Pro-Life Group Behind Planned Parenthood Abortion Expose’ Video Wants Probe
by Steven Ertelt
December 15, 2009
Appleton, WI (LifeNews.com) — The pro-life group behind the new video exposing Planned Parenthood staff misleading women about abortion and fetal development is pressing for an investigation. Live Action’s latest video has an abortion practitioner and staffer saying abortion does not kill a human being.
The video also shows the staff misleading two women posing as potential abortion customers by telling them that the heart of the unborn child doesn’t begin to beat until late in pregnancy — instead of at about 22 days as is the case.
Today, Lila Rose, the president of the group, told LifeNews.com that it has sent the full unedited footage to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider for review.
"Planned Parenthood poses as a mainstream health provider but their actions reflect just the opposite: they hide the scientific facts of fetal development so they can sell more abortions to more women," she told LifeNews.com.
"An abortion is not a mere surgery. Instead, abortion determines whether a woman’s unborn son or daughter will live or die," Rose added.
"Planned Parenthood’s pattern of medical malpractice and refusal to accept correction from scientific authorities further separates them from the rest of the medical community, who base their treatment on sound scientific guidance, not deceiving patients," she continued.
Rose tells LifeNews.com that the problems are such that state or local officials should conduct an investigation looking into the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
As LifeNews.com reported on Monday, Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman also said he is pushing for an investigation.
"I think the legislature should certainly look at this to see what we can do to make sure Planned Parenthood doesn’t mislead young girls like this in the future," he said.
Bill Cosh, a spokesman for the state Department of Justice, confirmed to the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper that it received the complaint on Friday that Planned Parenthood violated the state’s informed consent laws.
He said he referred Live Action to the Outagamie County District Attorney’s office, which would prosecute any such crimes locally.
Senator Grothman said he is asking the county district attorney to open an investigation.
Grothman also said the state "medical society should begin an immediate investigation into what was said, as to whether this doctor should continue to have a medical license."
According to the American Medical Association’s Code of Ethics, "the physician’s obligation is to present the medical facts accurately to the patient." Wisconsin law requires women undergoing abortions to receive medically accurate information, Rose points out.
In the video, both the abortion doctor and counselor repeatedly insist to a reportedly 10-week-pregnant woman that the unborn child "is not a baby" and offer several contradicting definitions of "embryo" and "fetus."
The counselor claims that the baby’s heart does not start beating until "about seventeen or eighteen weeks."
Later in the video, the abortion practitioner, Dr. Prohaska, tells the woman, "you don’t want to wait" to get an abortion and warns her, "women die having babies."
Two leading embryologists, Drs. Dianne Irving and Ward Kischer, stepped forward last Thursday and called information presented during the counseling session "scientifically erroneous and absurd."
On Friday, Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, released a statement asserting that the abortion doctor provided "honest, medically accurate information." Huyck called the videos "edited."
Recently, Kay Herrling, fiscal manager for the county’s Health and Human Services Department, confirmed to the newspaper a LifeNews.com report showing the county has sent tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds to the abortion center.
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