Planned Parenthood: BDSM advocate no longer counseling teens; Update: Live Action derides “the token firing” strategy; Update: PP lied about termination?

posted at 11:31 am on June 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for Live Action to get results from the first video launched in its new Planned Parenthood Exposed project [update: link fixed]. Released yesterday, the undercover video shows a counselor at a PP clinic in Indianapolis extolling the pleasures of sadism, masochism, and bondage to an investigator posing as a 15-year-old in need of basic sex education:

The conversation starts off discussing role-playing games in sexual activity, but the counselor quickly turns to suggesting that the girl try out being a dominatrix or a submissive. When the girl asks what “kink” means, the counselor suggests anal sex and toys, and instructs her to start off with a “taste” and then work up to the “harder things.”

She’s suggesting this to a fifteen-year-old girl. Basic sex education at this stage should consist of, well, the basics, including the need to wait for maturity and full development, and the need to keep from being exploited by teenage boys, especially when it comes to pain and domination. This isn’t feminine empowerment; it’s molding victims who will eventually end up in their clinics. And let’s not forget that taxpayers are handing over nearly a half-billion dollars to PP every year, in part to offer this kind of advice to vulnerable teens.

By the end of the day, Planned Parenthood distanced itself from the advice dispensed at its clinic. They rejected the idea that this is a normal PP counseling session and said that the employee no longer worked for the organization (via LifeNews):

Live Action president Lila Rose said the video — the first of several tapes from other Planned Parenthood centers around the country that her organization plans to release — reveals Planned Parenthood’s support of “dangerous” sexual experimentation that should alarm parents and lawmakers. She also said it should result in Planned Parenthood losing federal funds for sexual education.

“They’re pushing dangerous sexual practices on teens and promoting them to teens,” Rose said. She also said such practices “are going to set teens up for physical, emotional and mental problems.”

Planned Parenthood president and CEO Betty Cockrum doesn’t dispute the authenticity of the tape, but also said it is not indicative of the type of counseling and information clients are provided.

“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 PPINK,” she said in a written statement.

“This video does not reflect the work our dedicated employees do every day, nor the experience shared by parents and teens who participate in our programs,” Cockrum added.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Tammy Lieber said Cockrum was not available Wednesday night to answer questions. Lieber also would not reveal whether the employee was fired or left voluntarily, or when that occurred, due to privacy policies.

Cockrum is laying a dangerous wager with this statement. Live Action made this tape in March, and afterward launched the new microsite. That signals that this is not an isolated incident, and that we can expect a series of tapes from PP clinics that show a pattern of such “advice” from its counselors. Also, the “heavily edited” rebuttal has been used before with Live Action, and failed; they will eventually post the entire video, and it will almost certainly show as it has in their past efforts that the unedited tape doesn’t mitigate the issue at all.

Update: A couple of notes. First, while my reference to “cosplay” was meant to be tongue in cheek, it’s not really accurate. I’ve edited to be a little more clear. Also, Lila Rose dropped me an e-mail to note that the full video is already available by request for media outlets wishing to confirm the story, and definitely on an age-restricted basis.

Also, Live Action has a statement out in response to Planned Parenthood’s comments:

“You’re seeing step one of the Planned Parenthood damage control handbook: the token firing.  It’s always a little strange, because Planned Parenthood tries to have it both ways: they announce terminating the employee for violating “professional standards” but never specify what those standards are. Meanwhile, their BDSM training video remains online, and they continue to list “resources” that tell kids that torture sex is totally fine. So what exactly did the staffer in our video do to bring the wrath of Planned Parenthood down on her?

“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.  We saw this in our sex-trafficking investigation and our sex-selective abortion investigation, and we’ll probably see it here, too.  Planned Parenthood is trying to cast our video as a one-off.

“But throwing one employee under the bus does nothing to solve the abortion giant’s organization-wide problem: their promotion of dangerous sexual activity to teens in their online materials and programs.  Lawmakers need to take action immediately to stop forcing taxpayers to support Planned Parenthood, and parents should call their school principals and superintendents to cut off Planned Parenthood’s access to teens in their communities.”

We’ll see what happens after the next video drops.

Update: Maybe it’s just the world’s shortest termination. Yeah, that’s the ticket:

Live Action will have a YouTube up later about this development.


