Planned Parenthood has fired a New Jersey staffer who appeared in an undercover video coaching two people on how to get reproductive health services for their underage sex workers.
Late Tuesday the abortion provider released a statement saying that Amy Woodruff would be dismissed from her position as the Perth Amboy Center manager.
In the undercover video produced by the pro-life group Live Action, Woodruff is seen explaining to a “pimp” and his woman companion how to get their underage sex workers reproductive services without getting caught.
“For the most part we want as little information as possible,” Woodruff says in the video. “If they are minors, tell them to put down that they are students…Just kinda play along that they are students. We wanna make it look as legit as possible.”
Phyllis Kinsler, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey, said that she and her colleagues were appalled after viewing the video.
“We were profoundly shocked when we viewed the videotape released this morning, which depicted an employee of one of our health centers behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable,” Kinsler said.
New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow has asked the division of Criminal Justice to look into whether Woodruff broke any laws by aiding the pair in the video.
“At first glance, I find these allegations to be very disturbing,” Dow said in a statement.
The New Jersey undercover video was part of a larger operation in which individuals posing as sex traffickers solicited aid from 12 clinics in Virginia, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Arizona between January 11-15. Suspecting a sting, Planned Parenthood alerted U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of a possible sex traffic ring at worst, a political hoax at best.
“If a multistate sex trafficking operation is in place, those responsible must be pursued to stop the exploitation of girls and young women,” Stuart Schear, Planned Parenthood’s vice president for communications, said. “If these visits are part of a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign, they must be condemned. Falsely claiming sex trafficking to health professionals to advance a political agenda is an astoundingly cynical form of political activity.”
While Planned Parenthood has called Woodruff’s actions an isolated incident, Live Action’s video has made waves. The film gives more fodder to those aiming to revoke Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.
A new website devoted entirely to defunding Planned Parenthood, ExposePlannedParenthood.com, went live Tuesday night with the Live Action video featured prominently on its homepage.
Live Action President Lila Rose says this should be Planned Parenthood’s death knell.
“This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws and covers up the abuse of the young girls it claims to serve,” she said.
Rose added that the government should end all public funding of the organization,
“They don’t deserve a dime of the hundreds of millions they receive in federal funding from taxpayers. Congress must cease funding and the Department of Justice should investigate this corrupt organization immediately,” she said.
Planned Parenthood receives upwards of $350 million annually from the federal government.
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