Video: Planned Parenthood offering advice to pimps? Update: Did PP call the feds?
posted at 10:12 am on February 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Live Action released another undercover expose of Planned Parenthood today, this time at the Perth Amboy, New Jersey clinic. Posing as a pimp and a prostitute, the pair asked the PP manager how best to avoid legal consequences while getting prostitutes as young as 14 and 15 abortions and tests for STDs. Legally, PP has to report any instances of underage girls being sexually exploited, but Amy Woodruff instead tells the two undercover reporters how to lie to avoid detection — and gives them the address of a clinic to get abortions where auditors don’t check records:
A Planned Parenthood manager in New Jersey coaches a man and a woman posing as sex traffickers how to to secure secret abortions, STD testing, and contraception for their female underage sex slaves, and make their whole operation “look as legit as possible” in an undercover video released this morning.
Clinic manager Amy Woodruff, LPN, of Planned Parenthood Central New Jersey’s Perth Amboy center, warns the pimp and his prostitute to have their trafficked underage girls lie about their age to avoid mandatory reporting laws, promising, “even if they lie, just say, ‘Oh he’s the same age as me, 15,’…it’s just that mainly 14 and under we have to, doesn’t matter if their partner’s the same age, younger, whatever, 14 and under we have to report.” She says, “For the most part, we want as little information as possible.”
Woodruff also recommends how the pimp can get his prostitutes cheaper contraception by claiming they are “students”: “If they’re minors, put down that they’re students. Yeah, just kind of play along that they’re students–we want to make it look as legit as possible.”
If one of the young trafficked girls needs an abortion, Woodruff refers the pimp and prostitute to the Metropolitan Medical Association, where “their protocols aren’t as strict as ours and they don’t get audited the same way that we do.” The prostitute in the video asks how long after the abortion until the girls can have sex again, and when Woodruff says “minimum of 2 weeks,” she asks what sex acts the girls could still do to make money. Woodruff advises, “Waist up, or just be that extra action walking by” to advertise sex to potential clients.
The video speaks for itself, but the part that caught my attention was the referral to an outside abortion clinic. In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell case, this calls into question just how much Planned Parenthood knows about clinics like Gosnell’s. Woodruff refers the two to the MMA because no one checks on their operations. For a woman who insists later in the video that these underage girls prostituting for the pimp in front of her that they deserve care without Mom finding out what’s going on, that shows an utter lack of concern over the “care” they actually receive.
Abortion providers insisted in the wake of Gosnell’s indictment that his was an outlier, not representative of the abortion industry as a whole. This exchange at the nation’s largest provider of abortions makes rogue operations seem a lot more connected and mainstream than they’d like to admit.
Update: The Anchoress wonders where the media is on the Gosnell story. A serial killer with potentially hundreds or thousands of victims — and no one seems interested in covering it? Forget it, Jake … it’s AbortionTown.
Update II: TPM Muckraker reported a week ago that Planned Parenthood’s national office notified the Department of Justice of the pair’s activities:
In the course of five days this month, eight Planned Parenthood clinics in five states and D.C. reported getting the same visit: A man said he needed treatment for a sexually transmitted disease and then, once alone with a staff member, implied that he ran an interstate sex trafficking ring that involves minors and illegal immigrants.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America thinks that the visits, which happened between Jan. 11 and 15, are part of a James O’Keefe-style “sting.” But the group called in the FBI anyway.
“These multi-state visits from men claiming to be engaged in sex trafficking of minors may be a hoax,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last week. “However, if the representations made by this man are true,” she wrote, they indicate violations of several sex trafficking, prostitution and child sex laws.
It seems that the national office figured out what happened — but that doesn’t explain the enthusiasm with which this clinic advised the undercover reporters, nor of the manager’s offer to personally streamline the process for the putative pimp, either. Plus, if she played along with the pair, why then refer them to MMA for abortions because MMA doesn’t get audited stringently?