A pro-life organization in Waco, Texas, is calling for an explanation of a huge discrepancy between statistics regarding statutory rape cases
Planned Parenthood says it has reported, and the number of those cases documented by law enforcement or other authorities.
Officials with Prolife Waco say from all official sources, they were able to collect fewer than 10 reports of suspected statutory rape each year. The actual average compiled was 7.3 reports annually. Planned Parenthood, however, has made public statements that it is reporting such cases at the rate of 98 per year.
“Pro-Life Waco finds reports to the Waco [police department] and the [Texas Department of Family and Protective Services] of just 7.3 per year using very generous assumptions. WHERE ARE THE OTHER 91 REPORTS PER YEAR?” the organization asked.
Multiple messages requesting an explanation left by WND at Waco’s Planned Parenthood office with answering services for the group’s director, assistant, and education leader were not returned.
John Pisciotta, the co-director for Pro-Life Waco, said, “The differential is huge and the legal issue is even bigger. This is not just about make-believe conversations with Planned Parenthood counselors revealing an obvious intent to avoid the law for mandatory reporting of statutory rape.”
The issue being raised in Waco has been addressed in other pro-life campaigns, as well as prosecutors. In Kansas, former Attorney General Phill Kline questioned how dozens of underage girls could be provided abortions in that state within a year, without a single case of statutory rape.
Pro-Life Waco, whose website quotes Mother Teresa’s statement from 1997: “If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” said the missing cases are “where the bodies and souls of real children have been wounded by Planned Parenthood failure to report statutory rape of its child-clients.”
Pro-life activists noted in Ohio in 2005, a lawsuit against a Planned Parenthood there alleged a 14-year-old was impregnated by her soccer coach who took her in for an abortion. But they said a required report to law enforcement never was filed.
A second Ohio case, Waco activists said, involved a young girl raped over a period of five years starting at age 13 by her father. She also was given an abortion and told a Planned Parenthood worker she had been raped by her father, but no law enforcement agency was told.
Pro-Life Waco said it obtained Planned Parenthood Waco’s record of statutory rape reporting through an investigator who used Texas’ open records law.
“For Planned Parenthood, the mandatory reporting of statutory rape would of course come into play when girls 16 and under seek abortions,” Pro-Life Waco said. “But, this is by no means just an issue relating to abortion. Any indication of statutory rape as defined in Texas law would trigger a mandatory report to law enforcement. This would include an underage girl coming to Planned Parenthood for contraception or an underage girl coming into Planned Parenthood for a sexually transmitted disease.”
Officials said they first sought the records from the Waco Police Department, and found only 20 reports had been made for the multiple-year period. And information from the state agency resulted in the addition of only about four reports per year, resulting in the average of 7.3.
However, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Waco was asked about the numbers for a story in the Waco Tribune Herald, and said there had been 147 reports in about 18 months.
Pisciotta noted the Texas law requires “a report to law enforcement when a health care facility encounters a sexually active female child 13 or younger. For girls 14,15, or 16, a report is mandated if the child’s sex partner is three or more years older than the victim.”
Pisciotta also noted in May UCLA sophomore Lila Rose visited two Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinics and spun a story about being 15 and pregnant by her 23-year-old boyfriend.
“Both clinics encouraged her to lie about her age to circumvent a required statutory rape report under California law and to protect her boyfriend,” he said.
And in 2002, Life Dynamics of Denton, Texas, did a nationwide investigation, making undercover calls to clinics presenting a similar scenario. In that assessment, 91 percent of the clinics contacted urged the girl to conceal or lie about her age.
The results of that study are at a Child Predators website.