.- A new undercover video from Live Action films shows Planned Parenthood staff offering inaccurate and contradictory information about fetal development and the risks of abortion. Lila Rose, the head of the investigation effort, says this is evidence of an âabortion-first mentalityâ at the organization. Two female investigators entered an Appleton, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood abortion clinic with a hidden camera and asked a Planned Parenthood counselor if a pregnant womanâs 10-week-old unborn child has a heartbeat.
The counselor claimed that the unborn child has âheart tonesâ but the heart beat comes âwhen the fetus is active in the uterusâcan surviveâwhich is about seventeen or eighteen weeks.â
However, embryologists agree that the heartbeat begins around three weeks.
âA fetus is what's in the uterus right now. That is not a baby,â the counselor adds.
A press release from Live Action said that Wisconsin law requires that women receive medically accurate information before undergoing an abortion.
In the video Dr. Polhaska, the abortion doctor, said that at 10 weeks the unborn child is ânot a baby at this stage or anything like that.âHe also told the investigators that having an abortion is âmuch saferâ than having a baby.
âYou know, women die having babies,â he said, according to the video published on YouTube.
Live Action noted the recent resignation of Abby Johnson, a clinic director at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas.
In an interview, she said that the organization âreally tries to instill in their employees and the women that are coming in for abortions that this is not a baby.â
âThey donât want to talk about when your baby has a heartbeat,â she said, because they donât want to give the woman information that could give her a âconnectionâ with her baby.
Lila Rose, a 21-year-old UCLA student and president of Live Action Films, charged that medical falsehoods and manipulative counseling are routine at Planned Parenthood.
"They will do or say anything in order to sell more abortions to more women, whether it is covering up sexual abuse or lying to women about medical facts," Rose commented. "Our team has visited dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics undercover. Planned Parenthood, while claiming to support patient self-determination, operates with an 'abortion-first mentality'."
"Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar organization with nearly $350 million of government funding, and stands to gain hundreds of millions more from national health care," Rose added. "Do we really want to subsidize an organization that gives women in need atrocious misinformation and predatory abortion practices?"
The Wisconsin Planned Parenthood video is the first in Live Actionâs âRosa Acuna Project,â which the organizers describe as a âmulti-state undercover auditâ that documents Planned Parenthoodâs abortion counseling.
Previously, Live Action documented Planned Parenthood employees who were willing to conceal what they believed to be pregnancies conceived by statutory rape between a teen girl and a much older man. Fundraisers for Planned Parenthood also accepted donations purportedly targeting African-Americans for abortion.
The new video is at http://liveaction.org/rosaacuna