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April 21, 2009

There are several legislative bills for Tennesseans to research and take action on if you choose. Please see the message box on the Home page of this blog, as well as the appropriate subpages in Sidebar 1.

Please also use the resources of http://www.capitol.tn.gov/.

Several of the recommendations noted on this blog are from the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission (TNCPPC) which is supposed to research the bills before making recommendations. Their site http://www.tncppc.org/legislation.htm has other bills listed, but their presentation of information is somewhat confusing regarding which ones to support, so I haven’t mentioned all the bills on this blog.

Another source you can check for background information and recommendations is http://www.factn.org/legislation.htm, the Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACTN). One of the things that I’ve learned from that organization is how careful we must be in examining the language of a bill. This link takes you to an explanation of one example: http://www.factn.org/righttolife/paullintontestimony_031109.htm

Tennessee Right to Life (TRTL) is advocating support of a bill (SB 0470 / HB 1756) that I have not yet mentioned anywhere on this blog (except in this post) because  I do not yet know what the TNCPPC (or FACTN) says about it. The bill is said to help “defund Planned Parenthood”. That does sound like something to support, but I don’t know all the technicalities so there may be a reason not to support it.

As with all the information provided on this blog, please do your own research and pray before taking the suggested actions, since I cannot be 100% sure of always conveying the information correctly. I do my best, but there is always the possibility of errors, possibly by relying on a source that makes a mistake.

The email that someone forwarded to me with information from TRTL was the first thing that told me about the news covered in the remainder of this post. That email led me to http://tennesseerighttolife.org/news_center/archives/00whatshappening.htm and then I learned more from another email…

LifeNews.com and LifeSiteNews.com both send out daily collections of articles about situations around the world. The following article is one that may interest many Tennesseans, as well as other people who are concerned about the ways that Planned Parenthood deals with teen clients.

New Video:
Planned Parenthood Staff Urge Teen
to Lie About Sex Abuse-Abortion

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
April 20, 2009

Memphis, TN (LifeNews.com) — A new undercover videotape shows staff at a Tennessee Planned Parenthood abortion clinic urging a client to lie about her potential sexual abuse so she could get an abortion. A girl who said she is 14 and sexually abused by a 31-year-old man was told to hide the information from a judge.

The staff members at the nation’s largest abortion business told the young woman to conceal the information so a judge would approve her request for an abortion without parental involvement, which is required by state law except in emergency cases.

Lila Rose, 20-year-old UCLA student who has headed up a project to expose Planned Parenthood employees who engage in sexual abuse coverup, released the video footage on Monday.

Rose went to the Planned Parenthood’s Memphis Health Center undercover and told a counselor that a supposed boyfriend twice her age impregnated her and that she wanted an abortion without her parents knowing.

Tennessee Code 37-1-605 requires health professionals to report suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors to law enforcement immediately.

Instead of notifying officials about the apparent sexual abuse, a Planned Parenthood counselor tells Rose on camera that she doesn’t want to continue the line of conversation about the sexual abuse.

“Look, if we keep this conversation I’m gonna have to talk to my manager and yeah, [your boyfriend]’s gonna get in trouble,” the staffer says. “And please don’t say that I told you this.”

When Rose tells the counselor she thinks her boyfriend will get in trouble if her parents find out, the counselor advises Rose to lie about the man’s age when speaking to a judge in order to obtain a bypass of Tennessee’s parental consent law for abortion.

“Don’t mention it. Just say you have a boyfriend 17 years old…whatever,” the staffer says.

“The Planned Parenthood counselor hears about the abuse, says she should report it, decides to remain silent, then tells me to lie to the judge about a 31-year-old man.” Rose tells LifeNews.com about what happened.

This isn’t the first video to show problems at Planned Parenthood — as other footage Rose has released exposed Planned Parenthood abortion centers in Indiana and Arizona. The footage has prompted state officials to open investigations and Planned Parenthood staff have been fired or resigned as a result.

“This is the sixth clinic we have recorded that manipulates the law and covers up sexual abuse. Planned Parenthood’s abortion-first mentality makes it operate as an advocate for terrible crimes against children,” Rose told LifeNews.com. “What more do authorities need to see before holding this organization accountable for its institutionalized indifference to statutory rape and sexual abuse of children?”

The first video Rose released showed a Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood purposefully not telling state officials of a potential case of sexual abuse and staff members urging Rose to get a secret abortion in another state. That led to the firing of one staff member.

A second video, involving an Indianapolis Planned Parenthood, saw the same coverup and it resulted in one staff member resigning her position.

Rose sent the third video, where a Planned Parenthood nurse disregards the age difference and goes as far as cautioning Rose’s colleague not to bring her “boyfriend” before the judicial hearing required in Arizona to waive parental consent for an abortion, to state and local officials.

After hearing the news, officials with Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona said they planned to investigate the matter.

Related web sites:
Live Action – http://www.LiveAction.org 
New Video – http://liveaction.org/memphis

Source of article: http://www.lifenews.com/state4071.html.

 

Here is the video from July 2, 2008 at Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region:

You  may want to visit Lila Rose’s Web site at http://liveaction.org/memphis/ where you can learn more about her work in the “Mona Lisa Project” and see videos of the other clinics whose staff are violating laws.

Although some of the following text is duplicated in the LifeNews.com article, I’m including it for your convenience, but please visit the LiveAction.org site for more information:

MEMPHIS, April 20–A counselor at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Memphis, TN was caught on hidden camera coaching a 14-year-old girl to lie to a judge so he would not find out about her 31-year-old boyfriend and the girl could obtain a waiver for an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. This is the sixth Planned Parenthood clinic implicated in a developing multi-state child abuse scandal involving the deliberate suppression of evidence of statutory rape.

Lila Rose, 20-year-old UCLA student and president of the nonprofit Live Action, entered Planned Parenthood’s Memphis Health Center undercover and told a counselor that she was 14 years old, pregnant by her 31-year-old “boyfriend”, and needed a secret abortion so her parents would not find out about her sexual relationship with the older man. Tennessee Code 37-1-605 requires health professionals to report suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors to law enforcement immediately.

The Planned Parenthood counselor tells Rose on camera, “Look, if we keep this conversation I’m gonna have to talk to my manager and yeah, [your boyfriend]’s gonna get in trouble,” but promises, “I’m not gonna tell anybody, ok?” She adds, “And please don’t say that I told you this.” When Rose tells the counselor she thinks her boyfriend will get in trouble if her parents find out, the counselor advises Rose to lie about the man’s age when speaking to a judge in order to obtain a bypass of Tennessee’s parental consent law for abortion: “Don’t mention it. Just say you have a boyfriend 17 years old…whatever.”

“The Planned Parenthood counselor hears about the abuse, says she should report it, decides to remain silent, then tells me to lie to the judge about 31-year-old man.” Rose notes of the video.

The new video marks the fifth 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. Tennessee is the third state to be implicated in the controversy, along with Arizona and Indiana.

“This is the sixth clinic we have recorded that manipulates the law and covers up sexual abuse. Planned Parenthood’s abortion-first mentality makes it operate as an advocate for terrible crimes against children,” Rose states. “What more do authorities need to see before holding this organization accountable for its institutionalized indifference to statutory rape and sexual abuse of children?”

Source of the second article: http://liveaction.org/memphis/.

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