Second "Explosive(!)" "Shocking(!)" Live Action Video Reveals... Health Workers Providing Care!
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Lila Rose and Live Action Films have released a second video in their promised expose of Planned Parenthood.
And the only thing shocking about this video is that Rose and her cohorts think there is something shocking about it.
It exposes.....wait for it......a health care worker providing information about health care.
It's the most shocking thing I've encountered since the mailman delivered my mail today.
In the video and in the transcript, the clinic worker is seen and heard calmly doing her job. She is assisting her clients and answering their questions about testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, about contraceptive methods and unintended pregnancy. No minor is present in the room. When asked about abortion, she calmly discusses the options a minor in need of abortion might have, such as judicial bypass, which lest anyone be confused, is the perfectly legal recourse provided to minors who face an unintended and untenable pregnancy and who can not for whatever reasons secure their parents' "permission" to procure an abortion. Parental consent laws are widespread but have been shown in study after study to be useless in their supposed efforts to dissuade minors in need from seeking abortion. Moreover, as extensively noted by the Department of Justice, minors involved in sex work or who have been trafficked into sex work often are abandoned by their families, so they are not likely to be seeking out their parents' permission for much.
These children "generally come from homes where they have been abused, or from families that have abandoned them. They often become involved in prostitution as a way to support themselves financially or to get the things they want or need."
After the visit, this clinic worker and her colleagues in other sites where the "sex traffickers" sought services reported these visits to their supervisors, who in turn reported to Planned Parenthood Federation's head office which, in turn reported this to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
So they did things exactly right. Sought to meet the immediate health needs of the patient while in turn reporting suspicious activity to the police.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America said:
Today, Live Action, an anti-abortion groups led by Lila Rose, a self-described
“extremist”1, who has called for abortions to take place in public2 and has vowed to “take down” Planned Parenthood, released videotapes secretly taped at Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Virginia.
In a recent round of secret videotaping in January 2011, at least four health centers in Virginia received visits in a short period of time from persons claiming to be involved in the sex trade, involving vulnerable minors. Local authorities, as well as federal authorities, were alerted to these visits. In this morning’s publicized tape, the Planned Parenthood staff member reacted professionally to a highly unusual person posing as a patient. After the encounter, the staff member immediately notified her supervisor, who subsequently notified members of Planned Parenthood’s national security team, who are working with the FBI, which is investigating these visits.
Come to think of it, this might be even less shocking than the fact that a half inch of snow can close schools across Montgomery County, Maryland.
That a health care worker at a Planned Parenthood would be offering clear, concise and evidence-based information on testing and treatment of infections, contraception and abortion is kinda the antithesis of shocking, really, because in case Lila missed it, these are the services that sexual and reproductive health clinics provide.
The fact that a health worker would be doing so in a manner that earns the trust of the client is not only normal, but a central ethic of health care and medicine.