Anti-abortion Group Video Targets Charlottesville Clinic

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

February 4, 2011

Following Thursday’s video from a Richmond Planned Parenthood investigation, Live Action Friday released undercover footage from three more Virginia Planned Parenthood clinics – in Falls Church, Charlottesville and Roanoke – which purport to show staff willing to aid and abet the sexual trafficking and exploitation of minors and young women.

The footage shows a man who identifies himself as a pimp working with underage girls. He seeks assistance for getting abortions, STD testing and birth control for girls he “manages” as sex workers, who are from out of the country and as young as 14 to 15 years old.

In the Charlottesville clinic, located on Hydraulic Road, undercover video shows employees offering birth control and testing for STDs and pregnancy for underage girls with no questions asked.

Planned Parenthood staffer: “Anybody here can help you. Everything here is confidential. We can’t give any information out.”

Live Action's president, Lila Rose, said the videos illustrate Planned Parenthood's willingness to "circumvent parental consent laws for secret abortions."

“We are sending Attorney General Cuccinelli and Virginia law enforcement officials new, disturbing footage from three Virginia clinics. The footage explicitly shows Planned Parenthood staff willing to engage in activity that sexually exploits minors and young women,” Rose said.

Live Action sent a letter to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, alerting him to the findings. You can read the letter by clicking here.

Cuccinelli's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. Gov. Bob McDonnell was "deeply troubled" by the video and urged an investigation by local police, a spokesman said.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. has said the workers acted properly, and alerted supervisors after the visits in January.

"We believe that these videos are a political ploy to discredit planned parenthood," said Courtney Jones of Planned Parenthood of Virginia.

Planned Parenthood also released a Jan. 18 letter it sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The letter seeks an investigation of a man who visited clinics and sought services for minors. The letter also states the visits could be a hoax "to cast Planned Parenthood in a negative light."

"If so," the letter continues, "this kind of activity should be firmly condemned."

After the visit the staff member notified her supervisor, who alerted Planned Parenthood's national security team, the federation said in a statement. The organization said it is working with the FBI on the clinic visits.

Planned Parenthood receives more than $350 million from the American taxpayer every year.

Christina Hampton, organizer of the local 40 Days for Life movement, was disappointed to see the video.

"My initial reaction was pretty much one of shock," Hampton said.

She said some good could come from the video, in that the workers can see first-hand the advice they give.

"Being able to see themselves, they'll actually learn the depths of how harmful this is for women," Hampton said.

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