This comes from the Richmond Times-Dispatch in response to yesterday’s Live Action video release of a Planned Parenthood clinic worker in Richmond, Va., coaching an actor posing as a sex-trafficker about the convenience of judicial bypass when underage abortions are desired by a man running a business:
“She followed all of our protocols and behaved professionally,” McElwain said. “Our job is to provide information, and that’s exactly what she did.”
If that’s the deal, Planned Parenthood ought to be open about it as its spokesmen defend themselves, dismiss the concerns raised by Live Action’s investigations along with the rest of us “anti-choice extremists,” and fundraise off the headlines.
And the political leaders — including Barack Obama — who have done Planned Parenthood homage on the campaign trail ought to reconsider their contribution to keeping the sex trade in America operating.
As Live Action president Lila Rose told me Monday as she showed me the first video released this week, there’s some reason to believe a Planned Parenthood clinic — in more than Perth Amboy, N.J. — operates as “a safe haven for sex trafficking.” And if that is in fact the case, taxpayers deserve to know the truth. Planned Parenthood shouldn’t be perversely able to hide under the guise of women’s health as they appear to contribute to the victimization of girls.
“The perfect partner for a sex trafficker is a clinic that covers up abuse,” is how Rose puts it. These videos provide snapshots into how routinely it may work for a sex trafficker — and next door to many Washington policymakers.