Denton's Life Dynamics is on a Mission to End Abortion by Suing Clinics over Child Rape

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Life Dynamics, the Denton-based pro-life group that long ago earned a permanent spot on Planned Parenthood's anti-choice hall of fame, has always prided itself on being a bit different from its allies in the abortion fight. It's less about standing outside of abortion clinics with photos of bloody fetuses than conducting opposition research and distributing propaganda.

Among its many ventures: Project Choice, in which abortion providers' responses to a survey on their personal misgivings, supposedly conducted as part of a student project, were collected and published; "Spies for life," which enlisted thousands of volunteers to infiltrate abortion clinics and pro-choice groups and report on misdeeds; and Bottom Feeder, a 16-page cartoon tract of off-color jokes about abortionists that was mailed to 30,000 medical students. (Q. What do you call a busload of abortionists going over a cliff with one of its seats unoccupied? A. A crying shame.) Basically, Life Dynamics was James O'Keefe when James O'Keefe was still in diapers.

The group is also quite fond of malpractice lawsuits, which have been a favorite weapon since 1992, when founder Mark Crutcher began a direct mail campaign urging lawyers to sue abortion providers, thus forcing them out of business. That effort has never really stopped; it just mutated slightly. As Mother Jones reported on Monday, tens of thousands of attorneys across the country have recently begun receiving anodyne-looking DVDs:

The DVDs look innocuous from the packaging. The envelope doesn't say "abortion" anywhere on it. The envelope simply states, "This 11-minute DVD will revolutionize your legal practice." Abortion is not mentioned until two minutes into the video. A lawyer in New Hampshire, Ted Barnes, sent Mother Jones the copy he received, noting that he works mostly on criminal defense, not malpractice cases.

Another Manchester, New Hampshire-based lawyer, Michael J. Iacopino, said he received a DVD in the mail; he also mainly handles criminal-defense cases. From the packaging, he says, he mistook it to be something about how to manage his firm better. "To me it was false advertising," said Iacopino, a partner at Brennan Caron Lenehan & Iacopino. "It was designed to be something that would appeal to a lawyer that might be looking to organize their practice, but it turned out to be a pitch to sue abortion clinics."

The video, which Life Dynamics has posted to YouTube, takes the form of an imitation newscast featuring anchors Alan Ackles (an actor who most recently scored a couple of cameos in the Dallas remake) and Blynda Lane ("Fun is my middle name. Lovin' Jesus is my game.").

Ackles and Lane proceed to explain that there is an epidemic of adult men raping underage girls which, they say, is the cause of 60 to 80 percent of the teen pregnancies. Yet pregnancy clinics and abortion providers are ignoring the problem and, in the process, are violating laws requiring them to report suspected cases of sexual assault.

The logic goes like this: When a girl comes in for a pregnancy test or an abortion or contraceptive services, "she is providing clear evidence that she is or has been sexually active," Lane says. "Since she is not legally old enough to give consent for sexual activity, this evidence constitutes reasonable suspicion of child sexual abuse."

And that's where the lawyers come in. "Make no mistake: What you're about to see could literally revolutionize your practice," Ackles tells viewers. "It can also put you on the cutting edge of solving one of the nation's most troubling, but most hidden, social problems."

This line of argument isn't new. Life Dynamics has long maintained childpredators.com, which is dedicated to exposing what Crutcher has called "a nationwide pedophile protection ring. They [Planned Parenthood et al] are knowingly and overtly protecting men who sexually abuse and rape children."

He's been making that argument for a decade or more, and it's yet to gain much traction beyond a dedicated contingent of pro-life activists. Clearly, the problem is not in the message but in its packaging, which a quaintly antiquated campaign of sending badly produced DVDs through the mail will undoubtedly solve.

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Rooster0620
Rooster0620

I'm not sure who's more nuts - the animal rights whackos, or the abortion whackos...

Lurch
Lurch

A victim of child sexual abuse? If her partner is her age, or even younger in some cases, that is a case that is going nowhere, sometimes not even a criminal act occurred.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Have they not heard.....all but 5 abortion clinics will be closed in Texas and the 5 that are left open Gov Perry's sister is a lobbyist for - wasted precious time & money if they sent it to Texas lawyers.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

The problem with poo-pooing this is that the hidden cam videos have consistently shown PP employees not only ignoring explicit admissions of statutory rape that they are legally required to report, they actually instruct the victim on how to avoid letting the crime out.

These people may be goofy squares, but on this one they are right.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Is it wrong that I find it hilariously funny that Iacopino (lawyer) is flabbergasted that somebody tried to camouflage an anti-abortion appeal as something it was not?

