WASHINGTON (BP)--Another series of videos secretly recorded at Planned Parenthood clinics -- in this case apparently showing its employees agreeing to aid sex traffickers whose prostitutes are in their early teens -- has renewed calls for the federal government to defund the country's largest abortion provider.
"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."
-- Lila Rose, Live Action
From Feb. 1 to 8, the pro-life organization Live Action released video footage from hidden-camera investigations at six clinics that showed Planned Parenthood staff signaling cooperation with a self-described pimp in testing for sexually transmitted diseases, providing birth control and/or abortions for his alleged, under-age sex workers. The pimp and, in some cases, a prostitute who accompanied him to the clinics were actors doing undercover work for Live Action.
The clandestine videos were shot at Planned Parenthood clinics in New Jersey, New York and Virginia from Jan. 11 to 14, according to Live Action.
Rep. Mike Pence, R.-Ind., called for passage of his bill, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, to eliminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood after the first video was released.
Calling the activity of a clinic worker on the video "an outrage," Pence said Feb. 2, "Every American should be shocked that an employee of the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X has been recorded aiding and abetting underage sex trafficking.
"The time to deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood is now," he said in a written statement. Title X is the federal government's family planning program. Although Title X funds do not go directly for abortions, pro-life advocates contend federal money frees up other contributions ... Read More