Battling to maintain the flow of state tax money, Planned Parenthood officials in Tennessee are attacking a 20-year-old pro-life activist who uncovered an abortion company employee counseling her to lie to a judge to obtain an abortion.
In a letter from Planned Parenthood directed to members of the Tennessee Legislature and posted on the website of WND columnist Jill Stanek, Planned Parenthood officials charged pro-life activist Lila Rose has been on a mission to “damage” Planned Parenthood facilities.
Rose, through her Live Action Films ministry, has visited a number of Planned Parenthood facilities around the nation under cover, taking with her a witness and a hidden camera.
Her work already has revealed Planned Parenthood workers in Indiana and Arizona either concealing statutory rape or advising a patient on how to avoid various abortion restrictions.
WND reported recently on her latest work at the Memphis, Tenn., Planned Parenthood business at which an employee counseled a patient she believed to be 14 to lie to a judge to obtain a judicial order for an abortion.
In the letter posted on Stanek’s site, Barry Chase, the chief executive officer for Planned Parenthood’s Memphis business, apparently told state lawmakaers the “edited video is certainly disturbing.”
“It depicts Ms. Rose haltingly giving the employee information about herself and eventually admitting that her ‘boyfriend’ … is a 31-year-old man. … Ultimately, a voice is heard mentioning the possibility of a judicial bypass of the parental notification requirement in Tennessee,” the letter says.
However, the abortion business leader said in the letter his employees did not violate any law or regulation because the woman offering the advice was an “interpreter.”
He then lobbied state lawmakers to obtain more information from him, visit an abortion clinic or attend a board meeting to hear the corporation’s arguments.
Finally, Chase stated that his company has unsuccessfully asked for an unedited copy of the video to examine.
Rose, however, said Live Action never received a request for the unedited video, which already has been delivered to the state’s attorney general and the Memphis district attorney for review, and it reveals further concerning statements.
Lawmakers in the state, meanwhile, have begun looking at legislation that would divert taxpayer funds that have been going to the abortion corporation.
Rose said the unedited video includes her statement, “My boyfriend said he could pay for everything – but he shouldn’t come here to pay ’cause you’ll see him, right?”
The counselor replies, “It doesn’t matter. As long as your parents are not here and can’t identity him, he can just pay and that’s it. He could be like your older brother or whatever.”
Tennessee law, however, states a minor must have parental consent before undergoing an abortion.
The unedited video is being made available on the organization’s website, and the original edited video is on YouTube and has been embedded here:
Live Action Films said in the video the Planned Parenthood nurse “coaches Lila Rose, posing as a 14-year-old girl, to lie to a judge about the age of her reportedly 31-year-old boyfriend in order to get a secret abortion and hide the statutory rape from her parents.”
A WND call to the Memphis Planned Parenthood abortion business was put on a loop of promotional messages, but no spokesman ever picked up the call.
Rose said Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Sen. Jack Johnson have questioned the $700,000 of state money given to Planned Parenthood.
“Why would citizens tolerate paying the bills of an organization that protects statutory rapists and victimizes young girls? This is the sad result of the careless abortion-first mentality that has persisted at Planned Parenthood for decades,” she said.
“It is all the more troubling to think that even a novice counselor at Planned Parenthood would know to recommend this law-evasion strategy,” Live Action said in a followup letter to lawmakers. “How prevalent must this evasion be at Planned Parenthood clinics when even the ‘interpreters’ are implicated?”
“In our undercover video, ‘Marie’ demonstrates a clear knowledge of the legal boundaries to abortion. The video shows that she is familiar with the process for obtaining a waiver from a judge to the parental consent requirement for abortion (which Mr. Chase incorrectly calls a parental notification law). Marie then deliberately uses her familiarity with the system to forestall the judge from finding out about the statutory rapist. The Planned Parenthood counselor has created a perfect storm for ensuring that the statutory rapist is never found out: the parents will never find out about the pregnancy, the judge will never find out about the statutory rapist, and Planned Parenthood will never again mention either,” the letter said.
Live Action has released similar footage from five other clinics, located in Arizona and Indiana, as part of its Mona Lisa Project, which shows Planned Parenthood employees as they respond negligently to reports of statutory rape and offer secret abortions instead.
Brian Harris, president of the Tennessee Right to Life, said the company’s disregard for state law means “there is no reason for Tennesseans to continue funding the outrages of the state’s largest promoter and performer of abortion.”
There was only sarcasm for Planned Parenthood on a forum page on Stanek’s website.
“Poor Planned Parenthood. They just can’t get a break. First, they have to follow laws. Then they are told that eugenics are cruel and unusual and the good people of the lower classes and the minorities just aren’t going to take it anymore … and now, there are requests that they stop receiving funding from the government. Come on guys, let’s not request Planned Parenthood and its workers follow the laws like common plebeians; that’s injustice!” wrote one contributor.
Added another, “Yeah … PP’s ‘clinics’ are not even subject to STANDARD rules/ regulations set down for hospitals and TRUE health-care clinics … and now, they are expected to obey the State laws, too … that’s too much!!!”
In the Arizona investigations, Rose and co-worker Jackie Stollar posed as 15-year-olds to enter two Phoenix Planned Parenthood facilities, seeking information about abortions for a “pregnant” teen. They stated the “boyfriend” was 27, but neither office reported the apparent violation of Arizona’s statute requiring that law enforcement be notified immediately if an adult-child sexual relationship is known.
Videos of the Indiana visits revealed one Indiana Planned Parenthood business describing how to evade mandatory reporting laws and a counselor at another Indiana Planned Parenthood facilitate advising a “teen” how to hide a felony.
The videos from Indiana resulted in discipline against Planned Parenthood employees and a state promise of investigations.