On Tuesday, James O'Keefe protégé Lila Rose released a video taken at a New Jersey Planned Parenthood clinic which she claimed "proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws, and covers up the abuse of young girls it claims to serve." On Friday, New Jersey's Star-Ledger called this accusation is "silly," writing that all "the video proves" is that "one Planned Parenthood employee, immediately fired, is a dope." Indeed, Planned Parenthood had already informed law enforcement of the incident, and the (now former) employee made it clear in the video that "questionable" information would have to be hidden from other Planned Parenthood employees.
From the February 4 Star-Ledger editorial (emphasis added):
Lila Rose, president of Live Action -- a Los Angeles-based group that sent the actors and shot the hidden video -- said the video "proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws, and covers up the abuse of young girls it claims to serve."
That's silly. Here's what the video proves: One Planned Parenthood employee, immediately fired, is a dope. She fell for the ol' pimp-and-prostitute gotcha-video sting, inappropriately coached Willie Dynamite and his woman on how to lie to obtain services and, by the end of the video, appears to be looking for a bribe.
Phyllis Kinsler, chief of Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, called the behavior "repugnant." She was being kind.
Planned Parenthood officials say Live Action has tried unsuccessfully for years to catch employees with sting operations. They say on Jan. 13, Live Action also visited the Shrewsbury clinic, and the managers at Perth Amboy and Shrewsbury contacted the national office immediately about concerns over illegal activity.
At least a dozen clinics in six states were visited in January by men claiming to be involved in sex trafficking, Planned Parenthood officials said. Each time, employees notified authorities. Planned Parenthood also said it sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Jan. 18 with concerns about sex trafficking and a possible hoax.
Subsequently released videos have revealed no wrongdoing, featured an employee who repeatedly informs the actors that she is mandated to report statutory rape and that minors must receive parental consent in order to get an abortion in Virginia, and employed doctored audio.