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56 Lawmakers Ask HHS Probe of Planned Parenthood’s Response to Child Sexual Abuse

medicaid abortion Planned Parenthood death abuseA group of 56 lawmakers led by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., is urging federal officials to investigate the extent to which Planned Parenthood fails to report suspected sexual abuse of minors.

In a letter Thursday to the Department of Health and Human Services, Hartzler and 55 other Republicans ask the agency to probe whether Planned Parenthood, as a recipient of federal Title X funds, “failed in its duty to report suspected child abuse to local authorities and to HHS.”

Hartzler and other signers announced the formal request of an investigation in a press conference Thursday morning at the Capitol.

Their letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar comes less than a week after the pro-life group Live Action released a report alleging Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, covered up evidence of child sexual abuse.

Among the signers are two senators—Joni Ernst of Iowa and James Lankford of Oklahoma. Besides Hartzler, the 53 members of the House requesting the probe include Chris Smith of New Jersey, Mark Walker of North Carolina, and Diane Black of Tennessee.

The Daily Signal previously reported that the Live Action study, “Aiding Abusers: Planned Parenthood’s Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse,” alleges that Planned Parenthood has been caught on multiple occasions providing abortions to victims of sexual abuse as young as 12 and 13, failing to report suspected sexual abuse to authorities, and sending victims back to their abusers.

The report singles out situations where it says abusers forced minors to get an abortion because they had become pregnant after rape and sexual abuse, while Planned Parenthood looked the other way.

Title X is a federal grant program for preventive and family planning health services.

In their letter, the lawmakers ask that Health and Human Services specifically investigate and make available:

All records (including from regional offices) regarding any and all incidents of Planned Parenthood Title X recipients’ failure to report suspected sexual abuse of minors in their care;

A record of the steps taken to bring the recipient into compliance each time it was discovered that a Planned Parenthood Title X recipient failed to report suspected abuse, and documentation of the consequences for each recipient that refused to come into compliance; and

Data from Planned Parenthood Title X facilities for the past 10 years showing in the aggregate how many children below their particular states’ age of consent received services that would indicate they were sexually active … as well as the number of reports of suspected child sexual abuse Planned Parenthood made to law enforcement during that same period.

Although a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood declined to comment on the lawmakers’ letter, she referred The Daily Signal to background materials in which media and other critics characterize Live Action’s video report as deceptive, heavily edited, and untrue.

President Donald Trump’s administration released text May 22 for a proposed rule that would force abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood to choose between federal funding and performing abortions under the same roof as other programs.

Conservative lawmakers have sought unsuccessfully to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant, which received a total of $543.7 million in taxpayer dollars in 2016, contends that none of that money goes toward abortions.

Hartzler and the other signers of the letter to Azar write that Planned Parenthood receives about $60 million a year in Title X funds from taxpayers. It is the country’s largest recipient of the federal family planning funds, they say, and should not be aiding perpetrators of sexual abuse.

“In light of this [Live Action] report and the influx of federal resources to this organization,” the lawmakers write, “we respectfully request that you investigate Planned Parenthood, as well as other current Title X recipients, to determine how widespread the failure of abuse reporting is.”

Click here to see the full text of the letter and the names of those who signed it. 

From - The Daily Signal - by Rachel del Guidice

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Brian B

It’s not surprising that an organization whose primary function is to abort unwanted pregnancies, is indifferent to the sexual abuse of young girls. Does a murderer ever care about who is harmed by his actions? The HHS should investigate Planned Parenthood’s negligence. Better yet, Congress needs to de-fund this evil organization and put them out of business.

BobA

I would like to know how Congress can continually approve funding to Murder Inc. So many charges from selling baby body parts to now sexual abuse of minors. I have asked my rep but have never received a response.

Ivan Berry

If the cases purporting abuse are true as depicted by the father who impregnated his daughter three times, thrice forcing an abortion to get rid of his unwanted progeny, then there is no need for further hearings. The only action required is that Congress do their duty and shut down this child slaughter mill. Human sacrifice does not entail killing our kids.

Aardvark

PP lies about the scope of their “services”, they get caught red handed making deals to sell baby body parts on the black market, they are filmed laughing and bragging about how they are careful to not damage valuable organs while ripping the babies apart, they are caught leaving live babies from botched abortions in back rooms to die an agonizing death, they are responsible for many deaths of their pregnant victims due to negligence and botched abortions, and now they are caught covering up sex abuse against minors. It is not enough to de-fund PP. These sadistic barbarians need to be prosecuted for their crimes against humanity!

William McKinney

I would support military air strikes againt Planned Murderhood.Just making up my mind as to wherter are not the Air Strikes should take place during normal business hours while the murderers are at work are at night ? ?

Allen

The fact that Congress has not stopped the taxpayer funding of murder by this private company is despicable in and of itself and would justify the recall of every incumbent who has failed to take action. Add to it the criminal complicity in hiding child abuse and Congress becomes guilty of RICO violations as co-conspirators in a criminal enterprise. None of the incumbent members of Congress who have supported Planned Parenthood should be allowed to keep their office for another day. They should be arrested and taken to jail, to await trial for murder and criminal conspiracy.

Gloria P. Sterling

Planned Parenthood (so-called; it should be named “sex-planning”). It is the biggest “child-abuser” that ever was. Abortion is an abomination in the eyes of G_d and certainly the selling of those same innocents’ body part just as much so, too.

Maria Gregory

Planned Parenthood is a farce as far as I’m concerned as I actually thought at first that their “name” meant a place where couples and women could go to for counseling and pre-planning information for those who wanted to become parents sometime down the line. I was appalled when I learned that they did abortions and nothing else, and then selling the fetus tissues supposedly for stem cell research, but heard they sold the tissues for profit! That is not Planned Parenthood!! For one thing, it’s another form of murder and were those women who just aborted their babies, given any information as to how to care for themselves after the procedure? What happens if they hemorrhaged afterwards? Were they taken care of by PP or merely sent home? Were other options offered to those women instead of having an abortion? If the answers to these questions are all negative,… Read more »

Peter

If Planned Parenthood had anything remotely concerned with parenting and family values they would limit themselves to counseling in THE JOYS OF PARENTING, MOTHERHOOD and particularly GESTATION AND MATERNITY. The name in and of itself is misleading and a misnomer. Planned parenthood is an organization that focuses on promoting unrealistic expectations on women and young women apparently terrorizing them regarding the admitted abyss in partnerships. This “abyss” (or ‘battle of the sexes’) can only be bridged through communication not isolation or cronyism with other females. Essentially they are promoting autocratic decision-making and recreational sex. Encouraging women to think of social interactions as frivolous and subordinate to selfish indulgence.

Gary

Deceptive, heavily edited, and untrue. The Good Lord says that a half truth is still a whole lie, which makes this statement a whole lie x 10! And we are to believe them when they say no taxpayer money goes to abortions? Bovine excrement! Pure evil has taken root in this country, and the only way to get rid of it is pull out every tentacle. We have a duty to God to get out there and vote these heathen liberals out of office!