Planned Parenthood's Incoherent Response to Sex Trafficking Sting Video
1:19 PM, Feb 2, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Yesterday, pro-life activist Lila Rose released a video that showed the manager of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey advising a man, posing as a sex trafficker, on how he should go about evading the law in order to get abortions and STD-testing for his 14-year-old prostitutes/sex slaves.
"We're involved in sex work," the man tells Planned Parenthood manager Amy Woodruff. "Some of [the prostitutes] are like, ah, they're kind of young. Some of them are like 15, 14, and some of them don't speak any English," he continues, asking Woodruff why the prostitutes shouldn't be worried they'll be reported while coming in for Planned Parenthood's services.
"As long as they just lie and say, 'Oh, [my sexual partner is] fifteen, sixteen.' You know, as long as they don't say 'fourteen' and as long as it's not too much of an age gap then we just kind of like--then we just kind of play stup[id]," says Woodruff.
Planned Parenthood's response to this sting video has been rather incoherent. On one hand, a spokesman for the organization accuses Lila Rose's group of using "surreptitious videotaping and manipulative editing." That defense hasn't worked too well for the men caught on NBC's To Catch a Predator, and it doesn't seem to be working out for Planned Parenthood either. Today Planned Parenthood fired Woodruff for the statements she made on the tape. That's a clear concession that the tape is authentic and accurate, right? (And you don't need to take anyone's word for it. You can watch the full unedited version of the tape here).
Planned Parenthood is pointing out that this is only one clinic out of a dozen targeted by Rose, and the organization notified the authorities. What's remarkable is that Rose has been targeting Planned Parenthood for years with undercover videos, and some of its employees continue to encourage evasion of the law. As Charlotte Allen wrote in 2007, there have been numerous instances in which Planned Parenthood has been accused of turning a blind eye toward rape--both statutory and forcible--in order to preserve unfettered access to abortion on demand. Lila Rose calls the latest scenario an "obvious and bold one ... We tried to make it easy for Planned Parenthood to do the right thing."
Planned Parenthood remains a major player in Democratic politics, but this latest, outrageous, video may boost pro-life efforts to strip the organization--which performs hundreds of thousands of abortions each year--of the hundreds of millions of tax dollars it receives each year through Title X contraceptive funding.
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