Clinic Counselors Urge Pregnant “Teen” to Lie About Age
Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation (NAF) are accomplices in the sexual exploitation of teenage girls by older men, according to research released by Life Dynamics. The research says that sexual abuse and exploitation of teenage girls in the U.S. has reached “epidemic” proportions, and that counselors at Planned Parenthood and NAF facilities around the country regularly and knowingly help conceal these crimes.
According to the findings, “among girls 15 and younger who become pregnant, between 60 percent and 80 percent of them are impregnated by adult men,” with some girls being as young as 10 years old. Among the research cited is an earlier study that found that “the average age of men who father children with girls under 14 is now higher than the average age of men who father children with 18-year-olds.”
As part of the study, a Life Dynamics staffer called more than 800 Planned Parenthood and NAF affiliated clinics throughout the U.S., posing as a 13-year-old pregnant by a 22-year-old boyfriend. She told all the counselors their ages and said she wanted the abortion to conceal the relationship from her parents.
According to the findings, an overwhelming majority of clinic workers agreed to keep the girl’s situation secret. Many told her that it was illegal and encouraged the caller to use a false identity or to lie about her age when she arrived at the clinic. In states where parental notification laws were in place, the caller was often given instructions on how to circumvent those laws. In “a number of cases,” counselors would interrupt the girl or ignore her when she mentioned her age or the age of her boyfriend, leading researchers to conclude that the age factor was a non-issue for counselors.
According to the study, one counselor told the caller that if “she came in with cash, she could be any age she wanted to be.”
Many employees also told the caller she could come to the clinic with her adult boyfriend to obtain birth control, thus further implicating themselves in abetting the abusive situation.
The study has caught the attention of the chief state’s attorney’s office in Connecticut, which says it will meet with Planned Parenthood to “remind them of their obligation” to report such crimes under state law. Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state accused Life Dynamics of making up the report, despite the fact that the calls were taped and state officials confirmed that the voices on the tape belonged to Planned Parenthood workers.
Life Dynamics says that the information, which is posted on a new web site at www.ChildPredators.com, could be used in lawsuits against the abortion industry.
Originally published in The Post-Abortion Review 10 (3) July-Sept. 2002. Copyright 2002 Elliot Institute.