- The Washington Times - Friday, May 18, 2007

Noble: Xochil Garcia, the sixth-grader from Brooklyn who fended off an attacker twice her size and then helped arrest him.

Xochil spent lots of time planning what she would do in case of an attack. On Sunday, her preparation paid off. On her way home from the store, where she had purchased a card and a bottle of nail polish as a Mother’s Day gift, Xochil was attacked in the stairwell of her apartment building. Bernard Mutterperl, 19, covered her mouth and dragged her to the lobby. Because his grasp on her prevented her from kicking, scratching or biting (her general escape plan), she had to rely on “Plan B” — waiting for that crucial moment when her attacker loosened his grasp enough for Xochil to break free and bolt outside. She hit every buzzer in the building and alerted her brother and a handful of neighbors. Meanwhile, her assailant’s attempts to escape through the building’s roof doors and basement were futile. When he finally tried to slink out the front door, Xochil and her neighbors were there to capture and hold him until police arrived.

Unfortunately, Mr. Mutterperl has made bail and was released from prison on Wednesday. Xochil’s family is understandably fearful and outraged, especially because her assailant said to police “when he sees young girls he has to go after them.” Hopefully, this predator will soon be off the streets and Xochil can most certainly take pride in her part.

For her bravery during an attack and for planning ahead, Xochil Garcia is the Noble of the week.

Knave: Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, whose employees can’t seem to follow the law.

Lila Rose, an 18-year-old sophomore at UCLA, is being sued by Planned Parenthood. She pretended to be a 15-year-old and requested information on abortion after getting pregnant by her 23-year-old boyfriend. Her undercover video, which was first posted on YouTube but has since been removed to avoid more legal trouble, revealed a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood employee encouraging Lila to lie about her age: “If you’re 15, we have to report it. If you’re not, if you’re older, we don’t.” California law requires the clinic to report any cases of statutory rape; by encouraging Lila to lie, Planned Parenthood shows that it cares more about protecting sexual predators and supplying abortions on demand than it does about protecting children.

Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit argues that Lila obtained the video illegally because California law prohibits recording a conversation unless all parties are aware of and consent to the recording. Kathy Kneer, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, even said that “99 percent of the time, our employees do follow the law.”

What’s that? America’s justice system should be satisfied that employees usually obey the law? The lawsuit smacks of bullying and it is a cowardly deflection of the real issue: Planned Parenthood got caught red-handed breaking the law.

For suggesting that girls lie, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles is the Knave of the week.

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