Breaking: Another Day, Three More Live Action Videos

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

As I mentioned there would be last night, there are three more Live Action videos recorded at Planned Parenthood clinics in Virgina being released today. In now-familiar scenarios, a man identifying himself as in sex work and explaining he has underage girls doing work for him, asks about tests, birth control, and abortions for these girls. 

In a Falls Church, Va., Planned Parenthood clinic, a worker tells him, “We don’t necessarily look at the legal status, like I said. Abortion appointments do require photo ID. It’s nothing as far as records. It’s just photo ID that’s ever going to be required.”

In a Roanoke clinic, a worker suggests he consider going to the Health Department instead of taking girls to her clinic. It’s cheaper and easier to hide what’s going on. She tells him: “They’re discreet. They’re confidential. They, you know, don’t tell people what’s going on, because — frankly — it’s nobody’s business.”

The sex trafficking of children is nobody’s business?

Once again in Charlottesville, a worker assures: “Anybody here can help you. Everything here is confidential. We can’t give any information out.”

Perth Amboy wasn’t a fluke. Planned Parenthood has an institutional problem here. Yesterday we saw a clinic worker in Richmond offer advice on judicial bypass for underage abortions; during a Family Research Council webcast last night, Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee said she was confident those were words she would have comfortably spoken on the job, and that she knows colleagues of hers did. By last night that wasn’t a shocking admission. This all seems just too routine.

Live Action has released the full, unedited videos for its Falls Church, Roanoke, and Charlottesville Planned Parenthood investigatory visits. And you can watch the full Richmond visit here

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