Lila Rose Trumps Up Sex-Selection Abortion Issue

Propagandist and discredited anti-choice activist Lila Rose released another “production,” heavily-edited undercover video footage that purports to show a clinic worker in Austin, Texas discussing health care options with a woman who tells the worker she wants to terminate her pregnancy if she is carrying a girl.

It’s provocative stuff, and timed just as the House is set to vote on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a bill that would impose criminalize penalties on anyone who performs an abortion based on the sex of a child. Supporters of PRENDA and champions of Rose’s cause are already pointing to this video as “evidence” that Planned Parenthood is engaging in widespread gendercide, despite the fact that is just not the case.

Leslie Kantor, MPH, vice president of education for Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following statement in response.

As a nonprofit health care provider with nearly 800 health centers, Planned Parenthood provides access to professional, nonjudgmental, affordable reproductive health care, ensuring nearly three million patients receive preventive and lifesaving care every year.Without Planned Parenthood, many women would have nowhere else to turn for breast and cervical cancer screening, well-woman exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, sex education, and pregnancy options.

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. Planned Parenthood insists on the highest quality patient care, and if we ever become aware of a staff member not meeting these high standards, we take swift action. 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. Today opponents of Planned Parenthood are promoting an edited video of that hoax patient encounter.

Recently, opponents of Planned Parenthood conducted hoax patient visits with hidden video cameras and are now using edited videotapes to promote false claims about our organization and patient services. In highly unusual and scripted scenarios, hoax patients sought services related to sex selection.

Gender bias is contrary to everything our organization works for daily in communities across the country. Planned Parenthood opposes racism and sexism in all forms, and we work to advance equity and human rights in the delivery of health care. Planned Parenthood condemns sex selection motivated by gender bias, and urges leaders to challenge the underlying conditions that lead to these beliefs and practices, including addressing the social, legal, economic, and political conditions that promote gender bias and lead some to value one gender over the other.

The world’s leading women’s health and rights organizations, including the World Health Organization, do not believe that curtailing access to abortion services is a legitimate means of addressing sex selection, and have made clear that gender bias can only be resolved by addressing the underlying conditions that lead to it. And we agree. We support efforts that ensure girls and women have access to economic opportunity, including fair wages, basic health care, political participation, education, and a life free of violence and discrimination. Planned Parenthood works to ensure women and their families have access to high-quality nonjudgmental health services free of coercion, supported by information and counseling.

Rose and other anti-choice activists propagandize this issue to further a campaign that would force health care providers to police health care decisions as a way to eliminate the offering of those services. Planned Parenthood does not offer tests for determining the sex of a baby for purposes of deciding whether to terminate that pregnancy. And as Kantor stresses, it is Planned Parenthood’s job to treat each patient as an independent, autonomous being capable of making health care decisions on her own.

Which, lets face it, is why the right is so bothered by Planned Parenthood to begin with.

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31 comments

Patti T.
Patti T6 years ago

What do you have to do to get your comment posted on here anyway? I've checked 4x's now & it's still not there.
I've been posting on Care2 for quite a while now & about 1/3 of my comments are either cut off or never get posted, and no it's not b/c of content.

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Patti T.
Patti T6 years ago

What do you have to do to get your comment posted on here anyway? I've checked 4x's now & it's still not there.
I've been posting on Care2 for quite a while now & about 1/3 of my comments are either cut off or never get posted, and no it's not b/c of content.

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Patti T.
Patti T6 years ago

What do you have to do to get your comment posted on here anyway? I've checked 4x's now & it's still not there.
I've been posting on Care2 for quite a while now & about 1/3 of my comments are either cut off or never get posted, and no it's not b/c of content.

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Patti T.
Patti T6 years ago

I'd just like to know where all these pro-lifers are after the children are born with no one who can properly care for them?
The radical right stand tall on their podiums of protecting the life of the fetuses, but once they are born the right wants to block/end government programs that help a child born into a poverty situation (through no fault of theirs) from receiving not only proper medical care but also proper shelter & food services.
If you righty pushers are so aggressive in banning contraceptives or abortions, then you better damn well be just as aggressive in making sure these children get the care they need after they are born.

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Patti T.
Patti T6 years ago

I'd just like to know where all these pro-lifers are after the children are born with no one who can properly care for them?
The radical right stand tall on their podiums of protecting the life of the fetuses, but once they are born the right wants to block/end government programs that help a child born into a poverty situation (through no fault of theirs) from receiving not only proper medical care but also proper shelter & food services.
If you righty pushers are so aggressive in banning contraceptives or abortions, then you better damn well be just as aggressive in making sure these children get the care they need after they are born.

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federico bortoletto

Grazie per l'articolo.

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Corey Mondello
Corey Mondello6 years ago

Sounds like Andrew Breitbarts FOX-like spirit is still alive and kickin.....Too bad more woman in America didnt have abortions, maybe there would be less GW Bush's, Koch Brothers, Cheney's, Palins, Bachmann's, Malkins, Coulters, and Lila Rose's, and thats just for starters....

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Deb B.
Deb Baverstock6 years ago

Although it probably does happen that the occasional woman seeks an abortion for suspect reasons (sex selection being only one), I do not believe that any of these are the majority of abortions in the US. Anyone who believes that this is a large social issue in the US has no understanding of the facts. Also, it is hard to believe that people do not see what is actually going on with efforts to ban sex-selective abortions. It is just a way to make all abortions more difficult to obtain. There are many woman with ordinary reasons who may feel embarrassed about their circumstances and not want to report "why" they are seeking abortions. Since this legislation would require a reason to be given, the hope is to shame women into not seeking abortions at all, even where sex selection has nothing to do with it. It also gives providers the power to deny the procedure just on the suspicion that the individual might have this reason (even if it is just an assumption or misunderstanding).

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Megan S.
Megan S6 years ago

I don't have much of a desire to ever have children, but I could imagine myself with a daughter.
I sometimes do want to have a daughter. My own daughter, that I give birth to. But I don't really want a son...
So, would I abort a boy if I were pregnant with one? No.. I would feel so wrong about that.

I feel like a woman shouldn't be denied the right to have abortion, but sex-selection does seem like we're going to certain Asian practices of valuing boys over girls. Which is totally, completely wrong and terrible.

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Tony C.
Tony C6 years ago

If more women don't realize that THEIR rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians, and if they don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when women will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Sex Education should be MANDATORY. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom, I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of YOUR VOTE to keep the politicians that are fighting for your equal rights in and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. Use Google and utube to find answers for your questions. I Googled if Romney was ever for abortions and found out in 2002 he was definitely PRO CHOICE . Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

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