New Threat to Women: Creepy Abortion Scam Artists

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baby girlProgress in this country has seemed seriously stunted this year. All you need to do to draw that conclusion is look at the series of attacks on Planned Parenthood and women's reproductive rights -- in Congress nonetheless. Thankfully, it seems like in the past few weeks, arguments about birth control and chipping away at Roe v. Wade have died down a bit. Unfortunately, in turn, Planned Parenthood is nervous that the far right-wing may have taken matters into their own hands.

There have been several suspicious incidents at Planned Parenthoods across the country, which have given the organization reason to believe that anti-abortion activists are targeting them in a new undercover sting operation. Oh, boy, here we go again! Reportedly, the operation employs "hoax visits" by women asking really kooky, unnerving questions about the gender of their fetus ...

Over the past several weeks, according to Planned Parenthood spokesperson Chloe Cooney, clinics in at least 11 states have reported two dozen or more of these "hoax visits," in which a woman walks into a clinic, claims to be pregnant, and then asks about sex-selective abortions. Specifically, she may ask how soon she can find out the gender of the fetus, by what means, and whether she can schedule an abortion if she's having a girl. WOW, how utterly sick is that?

Cooney spoke with HuffPo about the scary trend. She said that although she can't talk about specific details about the visits and where they happened (due to patient privacy laws), the incidents are so out of the ordinary and similar to each other, the org's execs are recording the visits as a possible part of a concerted anti-Planned Parenthood campaign.

Considering the climate of this country in recent weeks and the heated debates and incendiary remarks made by various political figures, that guess doesn't sound too far off base at all. I really honestly wouldn't be surprised at all if anti-abortionists had organized these "hoax visits" in order to make Planned Parenthood look awful and "bring them down." It actually sounds suspiciously familiar. Remember last year, when they were targeted in that sex trafficking "hoax"? In fact, Planned Parenthood suspects that the group Live Action is behind the "sting." That group "has a history of paying actors to walk into Planned Parenthood clinics and act out various controversial scenarios in an attempt to catch the family planning provider's staffers doing something illegal or immoral on tape."

Seems to me that those who want to take down Planned Parenthood are willing to go to really ridiculous lengths to do so. Too bad for them that their tactics are pretty damn transparent.

What do you make of these "hoax visits"? Does it sound like Planned Parenthood is being targeted?


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acrog... acrogodess

They'd have to come up with some pretty damning evidence for me to ever be against Planned Parenthood. Low income women's health clinics are few and far between with all the budget cuts going around. They make birth controll easily available, provide breast cancer screenings and ob-gyn services. I am definitely pro-Planned Parenthood.

paren... parentalrights1

I just hope people are made aware that you can't believe ANY pro life propaganda especially "evidence" against planned parenthood.

There have been a few videos of hoax visits. One I saw of a fake pimp going in and asking questions to a lady at the desk and they tried to make it out that planned parenthood supports sex trafficking because that particular employee didn't freak out on the spot.

Then another where they recorded the planned parenthood rep (I forget her name sorry.) talking about mammograms at planned parenthood and then made recordings of them calling all the centers that don't offer mammograms and tried to say that she lied about it. There are centers that do offer it and those that don't.

Don't believe anything from these sick fucks. To them, lying is justified, because they are fucking crazy.

bills... billsfan1104

If Planned Parenthood wasnt so shady in the first place lying to the public about what they do and how they do it, they wouldnt need investigations like this.

The underage prostitute investigation was not a scam. It was on video. They even fired the planned parenthood workers for that. Or how about the recordings of workers accepting donations if the donations specifically go for black women getting abortions? Did you hear those tapes?

Why dont you stop. Planned Parebthood is not going to go anywhere.

bills... billsfan1104

Parentalrights, can you provide the proof of a planned parenthood that does a mammogram. Because they dont. They give referrals for them. Big difference.

nonmember avatar Graciesmon

My doc doesn't give mammos either, they give referrals. It still gives someone access, no? Kinda confused on that point Bills - what am I missing

nonmember avatar Iittlelady

Billsfan1104 is correct that those PP workers were busted on tape! And they dud fire the workers! IMO we should abolish any organization that gets tax money if their individual employees are found to be going against policy and/or breaking the law! Police, Secret Service, Military, postal service, catholic charities, public hospitals, etc. Get rid of them all!! Shady, shady

Flori... Floridamom96

billsfan, there's no place for facts in this discussion. They'll just get you vehement claims of being anti-woman.

LiveAction has this history because every single one of their "hoax visits", what the normal world would call investigative journalism, has revealed evidence of wrongdoing or dishonesty at Planned Parenthood. IF they didn't keep working, Live Action wouldn't keep doing them.

ebmmy... ebmmy2004

You know what we are a lucky country to have access to planned parenthood so how about every chill out and at least be thankful that the option is out there. We could be in a country that tells you what to do when to do it and how to do it all the time and not have the right to choose, so how about we all be happy with what we have and if you dont like it then get the hell out...

nonmember avatar Graciesmom

Floridamom96 I personally have no issues with Live Action as I appreciate transparancy. However, most do not consider them investigative journalist because they have a clear agenda. Which is fine, just true and different than how journalism should be (in theory). However, I would like to say that even tho they keep doing these fake visits because they work I doubt they actually get the desired response often. If they have to go dozens of time before they bust someone it isn't as big of an issue as it is made to seem. There will be bad apples and if you did dozens of fake visits to any doctor I am sure something would be found. Bottom line for me us that I am glad Planned Parenthood is there for those who need it but I don't necessarily expect it to be a top notch place with the best employees. I am grateful I do not have to seek care there. But without it where would these women go? Should we pay more for better places with better trained and vetted employees?

Elise48 Elise48

I agree with ebmmy. If you don't agree with Planned Parenthood then just don't go there. Plain and simple. I don't see why everyone has to create so much controversy.

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