NEW YORK, October 15, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Four prominent pro-abortion groups appear to be anticipating their next public relations embarrassment, as officials with the groups told The Huffington Post they believe the pro-life organization Live Action has concluded another undercover investigation into potentially illegal activities.
Officials say a Live Action employee, posing as a potential donor, met with teams at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, EMILY’s List, and Priorities USA.
The woman – who posed as “Wendy Reed,” an abortion clinic owner from Malibu – asked how closely they coordinate their political efforts with the Obama campaign, a possible violation of campaign laws. She also asked a number of questions about whether President Obama would repeal the Hyde Amendment or support partial birth abortion.
At a subsequent meeting Planned Parenthood instructed their security guard to demand ID and captured a low-grade version of an image of the alleged Live Action investigator on a security camera.
The ID revealed that Reed was actually a woman who had posted a comment under her own name on the Healthcare.gov Facebook page opposing the Obama administration’s HHS birth control mandate.
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Priorities USA has been accused of illegally cooperating with the Obama re-election campaign as recently as August. The organization produced an ad telling the story of Joe Soptic, who claimed falsely that Mitt Romney’s business practices resulted in his wife ultimately dying of cancer. Although Obama for America (OfA) spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter denied knowledge of the story, she hosted a conference call with Soptic in May.
Sally Kohn, a left-wing activist, revealed that the Obama administration used a May 2009 “cultural policy summit” and a weekly “Common Purpose” meeting to ask far-Left groups to promote its agenda, an action that may be illegal.
Planned Parenthood has also been one of the Obama re-election campaign’s most active independent supporters, investing millions in ad buys attacking Mitt Romney in swing states.
“As it has done other times it realized it had been stung, Planned Parenthood is attempting to get ahead of the story by reporting it itself – after the fact,” Jill Stanek wrote.
“In other words,” she wrote, “if Live Action actually did conduct an undercover investigation, it already has the evidence.”
In a statement e-mailed to Stanek, Lila Rose, the head of Live Action, said, “If these pro-abortion groups were as ‘on to us’ as they claim, they should have filmed the encounters themselves. And if Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies stand by everything they said, they should proudly release the tapes and educate the public.”
Planned Parenthood has attempted to punish the alleged Live Action investigator by asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate a fake website that was listed on the woman’s fake business card. “If this medical website is a hoax and is falsely holding out services to women in need, it should be immediately taken down and the persons responsible for the site should be held accountable,” the October 11 letter stated. The website is not currently online.
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Planned Parenthood reacted in a similar way in April, when Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Chloe Cooney told The Huffington Post that Live Action “will soon launch a propaganda campaign with the goal of discrediting Planned Parenthood,” and that the “secret hoax campaign” would involve sex-selective abortions.
However, Live Action released the unedited tapes from that sting operation, which showed Planned Parenthood employees more than willing to perform such abortions.
In 2011, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards attempted to have another Live Action employee investigated by Attorney General Eric Holder after the abortion provider’s affiliates had been exposed being complicit in sex-trafficking.