Outcry Erupts Over New Abuses at Planned Parenthood Clinics
A national furor has taken hold following fresh revelations involving the business practices of abortion provider Planned Parenthood. A new undercover investigation has revealed Planned Parenthood employees willing to work with purported sex traffickers to provide abortions to young girls working for them.
The undercover sting operations occurred at Planned Parenthood clinics in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and at clinics in Richmond, Roanoke,
Falls Church, and Charlottesville, Virginia. The undercover investigations were conducted by a group of pro-life activists known as Live Action. The group has engaged in previous undercover work at other Planned Parenthood clinics in the past, discovering similar shocking behavior by Planned Parenthood employees.
In the latest sting, a man and woman posed as a pimp and and a prostitute, asking how they could obtain abortions for the underage "sex workers" that they "managed." "We're involved in sex work," the man tells the Planned Parenthood employee. "Some of [our girls] are like, ah, they're kind of young. Some of them are like 15, 14, and some of them don't speak any English."
The clinic manager at the New Jersey clinic responded, ""I'm assuming most of them are coming here illegally?" She then coached the actors to have the girls lie about their age to avoid mandatory reporting laws, saying: "If they're minors, just put down that they are students...If they are under a certain age, we want as little information as possible...we want to make it look as legit as possible...we just play stupid."
When asked by the actors how soon the underage "sex workers" could once again prostitute themselves after an abortion, the clinic manager said: "A minimum of two weeks." She then suggested ways the young girls could continue to provide sexual "services," including "just being that extra action walking by" to advertise sex to potential clients."
When asked about a continuing business relationship in obtaining abortions for the underage "sex workers," the clinic manager said, "Worse ever comes to worst, you guys come see me. I'll jump in...with nobody looking....That's why you come and ask for me only."
A similar episode unfolded at the clinic in Richmond, Virginia. The clinic employee advised the purported pimp and prostitute how they could get around Virginia's laws requiring parental consent for abortions. "There are ways...that we can get around that if you ever need it. If someone's a minor and they don't want their parents to know...you fill out paperwork and we kinda help you set it up...We're pretty good at handling it if someone doesn't want someone else to know...We've kinda got it all."
When the employee was informed that the underage girls were "sex workers," the employee responded, "We see people from all walks of life. For a while we were treating all the girls at Paper Moon (a local strip club)...No judgement, no sharing of information...nothing here." Employees at the Falls Church, Roanoke, and Charlottesville clinics were also willing to assist the purported underage sex trafficking ring.
"This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws and covers up the abuse of the young girls it claims to serve," says Lila Rose, President of Live Action. "Time and time again, Planned Parenthood has sent young girls back into the arms of their abusers. They don't deserve a dime of the hundreds of million dollars they receive in federal funding from taxpayers. Congress must cease funding and the Department of Justice should investigate this corrupt organization immediately."
Planned Parenthood has fired the New Jersey clinic manager, and stated publicly that the sordid behavior of this employee is an isolated incident. Yet previous sting operations by Live Action have demonstrated a continuing pattern of flouting government laws and of a willingness to conceal the sexual exploitation of minors.
During the summer of 2008, Live Action conducted a sting operation named the Mona Lisa Project at seven clinics in Indiana, Arizona, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. A young woman claiming to be 14 years old inquired about an abortion, informing clinic employees that she had been impregnated by a 31-year old man. Clinic employees were willing to ignore their legal responsibility to report the alleged incident of statutory rape, with comments such as "that information will stay within these walls" and that "we do sometimes bend the rules a little bit."
Live Action also engaged in a sting they labeled the Racism Project. An individual posing as a potential donor called seven Planned Parenthood clinics across the country offering to make a contribution for the purpose of aborting black preborn children. He told a clinic employee in Ohio "there's definitely way too many black people in Ohio" and an employee of a clinic in Idaho that "the less black kids out there the better."
None of the Planned Parenthood employees objected to the purported donor's intentions and were each willing to accept the money. None of this is surprising since Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger had unabashed racist attitudes, calling blacks "human weeds" who needed to be "exterminated." Planned Parenthood has had a history of placing its clinics in urbanized areas in close proximity to neighborhoods with large African-American populations.
Marjorie Dannensfelder, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, says "the unbroken chain of examples of exploitation is appalling." "The exploitive roots and track record of Planned Parenthood is a largely untold story that now cannot be ignored. "The horror of the logic behind Planned Parenthood's founding has come to roost in modern form: it is the primary partner of those who degrade and exploit women."
Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, says it's time for the federal government to end its financial ties to Planned Parenthood. "Planned Parenthood has again proven that they are nothing more than a...highly corrupt organization that will conceal a crime as disgusting as child prostitution--and ensure that it quietly continues. Americans work too hard for their dollars to fund an organization this devoid of concern for young women and basic decency."
The latest scandal has given fresh impetus to legislation filed by Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana to terminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Pence's bill, known as the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, would prohibit the disbursement of federal "family planning" funds to any entity that performs abortions, or provides funding to any other entity that performs abortions. The legislation has 154 co-sponsors, including Missouri Congressmen Todd Akin, Billy Long, and Blaine Luetkemyer, and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.
Pence says Americans should be disturbed that Planned Parenthood "has been recorded aiding and abetting underage sex trafficking." "The recent release of this undercover video exposing duplicity and potential criminality by Planned Parenthood is an outrage. The time to deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood is now."
Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, is calling on Congress to conduct a formal investigation into possible criminal misconduct by Planned Parenthood. "It is time to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their seedy business practices. For too long, they have lived off the American taxpayer with little or no oversight. "
"In the last week alone, we've seen proof in Philadelphia that women's lives were at risk while officials turn a blind eye to what goes on at an abortion clinic. Now we see video of a Planned Parenthood clinic manager talking about how to manipulate the law to cover up the abuse of underage girls captive in the sex trade. How many girls have to suffer and die before we investigate the abortion industry?"
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