Loading
Retraining employees is latest response to Planned Parenthood exposé
By Benjamin Mann
Retraining employees is latest response to Planned Parenthood exposé

.- After the release of a new round of videotapes in which Planned Parenthood employees agree to cover up a sex trafficking ring, the abortion provider announced on Feb. 8 that it would be retraining its employees across the nation, in order to bring them into compliance with U.S. law.

“We want to be crystal clear for those millions of people who come to us and trust us,” said Planned Parenthood's national spokesman Stuart Schear, announcing the retraining initiative. “We will never put a minor at risk.”

The organization has recently struggled to defend its reputation, after the California-based pro-life activist group Live Action began to release a new series of undercover videos on Feb. 1. In the videos, actors posing as a pimp and a prostitute seek and receive information from Planned Parenthood employees, about how to acquire abortions and other services for a group of underage immigrant girls.

In the latest footage, filmed in a New York clinic and released Feb. 8, an employee tells the purported pimp that he should pose as the legal guardian of his prostitutes in order to procure abortions for them.

“We see people as young as 13,” the clinic employee tells him. “Everything is totally confidential.”

On the day of the New York tape's release, Planned Parenthood said it would be administering what has been described as a “refresher” course – reminding employees of their obligations, under the laws of individual U.S. states, to report crimes such as statutory rape and human trafficking.

That same day, however, Planned Parenthood New York President Joan Malin told the New York Times that New York state law does not require them to report all criminal activity, but only cases in which they suspect “child abuse or neglect.” Malin claimed that her clinic employees were already accustomed to reporting such cases.

Planned Parenthood also said it would be changing its internal policies, and automatically firing any employee shown to have assisted in criminal activity.

Prior to the new changes, the organization employed retraining or suspension as a disciplinary measure in such cases – even though U.S. law states that an individual who assists in a federal crime can be punished in the same manner as the person committing it.

Five days before the new policy was announced, the executive director of Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania claimed that the organization already had a “zero-tolerance policy for this kind of behavior.”

That assertion came in response to Live Action's first video release from the undercover project. In the tape released on Feb. 1, a New Jersey employee is seen giving advice on how to avoid mandatory reporting regulations which could endanger a sex-trafficking enterprise. The tape prompted New Jersey's attorney general Paula Dow to begin an investigation into possible illegal activity by Planned Parenthood.

The abortion provider initially attempted to present the New Jersey incident as an isolated and unusual occurrence. Phyllis Kinsler, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Central New Jersey, said she was “profoundly shocked” to see an employee “behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care.” The employee was fired.

Subsequent video releases, however, called into question Kinsler's assertions about Planned Parenthood's “standards of care.” A series of videos filmed in Virginia showed employees again telling the undercover pro-lifers how to secure abortions and other services for the girls, while avoiding mandatory reporting regulations that could endanger the criminal enterprise.

Media Matters for America, which held a joint press conference with Planned Parenthood on Feb. 3 to discuss fallout from the tapes. described one of the undercover videos from a Virginia clinic as “seven minutes of nothing.”

However, the state's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli described the same clip as “very disturbing.” His office has said it is looking into allegations that Planned Parenthood may be routinely violating state law.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Aug
28

Liturgical Calendar

August 28, 2014

Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 24:42-51

Gospel
Date
08/28/14
08/27/14
08/26/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 1: 1-9
Gospel:: Mt 24: 42-51

Saint of the Day

St. Augustine »

Saint
Date
08/28/14
08/27/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 24:42-51

Homily
Date
08/28/14
08/27/14
08/26/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: