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Live Action Undercover Tapes show North Carolina abortion clinics advising women how to procure sex-selective abortions

by | Jun 21, 2012

On Wednesday, Live Action released yet another new undercover footage showing still more abortion clinics willing to advise women how to procure a sex-selection abortion because they wanted a boy rather than a girl. The latest footage, reportedly taken at a National Abortion Federation (NAF) clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Chapel Hill, can be seen at

Live Action’s “Gendercide” project has now released video apparently documenting abortion clinics’ support for sex-selection at eight clinics in five states. 

In the video, a counselor at what is identified as a NAF member abortion clinic is shown referring a woman purportedly seeking a sex-selective abortion to an OB/GYN to confirm the gender of the baby with a diagnostic ultrasound. “Your reasons are your reasons,” she says, “You know, it’s totally fine.” To cover the sex-selective abortion, the counselor advises the woman to say to her own OB/GYN “that you had to go to the hospital and miscarried.”


According to a summary provided by Live Action, a nurse at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Chapel Hill confirms the woman’s sex-selective motive:

“It sounds like you, um, would like confirmation of the gender of the pregnancy, and um, depending on that, would, you know, kind of make the decision for you.” When the woman says she is 16 weeks’ pregnant, the Planned Parenthood nurse notes, “You know, there are, um, increased risks with the abortion procedure,” at that stage. But when the woman asks, “Can you tell me a little bit about that?” the nurse changes the subject back to procuring an accurate sex-selective abortion: “Well, I could, but, um, what I think would be more relevant is to give you some referrals to UNC OB/GYN because they have a very wonderful ultrasound department who can give you a detailed ultrasound, um, and do further testing” to be sure of the sex of the fetus. When the woman asks if she might ever face a denial of abortion services at Planned Parenthood if she wants to abort future girl pregnancies, the nurse reassures her, “We do not turn patients away who are seeking our services.”

Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action said “This latest footage again shows Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry’s callous disregard for the health of women – born and unborn.” She added, “Planned Parenthood and their abortion allies are waging the real war on women, and tax payers should not have to subsidize the abortion-first mentality that enables extreme gender discrimination, puts women’s health at risk, and destroys thousands of innocent lives.”

The Live Action videos came before and after the House of Representatives’ vote on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a nationwide ban on sex-selective abortions. The bill had a hefty majority, but not the 2/3rds required  under the fast-track procedure utilized.

Most people would expect Planned Parenthood to oppose PRENDA and, of course, it did. But perhaps some—still holding out hope for President Obama—might have been shocked to learn that he also opposed the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.

As NRL News Today has discussed on multiple occasions, there are over 160 million “missing” women worldwide.