I don't think I want this fellow defending me.

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

I bet the Facebook comments on this one are going to be especially smart. 

Marvin Remmers
Marvin Remmers

Planned Parenthood has been protecting rapists and pedophiles? That's terrible.

monstruss
monstruss

Blynda Fun Lane is a really awful name.

Mary Silla
Mary Silla

Texas and Iran, same tactics, different prophets.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Lurch That's fine.  It gets reported, the DA exercises proper prosecution discretion, and the law is followed all around.

Am I the only one who sees how abortionists deciding on their own which laws to follow or not is a bad thing?  How it leads to abattoirs like Gosnell in Philly?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@whocareswhatithink

no, Milla Perry Jones (his sister) works in "government affairs" for a firm that operates ambulatory surgical centers, who will likely benefit from the clinic closures when women seek care. supply and demand.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

if by "statutory rape" you mean women and men who admit to sexual relations and are under the age of 17, if such relations are consentual why should PP subject these people to legal difficulties? there is no valid reason to do so.

It is better to not subject them to legal recourse but rather work to educate the participants on the problems having sex can produce, trying to stop reckless behavior thru counseling.

Planned Parenthood provides rape counseling services that DOES include referring to legal authorities when called for. Planned Parenthood assists victims of rape with pursuit of their legal rights to seek justice.

To portray Planned Parenthood as an organization who works to aid rapist is dishonest.

nope, Life Dynamics is wrong and misguided, not to mention deceitful.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@Anna_Merlan 

who needs facebook for those comments when phelps is here :)

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Will the FB comments be posted here at DO or do O have to find them on FB?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Anna_Merlan no shit, Im actually interested to read them this time.  all other times FB comments can go to hell

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@mavdog@everlastingphelpsif by "statutory rape" you mean women and men who admit to sexual relations and are under the age of 17, if such relations are consentual why should PP subject these people to legal difficulties? there is no valid reason to do so.

Because they are REQUIRED BY LAW TO DO SO.  This one is in no way vague, and they are 100% aware of it.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.261.htm

Planned Parenthood is an organization that routinely and institutionally breaks the law when it suits them.  Because They Know Better Than You.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@primi_timpano, oh they will be here, just give the crazies time to wake n bake, then they will be full on crazy

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@ebailey75057 It's the wrong thing to convict them of.  I agree 100% with that.  It's wrong to even charge them.  However, it's also wrong to leave the discretion on that to PP, instead of the DA.  Why?  Because PP has shown, over and over, that if they have any discretion, then they treat the 13 year old girl knocked up by a 45 year old man the same as the 16 year old girl knocked up by a 17 year old man.

They have no ability to use reason, so we shouldn't let them.  Leave it to the DA to make the judgment call.

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

It may be the law, but is it the right thing to do to both teenagers?  One gets a record the other gets a reputation neither one wants.  Phelps can you remember way back when you were a teenager?  We weren't concerned with what might happen, we just wanted "it" to happen.  So for a moment of pleasure by the dashboard light, you want to brand a kid for life.  The Taliban share your viewpoints, unbending unforgiving.  In your world, the LAW is the LAW, regardless if there is an alternative , less damaging way to handle a difficult situation.  No understanding or compassion. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps @Rooster0620 

hey Phelps, when you hold yourself to the same standards as those you hoist on others we'll stop putting your name as a definition beside "hypocrite" in the dictionary.

I won't hold my breath. hypocrisy is endemic in your nature.

Your attacks on Planned Parenthood show your pathetic lack of compassion and hollow concern for others,  the many people, men and women, who benefit from the services Planned Parenthood provide.

the irony of your accusation that I "want to run everyone's life" makes me burst out with a laugh. You want restrictions on people's conduct in so many ways your avatar should be a picture of Tomas de Torquemada.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Rooster0620 Actually, the only things I'm really passionate about in this is that Mavdog is a disgusting hypocrite who thinks he should run everyone's life but won't live by his own rules, and that PP is a disgusting organization that hides murderers (actual murderers like Gosnell, not some sort of anti-abortion euphemism) behind this veneer of "oh we just give out condoms" and "aren't Wendy's shoes so CUTE!?!"

Planned Parenthood is a despicable organization that employs contemptible people, and Mavdog tries to hide that.  I'm passionate about that.

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

Obviously, you're very passionate about this topic. Personally, I don't have strong enough feelings about it either way, but think both sides have their merit.

With that being said, you may want to refrain from the name calling before you answer his question:

"well then, I'm sure you follow your own mandate and turn yourself into the police every time you drive and go over the speed limit, don't you."

I'm wagering the answer is, "No, I don't". You might consider that before tossing the "H" word around with reckless abandon.

