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In reference to the video of a Live Action activist going undercover as a pimp at Planned Parenthood in New Jersey that Shawn Macomber posted, Michael New writes:
In this video, a Planned Parenthood office manager literally spends about ten minutes finding ways to aid and assist a pimp who clearly admits that his employees include underage girls. A simple phone call to the police might have succeeded in shutting down this whole prostitution ring. However, instead the office manager cheerfully provides the pimp with information about abortion services, contraception, and medical exams. Even more disturbing, when asked about underage girls, the clinic manager gives him information about another abortion clinic “whose protocols are not as strict as ours.” She warns about and callously insults a Planned Parenthood nurse who has an interest in following the rules. The clinic manager admits that she is ‘cool’ with the pimp and offers to rearrange her schedule to help “streamline” the process.
Obviously, there are many implications from this video. One hopes that New Jersey (and other states) will improve their regulation of Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics, and that this will give some momentum to congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. However, what is most striking is the calm and nonchalant way the clinic director behaves toward someone purportedly running an underage prostitution ring. Unlike some other Planned Parenthood employees captured in previous videos, she never once expresses the slightest bit of skepticism or concern. The presence of legal abortion has always facilitated a promiscuous culture. However, allowing people to see the lengths that Planned Parenthood will go to defend and actually encourage illegal and perverted sexual activities might be the most valuable contribution of this undercover video.
Yet writing that Planned Parenthood would “actually encourage illegal and perverted sexual activities” doesn’t fully express what this video revealed. Illegal and perverted sex activities are one thing, but sex trafficking and the exploitation of children are in a different category of moral concern. In this video, the office manager behaves as if facilitating trafficking and exploitation of children is routine for Planned Parenthood.
Of course it should go without saying that that fact should give Planned Parenthood’s supporters pause. And this video will convince anyone who isn’t knowledgeable about Planned Parenthood that they don’t necessarily share any of his most basic values. As for those who already thought it was a bad organization… well, I for one don’t think this video changed my perception of Planned Parenthood at all.
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