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ADF report: Planned Parenthood’s years-long pattern of ignoring child sexual abuse, enabling predators

Report compiles history of performing abortions on minors raped by adult male predators, failing to report to authorities

Thursday, Sep 3, 2015

Attorney sound bites:  Natalie Decker  |  Michael J. Norton

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – A report Alliance Defending Freedom issued Thursday catalogs multiple instances of Planned Parenthood performing abortions on sexually abused minors and failing to report the rapes to authorities as required by law. Affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America instead accepted money for the abortions and allowed the rapists to roam free without any notification to the proper authorities.

“Americans shouldn’t be forced to subsidize a scandal-plagued, billion-dollar corporation,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “The recent CMP undercover videos have revealed only the latest scandal. As our report demonstrates and documents, Planned Parenthood has been involved for many years in performing abortions on underage, sexually abused girls and letting their rapists go free, many times to go on abusing the same girl or other children.”

The report presents a pattern of Planned Parenthood incidents involving sexually abused minors in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Ohio.

“Over and over again, across the country, Planned Parenthood has been accused of ignoring mandatory sex abuse reporting laws, inevitably resulting in the continued victimization of young children,” the report explains. “In some instances, Planned Parenthood has been directly sued for failure to report sexual abuse or to notify parents of minor children seeking abortions, whereas in other instances the fact that Planned Parenthood failed to report sexual abuse of a child becomes evident in a criminal case. In both of these situations, the child victim is brought in for an abortion and, because no report is made to the proper authorities, no investigation is initiated and the abuse is permitted to continue.”

“Our report adds to the growing mountain of information that makes defunding Planned Parenthood a clear priority,” said ADF Senior Counsel and former U.S. Attorney Michael J. Norton. “Thousands of true community health centers can be trusted with our hard-earned money. Planned Parenthood has proven for decades that it can’t be trusted. The only thing it’s entitled to is a federal investigation.” (#DefundPP)

In addition to this report, ADF has provided a regularly updated report to Congress that identifies waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood, state family planning programs, and other organizations. ADF has also filed a complaint in Colorado that asks a state agency to investigate two Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood employees involved in performing an abortion on a raped 13-year-old girl and not reporting her rapist to authorities.

Additionally, ADF is litigating lawsuits, including Norton v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood and Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, that allege misuse of taxpayer dollars.

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ABOUT Michael J. Norton
Michael J. Norton is an Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney with Thomas N. Scheffel & Associates, P.C. Previously, he serveed as senior counsel with ADF, where he played an integral role for the Center for Life. Norton has been practicing law since 1976 and is admitted to the bars of the states of Colorado and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C. He is also admitted to federal courts in Colorado and pro hac vice to federal courts in, among other jurisdictions, Nebraska, the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before joining ADF in 2011, Norton was a top litigator with the Denver law firm Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. and built a reputation as a bar leader. He served as U.S. Attorney for Colorado from 1988 to 1993, appointed by President Ronald Reagan and reappointed by President George H.W. Bush. Norton earned his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1968.