A Cooked-Up Crisis: The Pedophile Protection Scandal
Antis make the same crank phone call 800 times and call it research
Life Dynamics started out by suing abortion doctors for malpractice, using the web to recruit clients. The Texas based lawfirm/website and prolife agit-prop organization is expanding to produce fresh urban legends for the cause. Their most recent campaign describes a supposed conspiracy: Planned
Parenthood and National Abortion Federation Caught in Pedophile Protection Scandal. Life Dynamics says of themselves: "Life Dynamics Incorporated is the nation's leading pro-life research company."
Life Dynamics describes the methods and the results of their research project at Child Predators: A Life Dynamics Special Report. They commissioned an actress to call up hundreds of clinics, representing herself as "a 13-year-old girl who was
pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend." LDI reports that most of the responses from the clinics were aimed at avoiding any responsibility for reporting this illegal coupling to the proper authorities.
LDI concludes that abortion doctors benefit from the actions of older men who exploit very young women. LDI stands ready to sue the bad guys.
LDI issued a barrage of press releases, which provoked a range of responses from the media.
Web based news organizations on the right have been the least critical in responding to LDI's scandal story:
Pro-life Movement Applauds Kline and Gilstrap June 19, 2003 - Operation Rescue West approves of Kansas officials who subscribe to Life Dynamics' theory of "child abuse" by abortion clinics.
United States Justice Foundation Announces Campaign
to Force Planned Parenthood to Obey State Law July 3, 2002 - USJF ("Your Conservative Voice in the Courts") has filed a California civil suit, asserting in part that Planned Parenthood must "cease refusing to report the sexual abuse of minors by adult perpetrators."
School districts accomplices to sex abuse? August 28, 2002 - Life Dynamics casts its net wider -- claiming that any school district that refers a pupil to Planned Parenthood becomes liable for that pupil having been molested by an adult male.
Priest Group Launches Anti-Sex-Ed Campaign November 11, 2002 - "The group Priests for Life is warning public schools of potential 'legal liability' if the systems' personnel refer students to health organizations such as Planned Parenthood or permit the organizations to provide sex education."
The Tale of the Tapes Citizen Magazine a website of Focus on the Family, embellishes LDI's campaign with a story of their own in which an older man twice impregnates his girfriend's daughter, each time taking her for an abortion.
Other Web based news organizations sometimes look at the story more critically.
- Abortion Foes Reveal Deceptive Tactic March 30, 2002 - Lycos shows an AP story: "Anti-abortion activists have revealed the latest covert tactic in their running battle against abortion clinics: A woman posing as a pregnant teen has been calling clinics in hopes of drawing them into violating the law."
Print and Broadcast Media show a range of responses
- Abortion foes entice clinics to break law May 31, 2002 - An AP story in the Ft. Worth/Dallas Star Telegram. Quotes Gloria Feldt, Planned Parenthood president: "They'll use any tactics they can."
- Connecticut Abortion Clinics Look The Other Way May 22, 2002 - From the website of a Fox-TV affiliate in Connecticut.
- Pro-Life Group Launches Undercover Sting May 31, 2002 - "A pro-life group in Texas has enlisted a woman to pose as a pregnant teen in a campaign designed to
catch abortion clinics that might break the law."
- Lie, Distort, Harass: Anti-abortionists take aim at public schools September 13, 2002 - Planned Parenthood Federation of America considers Life Dynamics' campaign to be "an irresponsible hoax . . . It makes broad statements, [but] thatís not what the law says. Reporting requirements Ö apply to only a small subset of sexually active teens."
- Anti-Choice Group Set Legal Trap for 800 Clinics November 10, 2002 - Women's E-news correspondant Frederick Clarkson describes Life Dynamics' campaign. A Planned Parenthood spokesman points out "No one has an obligation to report or to conduct an inquisition based on a phone call, because you have no idea who is on the other end, and what the truth is. And in this case, Life Dynamics hoax caller was scrupulously careful not to give a name."
- On Target: Undercover abortion tapes November 12, 2002 - "All clinics are required to report suspected sexual abuse, and they're required to tell a parent if a minor seeks an abortion. But are they?"
- Carolinas Planned Parenthood staffers may be sidestepping the law The Charlotte World appears to be convinced by the "undercover tapes" that purport to show Planned Parenthood ignoring evidence of child sexual abuse.
Life Dynamics' poor record of credibility
Others jump on the bandwagon
Following Life Dynamics' lead, other opportunists are cranking out complaints.
Abortion feud gets new spin: Caller brings police to Lubbock clinic October 20, 2002 -
"Abortion opponents call police to report that health care professionals at abortion clinics are not reporting suspected cases of child abuse as mandated by law."
Aborting Child Protection October 23, 2002 - "Abortion clinics should be mandatory reporters of child abuse, just like every other health-care provider."
The Eyewitness Campaign Life Dynamics introduces a new project for sidewalk counselors: any protester who sees an underage woman entering a clinic can call the police to report suspected child sex abuse.
Join Spies for Life! "Anyone can be a Spy for Life! Just roll up your sleeves and get to work. We need any dirt that you can dig up about any abortionist, abortion clinic, clinic employee or hospital that allows abortions."
Sex-abuse law to include abortionists? November 2, 2002 - "DA wants providers to be required to report statutory rape cases."
Ashcroft urged to probe
Planned Parenthood March 15, 2003 - "An online petition addressed to the Justice Department accuses Planned Parenthood-sponsored abortion clinics of hiding sexual abuse of children under the guise of a teen-age girl's purported right to privacy."
Statutory Rape Cases Underreported: Anti-Abortionist Group Hopes Tapes Will Prove Their Claim April 15, 2003 -
In Plattsburgh, NY another bunch of antis uses the fraudulent tapes produced by Life Dynamics.
Pro-life groups criticize clinics: They say child abuse laws are subverted May 9, 2003 - "To prove the point, he played four tapes of calls to New Hampshire clinics recorded by Life Dynamics of Texas, which said it called 900 clinics around the country during the winter of 2002. Cable said a 22-year-old woman posed as a scared 13-year-old, who said she might be pregnant, asked for abortion information and said her sexual partner was 22."
Planned Parenthood Denies the Bogus Charges
- Planned Parenthood rejects groupsí claims May 10, 2003 - "Family planning clinics in New Hampshire on Friday strongly disputed claims by right-to-life groups that they did not follow state child-abuse reporting laws."