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triple, do you want to allow adults to be allowed to engage in consensual “sex talk” with teens?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Do you think some domination in the bedroom is literally as bad as poison or bomb making? Because I don’t. I didn’t comment on anything else, so I don’t know what you’re referring to.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

My question was simple.

Do you want to allow adults to be allowed to engage in consensual “sex talk” with teens?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The term “teens” is very broad. What’s not appropriate for a 13 year old might be completely appropriate for a 16 year old, and further more, what’s appropriate for one 16 year old might be inappropriate for another 16 year old. You should also factor in if they’re already sexually active, maturity level, and their individual circumstances.

But that would require the topic of sex ed to be more than a bumper sticker, and a more thorough understanding of the situation, and the ability to ask more than a “gotcha” question.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I guess what I’m saying is, you don’t want a discussion on how best to solve the problem of teen pregnancy and unsafe sex – that would require real discussion with real solutions – you want to feel morally superior to everyone else, which doesn’t require the problem to be solved, it just requires you to judge people from your desk chair.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

triple, do you want to allow adults to be allowed to engage in consensual “sex talk” with teens?

blink on June 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

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Do you think some domination in the bedroom is literally as bad as poison or bomb making? Because I don’t. I didn’t comment on anything else, so I don’t know what you’re referring to.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

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You could have followed the conversation backwards, to see the context of the whole conversation.
Hell, did you even read Ed’s post, or watch the video before jumping into the conversation?
NO ONE . . . . . was making reference to legal adults practicing ANYTHING sexual, in a private bedroom.

The 11:58 AM reply by hillsoftx to the 11:38 AM comment by libfree’ was purely a reference to the illegitimacy of libfree’s logic, in justifying what the PP counselor was teaching the (supposed) 15 yr old.

libfree’ said our condemnation of the PP counselor was “stupid”, then justified it on the basis of any teenager being able to find exactly the same stuff on the internet, effectively implying; “what’s the big deal, huh?”

hillsoftx used the analogy of the easy accessibility of information about making bombs or poison, that is also on the internet, effectively implying that if you can justify a PP counselor teaching sexually explicit activity to a fifteen yr old “because the same stuff is easily accessible on the internet”, then you can also justify any adult teaching a teenager how to make bombs and poison “because the same stuff is easily accessible on the internet” … and I’m standing behind this analogy, as being valid.

Sooo . . . . . . . re-posting the conversation in it’s sequential context :
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This is so stupid. Any 15 year old can learn the exact same things on the internet. It seems the social conservatives are concerned about what happens in the verbal transmission? But more to the point. BDSM isn’t “wild,” it’s pretty mainstream. When you put a silly blindfold on your spouse, you’re engaging in BDSM, because you’re playing off the vulnerability of the blindfolded and the increased power of the one who has sight. So watch out you freaky kinksters.

And most importantly, two 15 year olds playing at blindfolding or being tied up are not necessarily engaging in sexual intercourse. Given that a lot of BDSM is, to quote Dan Savage “cops and robbers for adults” the “play” aspect of it, might be a way of steering teens towards a sexual future where they pursue what is fun, rather than acts they think will make them into “real men” or “real women.” But proceed to now accuse me of being a predator or something.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

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As well as learn how to make bombs, poison, etc, so we shouldn’t intervene with those either I guess.

hillsoftx on June 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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Right, because consensual sexual role play is the same as trying to poison someone.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 4:52 AM

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Irrelevant . . . . . it’s still invalid, illegitimate, immoral, and just plain wrong (not to mention ILLEGAL) for Planned Parenthood counselors to be proactively teaching 15 yr olds how to participate in consensual sexual ANYTHING.

listens2glenn on June 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

listens2glenn on June 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I did read backwards, and the context was clear – but good job on the recap, seriously.

libfree was explaining that bdsm is mainstream – just look at 50 shades of grey if you don’t think so – but I disagree. It’s popular, but not mainstream.

Mainstream implies something different. Disney is mainstream. Kinks are not, that’s why they’re kinks. But I don’t think it’s inherently bad, just different. This isn’t Saudi Arabia, we can have sex without worrying about if it’s the “right kind” of sex, because ‘murica.

And libfree is right – you can look this stuff up on the internet, that’s how most people get further into it. Actually, I say further because most people who get into this do it on their own in their early teens, and then find out it’s a “thing” on the internet later.

