On Tuesday, February 1, 2011 the pro-life youth group Live Action released a stunning undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood Director offering assistance to an alleged pimp of a underage sex trafficking ring.In the video below, the Director advises the pimp how to circumvent state abortion laws to obtain abortions for girls as young as 15.
At first, Planned Parenthood defended their director, calling the edited video a hoax. In response, Live Action publicly released the unedited full-length video, which had been provided to various state and federal law enforcement officers, including the FBI and US Attorney General Eric Holder. The next day Planned Parenthood fired the director.
Two days later on February 3, 2011, Live Action released a second undercover video showing another Planned Parenthood Director, this time in Richmond, Virginia, also offering assistance to an alleged underage sex trafficking ring. She also advised the alleged pimp how to get abortions in violation of the law for his prostitutes who were as young as 14 years old. On video, the director blatantly admits they routinely do not follow the mandatory sex abuse of minors reporting laws in VA.
The more than four years of Live Action undercover expose work, clearly demonstrates that women, especially underage girls, are not safe at Planned Parenthood. There is a shocking pattern displayed in these videos that can only lead one to assume the protection of sexual predators is institutional policy within the organization.
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Director from the Houston area, verifies this pattern as she blogged about her own personal experiences dealing with sex workers while a counselor and director with Planned Parenthood.
“I am not proud to tell you this. But, I feel like it is necessary. You need to know that what you see in these videos presented by Live Action is not a rare occurrence. It happens every day in some Planned Parenthood clinic in this country. Pimps are sending their workers into the arms of Planned Parenthood. Why? Because Planned Parenthood is safe. I don’t mean safe in a good way. I mean safe in the worst way. It is safe for the pimp and dangerous for the women.”
As we wait to see if Live Action produces additional undercover videos, we are left wondering when the proper legal authorities will launch their own investigations into the actions of these Planned Parenthood clinics. An Alabama state investigation following a 2008 Live Action undercover video resulted in a Birmingham Planned Parenthood clinic being placed on probation for 9 legal violations.
In response to the Live Action videos, Indiana Congressman Mike Pence stated, “Every American should be shocked that an employee of the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X has been recorded aiding and abetting underage sex trafficking. The time to deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood is now.” He then urged Congress to move the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to the floor for immediate consideration. This Act would deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America. Currently, Planned Parenthood receives more than $350 Million taxpayer dollars a year.
As Congress looks for ways to cut back our deficit spending, urge your Congressman and Senator to start by passing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act to stop giving your tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood of America.