At the same time costs including insurance, salaries, rent and the like have gone up over the years, leaving public funding often a lifeline that keeps such clinics open.
Crutcher also said a second attack on the abortion industry also could come from private litigation. “To capitalize on this, Life Dynamics is developing several exciting new litigation strategies and support services to be used by attorneys who represent the girls and parents victimized,” Crutcher said.
He said the firestorm involving pedophile priests within the Catholic Church is well-known. “Already, dioceses have either settled or lost lawsuits totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, and some have been forced to close schools and sell property to pay off these awards. If you look at these suits, what you find is … they are being sued for negligence because they allegedly knew about the sexual abuse of children and failed to report it to authorities.”
Lawsuits against abortion providers who give an underage girl an abortion, then fail to do the necessary reports so a law enforcement agency could investigate, and the child was raped again, could prove devastating for the businesses.
“What we need is parents whose children have been injured to come forward and file suits against the abortion providers who failed to protect the children,” Crutcher said. “They need to be held accountable. When you’ve had almost 50 million abortions, one-third on girls under 18, we know there are hundreds of thousands of potential plaintiffs.”
The stigma of being assaulted, sometimes, is what holds people back from filing complaints. He said there was a case where a young girl overdosed on drugs given by an abortionist, and was left, essentially, in a vegetative state.
The father told Crutcher that if had been any other circumstance, he would “nail this guy’s hide to the wall,” but he didn’t want to pursue a case because the abortion would have to become public knowledge.
A third attack flank already is being implemented by Life Dynamics, which confirmed it is alerting attorneys general and district attorneys across the nation about the activities within the abortion industry.
“Failing to report an abortion may suggest that they are only guilty of concealing a crime that has already been committed. But providing birth control to a child without reporting might be interpreted as participating in an ongoing or future crime,” Crutcher said. “If that is so, the issue is no longer simply a failure to report child sexual abuse or statutory rape, but actual complicity in child sexual abuse or statutory rape.”