This past week, Live Action released undercover footage showing two Planned Parenthood facilities in Denver encouraging what they think are underage girls to practice BDSM — bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism. The staffers, in tax-funded counseling sessions, teach the girls how to whip and choke each other, which sex shops in the neighborhood to visit, and which Internet porn sites to seek out for "ideas" ... not to mention how to hide all this from parents.
Then there is the news out of an Aurora Planned Parenthood facility whose wall is adorned with an award "For Exceeding Abortion Visits First Half of FY12 Compared to First Half of FY13." The organization that tries so hard to downplay its "abortion services" is not above giving its affiliates a pat on the back when they are particularly successful at destroying innocent lives.
In a characteristically tortuously worded statement, PPRM "set the record straight" by doubling down on its abortion business, and by denying its abortion quotas while also acknowledging its abortion quotas. (The comments under the statement show that people are not buying the spin.)
And finally, in mid-July, news broke that the PPRM facility in Stapleton is being sued for facilitating a "child rape and abortion scandal." According to the complaint, in 2012, 13-year-old "R.Z." was brought by her stepfather to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. Not one of the four staffers who interacted with R.Z. saw fit to report the suspicious circumstances — a man procuring an abortion for a very young girl, and with a different last name from that girl's.
As it turned out R.Z. had been the victim of her stepfather's sexual abuse since 2005. In 2012, Planned Parenthood destroyed the "evidence" of the abuse ... and sent R.Z. back to her abuser.
These three news stories cast a disturbing light on Planned Parenthood's western affiliate, not to mention the priorities and ethos of the whole organization.
Planned Parenthood, a corporation funded in significant part with hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars, counsels teenagers to engage in risky sexual behavior, sends young girls out with hormone drugs that the girls are unlikely to take "properly" and when these girls come back pregnant, Planned Parenthood processes the abortion, no questions asked.
This "no questions asked" mentality explains the Planned Parenthood facility in Delaware accused of running a "meat market." It explains Live Action's exposure of Planned Parenthood facilities across the country willing to cover up the sexual abuse of minors. It explains Planned Parenthood's outright abuse of minor girls in Alabama, and in Washington, D.C., and in North Carolina, and pretty much everywhere else.
And this is how we find a sign in Colorado commending a "reproductive health care" facility for exceeding its abortion quotas.
For Planned Parenthood, it doesn't matter if there is abuse — if there is a little girl who needs help and compassion, not a suction machine to destroy the innocent life inside her. The most important thing to Planned Parenthood is money. Covering up statutory rape and sexual abuse in order to "make the sale" means money for Planned Parenthood in abortions. Normalizing abusive sexual practices for teens means money for Planned Parenthood in hormone drugs (and, later, abortions). And there's another form of funding Planned Parenthood continues to delight in: the hundreds of millions of dollars flowing in from American taxpayers' pockets.
Planned Parenthood is rife with scandal, but it's rare to see a trifecta of shocking, disgusting stories publicly emerge like this, centered all at the same time on one particular affiliate. Coloradans thus have an especially clear opportunity to see Planned Parenthood for what it really is — a profit-hungry behemoth, enriching itself on the blood of the Centennial State's most vulnerable residents.
Colorado's senior senator, Mark Udall, is a favorite of Planned Parenthood, having a 100 percent approval rating from the abortion corporation's political lobbying arm. He recently took center stage in Congress to agitate for a radically pro-abortion bill that would force employers to buy abortifacient drugs. So this month's revelations about Planned Parenthood will probably not have much of an effect on Udall ... but they may serve as a wake-up call for the people of Colorado. It is clearer than ever that their tax money could be much less disastrously spent.
Lila Rose is the president of Live Action, a new media nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion. For more information: http://www.liveaction.org/.