But to compare porn… to bomb making, poisons, etc. is taking it a bit too far. I don’t think anyone has ever blown up anything with a sex toy. You’ve taken a reasonable conversation about what’s appropriate for a teenager to be learning about, and godwin’d the entire thing. And when you have to resort to extremes in an argument, that tells me you have no logic behind your argument, or else you would have used it.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I guess what I’m saying is, you don’t want a discussion on how best to solve the problem of teen pregnancy and unsafe sex – that would require real discussion with real solutions – you want to feel morally superior to everyone else, which doesn’t require the problem to be solved, it just requires you to judge people from your desk chair.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

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The ONLY solution, is legalizing public recognition of GOD.
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Your accusation of our having and/or harboring a “superiority complex” about ourselves is a last-ditch attempt on your part to scream (on the way out, I might add) “I’M RIGHT and YOUR WRONG … TAKE THAT … nyeahh nyeahh

listens2glenn on June 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

The ONLY solution, is legalizing public recognition of GOD.

Yeah, no. Maybe move to a country that actually allows a theocracy, like Iran. You’d probably like it over there.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I did read backwards, and the context was clear – but good job on the recap, seriously.

libfree was explaining that bdsm is mainstream – just look at 50 shades of grey if you don’t think so – but I disagree. It’s popular, but not mainstream.

Mainstream implies something different. Disney is mainstream. Kinks are not, that’s why they’re kinks. But I don’t think it’s inherently bad, just different. This isn’t Saudi Arabia, we can have sex without worrying about if it’s the “right kind” of sex, because ‘murica.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

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No one is criticizing “BDSM”, or arguing over whether it’s “mainstream” or not.
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And libfree’ is right – you can look this stuff up on the internet, that’s how most people get further into it. Actually, I say further because most people who get into this do it on their own in their early teens, and then find out it’s a “thing” on the internet later.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

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Irrelevant . . . . . no one was contending the degree of “accessibility” of this stuff on the internet.
We were, and REMAIN, contentious over the legitimacy, morality, and LEGALITY of a Planned Parenthood counselor teaching a supposed 15 yr old ANYTHING pertaining to engaging in sexual activity.
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But to compare porn… to bomb making, poisons, etc. is taking it a bit too far. I don’t think anyone has ever blown up anything with a sex toy. You’ve taken a reasonable conversation about what’s appropriate for a teenager to be learning about, and godwin’d the entire thing. And when you have to resort to extremes in an argument, that tells me you have no logic behind your argument, or else you would have used it.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

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I didn’t originate the analogy, but I stand behind the use of it.

So far, you haven’t said one thing about legitimacy and legality of a PP counselor teaching the things that were recorded by an undercover agent, to a supposed fifteen year old.

What you think of hillsoftx‘s analogy be damned.

listens2glenn on June 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

The ONLY solution, is legalizing public recognition of GOD.

listens2glenn on June 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

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Yeah, no. Maybe move to a country that actually allows a theocracy, like Iran. You’d probably like it over there.

triple on June 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM

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Public recognition of God was practiced by all English settlers and citizens over here since before there was a United States, right up until the (expletive) Warren Court.
At no time during that 200+ years did we have anything resembling a “theocracy”.

Public recognition of God doesn’t mean government required and enforced acceptance of God.

But it does mean there is NO right to a “freedom from religion”. Neither you nor I have any right to demand that we be able to be in public places, without the sights and sounds of some else’s religion that we don’t believe in, enter our eyes and ears.

That’s all it means. If you find that to be “overbearing” then you should move to a different country.

listens2glenn on June 13, 2014 at 5:24 PM

blink on June 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

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Since triple is not responding, I’m going to take it upon myself to answer for him . . . . .
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Every so often here at Hotair, I launch into an absurd, sarcastic “bit”, claiming that I have been given the “Ministry of JUDGEMENT”.
I then state something like;“it’s a great gig! All I have to do is go around pointing my finger at people, and judging them! It gives me a euphoric sense of superiority, knowing that God has entrusted to me this highly esteemed, and exalted ministry, of JUDGEMENT.”
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I’m pretty sure triple is accusing all of us Christians, who condemn ‘teaching sex to minors’, of having the fore-mentioned superiority complex, while simultaneously NOT promoting any valid, practical (as he sees it) ideas for solving the problem.

That’s my take.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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