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Silent partners

"Silent partners" Continued...

Issue: "Goodbye again," June 9, 2007

He may have a running start. Hurley is also the attorney in the "Jane Roe" case in Ohio. Last June, a Hamilton County, Ohio, judge ordered the Cincinnati Planned Parenthood clinic to turn over records on all abortions performed on girls under age 18. The order is believed to be the first of its kind in a civil case. The abortion agency protested vehemently and immediately appealed. Oral arguments in the appeal took place on May 15, but the case may take years to resolve.

"I think this is what they do," said Hurley. "They say, 'We're going to outspend you. We're going to bury you'-unless you have some lawyers who come along and say, 'No, no: You're not going to get away with this.'"

Already, Denise's case has turned up what may be significant evidence: While deposing a Planned Parenthood employee who trains clinic workers on how to comply with mandated reporter laws, Hurley uncovered in her files a handwritten note that said, "suspect v. don't ask/don't tell." A copy of the note is attached to the May 7 complaint.

Hurley contends the note shows that Planned Parenthood of the Southwest Region has either a formal or tacit "don't ask/don't tell" policy regarding the reporting of sexual abuse. "They will argue that the note means nothing," Hurley said. "But what is the notation 'don't ask/don't tell' doing in a trainer's file on how to report sexual abuse?"

Also attached to the May 7 complaint is a photocopy of a "Documentation Form for Suspected Sexual or Child Abuse Report" signed by Cincinnati center manager Laura Providenti. Regarding the case of a 16-year-old girl, Providenti wrote: "Patient reports pregnancy is a result of sexual assault by a stranger." Instead of reporting the assault to police, Providenti consulted a Planned Parenthood attorney and noted the result: She did not need to tell police "due to physician-patient privilege. We are prohibited from reporting as no severe bodily injury was reported."

The form is dated 9/30/04, about two months before Denise says she told a worker at the same clinic that she had been raped.

The Ohio teen's lawsuit produced a grand total of two stories in mainstream media, both in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Meanwhile, the story of Rose and O'Keefe's videotapes appeared only in conservative media like The O'Reilly Factor, Human Events, and CNS News (CNS captured the tapes for internet posterity before Rose complied with Planned Parenthood's request to remove them from YouTube).

"If Lila had uncovered dark secrets at Exxon Mobil or Wal-Mart, her exposé would likely be the centerpiece of a scathing 20/20 profile on the abuse of corporate power," said Alliance Defense Fund senior counsel David French, who is advising Rose and O'Keefe. "But this is abortion, a sacrament of the left and in the eyes of mainstream media, Planned Parenthood can do no wrong. The idea that mainstream media stands on the side of regular people policing the behavior of powerful organizations is patently false. Instead they are downright complicit in the abuses of power of those that they favor. You can see that here with the absolutely deafening silence."

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