The Planned Parenthood abortion chain has been caught covering up the sexual abuse of young girls in Montana.
In court documents filed last week, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen raised questions about the abortion group reporting suspected statutory rape to authorities in a case about the blocked state parental notification law.
Knudsen asked the court to dissolve a supposedly temporary order that has blocked Montana from enforcing its parental notification law for nine years. The law requires at least one parent to be informed before their underage daughter has an abortion. Parental involvement laws protect both unborn babies and young pregnant mothers from abuse.
“The State must be able to enforce its laws designed to protect minor Montanans from predatory harms,” Knudsen wrote in a motion to a state district court, provided to LifeNews.com.
He said Planned Parenthood of Montana, which sued to block the law, has belittled the importance of protecting young pregnant girls from abuse.
“… the evidence already on record in this case demonstrates precisely why the State must enforce these vital laws, because [Planned Parenthood abortion facilities] fail to adequately protect the interests of their patients,” Knudsen continued.
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According to the court document, a Montana Planned Parenthood facility recently saw a pregnant girl under the age of 16 who was a victim of statutory rape; however, the abortion chain, despite being a mandatory reporter, did not report the case until weeks later.
The document suggests the abortion chain may not have reported the incident at all if a judge had not become involved, and it may have intentionally understated the age of the girl’s alleged abuser.
“In one case involving a[redacted] pregnant mother and a 19-year-old father, a district court judge reported the matter to law enforcement based on his belief – after questioning PPMT [Planned Parenthood] – that PPMT would probably not report the abuse,” Knudsen wrote.
Weeks later, Planned Parenthood did report the incident, but it reported the alleged statutory rapist’s age as 18, not 19, which contradicts court documents, according to the attorney general’s office.
Planned Parenthood of Montana is a mandatory reporter, meaning its staff must contact authorities when they suspect a patient is being abused. This is not the first time the abortion chain has been accused of failing to report or covering up the sexual abuse of young girls.
“This case and others detailed by the State’s experts, demonstrate the compelling and paramount interest in combating sex crimes against minors,” Knudsen wrote. “The longer the preliminary injunction is unjustly allowed to linger, the longer these vulnerable girls will remain at risk.”
He said state leaders must be allowed to protect young girls and parents’ rights to be involved in their lives.
The Montana law, which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2012, has been blocked but never overturned. The law makes it illegal to coerce a minor into an abortion and requires that a medical professional performing an abortion for a pregnant minor must notify at least one parent or legal guardian at least 48 hours in advance.
“Over 70 percent of Montanans supported this commonsense law aimed at preventing the exploitation of vulnerable young girls,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement. “… however, until a court finally rules on the case—and several Montana judges have refused to do so for several years—it is the law of Montana, and it will be enforced.”
Parental involvement laws protect young girls from abusive situations. Sexual abusers have been known to take their young victims to abortion clinics when they become pregnant.
In 2008, a Planned Parenthood in Bloomington, Indiana was exposed for agreeing to help cover up the sexual abuse of a minor in an undercover sting by Live Action.
In another case in Ohio, Planned Parenthood was sued after it failed to report the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. The girl’s adult soccer coach got her pregnant and then took her to the abortion clinic to cover up his crime.
In an Arizona case, officials said Planned Parenthood failed to properly report to authorities about a victim of an alleged serial rapist. Not only did Planned Parenthood fail to report the rape but, in so doing, it allowed the alleged perpetrator to rape as many as 18 or more teenage girls, authorities said.
Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar “nonprofit,” does about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S., or about 350,000 per year.