By Art Gallagher
Amy Woodruff, the office manager of the Perth Amboy Planned Parenthood office caught on tape cooperating with people she believed to be engaged in underage prostitution and sex trafficking, by pro-life activists from LiveAction.org, has been fired, according to a report in the Star Ledger.
LiveAction has been subject to criticism for releasing an edited abridged version of their undercover video. In response, they have released the entire video which can be viewed here.
Yet releasing the full video of the Perth Amboy undercover visit does not tell the whole story. Nor does it absolve LiveAction of its well deserved criticism. LiveAction and their leader, Lila Rose, set their cause back with this stunt.
LiveAction’s undercover “reporters” visited Planned Parenthood offices in five states and the District of Columbia as part of their sting, including the Shrewsbury office which was visited on January 13. Planned Parenthood informed the FBI and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of the suspected sex trafficking ring. They issued a statement to the effect that they had sought an FBI probe . The Associated Press ran a story on January 24 which quoted Rose implying that sex trafficking ring was indeed her undercover reporters:
Lila Rose, Live Action’s founder and president, described Planned Parenthood’s assertion as “very interesting.” She declined to confirm or deny that the clinic visits were part of a Live Action operation, but did indicate in a telephone interview that an undercover videotape project of some sort was in the works.
“The story that speaks loudest will be in the evidence,” she said. “I can’t comment until we release the visual evidence.”
The evidence is that Planned Parenthood did the right thing by reporting the suspected sex trafficking ring to the authorities. Rose’s response should not have been “very interesting.” It should have been to come clean and inform the FBI of her organization’s operation. Law enforcement resources could have (should have) been diverted from real threats to investigate Planned Parenthood’s report. Lives could have been lost or real sex traffickers could have victimized additional children or adult female slaves due to Rose’s recklessness.
Planned Parenthood will win the PR war over this stunt. That is very unfortunate, as Rose’s cause, to prevent taxpayer funding of abortions, is a good one.
Rose and LiveAction have damaged their credibility and that of other pro-life organizations that blindly accepted and promoted the stunt. Conservatives must resist the tempation to adopt left wing methods to advance our cause. To do so makes us no better than the lefties who attempted to blame the Arizonia shootings on conservative hate speech.
Undercover investigations are appropriate. But when your cover is blown and/or your target does the right thing, the battle has already been lost. In this case, the battle was lost and the cause was damaged.