BREAKING: Congressional Republicans Run a Prostitution Ring and Other Things You Didn’t Know


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Congressional Republicans run a prostitution ring.  I know this because Senator David Vitter admitted in 2007 to procuring the services of a sex worker, though he later refused to admit it was “illegal.”  I don’t want to keep score, but elected Republicans outrank Democrats in prostitution scandals six to one, so clearly they are pimping people out.

Congressional Republicans also condone adultery and “out-of-wedlock” childbearing.  I know this because the late Congressman Henry Hyde and the late Senator Strom Thurmond both admitted to extramarital affairs and to having children out of wedlock. Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, sponsor of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, “was married three times, and paid for his second wife’s abortion; failed to pay child support to the children of his first two wives and while married to his third and present wife and was photographed licking whipped cream off of strippers at his inaugural party.”  On the more kinky side of sex scandals, John Bolton, former Ambassador to United Nations “is suspected of forcing his former wife to be involved in unsavory group sex acts.” And, whew!, that’s just a sampling of the list.

The Republican Party also condones “payoffs” to mistresses and their families, which I know because Senator John Ensign’s family paid $96,000 to the family of his mistress, which some believe was a payment to “keep things quiet.”  I think this might be a breach of ethics but, hey.

Moreover, it may surprise many, the Republican Party condones sexual abuse of minors and promotes gay sex, despite their many protestations to the contrary (they like to keep us guessing).  I know this because there have been so many Republican gay sex “scandals” including those involving minors. There’s Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Ted Haggard… oh there are so many I can’t list them all.  You’ll just have to read about them here.

Wait…

What’s that, you say?  One bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch, girl? I can’t smear the entire party with the antics of individual members? These individuals don’t represent the party as a whole or Republicans writ large?  Their “failings” are those of individuals, some of whom make mistakes and some of whom, frankly, are just unethical dumbasses?

Oh!  I thought you might say that.

Which is why I am so surprised at the reaction to a clearly highly edited tape produced by a group “out to get” Planned Parenthood which shows one clearly idiotic and unprofessional administrative person trying to jive with a fake pimp and prostitute. 

Lila Rose and her LiveAction Film team (we might call it Lie Action Films) went “undercover to 12 Planned Parenthood clinics in six states” and managed to film… one employee who clearly should not have been hired in the first place and has now been fired.  One employee at one site out of a total of 85 affiliates running 818 health centers in 49 states (plus DC) out of an estimated total of 11,186 employees based on 2009 data. If that is all their “smear tactics” could produce–one employee out of over 11,000–I’d say PPFA is lookin’ pretty good.  I mean, out of 535 members of Congress, my list of Republican scandals doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface and the ratio of scandals to members far outstrips the ratio of bad hires at PPFA many times.

The video is, in a word, disgusting, on many levels.

It is of course disgusting, and unnerving, to watch this woman, who is supposedly there to serve clients, hobknobbing with these creepy people.  But she is gone.  Unlike, you know, Bob Barr, John Ensign, David Vitter…

Phyllis Kinsler, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey stated:

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. We have a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior, and the employee in the video was immediately suspended from her duties this morning and was terminated this evening. We are fully committed to delivering high-quality reproductive health care to the women of our communities, complying with all laws, and upholding the highest ethical standards.”

But the video is disgusting also for its intention, which, as stated by Rose, is to “bring down Planned Parenthood.” For its lack of any substance or proof of any pattern or any evidence whatsoever to implicate Planned Parenthood in doing anything other than providing basic reproductive and sexual health care services to 2,961,392 clients according to 2009 estimates.  Instead of worrying about actual child trafficking or actually helping people get services who need them, Live Action Films is engaged in a smear campaign that is gutless and directly targeted at undermining the health and well-being–and abrogating the rights–of low-income and minority women most reliant on publicly funded services. 

Noble cause, Lila.  What’s next?

Planned Parenthod did the right thing immediately.  It notified the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As soon as the pattern of visits by these supposed “child sex traffickers,” became apparent, Planned Parenthood employees immediately reported to Planned Parenthood management that two highly unusual visits occurred within hours of each other by persons that claimed to be engaged in sex trafficking. On that same day, notes Stuart Schear, Vice President for Communications at PPFA, “prior to learning that these visits had also occurred in other states, the local Planned Parenthood affiliate notified local law enforcement in New Jersey. Human trafficking has been a major issue in New Jersey and affiliate leadership was concerned that these visits were a part of this deeply troubling criminal activity.”

“Moreover, Planned Parenthood’s national office notified federal authorities upon learning of these and additional visits to Planned Parenthood health centers in five other states in which persons claiming to be involved in sex trafficking with minors asked for services for young women. The FBI has been collecting evidence from Planned Parenthood employees and health centers, and, as of late yesterday, was reviewing photos of at least one of the persons making these claims. The photo image was caught on security videotape by Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood brought this potential criminal activity to the attention of the highest legal authority in the United States.

In short, PPFA reported suspected child traffickers and abided by both the law and its principals of protecting people. 

