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PPFA Employee Shown on Video instructing a woman how to obtain an abortion if the child is female

by | May 29, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Within hours of the posting of a YouTube video in which The Daily Caller says a Planned Parenthood employee is “seen instructing a Live Action investigator how to obtain an abortion if the child is a female,” PPFA issued a statement saying the employee had already been fired. The video was filmed by Live Action, a pro-life organization that conducts undercover investigative reporting.

“This was a multi-state, national investigation demonstrating that this is a widespread problem across our country,” Live Action president Lila Rose told The Daily Caller in a Monday interview. “First of all, the statistics and studies indicate that we are adding to the growing problem across the world of sex-selective targeting of unborn girls for abortion. We are going to be demonstrating — starting with this video from Texas — that the abortion industry in the United States is aiding and abetting this horrific problem.”


In their statement Leslie Kantor, a vice president for education at PPFA, wrote that “Six weeks ago a former staff member serving in an entry-level position did not follow our protocol for providing information and guidance when presented with a highly unusual patient scenario.” She added, “Within three days of this patient interaction, the staff member’s employment was ended and all staff members at this affiliate were immediately scheduled for retraining in managing unusual patient encounters.”

But Laura Bassett, reporting for the Huffington Post on the Live Action investigation and PPFA’s response, noted that a

“spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Federation of America also told The Huffington Post that the organization condemns seeking abortions on the basis of gender, but its policy is to provide ‘high quality, confidential, nonjudgmental care to all who come into’ its health centers. That means that no Planned Parenthood clinic will deny a woman an abortion based on her reasons for wanting one, except in those states that explicitly prohibit sex-selective abortions (Arizona, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Illinois).”

Kantor’s quick response came after Live Action uploaded the video onto YouTube on Tuesday. The complete video and transcript can be found at

On its webpage, Live Action described that the undercover video as showing

“a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Austin, TX encouraging a woman to obtain a late-term abortion because she was purportedly carrying a girl and wanted to have a boy. The video is first in a new series titled ‘Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America,’ exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb.

“’I see that you’re saying that you want to terminate if it’s a girl, so are you just wanting to continue the pregnancy in the meantime?’ a counselor named ‘Rebecca’ offers the woman, who is purportedly still in her first trimester and cannot be certain about the gender. ‘The abortion covers you up until 23 weeks,’ explains Rebecca, ‘and usually at 5 months is usually (sic) when they detect, you know, whether or not it’s a boy or a girl.’ Doctors agree that the later in term a doctor performs an abortion, the greater the risk of complications.

“The Planned Parenthood staffer suggests that the woman get on Medicaid in order to pay for an ultrasound to determine the gender of her baby, even though she plans to use the knowledge for an elective abortion. She also tells the woman to ‘just continue and try again’ for the desired gender after aborting a girl, and adds, ’“Good luck, and I hope that you do get your boy.’”

Having conceded “that no Planned Parenthood clinic will deny a woman an abortion based on her reasons for wanting one, except in those states that explicitly prohibit sex-selective abortions (Arizona, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Illinois),” Bassett quickly shifted to suggesting that sex-selective abortions aren’t common. Ironically she quotes from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute which grudgingly concedes there is “some evidence — although limited and inconclusive — to suggest that the practice may occur among Asian communities in the United States.”

Bassett then concludes that the solution is “to address the issue of son preference rather than to write laws prohibiting sex-selective abortions,” more evidence that pro-abortionists are unwilling to draw the line even at aborting babies because they are female.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will take up the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, a bill to prohibit the use of abortion as a method of sex selection in the United States. You can add your voice by going to

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