Planned Parenthood of Indiana has suspended a staff member at its Bloomington, Ind., clinic after a pro-life student group posted a video online that allegedly shows the nurse advising a pro-life activist who is posing as a 13-year-old girl. On the video, the activist suggests that she is pregnant and that the father of the child may be 31 years old.
“In the state of Indiana, when anyone has had intercourse and they are age 13 and younger--” says the nurse on the video.
“I’m almost 14,” says the activist.
“It doesn’t matter,” says the nurse.
“Okay,” says the activist.
“You are 13 – it has to be reported to Child Protective Services. Okay, I didn’t hear the age. I don’t want to know the age,” says the nurse.
“Okay,” says the activist.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said the staff member was suspended and an investigation is being conducted into the matter.
“Today, we were made aware of a video that has been posted on the Internet that features a staff member from our Bloomington health center,” Cockrum said.
“We are deeply concerned about the content of the video. While we cannot be certain whether this video has been altered, the apparent actions of the employee would be in violation of our strict policies and procedures,” she said.
“Therefore, a thorough internal investigation of this matter has begun, and the employee has been put on an immediate, unpaid suspension. Further disciplinary action will be taken if warranted by the investigation,” Cockrum added.
“Planned Parenthood of Indiana is committed to following all state laws while providing high-quality health care,” Cockrum said. “We are immediately reinforcing all of our policies and procedures with the staff members of our 35 health centers to ensure that the high standards we demand continue to be met with every patient we see.”
The video was taped and produced by Live Action, a pro-life group of college students. Lila Rose, 20, is a student at the University of California-Los Angeles and founder and president of the all-volunteer group, which did not release all of the footage filmed at the Indiana clinic.
The edited video includes music and a transcription of the conversation between the Planned Parenthood nurse, Rose, and another student, both of whom posed as 13-year-old girls when they visited the clinic in June. (See transcript below).
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Transcript from Live Action video from June 2008:
Planned Parenthood (PP): “Have you had a positive pregnancy test? OK. And missed a period?”
Rose: “Couple of periods.”
PP: “A couple periods, OK.”
PP: “OK, How old are you?”
Rose: “I’m 13.”
PP: “OK, In the state of Indiana you have to have a parent’s signature to have an abortion.”
Rose: “And they would want to know who, who is the, the father, and everything?”
Rose: “And I can’t tell. I wouldn’t want to tell them ‘bout that stuff.”
PP: “OK, OK.”
Rose: “’Cuz, I mean, he would be in really big trouble.”
PP: “OK, OK. All right, cause I don’t want to know how old he is, OK? OK.”
Rose: “What do you mean?”
PP: “I don’t want to know how old he is. OK. Because, in the state of Indiana anyone 13 years and younger, um, there has to be, um, a report done to CPS, you know?”
Rose: “But he’s not, but he’s not as, I mean, he might be, um, a lot older.”
PP: “Doesn’t matter.”
Rose: “But he doesn’t act a lot older, you know? And I act a lot older than I am, so it works out.”
Rose: “Because he might be 31 now. He’s older, but he’s not like, um, older. You know what I’m talking about?”
Other girl in room: “He’s not like that. He’s not weird or anything.”
Rose: “Yeah, he’s not weird.”
PP: “In the state of Indiana, when anyone has had intercourse and they are age 13 and younger.”
Rose: “I’m almost 14.”
PP: “It doesn’t matter.”
PP: “You are 13 - it has to be reported to Child Protective Services. OK, I didn’t hear the age. I don’t want to know the age.”
PP: “It could be reported as rape.”
Rose: “Oh, OK.”
PP: “And that’s child abuse.”
Rose: “Oh. OK. So if I just say, I don’t know who the father was but he’s one of the guys at school or something?”
PP: “Right. Just, you know. You’ve seen him around, you know he’s 14, he’s in your grade and whatever. So. You know what I mean?”
PP: “OK. So that’s that problem’s solved.”
Break in tape.
PP: “Now I’m going to give you a piece of paper here because I cannot tell you this, okay? But I can show you this.”
Rose: “OK. Oh. So in Illinois?”
PP: “And I’m going to circle that ….”