Three more Virginia Planned Parenthood facilities caught aiding sex traffickers: Live Action
Updated: 02/04/ 2011 at 12:42 pm.
February 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Following the release of two undercover videos this week showing Planned Parenthoods in New Jersey and Virginia aiding sex traffickers of underage women, the pro-life group Live Action today released footage from three more Virginia Planned Parenthood facilities.
The videos appear to show staff willing to aid and abet the sexual trafficking and exploitation of minors and young women.
The footage shows a man who identifies himself as a pimp working with underage girls. He seeks assistance for getting abortions, STD testing and birth control for girls he “manages” as sex workers, who are from out of the country and as young as 14 to 15 years old.
At one Planned Parenthood in Roanoke, Virginia, the “pimp” was told that obtaining birth control and STD testing for underage prostitutes would be no problem.
“From the age of 12 up, for birth control, you can just come in and do that. You don’t have to have a parent, OK?” the staffer told the undercover investigator.
In reference to STD testing, the staffer went on to say: “And the thing is, see this is the thing a lot of people don’t know that ... Right, through the Health Department. And so, they’ll uh, they’ll track it. And they’re discreet. They’re confidential. They, you know, don’t tell people what’s going on, because – frankly – it’s nobody’s business.”
At a facility in Falls Church, the investigator was told that abortions for underage girls from other countries only require a photo ID.
“We don’t necessarily look at the legal status, like I said,” a staffer said. “Abortion appointments do require photo ID. It’s nothing as far as records. It’s just photo ID that’s ever going to be required.”
The same pattern emerged in Charlottesville, where a staffer emphasized that birth control and testing for STDs and pregnancy would be provided for underage girls with no questions asked.
“Anybody here can help you,” said the staffer. “Everything here is confidential. We can’t give any information out.”
“The only acceptable response to encountering a self-identified sex-trafficker of underage girls is zero tolerance,” said Live Action President Lila Rose today. “The only ‘professional’ response is to immediately call law enforcement to the scene and push for an arrest.”
“Our investigation – and their response – continues to show that an institutional crisis has engulfed the highest levels of Planned Parenthood. If you’re a sex-trafficker of minors or young women, you have a partner in Planned Parenthood. But if you are a minor or a young woman, you are not safe at Planned Parenthood clinics.”
Planned Parenthood has defended itself, saying that staff members reported the visits to the proper authorities after Live Action’s investigators left. In reference to the video released Thursday, from the clinic in Richmond, Virginia, Planned Parenthood said: “In this morning’s publicized tape, the Planned Parenthood staff member reacted professionally to a highly unusual person posing as a patient. After the encounter, the staff member immediately notified her supervisor, who subsequently notified members of Planned Parenthood’s national security team, who are working with the FBI, which is investigating these visits.”
In the videos released today, one of the staffers in Falls Church does point out to the “pimp” at one point in the conversation that for young girls, “there’s laws that some things have to be reported.”
In January, about a week before the first video was released, Planned Parenthood had told the Associated Press that it had learned of several encounters at their clinics with illegal sex traffickers within a week. The abortion group said that after reporting the incidents to the FBI, they came to suspect that the visitors were investigators with Live Action, which has launched sting operations against the organization in the past.
So far one Planned Parenthood employee, a manager for the clinic in New Jersey, has been fired for her handling of the alleged sex trafficking ring. A video released Tuesday showed the clinic manager giving the pimp advice on how to make his exploitation of girls look “as legit as possible.” The state attorney general has also launched an investigation into the manager’s actions.
Yesterday, two U.S. congressmen, Rep. Mike Pence and Rep. Sean Duffy, called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood based upon the information uncovered in Live Action’s videos.
“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,” said Pence.
“The time to deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood is now.”
“Today, we are sending Attorney General Cuccinelli and Virginia law enforcement officials new, disturbing footage from three Virginia clinics,” said Lila Rose. “The evidence continues to mount, and shows a clear pattern where Planned Parenthood is willing aid and abet the sex-trafficking industry. These are abhorrent practices and it is time Planned Parenthood be held accountable.”