Remember the previous Planned Parenthood and ACORN 'stings'?
Planned Parenthood caught the media whores** in a new one aimed at them.
In what is perhaps one of the most craven actions of a deeply craven movement, anti-choice scam artists apparently affiliated with Live Action Films and Lila Rose of undercover "gotcha film-fame" appear to have attempted an "ACORN-like" hoax on Planned Parenthood Federation of America by sending people into Planned Parenthood health centers in six states posing as sex traffickers seeking health care for young girls who were "part" of their supposed sex trafficking rings.
In response, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder describing the visits and asking for an investigation.
In a statement, PPFA said:
Last week, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) alerted federal authorities to a potential multistate sex trafficking ring. Over a five day period, visitors to Planned Parenthood health centers in six states said they were seeking information from Planned Parenthood about health services Planned Parenthood could provide to underage girls who were part of a sex trafficking ring. Subsequent to alerting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Planned Parenthood learned the identify of one of those involved and believes these visits are likely a hoax by opponents of legal abortion seeking to discredit Planned Parenthood, which delivers preventive health care and abortion services to three million women each year.
PPFA reports that men, sometimes accompanied by a woman, "visited at least 11 Planned Parenthood health centers in six states within a one-week time frame." The visits were made between January 11th and January 15th to health centers in Virginia, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Arizona. "Among them was a clinic in Tucson, Ariz., which Planned Parenthood said was visited on the 15th, a week after [emphasis added] the shooting rampage in that city that critically injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
During their visits, they claimed to be involved in sex trafficking of teens, some of whom are in the United States illegally. These men appeared at health centers without appointments and said that they were seeking health services for themselves, but they quickly turned the conversation to the sex ring they said they were managing.
David Crary of the The Associated Press writes that in each case, according to Planned Parenthood, "the man sought to speak privately with a clinic employee and then [once alone with the employee] requested information about health services for sex workers, including some who he said were minors and in the U.S. illegally."
One of the men involved in these visits has now been identified using video tapes at the clinics, and he appears to be "associated with or influenced by Live Action."
How fucking sick is that?
With an update:
Yesterday anti-choice operative Jill Stanek stated on her website and indicated to RH Reality Check through Twitter that Lila Rose and Live Action Films were responsible. Rose has not claimed responsibility, but has stated that “The story that speaks loudest will be in the evidence,” ... “I can’t comment until we release the visual evidence.” In December, Live Action sent out a press release announcing plans for an operating targeting Planned Parenthood in 2011, according to Life News.
What -- other than the obvious and puerile 'gotcha!' -- on earth could be the purpose of this bizarre and twisted caper?
Jodi Jacobson speculates:
Does it help to clarify for policymakers, the media, and potentially engaged constituencies the problems of sex trafficking within the United States? Assist in identifying victims of sex trafficking and provide them with assistance? Focus on reducing the violence to which street children are exposed? Examine the policies and conditions that might exacerbate sex trafficking of minors? Help get victims of sex trafficking shelter, legal help....urgently needed medical care? Victims of sex trafficking, after all, also need sexual health services because they are effectively being raped regularly and are more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections and experience unintended pregnancies. Does this help them get treatment?
Is there anything about this that focuses on the real needs and rights of actual human beings?
It's not about the victims of actual crimes. It's not about helping young girls and boys caught in a cycle of abandonment, abuse, violence and poverty. It's not about "life."
What is it about?
The goal, according to Rose, is to "unnerve Planned Parenthood employees and eventually put them out of business."
"We will work to de-fund them in every state wherever it is possible, to de-license them and to expose them," she told the conservative Value Voters Summit in October.
"The other part of it, too, is to create controversy within the organization, keep them on their toes," she said. "We need to help them feel that fear."
Really? This is a goal? Of a featured leader of a movement that claims moral authority over women and their health?
It is just one more symbol of the craven agenda of ideology and lies supported by a full-time anti-choice industry and countless federal and state lawmakers who appear to have nothing better to do than to write one after another laws to restrict women's fundamental human rights and go after providers who indeed do provide needed health care to real human beings on a daily basis.
I have a shorter answer, Jodi: They are sick fucks who like playing dress-up and getting pats on the back from the other sick fucks in the Fetus Fetishist Movement.
Moral authority, my ass. Absolute moral bankruptcy.
Or maybe they're just in it for the money.
In December, Crary writes, Live Action announced that it was preparing to launch several major new investigations during 2011 and said it had received a $125,000 gift to finance the operations. It did not identify the source of that gift.
Hmmm, sexual role-playing for money. . .
Now, what would that be called?
*Stole title from JJ's post.
**No disrespect meant to honest, hard-working sex workers.