Planned Parenthood fires employee, but admits it won’t refuse sex-selection abortions
May 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Planned Parenthood worker caught counseling a woman how to obtain a sex-selection abortion in the latest Live Action undercover video has been fired for not following an undisclosed protocol, said the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. At the same time, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood told The Huffington Post that the abortion organization provides “confidential, nonjudgmental care” and would not deny a woman a sex-selection abortion, except in states where it is explicitly illegal.
Planned Parenthood quickly issued a statement Tuesday morning against the “hoax campaign” after the undercover pro-life group released its latest video showing a Texas clinic counselor helping a woman obtain an abortion based on the baby’s female sex. The counselor gave advice on aborting a child old enough for its sex to have been determined, and abusing Medicaid funds to pay for an ultrasound as if the mother were bringing the child to term.
In its response, the abortion group claimed the counselor, described as holding an entry-level position, did not follow protocol for providing “information and guidance” in the face of “a highly unusual patient scenario.” They said the counselor was fired and the staff at the Texas clinic scheduled for “retraining in managing unusual patient encounters.”
“Recently, opponents of Planned Parenthood conducted hoax patient visits with hidden video cameras and are now using edited videotapes to promote false claims about our organization and patient services,” stated the group.
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The group condemned “gender bias” as “contrary to everything our organization works for,” but stopped short of endorsing measures to outlaw such abortions, stating: “Planned Parenthood condemns sex selection motivated by gender bias, and urges leaders to challenge the underlying conditions that lead to these beliefs and practices.”
The abortion chain used the same four-sentence statement on gender bias last month when it tipped off media to its suspicion of Live Action’s investigation. In a column on RH Reality Check, two Planned Parenthood leaders called sex-selection “deeply unsettling,” but did not indicate the existence of a policy of opposing gender-biased abortions.
In the video released early Tuesday morning, the counselor can be seen telling an undercover investigator posing as a pregnant mom not to let her OB/GYN know about the sex-selection abortion, which would take place after about 5 months’ gestation, because “a lot of doctors will place judgment because the brain is already developed, a lot. Pretty much everything’s already developed.”
“I’m just trying to, you know, help you as much as possible with this,” says the counselor towards the end of the visit.
In its latest statement, Planned Parenthood pointed out that “leading women’s health and rights organizations” oppose limiting abortion-on-demand, saying that limiting abortion for any reason is not a “legitimate means” of addressing sex selection.
“Planned Parenthood works to ensure women and their families have access to high-quality nonjudgmental health services free of coercion, supported by information and counseling,” it said.