Live Action plans exposé on Planned Parenthood sex-ed programs

Friday, October 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Image by: Matt MahurinThe group that brought America “Undercover at Planned Parenthood,” a shaky, 11-minute video shot clandestinely by undercover anti-abortion-rights activists, is working on a new project aimed to convince more people that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) does not deserve any federal funding for the non-abortion services it provides nationwide.

During last weekend’s conference of social conservatives, the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on a panel titled “Exposing and Defunding Planned Parenthood America’s Abortion Giant,” Live Action President Lila Rose said next on her group’s docket is a video exposé of PPFA’s federally funded sex-education programs.

After discussion from a panel that also included Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, former Planned Parenthood-clinic-worker-turned-anti-abortion-rights activist Catherine Adair and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), an audience member asked Rose to look into possible corruption in the grant-supported sex-education programs Planned Parenthood helps administer across the country. In response, Rose said a Live Action project was already in the works.

Live Action did not return requests for comment on Rose’s announcement.

“[Planned Parenthood is] the biggest attacker right now on human life, the biggest attacker on families, on women and on children,” Rose said to the audience at the Values Voter Summit.

Watch the rest of her speech:

Rose’s statement at the Values Voter Summit panel hints at an upcoming undercover video involving the sex-education programs for which Planned Parenthood receives federal grants. On the basis of grant proposals submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, last year three Planned Parenthood affiliates were awarded more than $5 million to participate in two evidenced-based programs, Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Personal Responsibility Education Program. Additionally, 15 more affiliates received grant money as subcontractors for health departments, universities, public schools and teen-pregnancy-prevention nonprofits across the country.

In its 2008-2009 annual report (PDF), PPFA explain that its sex-education programs include instruction on delaying sexual activity and how young adults can protect themselves when they do become sexually active. Specific topics include: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), communicating about sex, delaying intercourse, contraception, abortion, parenting skills, preventing date and acquaintance rape, sexual orientation and teen pregnancy.

Live Action’s release of a New Jersey clinic worker caught on tape offering advice to a man posing as a pimp of underage prostitutes — which was referenced by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) on the House floor this fall when he defended his failed budget rider to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding — has been followed by a series of video and audio projects aimed to destroy Planned Parenthood’s reputation.

The Racism Project series consists of the adviser of Live Action’s magazine The Advocate calling up Planned Parenthood affiliates and asking to earmark donations to abort African-Americans. Older projects, such as the Mona Lisa Project and the Rosa Acuna Project, portray clinic workers explaining to underage girls how to obtain an abortion using the judicial bypass system and describing fetal embryos as being underdeveloped at seven weeks.

More recently, Live Action produced Project Truth, a video that shows PPFA CEO Cecile Richards on The Joy Behar Show criticizing Pence’s amendment, saying: “If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are gonna lose their healthcare access–not to abortion services–to basic family planning, you know, mammograms — mammograms — you know, mammograms.” The second part of the video involves a series of audio clips of Live Action staff calling Planned Parenthood clinics around the country and being told they could be given referrals for mammograms only. The media research group Media Matters later made the case that Richards was not lying when she referred to “healthcare access.” The full quote edited by Live Action was: “If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning. You know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer.” Media Matters has also found evidence that Live Action has doctored some of its videos.

Live Action’s undercover video projects have attempted to perpetuate the idea that Planned Parenthood is ultimately concerned with providing abortions — but not with women’s health and reproductive choices — and uses the more than $360 million it receives in federal grants annually to help reach that end. PPFA’s pregnancy-prevention efforts could be the next to face undercover-video scrutiny.

On Friday, Planned Parenthood released a video of its own as part of “Let’s Talk Month,” a campaign to help parents talk to their children about sex and sexual health.

Watch the video:


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