Los Angeles Times Favors PR for Planned Parenthood Over Abortion Scandals

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 18, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Los Angeles Times Favors PR for Planned Parenthood Over Abortion Scandals

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by Dave Pierre
June 18, 2008

LifeNews.com Note: Dave Pierre is the creator of TheMediaReport.com and a contributor to NewsBusters. This article first appeared on that Media Research Center web site. Opinion articles like this one do not necessarily reflect the views of LifeNews.com.

As we reported last year, a stunning undercover videotape surfaced that appeared to show a staffer at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles advising a woman whom she thought to be a 15-year-old girl to conceal a statutory rape.

Even though this eye-opening episode happened right in the backyard of the Los Angeles Times, the paper did not publish a single story about it. Not one.

Yet last week (6/9/08), the Times published a glowing, front-page feature about a 15-year-old "sex ed girl." The impressionable young teen walks the streets of Los Angeles and speaks to other teens about "safe sex."

In the most flattering of language, the Times beams, "She has memorized pages and pages of information on sex education and sexually transmitted diseases. She’s ready to pass out cards from … listing services and clinics. She is also armed with condoms." A pair of flattering, smiling photos of the teen accompanies the article.

Any guesses on which organization trained this poor girl?

Andreina is 15. She’s been attending Planned Parenthood sex education events since the age of 13. She had just finished eighth grade when she became one of the youngest students ever hired to be a peer advocate in a program whose goal is to reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates.

"13"?!? Un-be-liev-a-ble. This is a textbook example of how Planned Parenthood deliberately targets the youngest and most impressionable members of society to further their agenda and line their pocketbooks. But rather than reporting this scenario with the outrage it deserves, the Times actually celebrates it.

Also … In addition to not even mentioning the scandal from last year, the Times conveniently fails to mention that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t make money handing out free condoms and "information." Abortions equal revenue for Planned Parenthood. In 2004-2005, they ended the lives of 255,015 unborn humans (link). Each abortion costs in the hundreds of dollars. Do the math.

It wouldn’t be the first time that we’ve exposed the Los Angeles Times for negligent reporting in this topic area.