Planned Parenthood Staffer Caught on Tape, Misleads Woman on Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 20, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Staffer Caught on Tape, Misleads Woman on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 20
, 2010

Indianapolis, IN ( — A new undercover video released today from the same activists who have caught Planned Parenthood staffers covering up potential cases of sexual abuse of minors shows an abortion center staffer in Indiana misleading a woman considering an abortion by giving her erroneous information.

The youth-led pro-life group Live Action released the new video it filmed showing an Indianapolis Planned Parenthood facility using manipulative and medically inaccurate counseling to convince a young woman to have an abortion.

This is the third video in Live Action’s new series showing Planned Parenthood staff giving women faulty information about the development of their unborn child or the risks associated with an abortion in order to persuade a woman to have one.

In the new video, a volunteer acts as a potential abortion customer purportedly 10-weeks pregnant and she asks the Planned Parenthood counselor, named "Sarah," when her baby’s heart begins to beat.

"It’s around I think the 8th or the 9th week that you can hear the heartbeat, Sarah replies.

But Live Action president Lila Rose says medical textbooks such as Moore and Persaud’s well-known work The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, reveals the heart of an unborn child actually begins beating 3 weeks and 1 day after conception.

The Planned Parenthood counselor also insists, "It’s not a baby, it’s a fetus," which, she claims, is "not like a person."

In the video, Sarah assures the woman that "having an abortion is safer than carrying to term." The woman asks, "The abortion won’t hurt me from having more kids in the future, will it?" and the counselor replies, "Nope."

But a 2009 study from the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey recently found that a previous abortion increased a woman’s risk of pre-term birth by 20%, and a 2003 report from the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research notes a 55% increased risk of future miscarriages for women who have abortions.

Lila Rose, UCLA student and president of Live Action, told Tuesday morning that the new footage places Planned Parenthood well outside the medical mainstream.

"Planned Parenthood’s counseling is based on its abortion-first mentality rather than the medical facts that women need," she said. "Planned Parenthood gives vulnerable women misinformation to sell them the abortion."

She says the medically inaccurate information is a violation of Indiana informed consent state law requiring abortion businesses to give women accurate medical information before undergoing an abortion.

The undercover video is the third released by Live Action in the "Rosa Acuna Project," a multi-state undercover investigation of medical misinformation and manipulative counseling at Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America.

In the undercover "Mona Lisa Project," Live Action released footage of two Planned Parenthood Indiana clinics agreeing to cover-up the sexual abuse of a child. Indiana lawmakers have since sought to defund the state affiliate of over $3 million it receives annually in government grants.

"Citizens and lawmakers in Indiana must stop Planned Parenthood from using millions of dollars of taxpayer money to exploit young women," Rose concluded.

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