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Planned Parenthood didn't actually fire the sex-counseling employee it claims to have fired

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Planned Parenthood claimed Wednesday that it had fired an employee who gave sexual experimentation advice to a 15-year-old girl, but new evidence suggests the employee was not actually fired.

During an undercover investigation in March by the pro-life group Live Action, a Planned Parenthood employee at an office in Indianapolis described in graphic detail how the minor could perform “kinky” sex acts with her 17-year-old boyfriend.

The employee, named “Megan” according to full footage of the investigation provided to the Washington Examiner, even told the underage girl to read the book “50 Shades of Grey” and visit the free pornography website RedTube.

Following Live Action’s release of the video Wednesday, Planned Parenthood president and CEO Betty Cockrum condemned the behavior.

“While the heavy editing of this video makes it impossible to know the full exchange that took place, this video clearly does not reflect our professional standards or training protocols, and this staff member is no longer employed at" Planned Parenthood, Cockrum said.

Live Action President Lila Rose called the firing a “token” gesture that wouldn’t solve any systemic problems at Planned Parenthood.

“You're seeing step one of the Planned Parenthood damage control handbook: the token firing,” Rose said.

“In past releases, step two in the handbook is to ignore the exact same abuses we reveal in subsequent videos from additional Planned Parenthood locations across the country,” Rose continued.

But now, new audio reveals that Megan may not have been fired.

On Monday, June 9, the Live Action investigator called the Indianapolis Planned Parenthood and asked to make an appointment with Megan. The investigator even spoke to Megan, who remembered their March conversation.

On Wednesday, June 11, Planned Parenthood claims to have fired Megan.

But on Thursday, the Live Action investigator called the Planned Parenthood clinic to discuss the appointment she had made on Monday. The clinic employee on the phone confirmed that the appointment would be with Megan.

The recorded phone call appears to have caught Planned Parenthood lying about firing an employee that had given inappropriate advice to a minor.

A Planned Parenthood representative did not immediately respond to a request for information.

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