On a related note, your penchant for "straw man" arguments do nothing to help your cause. It makes you seem unreasonably Draconian, which will do nothing to further your cause.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

My answer is that PP should FOLLOW THE LAW. The law says that underage sex is child abuse. PP has an explicit duty (under penalty of a class A misdemeanor - essentially a felony) to report it. You think that PP shouldn't report the child abuse (as defined by the law) that you don't thing is abusey enough. Embrace your position or just keep being a hypocrite. Hypocrite.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

how obtuse.

yes, Planned Parenthood should report instances of child abuse.

A minor who engages in consentual sex with a partner is not child abuse.

Planned Parenthood should not report instances of minors who make a choice to engage in sexual relations.

Apparently your answer to is turn every minor who chooses to engage in sexual relations into the state. So your answer is to publicly expose these minors and subject them to being processed by the judicial system for their actions, Am I correct? Do they need to serve time or maybe be placed in the stockade, too?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@mavdog So, your answer is, "Yes, I don't think Planned Parenthood should report child abuse."  Am I correct?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

oh, "it's the law".

well then, I'm sure you follow your own mandate and turn yourself into the police every time you drive and go over the speed limit, don't you.

what, you don't?

case closed. many statutes aren't needed to be followed on a black and white basis.

do you expect every family practioner who has a minor as a patient, who confides in them they are sexually active, should then turn that patient's name into the authorities for investigation? clearly not needed or productive to do such.

also, we aren't talking about when the minor is seeking an abortion, they are at the clinic for a variety of medical needs other than terminating a pregnancy.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Rooster0620So you want to flood the DAs office full of cases to dismiss whenever a 16 year old knocks up his girlfriend?

Wait, you think it would be a "flood"?  I thought it was a rare thing.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Rooster0620 It would accomplish following the law.  

Do you want PP to follow the law on reporting child abuse, or not?

Seriously, if your position is "Planned Parenthood shouldn't report child abuse" then lets get it out there in plain English.

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

Dude.

So you want to flood the DAs office full of cases to dismiss whenever a 16 year old knocks up his girlfriend? And you would be accomplishing exactly what?

Again, legalities and practicalities set aside....I'm not going to tell a pro-life fella how to run his propaganda campaign, but you do realize whenever you post this whacked out shit, it doesn't do much to dispel the myth pro-life folks are complete fruitbats....

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@everlastingphelps @Rooster0620 Problem is that if it were generally known to underage girls that PP reported their consensual sexual activity to the authorities, they would be less likely to go in for treatment -- even prophylactics -- at all. But, of course, that's what you fundies want anyway, ain't it?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Rooster0620 No.  I'm saying that it isn't PP's call.  Their duty -- black letter law -- is to report it.  The law says exactly who to report it to and how soon (within 48 hours.)

At that point, it is in the hands of the DA.  If the DA has half a brain, then he looks at what they tell him (16 yo impregnated by 16yo) and says, "he has an affirmative defense under the Romeo-Juliett clause, so there is no point in prosecuting."  He files the report away and does nothing. 

But that is what the DA decides, not some flunky at Planned Parenthood.  They have a clear, no-wiggle room duty to report it.

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

Dude.

So you're saying every 16 year old that knocks up his girlfriend needs to be investigated for rape?

Legalities and practicalities set aside....I'm not going to tell a pro-life fella how to run his propaganda campaign, but you do realize whenever you post this whacked out shit, it doesn't do much to dispel the myth pro-life folks are complete fruitbats....

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin@everlastingphelps@mavdogso two 16 year olds have consenual sex, the girl gets preggo, and you think PP needs to tell the cops

If you are asking, "are you capable of reading the law?" then the answer is yes.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@mavdog It's the law.  If they didn't go to the clinic, they also wouldn't get an abortion.

If you don't like the law, work to get it changed.  Explain to the citizens of Texas how important it is that PP should stop reporting child abuse (because that is the title of the law.) 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

Planned Parenthood does report when there is a rape, to report when the sex is consentual is ridiculous.

turning an under 17 year old to authorities because they had consentual sex is as counterproductive as can be. if that were the routine they would not go to a clinic, would not receive any couseling that may change their behavior, and will go on with their reckless conduct with a pregnancy they are ill prepared to go thru probable.

with your attitude on this you likely want to have them be required to always wear a "S" when out in public so people with small minds can point at them and call them sluts....

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @everlastingphelps @mavdog Yup, because that is within the bounds of Sexual Assault under 22.011 and they are legally required to do so.

It's an affirmative defense for the other 16 year old to say that they are within 3 years of age, but you have to be charged before an affirmative defense kicks in.

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