Press conference Thursday to call for investigation of Planned Parenthood Arizona

ADF attorneys will participate in Arizona Life Coalition event
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Attorney sound bite:  Natalie Decker

WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys
WHAT: Participating in Arizona Life Coalition press conference
WHEN: Thursday, July 24, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Arizona time
WHERE: Planned Parenthood Tempe, 1250 E. Apache Blvd., #108, Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys will be available for media interviews following an Arizona Life Coalition press conference Thursday that will call on state authorities to investigate a Tempe Planned Parenthood facility under a new law that goes into effect the same day. The facility allegedly failed to report the rape of a young girl by 18-year-old Tyler Kost, who then reportedly went on to sexually assault others.

ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker will deliver a statement at the press conference; Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton and Litigation Counsel Elissa Graves will also be present. The Arizona Life Coalition consists of Center for Arizona Policy, Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List, Americans United for Life, Live Action, and Students for Life.

“No one should place young girls into the hands of sexual predators, yet that’s what Planned Parenthood appears to have done here and what we know it has done before. Even worse, it does it with our tax dollars,” said Decker. “Sadly, this is far from a one-time occurrence. Planned Parenthood’s deception, cover-ups, and abuse of taxpayer dollars across the country are bad enough, but the abortion giant’s complicity in placing young girls at the mercy of adult male sexual predators is utterly inexcusable.”

The press conference will call upon state investigators and prosecutors, as well as the Arizona Department of Health Services, to investigate the Tempe facility for potential violations of Arizona’s requirement that sex abuse of a child must be reported to police or Child Protective Services within 24 hours. A new state law, The Women’s Health Protection Act, allows Arizona’s Department of Health Services to immediately investigate an abortion facility upon receiving a complaint.

Pinal County criminally charged Kost of 27 counts of sexual assault and abuse. According to police reports, a Planned Parenthood counselor told one of the alleged victims and her mother at an abortion consultation that it “wasn’t worth the hassle” to report that the minor had been raped. After that, Kost allegedly committed additional sexual assaults on young females. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Arizona attorney general to investigate Planned Parenthood concerning the incident. Citizens can do the same through an online petition.

“Planned Parenthood has once again proven they cannot be trusted to protect the health and safety of our daughters,” said Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod. “The Arizona attorney general and Department of Health Services must immediately investigate the Tempe clinic to ensure no other young woman was told that a sexual assault wasn’t worth the ‘hassle’ of filing a mandatory report with the authorities.”

In addition to the Arizona situation, Planned Parenthood has been sued in Colorado for failing to report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl who received an abortion and birth control after her abusive step-father brought her to a Denver facility. In Ohio, Planned Parenthood allowed a soccer coach who impregnated a 14-year old girl to sign off on her abortion without her parents’ knowledge. Planned Parenthood failed to report the incident to the required authorities, and a court determined it violated Ohio’s informed consent laws.

ADF has been involved in several lawsuits involving Planned Parenthood secrecy and alleged fraud and just today submitted an updated report to Congress on the abuse of taxpayer dollars by the abortion giant’s affiliates. ADF has also been active in monitoring the Tempe Union High School District’s adoption of a Planned-Parenthood–promoted sex education curriculum as a “framework” for the district’s curriculum to ensure the district complies with state law.
 
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