Bending the rules is what happens at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Birmingham, Ala., according to a video released by Live Action Films, which sends volunteers to abortion businesses with undercover recorders.
The recording revealed a counselor at Planned Parenthood telling a volunteer, who described herself as a 14-year-old statutory rape victim, saying the clinic “does sometimes bend the rules a little bit.”
Sex between an adult and a 14-year-old is a felony in Alabama. The pro-life organization said this is the seventh Planned Parenthood clinic implicated in a multi-state scandal over the suppression of statutory rape evidence.
Lila Rose, a 20-year-old UCLA student and Live Action president, went undercover at the Birmingham business and told a counselor she was 14, pregnant by her 31-year-old “boyfriend,” and she couldn’t let her parents know.
Rose asks, “Is it a problem about my boyfriend?”
The counselor, identified as “Tanisha,” concludes, “As long as you consented to having sex with him, there’s nothing we can truly do about that.”
The counselor acknowledges the “boyfriend” could be in big trouble because of the ages and then told Rose that the clinic manager “sometimes does bend the rules a little bit.”
The counselor also confirms that whatever is said within the Planned Parenthood walls stays there.
However, Live Action said, Alabama Code 26-14-3 requires health professionals to disclose suspected cases of sexual abuse to state officials immediately.
“The law is explicit about a health-care provider’s duty to report, yet Planned Parenthood pretends they cannot say anything,” Rose noted of the investigation. “Planned Parenthood increases its business and influence by circumventing state reporting laws, but inflicts terrible harm upon the vulnerable young girls sent back to statutory rapists.”
The video is the sixth in Live Action’s “Mona Lisa Project,” a nationwide undercover investigation that documents Planned Parenthood’s repeated noncompliance with state mandatory reporting laws for sexual abuse of minors.
Alabama is the fourth state to be implicated in the controversy, along with Arizona, Indiana and Tennessee.