Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Democrats Move to Stop Planned Parenthood/Sex Trafficking Investigation

“If they’re 14 and under [circles clinic paper] just send them right there if they need an abortion, ok?” (Planned Parenthood Clinic Director Amy Woodruff, offering to arrange abortions for underage prostitutes.)

Sex trafficking is a global problem. From Asia to Eastern Europe, vulnerable women and children are tricked, coerced, or sold into a life of slavery. While it is often associated with places overseas, this practice is found within America’s borders as well. Now, evidence has come to light that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, is enabling it.

In early 2011, members of Live Action visited Planned Parenthood facilities in several states. Posing as pimps and prostitutes, they used hidden cameras to document their encounters with Planned Parenthood staff. The footage is damning...

The US government tends to frown on sex trafficking. Under federal law, those convicted of it can face a life sentence. After it emerged that agents of Planned Parenthood, a tax-funded entity, were willing to help sex traffickers, Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) decided that an investigation was in order. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he requested that Planned Parenthood turn over information concerning how it handles cases of trafficking and sexual abuse.

Most Americans would agree that when employees of a federally sponsored organization are heard offering to help victimize children, questions need to be answered. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) doesn’t see it that way. On October eleventh, he and ten other Senate Democrats released a statement labeling the investigation of Planned Parenthood as “reprehensible“ and “a witch hunt.” Citing the needs of women who “rely on Planned Parenthood more than ever,” the senator asked that Rep. Stearns curtail his efforts.

Although Halloween is fast approaching, it’s unlikely that any witches will turn up during the investigation. But given what has been uncovered so far, more evidence that Planned Parenthood aids sex traffickers probably will. If Senator Blumenthal and his cohorts are truly concerned about protecting women, then they should welcome this inquiry. Sex trafficking is a brutal enterprise that brings pain and misery to countless women and children. If tax dollars are supporting it, then Congress needs to bring that support to an end.

(Adam Peters, Live Action report)