LOS ANGELES, Calif. Planned Parenthood clinics in several states said they would accept contributions earmarked only for abortions targeting African American babies, according to a college journalist who posed undercover as a racist donor.
The investigation and its subsequent articles were published in “The Advocate,” a quarterly alternative magazine published by Live Action, pro-life student organization at the University of California, Los Angeles. About 4,500 copies of the magazine were distributed campuswide.
Lila Rose, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, said her colleague James O’Keefe contacted seven Planned Parenthood clinics, all in different states. Audios of two of the phone conversations, one placed in Idaho, the other in Ohio, have been made public in video form and are posed on YouTube, an Internet video hub. Rose said officials at all seven clinics indicated a willingness to accept the money even though the caller intimated he wanted the money used to prevent the births of African American babies.
“No state hung up the phone,” the college sophomore said. “It was shocking the way some of the employees completely disregarded the blatantly racist comments. They way they were willing to accept the donations.”
Rose said the YouTube videos attracted 80,000 views in the first two weeks they were posted online. She said they planned to release the other videos in the coming weeks.
In the audio involving the Idaho clinic, the male caller was specific about his intent with the proposed donation, telling the clinic employee he was against affirmative action and didn’t want his kids to be “disadvantaged against black kids” when enrolling in college.
“And we don’t, you know we just think, the less black kids out there the better,” the donor told the employee.
The Planned Parenthood representative responded to his comments by saying, “Understandable, understandable.”
On Feb. 28, Rebecca Poedy, CEO of Planned Parenthood, issued an apology for the employee’s actions.
“A fundraising employee violated the organization’s principles and practices when she appeared to be willing to accept a racially motivated donation,” her statement read. “This employee made a serious mistake.
“We apologize for the manner in which this offensive call was handled. We take full responsibility for the actions of the fundraising staff member who created the impression that racism of any form would be tolerated at Planned Parenthood.”
The clinic did not specify what, if any, disciplinary action was taken, but did chastise the students for their “deceptive tactics to smear Planned Parenthood.”
Rose made national headlines last year when she went undercover and exposed a Planned Parenthood official coaching her how to avoid state-mandated statutory rape reporting laws. In that case, Rose posed as a 15-year-old who was impregnated by her 23-year-old boyfriend.
This time, Rose said the publication decided to go undercover after hearing of possible “black genocide” cases at the clinics. She cited the work of the Rev. Clenard Howard Childress Jr., founder of a movement and Web site, called Black Genocide.
Research, Rose said, led her to discover that Margaret Sanger, the founder of a birth control organization that eventually became Planned Parenthood, was a supporter of eugenics. She also cited Black Genocide statistics showing that most Planned Parenthood clinics are located in minority neighborhoods.
“We wanted to investigate if, and how, this black genocide is alive and well,” she said. “Since its founding Planned Parenthood has been targeting minorities and still is targeting minorities. It’s not surprising because this is an organization that is blatantly, efficiently, devastating the African American community.”
Support from a King
Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., praised Rose and her colleagues for exposing Planned Parenthood and has endorsed an upcoming Live Action campaign to get UCLA to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood. King is a national writer and author who has been critical of Planned Parenthood and the widespread availability of abortions, especially in the African American community.
“It’s effective, it’s accurate, it’s true,” King said of the Advocate’s story.
She said Rose has become a well-respected voice for the unborn.
“I’m so proud of her,” King said. “I’m so excited young people have the courage and the desire to tell the truth and defend the rights of those unborn black babies … They have a need and a want to explore and investigate the truth.”
King, who acknowledged that it’s not easy to speak out against Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, lauded Rose for her fearless campaign.
“The worst thing they (Planned Parenthood) could do to me they already did,” she said. “They convinced me in 1973 that my baby was a blob of tissue and it was OK to abort it.”
Rose said although administration officials have been lukewarm to the work of The Advocate, she has seen little resistance on campus.
“I’ve only encouraged a few hostile students,” she said. “Most students want to hear about it. It encourages them to do their own research and it opens up a dialogue, which is what we are trying to do.
“A lot of students want to know more. They don’t want to be fed lies or propaganda from anyone.”
Rose said she hopes the story and videos will help to reverse the ease of access to abortion nationwide and lead to new policy initiatives.
“They are using abortion as a solution for problems in the community,” she said. “We can do better than that, better than using abortion.
King agreed, saying continued exposure will shed the light on an industry that is making millions off of the deaths of the unborn.
“We have to pray, we have to speak truth and we have to reveal the truth,” said King, founder of the King for America ministry.
Rose said she’s confident other young people will catch the vision.
“There are hundreds and thousands of pro-life college students out there who are passionate and brave and intelligent, and we can work together to get the message out,” she said.
“This is an organization that receives hundreds of millions in taxpayer money. They are classified as a non-profit. They need to be stopped. They need to be held accountable for their actions.”
For more information about Live Action or to see an online edition of their magazine, visit www.laadvocate.com or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eygv8qEkiFE. You can also go on to www.youtube.com and search for “UCLA advocate racism.”