PEARL RIVER, LA. – Former State Senator and candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State A.G. Crowe, in a letter to the Legislative Auditor and Attorney General today, called for an investigation into whether non-identifying records from abortion facilities and certain state agencies containing possible evidence of suspected child abuse have been destroyed.

In his letter, Crowe noted, “I have recently been shown disturbing information from citizen activist Richard Mahoney that gives me reason to believe that possible evidence of suspected child sex abuse may have been destroyed by the Louisiana Department of Health without LDH having received permission from the Secretary of State to legally destroy and dispose of such records.” Crowe identified the records as Induced Termination of Pregnancy records from 1999 to 2010 that should have required an SS ARC 930 permission to destroy form from the Secretary of State. Those records are required by state law to be kept permanently. LDH is required by law to submit an SS ARC 930 records destruction approval form to the SOS and receive it back approved from them for every “Report of Induced Termination of Pregnancy (ITOP Report)” before any ITOP Report can be destroyed legally. Abortionists are required by law to submit a properly and legally completed ITOP Report to LDH on every abortion performed. The data helps determine statistics on abortions and patients are identified by a code number, not by name. Mahoney, a leading activist against abortions, noted that SS ARC 930 forms would show how many minors are receiving abortions and how many procedures lead to complications which would likely result in the closure of some abortion clinics throughout Louisiana.

This is not the first time these records have been spotlighted. Local anti-abortion activists filed a lawsuit in 2014 to gain access to mandatory reports detailing each pregnancy termination performed in Baton Rouge. At that time, Department of Health and Hospital officials argued that law specifically forbids disclosures of patient information gathered by physicians. In 2013, Congressman Charles Boustany called for a Congressional probe into the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Vital Records Registry to review documents that were alleged to be falsified by doctors performing abortions. Boustany, a doctor himself, noted then that incomplete reporting by clinics that perform abortions could protect statutory rapists. Wrote Boustany, “These physician-signed forms potentially shielded statutory rapists by listing the father’s age and state of residence as ‘unk’ or unknown in advance.”

“No abused child in Louisiana should be abused twice – first by the abuser, then by a state agency that would destroy her ITOP Report, forever depriving her of such indispensable corroborating evidence of her abuse in future litigation, Crowe said.

Said Crowe, “Change is needed in the records management, retention and disposal policies in the Secretary of State’s office. The retention schedule of all public records needs to be thoroughly reviewed and updated. The retention schedule for child sex abuse crimes in particular must be extended for the life of the victim,” Crowe continued. "I will apply a high level of scrutiny to the protection of all records, especially those that may be used in an evidentiary manner."

Crowe, a pro-life advocate during his 16 years in the Louisiana legislature, said he will use the office of Secretary of State to require rigorous compliance of state law by every state agency and political sub-division as well as abortion clinics to protect the women and unborn children of Louisiana.
Senator A.G. Crowe wrote the legislation establishing The Louisiana International Deepwater Gulf Transfer Terminal Authority, a public-private partnership port that will lead to 20,000 good, high-paying jobs for Louisianians and boost the states' economy. He has a unique history of creating jobs both as a private businessman and as a legislator.
A.G. Crowe is a man of great integrity. His love of our state, it’s people combined with his experience, dedication and leadership would make him the perfect choice as our next Secretary of State. James E. Fitzmorris, Jr. Former Lt. Governor & Louisiana Statesman
As the former coastal director for Plaquemines Parish, I worked closely with the legislature to help develop laws and fund projects to save our coast. Senator A.G. Crowe was on the forefront of this effort, always making himself easily accessible and using common sense approaches, which lead the way to some of the largest coastal projects in US history.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with A.G. in the legislature. As a businessman, he brought fresh new ideas to help grow and protect Louisiana businesses. As a dedicated Christian, he holds the record to this day for the highest voting record with the Louisiana Family Forum in support of family values over his 16 years of service. I am honored to endorse A.G. as our next Secretary of State.
“I am supporting A.G. Crowe for Secretary of State. He is "solid as a rock" in every area of his personal and professional life.”
Chuck Sabadie
Chuck Sabadie CEO, The Sabadie Group
“I have known and worked with A.G. for many years in business and community projects. Only the “Energizer Bunny” exceeds his level of energy!"
“I am happy to give my support to my former seat mate in the Louisiana House of Representatives.”
Michelle Ward Ghetti
Michelle Ward Ghetti Law Professor
A.G. Crowe is a man who I am honored to call my friend. When he was in the Senate, I worked with him on a number of pieces of legislation. He is a principled, hard-working, sweet man with an especially close relationship with God. He has been a wonderful example and mentor to me. Please consider him for Secretary of State.
David Ritchie
David Ritchie
I know this man and his values. He stands with God by his side and has high standards and morals. I ask that all my friends and family in the state of Louisiana visit his website and FB page and share his experiences. Please do your research on the candidates then vote for the best candidate which I believe is A.G. Crowe.
Maria Morrow
Maria Morrow
A.G. Crowe is a man of exceptionally high principles. He has our support for Secretary of State for Louisiana!
AG Crowe is a good man, skilled businessman, and has done many good things for our communities while Senator, and as a member of the House of Representatives.
Marion B. Collins
Marion B. Collins
A.G. will absolutely have my vote! He is definitely what we need in the hierarchy of state government, integrity and ability to get things done.
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