Stings at Planned Parenthood
I think this is more likely to have an effect on the public funding of Planned Parenthood than the abortion laws. It is an easier target, particularly in conservative states. With Obama in the White House it is unlikely that he has any objections to providing abortions to young teens and ignoring the fathers completely. With his record on the Illinois born alive law he appears to not object to any form of abortion. I bet he is glad his mother did not make that choice.The girl's voice in the videotape is tiny and tentative. She is talking to a nursing aide in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bloomington, Ind. The girl wants an abortion.
The aide explains that the girl will need a parent's consent because she is only 13.The girl balks; she does not want to name the father."In the state of Indiana," says the aide, "when anyone has had intercourse and they are age 13 or younger . . . it has to be reported to Child Protective Services."
"Cause, I mean, he would be in really big trouble," says the girl. Her boyfriend, she explains, is 31.
The aide drops her head into her hands.
There is a 60-second gap in the tape, according to the running timer on the video. What happens next is meant to be explosive.
"OK," says the aide, "I didn't hear the age. I don't want to know the age. It could be reported as rape. And that's child abuse."
"So if I just say I don't know who the father was, but he's one of the guys at school or something?" asks the girl.
"Right," says the aide, who has just stepped into a carefully laid trap.
As it happens, the boyfriend does not exist. The girl is not pregnant. Nor is she 13.
She is Lila Rose, a 20-year-old UCLA history major with a little voice and a bold plan to expose what she and many abortion foes see as Planned Parenthood's wrongdoings.
Since 2006, Rose has orchestrated undercover "stings" at Planned Parenthood clinics in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Tucson, Phoenix and Memphis.
On Wednesday, Tennessee lawmakers said they would seek to end a $721,000 contract with Planned Parenthood, citing outrage over what they saw in a video Rose had posted two days earlier from a Memphis clinic. She posed there in July as a 14-year-old impregnated by a 31-year-old; a Planned Parenthood staffer says, "Just say you have a boyfriend, 17 years old, whatever."