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Undercover Video of Planned Parenthood

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this article from the LA Times.  It outlines how Lila Rose is exposing the tactics of some Planned Parenthood employees.  Lila pretends to be a 13 or 14 year old girl, goes to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, and pretends that her boyfriend is 31.  She’s used this tactic 6 or 8 times, and then posts a video of the encounter (see it after the break).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLDGFzdPjBU&feature=player_embedded

Apparently, it’s having an impact:

Last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend a grant worth nearly $300,000 to Planned Parenthood that was earmarked for sex education, not abortions. A conservative Tustin businessman raised the issue with Supervisor John Moorlach after meeting Rose and seeing her videos.

Last year, after the Indiana videos were posted on Rose’s website, Bloomington’s Herald Times reported that the nurse’s aide seen on the tape had been fired. A second Planned Parenthood staffer, in Indianapolis, resigned: Rose’s tape appeared to show that employee directing the young woman across the state line to a clinic in Illinois, which doesn’t have a parental consent law.

A grand jury is investigating whether Planned Parenthood violated the law, said Mario Massillamany, a spokesman for the prosecutor of Marion County, where Indianapolis is located. “After we stated we were conducting an investigation, they hired a group to conduct better training for their staff,” he added.
 Planned Parenthood has said that the actions of the nurses in the clinics violates their procedures, and they are investigating. 
Obviously, not everyone agrees with the tactic.  I also don’t know if the taping is illegal.  Is Lila’s approach ethically appropriate?  Would you do it, or would you support it?  What do you think of Planned Parenthood’s actions and response?
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  1. April 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

    After watching the videos I have developed a modicum of sympathy for and understanding of anyone who exterminates abortionists.

  2. jlemke
    April 29, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I would not ever, ever support that, Jonolan. Life is precious – whether it is the unborn, or an abortionist, a Somali Pirate, or even a terrorist.

  3. April 29, 2009 at 10:41 am

    It’s a matter of scope and perspective. The abortionist, the Somali pirate, and the terrorist are not only of far less intrinsic worth and value than the unborn, but actively murder, maim, and harrow numerous people.

    I can understand the feelings of those who are willing to exterminate a few to save a great many.

  4. April 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    While I agree these things need to be exposed, if she broke the law to do it than how is she any different from those she is documenting?

    Thank God for organizations like Shared Pregnancy!

  5. jlemke
    April 29, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    On the other hand, we commend the families who hid Jews from the Nazi’s. It was also against the law (I presume). I dunno – I’m not sure how much to do. It seems at this point that there are a lot of legal things we could do.

    But I agree: Thank God for organizations like Shared Pregnancy!

  6. Alan
    April 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Jeff, surely you understand the difference between human law and transcendent moral law?

  7. May 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Alan, I believe I do and surely you understand submitting to governing authority as spelled out in Romans 13:1-7.

    At the end of the day did this young lady change hearts or did she simply become a hero among the “church pew community”?

    Being intentionally redundant, we should be celebrating our local Christian pregnancy centers, drowning them with prayer, time, money and love. This is how we will change the hearts of women seeking abortions, not by tricking nurses at Planned Parenthood and posting viral videos.

  8. Alan
    May 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Jeff, well now you are asking a different question that you originally posed. In answer to your original question I was stating my belief that there is a difference in violating a transcendent moral law and violating a humanly passed city ordinance.

    I like what jlemke wrote. I too commend those brave souls who hid Jews from the Nazi’s and lied about it as well. In my opinion, they were saving lives and this lady who went undercover is probably going to save some lives as well (you may disagree).

    You then asked a different question by wondering if she changed any hearts. Well, I don’t know. Maybe she did and maybe she didn’t. It does seem obvious that she exposed darkness and got some govt folks re-thinking the idea of giving out tax dollars in support of PP and that is a good thing.

    I totally agree with your last paragraph. Great comments and a much needed challenge to people like me who need to do so much more to support these women and these centers.

  9. May 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Alan,

    Only since you bring up lying in specific I must clarify the secular law in question. Lying is immaterial to the law in this case. The law cited deals with the recording of any “confidential” meeting or communication.

    The woman in question should – for the sake of the Rule of Law – be charged under CA Penal Code, Section 632. That is utterly immaterial to the fact that she did the Right thing.

    Now I’m in no way a Christian, but my faith also includes the idea of “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” BUT ONLY THAT. Isn’t that the basis of a lot of martyrdom (may they be blessed for their faith) in Christianity?

    • May 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

      In that case, good on Jason and DaReevud., pushy and unpleasant people often get poor personal service, both in England and in Poland, and rightly so.

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