Sting operation

Planned Parenthood Reports Uptick in ‘Hoax Visits’

This could be the work of our extreme right-wing conservative friends.  Who else  could come up with “hoax visits” to Planned Parenthood?

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Some of you may recall the “sting operation” perpetrated by right-winger Lila Rose last year, when her organization, Live Action, went “undercover” to expose “corruption” at Planned Parenthood. That particular hit piece spawned a political war on Planned Parenthood and the funding they receive for family planning services across the country. We might be witnessing the early indications of a second round of attacks on the organization.

Laura Bassett of the Huffington Post is reporting that Planned Parenthood facilities across the country have been seeing an uptick in “hoax visits” and believe they are being targeted a second time:

A string of suspicious incidents at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country has given the organization reason to believe that anti-abortion activists are targeting it in a new organized sting operation.

According to Planned Parenthood spokesperson Chloe Cooney, clinics in at least 11 states have reported two dozen or more “hoax visits” over the past several weeks, in which a woman walks into a clinic, claims to be pregnant and asks a particular pattern of provocative questions about sex-selective abortions, such as 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.

It seems fairly obvious to me that that’s what is going on. Those sorts of pointed questions are hardly innocuous, and as Bassett explains, gender-specific abortion has become the new talking point for anti-choicers:

Spotlighting the issue of sex-selective abortions is an increasingly common tactic that the anti-abortion community has been using lately to turn the “war on women” around on Planned Parenthood, to galvanize social conservatives and to push legislation that would restrict abortion access. “In 2010, more than 9 out of 10 PPFA’s services going specifically to pregnant women were abortion,” National Right to Life president Carol Tobias wrote in a recent opinion column. “Roughly half of those abortions are performed on unborn girls. That’s the real war on women.”

As yet, Live Action has not confirmed an investigation, saying only, “As you can understand, Live Action does not comment on any investigations until after public release.”

Of course, time will tell. But a second “sting operation” shit storm is the last thing Planned Parenthood needs at this time. One can only hope that they’ve trained and briefed their staff accordingly.