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Planned Parenthood Fears Outside Scrutiny - Chooses Closely Linked Group to Implement 'Reform'

Lila Rose, undercover investigator, demands Planned Parenthood release records under mandatory reporting laws

Contact: Kristina Hernandez, 703-683-5004 ext. 132, khernandez@crcpublicrelations.com 

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- After two undercover videos show Planned Parenthood of Indiana workers refusing to report statutory rape of young girls, Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum released a statement defending her organization, though offering no public apology. Lila Rose, 20-year old president of Live Action, calls for Planned Parenthood of Indiana to publicly release the number of reports they have made to Child Protective Services in conjunction with the number of minors to whom they have provided STD testing, abortion counseling, pregnancy testing, and birth control.

Rose says that comparing these two statistics will begin to give the public a more accurate picture of the extent to which Planned Parenthood fails to report adult-child sexual relationships.

Rose questions the abortion provider's commitment to reform in light of new information uncovered by Live Action. Live Action revealed today that Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, the group selected by Planned Parenthood for internal reforms, has close ties with Planned Parenthood. Prevent Child Abuse of Indiana's lead "prevention specialist," Carol Pool, worked for Planned Parenthood of Indiana for thirteen years as an "educator" who gave sex education workshops. Planned Parenthood of Indiana's website says, "PCAI is a great organization," and states, "Family planning services go hand-in-hand with the prevention of child abuse."

"For Planned Parenthood to enlist the help of its friends and former employees at PCAI in the name of reform is like a predator saying he will babysit his victim," said Rose.

Rose also calls the promise of "staff re-training" by Planned Parenthood a public relations ploy. "All employees in the videos expressed knowledge of their legal obligation to report the rape," said Rose. "This is not a matter of knowing the laws. When Planned Parenthood doesn't like a law, they break it."

Rose adds, "Planned Parenthood has been lobbying politically against parental involvement laws for years, both statewide and federally--it is no surprise that our investigations have found their staffers circumventing these laws in Indiana by sending a purported 13 year old girl, with a 31 year old sex partner, out of state for secret abortions."

Actual cases of Planned Parenthood covering up adult-child sexual relationships have been reported in Arizona, California, Ohio, and Washington D.C.

"These incidents, and our undercover work, reveal a disturbing pattern of lawlessness," Rose explains. "Planned Parenthood needs to release all applicable statistical data on the number of minors it treats in sexual abuse situations and the number of these cases it reports to law enforcement."

The second investigative video, released last week, can be found at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTxsWZz9whg