Perhaps most Americans have read about the discriminatory sex-selection abortions taking place in countries like China and North Korea. But how many realize the practice is morally acceptable– and even encouraged – in the United States of America?
The investigative pro-life group Live Action, which has released videos exposing the abuses at the Planned Parenthood abortion business across the country, has released a new video today showing a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Austin, Texas encouraging a woman to get a sex-selection abortion.
The video shows a Planned Parenthood staffer encouraging the woman to obtain a late-term abortion because she was purportedly carrying a girl and wanted to have a boy. The video is first in a new series titled “Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America,” that Live Action tells LifeNews will be exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb.
“I see that you’re saying that you want to terminate if it’s a girl, so are you just wanting to continue the pregnancy in the meantime?” a Planned Parenthood counselor named “Rebecca” offers the woman, who is purportedly still in her first trimester and cannot be certain about the gender.
“The abortion covers you up until 23 weeks,” explains Rebecca, “and usually at 5 months is usually (sic) when they detect, you know, whether or not it’s a boy or a girl.”
While this bone-chilling video is unsettling to watch, it does raise an important question: if this type of “advising” is permissible at one clinic in Austin, Texas – and there are 820 Planned Parenthood clinics in the United States – how many other PP staffers are offering similar advice? Lila Rose, who is the president of Live Action, recently told Townhall Magazine that the battle to stop abortion is “the greatest civil rights movement” of our time. And Rose and her supporters aren’t just employing empty rhetoric; they’re at the vanguard of the movement, exposing Planned Parenthood’s radical agenda and seemingly growing obsession with eugenics.
Incidentally, I can’t watch the clip above without reflecting upon Congressman Ron Paul’s (R-TX) moving pro-life advertisement he released during the heady days of the 2012 Republican presidential primary. As it happens, after walking into a hospital room one day during a late-term abortion, Dr. Paul watched as specialists terminated a pregnancy and placed the aborted, breathing fetus into a bucket to die. Meanwhile, in an operating room down the hallway – perhaps only a few feet away – doctors were frantically scrambling to save the life of a baby born prematurely. The message was simple: how can we – as ostensibly moral human beings – arbitrarily decide who lives and who dies?
“Unless we resolve this and understand that life is precious,” Paul explains during the spot, “we can’t protect liberty.” Indeed.
Update: Ed Morrissey reports Planned Parenthood just fired the staffer in the Live Action video.