Planned Parenthood fires clinic manager in latest video
posted at 11:36 am on February 2, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Yesterday’s spin on the Live Action undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood clinic manager giving advice on sex trafficking with minors was that the national organization already knew about the undercover reporters and had notified the Department of Justice, showing that the expose was just a stunt. Today, Planned Parenthood has fired the manager featured in the video, and expressed its “profound shock” over her behavior:
The Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staffer who appears in a new undercover investigation video assisting two people who claim to be heading up a sex trafficking ring has been fired.
Late Tuesday night, Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey released a statement saying she staff person, Perth Amboy center clinic manager Amy Woodruff, would be let go.
“We were profoundly shocked when we viewed the videotape released this morning, which depicted an employee of one of our health centers behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable,” Phyllis Kinsler, executive director of the local affiliate, said a statement, according to NJ.com.
NJ also notes that the Attorney General has taken an interest in the report:
Attorney General Paula Dow asked the Division of Criminal Justice to investigate whether the manager broke any laws. “At first glance, I find these allegations to be very disturbing,” Dow said in a statement. Her spokesman Paul Loriquet said Gov. Chris Christie’s office and some legislators had referred the matter to her attention.
Meanwhile, PP attacked Live Action for its strategy of undercover reporting:
“If these visits are part of a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign, they must be condemned,” said Stuart Schear, a Planned Parenthood federation vice president. “Falsely claiming sex trafficking to health professionals to advance a political agenda is an astoundingly cynical form of political activity.”
Well, which is more cynical? Pretending to be a pimp and prostitute to determine whether PP abides by the law, or having clinics give seminars in how to hide the exploitation of children in sex rings? Posing as people looking for illegal abortions, or giving advice from inside the Planned Parenthood clinic on how and where to find them?
If Planned Parenthood objects to this method of investigative reporting, then perhaps they’ll press for tough inspection regimes. After all, as we have seen in Pennsylvania, the political activism of the abortion industry has cowed public officials into inaction while the poor and underage get exploited, maimed, and sometimes killed. Obviously, state agencies that exist to protect women and enforce the law aren’t doing their jobs — especially not when the Amy Woodruffs of the world feel comfortable in telling pimps how to keep their 14-year-old victims secret and working “from the waist up” for two weeks after an abortion.
Congress needs to act to cut off public funding of Planned Parenthood entirely. They get around $300 million a year from taxpayers, and as Live Action has repeatedly proven, routinely flout laws voters have set for the protection of women and children. I suspect that subsequent video releases will result in more sanctimony from Planned Parenthood, followed by more firings.