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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Planned Parenthood, worse than Penn State
We take sexual abuse of children quite seriously in the United States, but only selectively.
When Americans learned that Penn State employees didn’t make use of evidence that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was having sex with children, we were collectively outraged. After Sandusky’s conviction on 45 counts of sexual abuse, the culture rightly wanted heads to roll. We demanded to know who knew what, when they knew it and why those people had not moved heaven and earth to stop the abuse.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh found that late head coach Joe Paterno and other university leaders “repeatedly concealed critical facts” about suspicions pertaining to Sandusky. Paterno’s statue was removed from campus. Ranking university officials, including the president, were fired. The NCAA fined Penn State $60 million and neutered the football program with a four-year postseason ban. Public outcry is so enormous that some say the very existence of Penn State is in question, as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has threatened to pull the school's accreditation.
When society learned that several Catholic bishops had covered up for child molesters, mostly decades prior, the church was sued out of more than $3 billion. The costs keep rising, with some suits that involve cases so old the alleged victims and defendants are dead.
Most would agree that all of this is good. No civilized society tolerates cover-ups of sexual abuse of children.
Yet our federal government pays more than $1 million a day to Planned Parenthood, which probably covers up more sexual abuse of children than any other institution in the United States. Evidence is overwhelming.