Caught off guard

It’s supposedly all about what Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates refer to as “reproductive rights,” “a woman’s right to choose,” and keeping abortion “safe, legal and rare.” And they repeat these catchphrases over and over again: in their handouts, in media interviews, in protests and marches, and in the halls of Congress in order to make sure they claim that women, especially those who don’t have insurance and can’t afford traditional medical care from a gynecologist, will still have access to whatever they need when it comes to their “sexual and reproductive health.”  

Their “mission” has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood being a big business that also happens to be the No. 1 abortion provider in the country. It has absolutely nothing to do with the $363 million they receive from the government annually. It’s all about their concern for women. 

And if you believe any of this, especially after the release of shocking undercover videos revealing what really goes on behind closed doors at many a Planned Parenthood facility, then let’s talk. These videos are just the tip of the iceberg. 

The pro-life organization Live Action released not one but two undercover videos within days of each other on Feb. 1 and then on Feb. 3. The video sting shows how Planned Parenthood employees are ready, eager and willing to help cover up an alleged sex-trafficking ring involving minors. In both cases, the first in New Jersey and the second in Virginia, Live Action investigators play the roles of a pimp and his prostitute who go to the Planned Parenthood centers seeking information about how to ensure the minors they’ve purportedly brought to the United States can obtain abortions and birth control. 

Watch the videos at and see for yourself how these Planned Parenthood staffers are not flustered at all by the fact that there are alleged federal offenses being committed by the two people in their offices. They are more than comfortable helping the “pimp and prostitute” keep their illegal activity to themselves. The staffers know how to bend and break the rules without getting caught, and say they’re “not here to judge” why people are seeking their services. Their calm and nonchalant attitude indicates that this type of inquiry is nothing new and, in many cases, part of their standard operating procedure. 

I don’t know what is worse: watching the videos and seeing such a matter-of-fact approach to possible sex trafficking and statutory rape, or seeing how this scene was played out in the media. 

Planned Parenthood fired the nurse who was caught on tape at the New Jersey location. They even called her actions “repugnant.” At the same time, they lashed out publicly at Live Action for conducting “sting” operations. One supporter, interviewed on Fox News, called the undercover activity an invasion of privacy as well as intrusion. Talk about doublespeak! How can you fire one of your own, call her actions repugnant and intrusive, and then turn around and attack the ones who provided you the information in the first place? 

If Planned Parenthood really cared about women it would be thanking Live Action and promising a major investigation of all of their facilities. Instead, Planned Parenthood does what is has been doing for years, and it’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. When you don’t like the message, or don’t want to own up to that message, you attack the messenger. They keep hurting and not helping women by pushing their abortion and birth-control agenda to anyone willing to fork over the cash. Safe, legal and rare, right?  

Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connection, produced by Ave Maria Radio and heard daily on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and Sirius Channel 160.