So let’s return to reality here folks. Planned Parenthood isn’t breaking any laws; quite the contrary.  Unless of course there is that Republican Prostitution Ring.

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  • miranda-spencer

    Well put!

  • purplemistydez

    Go Jodi!!!

  • ahunt

    GOP mantra: I HAVE SINNNNNNNN….ED!

  • jrm83

    I thought it was:  It’s only wrong when Democrats do it.

  • aligatorhardt

    This articke fails to show that the Republican Party has approved or participated in the acts of these individuals. If hush money was provided from the treasury of the party, or was used for legal defense, that would show the party to be complicit.  But such evidence is not shown. Otherwise this article takes a stereotypical attitude toward any Republican. The evidence consists of assumptions and circumstantial evidence of failure to uphold rules of conduct. That does not provide sufficient evidence of party complicency, in a manner that would be considered just.              PS; I have many complaints with Republican policies, but they cannot be based on suposition alone.

  • jodi-jacobson

    It is a tongue-in-cheek attempt to show how conflation and equivalency can be taken out of context, which is exactly what the Republican party and the far right fundamentalists are seeking to do in this case to Planned Parenthood with a smear campaign claiming that PPFA is complicit in illegal activities to which they have absolutely no connection as an organization.

    And your point is exactly my point.

  • prochoiceferret

    Lila Rose fails to show that Planned Parenthood has approved or participated in the acts of these individuals. If hush money was provided from the treasury of the organization, or was used for legal defense, that would show the organization to be complicit.  But such evidence is not shown. Otherwise this article takes a stereotypical attitude toward any reproductive-health provider. The evidence consists of assumptions and circumstantial evidence of failure to uphold rules of conduct. That does not provide sufficient evidence of organizational complicency, in a manner that would be considered just.              PS; I have many complaints with Planned Parenthood policies, but they cannot be based on suposition alone.

     

    Why, that’s very reasonable of you to think so!

  • invalid-0

    One employee at one site

    Lila’s second video is now up.  Here.  Virginia clinic got stung too.  How many clinics playing along with Live Action is too many, Jodi?  Think they’ll fire this one too?

  • beenthere72

    I’m sorry, but watching that all I can think is : gee, what a nice pimp he is to be concerned of the health and well-being of his employees.     Not:  OMG, WTF PP.

     

    Judicial bypass is not illegal.    All he is presenting is hypothetical situations.   What’s the PP employee supposed to do?   Detain the ‘pimp’ and call police?    

  • squirrely-girl

    … but I’m really not wowed or shocked by this second video. I mean, judicial bypass? That’s basically saying the young woman would have to seek out a judge and get permission… in other words, what she would legally be required to do in order to obtain the procedure without parental notification. How shocking is that?!

  • prochoiceferret

    How many clinics playing along with Live Action is too many, Jodi?

     

    I dunno. How many bad Congressional Republicans is too many?

     

    How many bad cops?

     

    How many bad evangelical preachers?

     

    Considering that what Lila Rose is showing one (former) PP employee to have done is orders of magnitude less egregious than any of the above, and PP has been very responsive in addressing any problems, the answer is probably “a heck of a lot more than you’ve got.”

     

    How many anti-choice, anti-woman posters is too many?

  • prochoiceferret

    Lila’s second video is now up.  Here.  Virginia clinic got stung too.

     

    Yeah, but then PP smacked the bug dead, and picked it off. Disgusting little things, those are….

  • ldan

    How did this one get stung? All I see is someone providing legal information and doing their best to try to get the supposed underage victims to call or come in (where they could actually be helped). What was she supposed to do? Go OMG, sit here while I call the police? Is that what you’re supposed to do when a criminal is sitting in a closed room with you if you value your safety?

     

    They played along with the same legal information they would, and should, give anyone, then contacted the authorities afterward. I believe the other one was fired for ‘playing along’ in a way that was outside of what was legal, whereas this one stuck to not saying “oh yeah, we’ll lie for you and it’ll all be fine.”

  • saltyc

    What the hell you’re upset that a clinic worker is giving accurate and legal information to prostitutes and pimps? There’s nothing wrong with that.  SO PP REPORTED THE SEX TRAFFICKING. I also don’t see that this clinician did a single thing wrong.

    You know, I have friends who do harm reduction, like delivering healthcare to prostitutes, even underage ones. You think that’s horrible? Not as horrible as the wrongs you advocate, arex, such as forcing underage girls to stay pregnant. Lila Rose has serious issues, trying to bring down an organization that does so much good unlike the cold-hearted weasels that you support and abate.

  • jodi-jacobson

    on this very issue.

     

    Unfortunately ARex, you reveal how little you know about health care, and health care ethics.  This provider did EXACTLY what she was supposed to do.  Provide information respectfully and based on evidence to a client.  The client, their health and their confidentiality is the foremost consideration in any medical situation, see the AMA, ACOG, and any number of other medical ethical statements, of which i name several in my piece on the second tape.

    The second tape reveals a health worker providing care.  Period.

