The Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staffer who appears in a new undercover investigation video assisting two people who claim to be heading up a sex trafficking ring has been fired.
Late Tuesday night, Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey released a statement saying the staff person, Perth Amboy center clinic manager Amy Woodruff, would be let go.
“We were profoundly shocked when we viewed the videotape released this morning, which depicted an employee of one of our health centers behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable,” Phyllis Kinsler, executive director of the local affiliate, said a statement, according to NJ.com.
“We have a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior, and the employee in the video was immediately suspended from her duties this morning and was terminated this evening,” Kinsler said. “We are fully committed to delivering high-quality reproductive health care to the women of our communities, complying with all laws, and upholding the highest ethical standards.”
Planned Parenthood officials were reportedly unaware of what Woodruff told the couple involved in the undercover investigation.
Still, Kinsler questioned the sting operation, saying the video was heavily edited — even though Live Action, the pro-life group that recorded and released the video, has released the entire footage.
The naional Planned Parenthood organization had also originally suggested that the undercover video was a “hoax” and an “edited tape” before firing Woodruff. Lila Rose of Live Action responded to that and the firing.
“It appears that Planned Parenthood decided to fire Ms. Woodruff over a ‘hoax.’ Or, maybe they are coming to the realization that they have a serious problem brewing,” Rose stated.
“Soon, we will be releasing more evidence to law enforcement officials and the public showing that Planned Parenthood is willing to aid and abet sexual exploitation of minors and young women. As our research and evidence will show, this is not only a problem for one clinic in New Jersey — it is much broader and more endemic,” Rose said.
“These practices are putting minors and young women in harm’s way — all paid for by the American taxpayer,” Rose concluded.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Paula Dow has asked the Division of Criminal Justice to investigate whether the former Planned Parenthood employee broke any laws in assisting the acting couple with securing abortions for the sex trafficking victims they said they managed.
“At first glance, I find these allegations to be very disturbing,” Dow said in a statement.
The video sparked a renewed debate about the taxpayer funding Planned Parenthood receives both from the federal government and the state of New Jersey and New Jersey Right to Life director Marie Tasy called on Governor Chris Christie to veto a bill that would restore state taxpayer funding he previously yanked.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat who sponsored the funding measure, responded to that call in comments to NJ.com.
She said, “obviously this Planned Parenthood clinic needs to get rid of any inappropriate employees and make sure the employees they retain are property trained on the law,” but worried the video would derail the funding efforts.
The national Planned Parenthood abortion business says it turned the couple in to the FBI and federal authorities after they visited a number of Planned Parenthood centers to engage in the sting operation, but with Planned Parenthood staffers going to great lengths to help them cover up the sex trafficking, obtain abortions, and figure out how to get the girls back on the streets, pro-life activist Jill Stanek says she doesn’t believe it.
“It simply doesn’t ring true that immediately after giving the sex trafficker advice on how to cover up sex abuse, statutory rape, minor prostitution, and human sex trafficking, the Planned Parenthood staffer turned around and turned them in to authorities,” she said.
In the video, Woodruff warns the pimp and his prostitute to have their trafficked underage girls lie about their age to avoid mandatory reporting laws.
“Even if they lie, just say, ‘Oh he’s the same age as me, 15,’…it’s just that mainly 14 and under we have to, doesn’t matter if their partner’s the same age, younger, whatever, 14 and under we have to report,” Woodruff says. “Like on the paperwork there’s going to be a point that asks, uh, like are you sexually active, stuff like that … if they’re under a certain age… – you know, me and my other counselor, like for the most part we want as little information as possible – cause we don’t want to be involved…”
Woodruff also recommends how the pimp can get his prostitutes cheaper contraception by claiming they are “students.”
“If they’re minors, put down that they’re students. Yeah, just kind of play along that they’re students–we want to make it look as legit as possible,” Woodruff is caught saying in the videotape.
Woodruff also coaches the alleged sex traffickers on where to get an abortion that won’t be met with as much scrutiny, referring them to the New Jersey-based abortion business named Metropolitan Medical Association, where she says “their protocols aren’t as strict as ours and they don’t get audited the same way that we do.”
The Planned Parenthood official also coaches the alleged sex traffickers on how soon they can put underage female sex slaves back to work. The prostitute in the video asks how long after the abortion until the girls can have sex again, and, when Woodruff says “minimum of 2 weeks,” she asks what sex acts the girls could still do to make money.
“Waist up, or just be that extra action walking by” to advertise sex to potential clients, Woodruff advises.
Lila Rose, President of Live Action, a group that has also caught Planned Parenthood on tape covering up potential cases of sexual abuse of minors, lying to women about abortions, and gladly accepting donations for abortions specifically targeting black unborn children, says the actions the new video footage shows contains illegal activity on behalf of the Planned Parenthood staff. She accuses them of covering up sexual abuse, aiding and abetting statutory rape, minor prostitution, human trafficking, racketeering, and other crimes.
“This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws and covers up the abuse of the young girls it claims to serve,” she told LifeNews.com.
“Time and time again, Planned Parenthood has sent young girls back into the arms of their abusers. They don’t deserve a dime of the hundreds of millions they receive in federal funding from taxpayers. Congress must cease funding and the Department of Justice should investigate this corrupt organization immediately,” Rose added.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a Twitter response, shrugged off the video.
“Planned Parenthood is no stranger to the attacks of those who oppose sexual and reproductive rights. We’re still here, providing the care you need. That being said, back to business…,” the tweet said.