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Report: Racism, sex-trafficking, statutory rape condoned at Planned Parenthood facilities

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Planned Parenthood, America's number-one abortion provider, has covered up statutory rape and sex trafficking while promoting racism and misinformation, according to a newly released report.

Live Action, a pro-life advocacy group, released the report Wednesday detailing its six-year investigation of abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Lila Rose, the organization's president, called the report "explosive," and urged lawmakers to defund the abortion provider.

"This abortion corporation breaks every rule in the book – its 'doctors' and staff exploit, abuse, and kill people," Rose told the Washington Examiner. "Yet we're forced to send them hundreds of millions of dollars every year? It's time for that to stop."

While there is not much that is new in the report, it does serve as a reminder of Planned Parenthood’s past abuses.

Child sexual abuse

In 2007 and 2008, Live Action investigators - including Rose - posed as 13- to 15-year-old girls who had been impregnated by older men and filmed the responses of Planned Parenthood employees.

In one video, filmed at a Planned Parenthood facility in Bloomington, Ind., a nurse told the investigator that she didn't "want to know how old he is," referring to the fake father. The investigator informed the nurse that the fake father was 31. The nurse put her head in her palm before saying in an irritated manner that anyone who has sex with a 13-year-old has to be reported to Child Protective Services.

"Ok, I didn’t hear the age," the nurse said. "I don’t want to know the age."

That same nurse informed the investigator that children 14 years old and under needed a parent's signature for an abortion, but showed her an abortion clinic in Illinois, where a parental signature is not needed. (Note: Illinois does still require a parent be notified if a patient 17 or younger seeks an abortion.)

Racism

Live Action wanted to determine if Planned Parenthood still followed the same philosophy that its founder, Margaret Sanger, ascribed to — that is, eugenics, the belief that the human race can be bettered through selective breeding.

Live Action's report, however, claims Sanger wrote that she wanted to "exterminate the African-American population," when in reality, she was trying to assuage fears that might arise from an abortion clinic opening in a predominantly black neighborhood, according to FactCheck.org.

Live Action also repeated the claim that "79 percent of Planned Parenthood's surgical abortion facilities and 51 percent of all Planned Parenthood facilities are located in minority neighborhoods." FactCheck.org pointed to The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion organization, which put the number closer to 10 percent.

Live Action's source for its claim, a report from the pro-life Life Issues Institute, said 62 percent of Planned Parenthood's 165 surgical abortion facilities were located in predominantly black neighborhoods and 79 percent were located in black or Hispanic neighborhoods. LII also claimed the Guttmacher study ignored facilities that performed less than 400 abortions a year.

Competing studies aside, Live Action wanted to test whether Planned Parenthood employees would condone racism. To test this, Live Action investigators posed as donors and called Planned Parenthood development offices requesting to make a donation "specifically to pay for abortions on African-American women."

In Boise, Idaho, an investigator asked if his donation could be used "specifically for a black baby," to which the Planned Parenthood employee responded "Yeah, absolutely."

The employee went on to say the donor’s gift could "be used to help an African-American woman in need" and that they would "certainly make sure that gift was earmarked specifically for that purpose."

Deceptive and manipulative counseling

In 2012, Tonya Reaves died hours after receiving an abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Illinois. Two months later, Live Action investigators called the facility and asked "so no one's ever been hurt at your clinic?"

The Planned Parenthood employee responded "no."

Live Action also alleges that Planned Parenthood provides misinformation about basic pregnancy information, including when a fetal heartbeat begins.

Live Action maintains that the reason for such counseling is to steer women toward abortion. While Planned Parenthood's website lists adoption as an option for an unwanted pregnancy, it's clear from the organization's statistics that abortions are its main solution, as noted by Live Action. While Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions in 2012, it made just 2,197 adoption referrals and conducted 19,506 prenatal services.

Sex trafficking

In 2011, Live Action investigators revisited a 2007-2008 audit of Planned Parenthood facilities to determine if the organization was still covering up sex trafficking.

The investigators found seven facilities in four states willing to "aid and abet" human sex trafficking.

In Perth Amboy, N.J., a Planned Parenthood facility manager told investigators dressed as a pimp and a child prostitute how to make their sex-trafficking enterprise "look as legit as possible."

The manager also said that "if they're minors, put down that they're students."

Planned Parenthood fired that manager after Live Action’s investigation was revealed. The organization took no steps toward any of the other facilities caught on camera, according to the Live Action report.

False advertising and fraud

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards claimed in 2011 on HLN's "Joy Behar Show" that if Congress defunded her organization, "millions of women in this country are gonna lose their healthcare access -- not to abortion services -- to basic family planning, you know, mammograms."

President Obama made a similar claim during a 2012 debate with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and several times after that.

But the claims were quickly challenged. Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms -- instead it refers women to facilities that do provide mammograms.

Live Action investigators called multiple Planned Parenthood facilities across the country, and released 11 conversations in 10 states for the first installment, and eight conversations in eight states for the second.

In one conversation detailed in Live Action’s latest report, a Planned Parenthood staffer in Hawaii led investigators to believe they could receive a mammogram at Planned Parenthood.

"It was only after scheduling the appointment – which would cost up to $100 – that the staffer revealed that, in fact, the only purpose of the Planned Parenthood exam would be to refer to a nearby radiology center," the report said.

And of course pocket the $100.

Sex-selective abortion

In 2012, Live Action investigators posed as women seeking sex-selective abortions at five Planned Parenthood facilities in four states. In each instance, the Planned Parenthood employee gave the investigator information on determining the sex of the baby so that they could decide to terminate based on gender.

In Phoenix, Ariz., the Planned Parenthood staffer, when told about the plans for a sex-selective abortion, told the investigator "don’t tell us that, because we don't want to know."

In Tucson, Ariz., the Planned Parenthood staffer told the investigator that "we could lose our license" for performing a sex-selective abortion, but that she would "just forget about" hearing the reason.

Infanticide

In 2013, Live Action investigated several abortion clinics across the country to document late-term or partial-birth abortions.

The investigation did not include any Planned Parenthood facilities, but just before the investigation began, Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow testified before Florida legislators about the right to a post-birth abortion.

When asked what Planned Parenthood would do if a baby was born alive after a failed abortion, Snow responded "we believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family and the physician."

Snow refused to say whether the living baby should be taken to a hospital at that point or left to die.

Investigate. Suspend. Defund.

Live Action, in releasing this report, is looking for an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s facilities across the country to determine the scale of the problem that has been documented.

The pro-life group is also requesting the licenses of the Planned Parenthood clinics caught on video be suspended to ensure the safety of future patients.

Finally, the group is calling for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.

Planned Parenthood, founded in 1916, operates more than 700 facilities across the U.S, and performed 327,166 abortions in 2012, the most recent year data is available. At a cost between $300 and $950 in the first trimester, this means that Planned Parenthood received between $98,149,800 and $310,807,700 in 2012 from abortions. With an annual budget of $1.2 billion, abortions accounted for 8 percent to 25.7 percent of Planned Parenthood's revenue in 2012.

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