Yet another new undercover video in an investigation of abortion clinics across the country has a Planned Parenthood abortion facility and another abortion clinic affiliated with the National Abortion Federation arranging sex-selection abortions.
Today, Live Action released new undercover footage showing the NAF clinic in Raleigh and a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Chapel Hill advising women on how best to procure a sex-selective abortion of their baby girls because they want a boy instead. The Live Action project has now shown eight abortion centers in five different states willing to facilitate sex-selection abortions for pretend clients seeking them.
In the new video, an abortion counselor “A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh, Inc,” the NAF-affiliated clinic, refers a woman purportedly seeking a sex-selective abortion to an OB/GYN to confirm the gender of the baby with a diagnostic ultrasound. The counselor, “Jessica,” assures that the abortion clinic will not have a conflict with performing a sex-selective procedure: “Your reasons are your reasons,” she says, “You know, it’s totally fine.”
She also advises the woman to lie to her OB/GYN to cover her sex-selective abortion, counseling, “Just say that you had to go to the hospital and miscarried.”
At Planned Parenthood’s Chapel Hill abortion clinic, the nurse “Michelle” confirms the woman’s sex-selective motive: “It sounds like you, um, would like confirmation of the gender of the pregnancy, and um, depending on that, would, you know, kind of make the decision for you.” When the woman says she is 16 weeks’ pregnant, the Planned Parenthood nurse notes, “You know, there are, um, increased risks with the abortion procedure,” at that stage.
But when the woman asks, “Can you tell me a little bit about that?” the nurse changes the subject back to procuring an accurate sex-selective abortion: “Well, I could, but, um, what I think would be more relevant is to give you some referrals to UNC OB/GYN because they have a very wonderful ultrasound department who can give you a detailed ultrasound, um, and do further testing” to be sure of the sex of the fetus.
When the woman asks if she might ever face a denial of abortion services at Planned Parenthood if she wants to abort future girl pregnancies, the nurse reassures her, “We do not turn patients away who are seeking our services.”
Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action is upset that abortion clinics continue to arrange sex-selection abortions for women.
“This latest footage again shows Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry’s callous disregard for the health of women – born and unborn,” she says. “Planned Parenthood and their abortion allies are waging the real war on women, and tax payers should not have to subsidize the abortion-first mentality that enables extreme gender discrimination, puts women’s health at risk, and destroys thousands of innocent lives.”
Rose said Planned Parenthood in North Carolina receives nearly $400,000 annually in taxpayer subsidies which Gov. Beverly Perdue has refused to cut, making it so the sex-selection abortions would be done at a taxpayer-funded abortion clinic.
Planned Parenthood responded in a statement calling the video a hoax, as it has said about the other videos, even as it was forced to fire one employee at a Texas Planned Parenthood that facilitated sex-selection abortions.
“A group that opposes Planned Parenthood’s mission and services is promoting a hoax patient audiotape that features one of our health centers. Edited videos of hoax patient visits are part of a coordinated campaign by this group over the last several years to distort Planned Parenthood’s services, mission and values,” it claimed.
Planned Parenthood also claims Live Action is editing the videotapes, even though the group has released the full, unedited version of each tape.
“While today’s promotional audiotape shows a staff member providing accurate information in response to highly unusual questions, it follows a pattern by this group of selectively editing tapes such as omitting footage of clinicians providing information about prenatal care and adoption, and making a conversation appear seamless when it is not,” the abortion group claimed.
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Sex-selective abortion is legal in all but four states in the United States, but Democrats in the House defeated a bill that would ban them across the nation. A U.S. Senate member has introduced a companion bill in that chamber. President Barack Obama opposed the bill to ban sex-selection abortions as did the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
“Six studies in the past four years indicate that there are thousands of “missing girls” in the U.S. from sex-selective abortion. Worldwide, over 160 million girls are missing because of sex-selective abortion,” Rose explained.
Obama’s opposition came after after a new video exposing how Planned Parenthood encourages women to have sex-selection abortions. A second video showing another Planned Parenthood clinic okaying sex-selection abortions has followed it up.
A few years ago, a national study showed the possibility that the practice of sex-selection abortions has made its way from Asia to the United States. Researchers Douglas Almond and Lena Edlund of the National Academy of Sciences say their analysis of the 2000 Census shows the odds prematurely increasing for Asian-American families from China, Korea and India to have a boy if they already have a girl child.
The data “suggest that in a sub-population with a traditional son preference, the technologies are being used to generate male births when preceding births are female,” they wrote in the paper.
A poll conducted by the Lozier Institute found that 77% of respondents would support the enactment of laws prohibiting abortion in cases where “the fact that the developing baby is a girl is the sole reason for seeking an abortion.” Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Arizona already have laws on the books which prohibit this practice, according to the Lozier Institute.
Meanwhile, a 2006 poll showed a majority of Americans would likely support the bill. A 2006 Zogby International poll showed that 86% of the American public desired a law to ban sex-selection abortion. The poll surveyed a whopping 30,117 respondents in 48 states.