Planned Parenthood, the leading provider of surgical abortions, has threatened to file a lawsuit against an 18-year-old student journalist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Lila Rose, who is the student editor and founder of the student pro-life magazine The Advocate, was contacted by the pro-choice organization after she recorded herself going into a clinic in Santa Monica, Calif., posing as a 15-year-old pregnant girl. She went in for an "abortion" with a man named James O'Keefe, who acted as her 23-year-old boyfriend, which would be considered statutory rape.
The tapes reveal that she was advised by employees to invent a birthday, so she did not appear to be 15, making her situation legal. A letter from Planned Parenthood expressed to her that she had no right to tape the incident, and that she did so without their consent.
"[You must] immediately relinquish to PPLA (Planned Parenthood Los Angeles) the original and any copies of all communications with PPLA employees you have recorded without their consent," reported the letter which was signed by Mary Jane Wagle, CEO of PPLA.
According to PPLA, the lawsuit could cost Rose $5,000 or three times actual damages.
In the recorded conversation, the UCLA student found that PPLA encouraged her not to report her actual age to protect her "boyfriend." Rose had done the undercover work to expose this practice.
"If you're 15, we have to report it. If you're not, if you're older than that, then we don't need to," explained the employee in the recording. "You could say 16…well, just figure out a birth date that works. And I don't know anything."
Rather than threatening a lawsuit, Rose instead noted that the organization should make changes to their policies. According to Rose, Planned Parenthood has had numerous incidences in the past
One such example occurred when Life Dynamics, a Texas-based non-profit organization, hired an actress to make approximately 800 phone calls to abortion facilities across several states, acting as a 13-year-old girl. (Watch the video) She described herself as a victim of sexual assault, but 91 percent of the locations that admitted the action was a crime agreed to conceal it.
"This lawsuit threat is an example of Planned Parenthood using intimidation against those willing to expose its crimes," explained Rose in an email to The Christian Post. "Planned Parenthood is a $900 million operation. Instead of threatening me with a lawsuit, Planned Parenthood should call a press conference condemning its staffers and promising major reform to protect young girls. Instead, they are threatening a college student."
Rose has expressed her concern over the girls involved with Planned Parenthood and has also talked about the problems with organization since it is federally funded.
"Imagine a major corporation had been exposed for committing crimes in order to pad its bottom line. There would be a parade of congressmen demanding hearings and reform," added the UCLA student. "Young girls are at risk and Planned Parenthood is receiving federal tax money. The federal government should investigate this and Planned Parenthood, like any other corporation, should be held accountable."
Rose, who is currently majoring in political science, founded The Advocate in January.