Obama Admin Supporting Abortion Over Trafficking Victims

I was at yesterday’s Congressional oversight committee hearing which was convened to investigate top officials at the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department who chose to deny a grant allowing the US Catholic Bishops to help victims of human trafficking because the Catholic group refused to refer victims to receive the “full range of gynecological services” (a euphemism for abortion and contraception).

One of the most powerful moments of the questioning period came when Congressman Chris Smith had his turn with the microphone. As he explained at the hearing, he was the original author of the legislation (Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 or TVPA) that created the HHS grant program to provide resources to organizations (such as the US Bishops) who run programs that help victims of human trafficking. He was outraged to discover that in the most recent round of grants pro-abortion political appointees at HHS had effectively injected a pro-abortion litmus test which bars pro-life organizations and NGOs from receiving grant money.

In an opinion article he published at LifeNews, Congressman Smith writes:

Why go through the charade of determining whether or not a grant application is meritorious when preferential treatment is afforded only to those in sync with President Obama’s abortion promoting agenda?

The bottom line is this: pernicious pro-abortion favoritism, embedded in this egregiously flawed process, does a grave disservice to the victims of trafficking. Victims deserve better. The women and children who have been exploited by modern day slavery need our help, which is why I wrote the law in the first place.

He couldn’t be more right that “Victims deserve better”! As LiveAction has shown with documentation time and time again, pro-abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood are eager to aid and abet the perpetrators of sex-trafficking, putting their victims in even more danger.

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CONGRESS INVESTIGATES: Rep. Cliff Stearns’ letter to Planned Parenthood

[We’ll have more on this developing story soon…]

Rep. Cliff Stearns, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has written an official letter to Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, demanding documentation to investigate whether the nation’s largest abortion provider is handling its federal funding properly and to what degree it is properly following federal guidelines on the mandatory reporting of underage sexual abuse, etc.

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Girl Kidnapped and Forced to Abort; “Not That Much Different” from “The Sex Slaves”

There’s a disturbing case out of Ohio where a 15-year-old runaway girl was held by a couple as a sex-slave and taken to an abortion clinic in Michigan after she became pregnant:

The girl met Richard Morris on an Internet chat room in late 2009. After talking via the web for several months, Morris began picking her up from her house and she told authorities she began engaging in consensual sex with both the husband and wife.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris never told the girl he had HIV and ended up getting the teen pregnant. That’s when Morris created a fake ID for the teen and drove her to Detroit for an abortion.

Tips led Cleveland police to the home on multiple occasions, but they could never find the girl.

What if the abortion clinic had reported the clear case of sexual abuse? No word on whether the clinic was Planned Parenthood, NAF, or independent…

[P]rosecutors would later discover Morris had a video surveillance system that alerted him to when police were coming.  When they searched the apartment the victim was always hiding in a compartment inside a couch.

“This is not that much different than when they’re moving young children from one city to another city and having the sex slaves,” said Mason.  “This is not that much different except that it was happening here in our neighborhood.”

In the end Mason says it was the victim who alerted police.  “They began to beat her and and assaulted her when she wanted to leave.  She then left their house and ran to a neighbor’s house and called 9-1-1,” said Mason.

Media Matters Misses the Point Again But Helps Prove Ours

Fresh off of rewriting the history of Planned Parenthood’s scaremongering about its defunding in Indiana into an embarrassing tautology, Media Matters had the audacity to accuse Lila of rewriting the history of Planned Parenthood’s aiding and abetting of response to the sex-trafficking investigation in January and February. During Lila’s appearance on The O’Reilly Factor last night, the topic of the sex trafficking stings came up again, and Planned Parenthood supporter Sally Kohn tried to use the false “Planned Parenthood reported the abuse to the FBI” meme that Media Matters helped to popularize. Lila smacked it down:

Sally, that’s not a fact. In fact, they could not come up with the cases where they called the police. A letter from Cecile Richards, after they found out that it was Live Action doing the investigation, alerting authorities that Live Action might be involved, is not the same as actually calling the police like you should.

It’s true–Planned Parenthood has not produced a single police report showing them reporting sex trafficking to law enforcement. And as far as “reporting to the FBI” goes, Media Matters thinks Planned Parenthood only realized Live Action was involved after they contacted the FBI:

As we’ve noted repeatedly, Planned Parenthood alerted the Justice Department to the visits before they learned they were being pranked by Live Action.

But Planned Parenthood’s own letter shows that they only wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder after they suspected that Live Action was involved. And that was on January 18, several days after the entire sting had been completed and almost a week after some of the most damning footage of Planned Parenthood clinics aiding and abetting the purported sex trafficking ring had been recorded. Cecile Richards wrote in the letter to Holder:

In the past, Planned Parenthood affiliates have been approached by a small, organized group of people, opposed to our mission, who have misrepresented their circumstances to gain access to our health centers. Once inside, these people have recorded “undercover” videos of their conversations with our clinic staff and then selectively and maliciously edited the videos in an attempt to cast Planned Parenthood in a negative light. This may be happening once again. If so, this kind of activity should be condemned.

Media Matters tacitly admits that Planned Parenthood suspected a sting when writing to Attorney General Holder, but does their best to play it down:

The letter to Holder — which you can read here — does raise the possibility that these visits might be a hoax, but draws no conclusions and never once mentions Live Action.

True, the letter doesn’t mention Live Action by name–in keeping with Planned Parenthood’s practice when the story first broke of referring to Live Action only as “anti choice extremists, who have been attacking Planned Parenthood for five years” and Lila Rose as “Anti-abortion extremist” rather than by name. But the paragraph quoted above mentions Live Action in everything but name–we are the only group that fits Cecile Richard’s description.

So, props to Media Matters for drawing attention to this issue again and, like Sally Kohn on O’Reilly last night, giving us a chance to set the record straight. Let’s lay out the timeline and see who’s really been rewriting history all along.