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Planned Parenthood Possibly Caught in Abortion-Sex Trafficking Coverup

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/25/11 11:32 AM

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The Planned Parenthood abortion business appears to have been caught admitting it would do abortions on victims of sex trafficking victims as a result of a sting operation set up by Live Action Films, which has videotaped the abortion business covering up potential cases of sexual abuse of minors.

Seeking to salvage its reputation, Planned Parenthood has reported the Live Action undercover investigation to the FBI in a complaint.

Live Action has employed effective undercover video operations in which staffers pose as young women seeking abortions because they have been impregnated by a much older man in violation of state statutory rape laws. Planned Parenthood officials have been caught on tape aiding the women in getting abortions and covering up the crimes — which has resulted in the firing of Planned Parenthood staffers and investigations in multiple states.

According to the Associated Press, Live Action is using a new technique to expose just how far Planned Parenthood will go to engage in abortions that cover up criminal activity.  Planned Parenthood officials say at least 12 of their abortion centers were visited by a man claiming to be a sexual trafficker of women who request abortions be performed on presumably pregnant clients.

The sting operations has the man posing as a pimp — similar to the way in which the liberal activist group ACORN was exposed — asking for abortions for his supposedly pregnancy clients. The clients, the man says, are either in the United States illegally or are minors. The man reportedly first inquired about treatment for a sexually transmitted disease and then detailed the alleged sex trafficking ring once granted a private conversation with Planned Parenthood staff.

The visits to the Planned Parenthood abortion centers reportedly occurred between January 11-15 at facilities in Virginia, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Arizona.

After Planned Parenthood officials began conferring together and with staff at the national office of the abortion business, Planned Parenthood’s vice president for communications, Stuart Schear, says it requested an FBI probe into the sting operation. He told AP that an internal investigation Planned Parenthood conducted revealed the man has connections with Live Action. He said the man’s face was picked up by Planned Parenthood security cameras and that abortion business staff believe he has ties to Live Action.

“On the face of it, we have to take it very seriously, and that’s what we’ve done,” Schear said. “At the same time, as we gathered more information, it came to our attention that this person has some connection with Live Action.”

Schear indicates Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder last week with details of the visits and she said the details the man provided, if true, were examples of criminal and illegal activity.

“Once inside, these people have recorded `undercover’ videos of their conversations with our clinic staff and then selectively and maliciously edited the videos,” she wrote, according to AP. “This may be happening once again. If so, this kind of activity should be firmly condemned.”
Lila Rose, Live Action’s founder and president, told AP the FBI complaint Planned Parenthood filed is “very interesting,” but she would not confirm whether the pro-life student group is behind the undercover investigation.

“The story that speaks loudest will be in the evidence,” she said. “I can’t comment until we release the visual evidence.”

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Jill Stanek, a pro-life blogger and nurse who exposed the practice of live-birth abortions, defended Live Action’s undercover investigations.

“What Lila and her team do is no different than what mainstream media investigative teams or Ashton Kutcher do,” she said. “Lila’s undercover work is totally legal. She only conducts it in states where the videotaping party does not have to notify the other party to smile for the camera.  Lila has never, in all these years, been accused of illegal activity. Planned Parenthood knows this but is trying to preempt Lila this time by breaking the story first, and with its own spin.”

She said Planned Parenthood didn’t file the FBI complaint because Live Action has done anything wrong but did so as “a belated attempt to appear on the up-and-up” and that if Planned Parenthood officials actually offered abortions to victims of sex traffickers it would constitute a national controversy.

“And what if PP workers were caught on video offering to aid and abet such a man? Wouldn’t they, too, be breaking federal laws?” Stanek said. “It’s too bad Lila’s videos aren’t part of federal investigations but only citizen journalism. All Lila does is expose PP to the world as filthy slime that exploits girls and women in the worst ways for filthy profits.”