Afternoon Roundup: Media Matters Calls Live Action Video on PP a “Hoax”

A new study on abortion and male partners of women who access abortion; more on the video hoax perpetrated against Planned Parenthood; Iowa House passes same sex marriage ban; ane more.

  • H/T to Exhale: The Guttmacher Institute released a new study, by Rachel K. Jones, which finds that, “The overwhelming majority of women obtaining abortions in the United States (82%) report that the men by whom they got pregnant knew about the abortion, and nearly eight in 10 perceived these men to be supportive.” Read the release and the study. 
  • Time magazine’s blog, Swampland, reports on Rep. Chris Smith’s horrific H.R. 3 bill (“No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion”) and its weasely attempt to re-define rape as an assault which is “forcible” (?). Swampland’s Amy Sullivan wonders just how legislators decided that what this country really needs is to crack down on those women who “use” rape to justify Medicaid paying for their abortions. Sullivan also looks at just how difficult it is for women who are raped and become pregnant to access Medicaid funds for an abortion. 

Is Live Action accurately portraying the Planned Parenthood employee’s statements and actions? It’s impossible to say for sure without the full video, but there is good reason for media to be skeptical. Lila Rose, after all, began infiltrating abortion clinics in collaboration with James O’Keefe — a convicted criminal who repeatedly lied about his heavily edited ACORN videos. Rose herself has a history of smearing the subjects of her videos.

But even if Live Action’s video doesn’t take the employee out of context, the incident obviously doesn’t show Planned Parenthood covering up child sex trafficking. That’s because Planned Parenthood has already reported the “potential sex trafficking” to law enforcement officials.

  • Karl Hoffman, President and CEO of PSI, a global health organization focusing on reproductive health, malara, HIV and more, offers his critique on the Huffington Post of the recently wrapped World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The annual event brings together politicians, business leaders, non-profit and governmental leaders and others in a global conversation. But Karl Hoffman said a critical component of world issues, particularly around the Millennium Development Goals, was missing: the “crushing challenge of demographics in many developing countries” and, in essence, the lack of a discussion on family planning resources for women and their families. 
  • The Iowa House passed a constitutional ban on same sex marriage today, House Joint Resolution 6, with one lawmaker saying that marriage is about “responsible procreation” (watch out all you married-without-children couples!) adding, “We wouldn’t recognize incestuous relationships between two consenting adult brothers and sisters. That raises up within us disgust, and we can’t accept that. We draw lines. We define marriage.”

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  • equalist

    If marriage is about “responsible procreation” then we should get to work pushing for a ban on post menapausal women or infertile men or women getting married.  After all, these groups can’t procreate, so therefore, they’re not qualified for marriage.  In addition, just to make sure that no infertile people slip past the rules and get married anyway, Iowa should require mandatory fertility testing before a couple can apply for a marriage license.  I mean, since it’s all about makin’ babies and all.

  • plume-assassine

    Here’s what I want to know about the video hoax [I watched the highly edited version] — was the employee/clinic manager in the video stringing them along or was she “for real”? If she wasn’t actually stringing them along, then was she fired?


    Also, why is Live Action still claiming that Planned Parenthood as a corporation is “covering up” sex trafficking? They trolled 11 clinics in different states, and they get footage from one employee who is in the wrong… yet PP still did the right thing in notifying the FBI within the same 5 day period that Live Action was trolling the clinics. What we have is one person at fault, not Planned Parenthood in its entirety.

  • brianh

    Live Action does have the unedited video available.  Also, a hoax would imply that there was not a Planned Parenthood employee willing to ignore sex trafficing of underaged girls.  Yes, Live Action hit multiple Planned Parenthood facilties and some reported that something was going on.  Some did not.

  • amie-newman

    Actually, you’re incorrect.

    Please read:

    A hoax is just that – a trick. This is fabricated entirely and shows nothing but, as I wrote, one terrible employee’s awful judgement. Lila Rose admitted her goal – it’s not to do anything but “take down Planned Parenthood.” Therefore, as Media Matters and others have reported, she works with a convicted felon to deceive in order to meet her goal.

    Planned Parenthood reported the incidents in question either immediately. There is NOTHING here and I stand by my claim that this pattern of deceipt and trickery is repulsive and immoral. Planned Parenthood serves millions of middle and lower income Americans – women and men- in need of actual health/medical care; not biased, judgemental “services.”

    Lila Rose wants one thing: to take down an extremely well-respected, high-quality health care organization –  which has served millions of Americans for many years – all in service to her own vanity.

  • prochoiceferret

    Live Action does have the unedited video available.  Also, a hoax would imply that there was not a Planned Parenthood employee willing to ignore sex trafficing of underaged girls.


    Darn, so only 10,999 out of 11,000 PP employees were not willing to ignore sex trafficking of underaged girls. (Oh, wait a second… now it’s 10,999 out of 10,999.) How many CPC employees do you suppose are willing to ignore the needs of sex trafficking victims who want contraception and abortion services?


    Yes, Live Action hit multiple Planned Parenthood facilties and some reported that something was going on.  Some did not.


    Yes, it’s not like they could have placed a call to the FBI without it being picked up by Live Actions’s sooper-secret microphone.