    She then reported to her supervisor who in turn reported to PPFA national the fact that there was suspicious activity. They, as they should have done, reported to the police.

    You and the far right want to criminalize sex and sexual behavior and make health care workers at all levels into personal law enforcement.  That is not their job and i would suggest you read a bit about medical ethics and health care training before you go there.

     

     

     

  • nonsense-nonsense

    Judicial bypass is not illegal.    All he is presenting is hypothetical situations.

     

    Judicial bypass is not intended to cover up illegal activities, such as sex trafficking. That’s not why it exists.

     

    What’s the PP employee supposed to do?   Detain the ‘pimp’ and call police?  

     

    Say “I can’t help you” and call the police.

  • beenthere72

    So you think a pimp is going to bring his 14 year olds before a judge to help them obtain judicial bypass?  

    So you send the pimp back out into the street – carrying STDs, let me remind you – without gaining more information or say hoping he comes back with the 14 yr olds?

  • squirrely-girl

    Judicial bypass is not intended to cover up illegal activities, such as sex trafficking. That’s not why it exists.

    …  JUDGES not clinic employees are the one’s making those determinations. Crazy how that whole judicial system is set up, eh?

     

    Say “I can’t help you” and call the police.

    So do you support CPCs being expected or required to tell women seeking abortions, UPFRONT, “Sorry, I can’t help you” and send them on their way? Or do you just like having different sets of rules depending on your moral proclivities. 

  • colleen

    Say “I can’t help you” and call the police.

    What would that accomplish?

  • nonsense-nonsense

    JUDGES not clinic employees are the one’s making those determinations. Crazy how that whole judicial system is set up, eh?

     

    And in this case the clinic employee is giving bad advice. Judicial bypass is not a mechanism by which to hide information from the parent or guardian, but rather a mechanism by which the ability to decide to have an abortion is taken from the parent or legal guardian and given to the minor. Anyway, I feel compelled to yet again I point out that I am unaware of any court in the U.S. who would grant a teen judicial bypass because she’s a sex worker and she doesn’t want her parents to know. There’s so many things wrong with that. So many, in fact, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

    So do you support CPCs being expected or required to tell women seeking abortions, UPFRONT, “Sorry, I can’t help you” and send them on their way? Or do you just like having different sets of rules depending on your moral proclivities. 

     

    I hope you’re just being glib. Otherwise, I have to question the competency of anyone who fails to see a difference between having to advertise what product or service you don’t offer (which, ftr, is ridiculous) and  turning someone away on account of not wanting to be considered to be aiding in an illegal activity.

  • beenthere72

    Anyway, I feel compelled to yet again I point out that I am unaware of any court in the U.S. who would grant a teen judicial bypass because she’s a sex worker and she doesn’t want her parents to know. There’s so many things wrong with that.

     

    It may surprise you, but I think we are in agreement here.   Just because she’s telling him the option exists, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

  • prochoiceferret

    And in this case the clinic employee is giving bad advice.

     

    So after all that trouble by Lila Rose and the fake-pimp guy, the big reveal is… a PP employee giving [what is in your opinion] bad advice. Stop the presses, everyone, PP’s goin’ down!

     

    Maybe in their next sting, they’ll be able to find PP employees who (gasp!) enjoy eating questionably-aromatic Indian food! “How can we let our children talk to someone with tikka masala on their breath? Scandal!”

  • rebellious-grrl
  • ldan

    Given that judicial bypass takes away the ability of parent/guardian to make that decision and gives it to the teenager, I’d say the end result is that it allows the teenager to hide information if they so chose.

     

    Regardless, it is correct for them to say that PP is not the entity that gets to do that. I expect you’re correct that a judge would not grant a bypass to teens in this situation. But if they were to actually come before a judge and enter the system that way, there’s a greater chance of their status becoming known so someone could help them.

     

    Whereas, if the worker at PP simply says “go away” and calls the police, you end up with a possible STD carrier turned away without treatment or testing, you still have no idea how to find or contact the teens it sounds like he’s exploiting. Giving legal, confidential information without the appearance of judgement is precisely what medical professionals do. A doctor who is treating a kid they suspect is being abused doesn’t grab the kid and run out of the room with it. They act professionally and then report.

     

    O/T but since it’s been brought up, there is nothing ridiculous about requiring entities that do their best to be mistaken for medical operations to disclose that they are not, in fact, medical operations. It’s pretty much the same as requiring herbal supplements to note that “these claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.” Basically indicating that they are not, in fact, medicine. These are valid consumer protections.

  • squirrely-girl

    Planned Parenthood telling a *fake* pimp about judicial bypass for his *fake* underage prostitutes is like the government telling rape victims that Medicaid will pay for their abortions. In theory, sure… in practice, not so much.

  • arekushieru

    Actually, disagree, beenthere.  The reasons why someone may become a sex-worker is often likely due to them running away from abuse at home.  True, they’re more likely to be abused in the sex trafficking industry, but many are unaware of this fact when they begin work as a sex-worker.