Antiabortion activists have released videos showing Planned
Parenthood workers allegedly colluding with a man posing as a pimp
to exploit underage sex workers. It is part of a broader campaign
against Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of
An antiabortion activist group is targeting the federally funded
Planned Parenthood Federation of America in a series of undercover
videos showing clinic workers apparently colluding with a man posing
as a pimp to cover up exploitation of 14- and 15-year-old immigrant
The group, Live Action, is following in the footsteps of James
O'Keefe, the conservative activist who used similar undercover
videos - also using a "pimp" scenario - to expose corruption inside
Acorn, an advocacy group for the poor. Acorn lost its federal
funding after the scandal and is now essentially defunct.
Run by O'Keefe protegee Lila Rose, Live Action is attempting to
do the same thing to Planned Parenthood, which offers abortion as
part of comprehensive reproductive-health services primarily to poor
women and receives $363 million from federal, state, and local
governments, according to a company spokesman. The organization
performs about 300,000 abortions every year according to its annual
reports, making it the largest abortion provider in the US, though
federal mandates prevent it from using taxpayer dollars on
Planned Parenthood is a more respected and established
institution than Acorn, putting it in a better position to stave off
the defunding campaign and limit public relations damage from the
videos, says Nancy Maveety, an abortion-policy expert at Tulane
University in New Orleans.
But already, the videos have spawned an "Expose Planned
Parenthood" campaign among antiabortion groups, and with Republicans
now holding the House, Planned Parenthood critics could find an ear
on Capitol Hill.
One Live Action video, from a Planned Parenthood in Perth Amboy,
N.J., shows a worker identified as Amy Woodruff advising a "pimp" on
how he can get abortion services for 14- and 15-year-old sex workers
without notifying authorities. A second from Richmond, Va., shows a
worker explaining a "judicial bypass" to a request from the "pimp"
to keep the young girls from getting parental consent for an
Responding to the New Jersey video, which was released earlier,
Planned Parenthood executives said they were "profoundly shocked,"
adding that the worker's comments were "inconsistent with our
standards of care." Planned Parenthood has fired the worker depicted
in the New Jersey video, which was filmed in January.
Meanwhile, state investigators in New Jersey and Virginia are
looking into whether the Planned Parenthood workers' advice violated
Planned Parenthood has long been the target of antiabortion
groups, who allege that it pushes its abortion services on young
women and fails to report statutory rape crimes against underage
girls - a charge the organization denies. …