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Rally at Tempe Planned Parenthood: protesters call for investigation into clinic

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Abortion clinics in the State of Arizona can be subjected to unannounced inspections if there are suspected violations. The change comes after Gov. Brewer signed a bill proposing the changes into law in April.

Pro-life advocates called for an investigation into the Tempe Planned Parenthood clinic after an employee there was accused of telling a teenager that reporting her rape would be a "hassle."

On the street outside the clinic, pro-life supporters blasted Planned Parenthood.

"Why would an organization that claims to care for women tell a young girl that her assault was not worthy of justice," said Cathi Herrod.

"Maybe, just maybe, my legislation will help legislators get to the bottom of what happened here," said Debbie Lesko.

A group of lawmakers and pro-life groups say there is cause to look into the Tempe clinic, and they cite the statement of one of the alleged victims fo Tyler Kost, the Pinal County teen charged with 17 counts of sexual assault.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said one of his alleged victims came to the clinic with her mom seeking an abortion. According to court documents, "the counselor intentionally mis-coded the assault as a consensual encounter. The counselor told them they did not want the hassle of having to report the assault to law enforcement."

Planned Parenthood is required by law to report a rape to law enforcement.

"When you have a police report that says a counselor says it isn't worth the hassle, there is a legal issue there because it is a felony if they fail to report," said Herrod.

Citing privacy concerns Planned Parenthood wouldn't discuss the allegations. The company did issue a statement that said: "We follow all laws and issue appropriate reports to authorities. We have a zero-tolerance policy for staff who fail to follow this policy… In the last 12 months leading up to June, our staff reported 33 such situations to the proper authorities."

The Attorney General's office has been asked to investigate but Planned Parenthood said they had received nothing from the AG's office, they are open to any investigation.

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