CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE COVER-UP
Catalyst July/August Issue 2005
It is not the Catholic Church that is impeding justice for the victims of child sexual molestation, it is Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
On March 1, some medical records of Planned Parenthood clinics were seized by the Medicaid fraud control unit of the Indiana attorney general’s office. The seizure was authorized to determine “whether or not children were neglected by virtue of a failure to report instances of child molestation to the proper authorities.”
Immediately, Planned Parenthood instructed its clinics not to cooperate. On May 31, an Indiana judge ruled that Planned Parenthood must turn over its records. (In Indiana, anyone who is under 14 and is sexually active is considered a sexual abuse victim, and health care providers are required to report such cases to the authorities.) The local ACLU affiliate is representing Planned Parenthood: they consider it a “fishing expedition.”
Here is what William Donohue told the media: “If a Catholic diocese were to refuse to turn over its priest personnel records to the authorities on the grounds that the request was a ‘fishing expedition,’ it would be labeled an obstruction of justice by every major media outlet in the nation; no doubt ’60 Minutes’ and Showtime would find it grist for a story or a movie. But because the cover-up is being done by the darlings of the liberal establishment—Planned Parenthood and the ACLU—not a howl of protest can be heard.”
And it’s not just in Indiana—it’s all over. This is why Donohue decided to write to every member of the New York State legislature urging adoption of a bill by State Senator Stephen Saland that would make no exemptions for abortion providers in mandating that child sexual abuse be reported to the authorities.
For the past three years in New York, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have been trying to stop this legislation (along with the National Association of Social Workers and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence). “It’s time to end the cover-up,” said Donohue, “protect the kids and have one law for everyone.”