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Planned Parenthood’s Sinister Past

The Left is celebrating this group's 100-year history — but what about the scandals?

In 2011, an investigation by Live Action showed Planned Parenthood staff members on video offering to help sex traffickers by providing abortions and STD testing to prostitutes who were just 14 and 15 years old. In this case, the “pimps” in the videos were actually undercover journalists. However, some 30 percent of real victims of the sex trafficking market reach out to Planned Parenthood in some way.

In response to public outrage over the released videos, Planned Parenthood promised to retrain staff to report illegal sex trafficking.

Planned Parenthood has 665 clinics and is more than 40 percent funded by taxpayer money.

However, in a follow-up interview with Live Action, Ramona Treviño — the Sherman, Texas, Planned Parenthood manager — said no such training has taken place. According to Treviño, employees have instead been retrained to identify potential undercover journalists who might damage the reputation of Planned Parenthood with recordings.

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There is also a lack of evidence to support Planned Parenthood’s 2011 claim that it would work with “federal and local authorities to help identify Live Action’s suspected sex traffickers who had visited its facilities.”

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Meanwhile, an online video gives a rose-colored view of the organization’s 100-year history. The video also highlights the organization’s vision moving forward, which is focused mostly on making reproductive rights available to everyone.

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The video is directed and produced by actress Lena Dunham, who also recently said in a extremely misguided and insensitive joke that she had never had an abortion, but wished she had. She has since apologized for the joke.

In the mostly animated video, women from the past cry out for relief from their unwanted pregnancies. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, is held up as a hero, while the Hyde Amendment and basically all men are vilified as ignorant physicians and unsympathetic husbands.

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There is also a brief mention of eugenics, but no explanation for Sanger’s blatantly racist motivation behind her birth control methods or reference to her infamous speech to a group of KKK members.

The video claims the opposition is attempting to destroy rights, exploits the 11 murdered abortion doctors, and notes the “general rudeness” of those who dare to be pro-life.

But there is no mention or acknowledgment of the millions of aborted and discarded fetuses — or the uninformed women who have been taken advantage of by the greed of Planned Parenthood. There is no regard for the lack of respect Planned Parenthood has for its victims.

Planned Parenthood has 665 clinics and is more than 40 percent funded by taxpayer money, according to Heritage.org. The organization performs over 300,000 abortions annually in the U.S., which is approximately one out of every three abortions. And yet any effort to require clinics and their physicians to be held to the same standards as surgery centers has been shouted down as unconstitutional, anti-woman, and restrictive. All this from the group that touts its goal of providing “safe and affordable reproductive care.”

Planned Parenthood once again proves that its goal is not to help women. Its goal is, and has always been, to use any means possible for its own profit and ambition regardless of the price.

Katie Nations, married for 15 years, is a working mother of three young children. She lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

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