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Planned Parenthood doesn’t like cameras. There’s a good reason for that.

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In 2008, Live Action founder Lila Rose told a Planned Parenthood counselor she was 14 and pregnant by her 31 year-old boyfriend. Using a hidden camera, Rose recorded the response: lie about his age when seeking an abortion. Under a proposed California law, this shocking footage would have resulted in criminal charges.

For whoever posted it.

Assembly Bill 1671 passed California’s lower chamber in May and is now before the state Senate. The legislation would make posting photographs or video footage of abortion staff or volunteers a crime, punishable by up to a year in jail.

Its sponsor, CA Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, has received an award from Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion chain. I can see why Planned Parenthood would appreciate his bill; after all, it can be a problem when the group’s personnel get recorded.

They don’t come off well.

Amy Woodruff didn’t. In 2011, the Planned Parenthood clinic director was caught offering to arrange abortions on underage prostitutes who “can’t speak English” and “won’t know what’s going on.”

Neither did Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola. In undercover footage released last year by the Center Medical Progress (CMP), Nucatola can be heard bragging about how she could do a late-term abortion and still harvest the baby’s organs:

We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.

There’s evidence a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Dr. Nucatola will “crush” them at 24.

Dr. Savita Ginde didn’t come off well at all, either. In the video above, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ medical director referred to a fetus she aborted as “a baby.”

Of course these aren’t the only videos that Planned Parenthood would rather you not hear—Live Action has plenty of others. They feature offers to abort girls, facilitate child abuse, and target minority children. However, if you feel like you’ve already seen enough of this sort of thing, then I’ve got a suggestion: stop funding it.

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Tell Congress that Planned Parenthood’s half billion dollar subsidy should go to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and community health centers (CHCs) instead. They’re more accessible and provide more services: while FQHCs performed over five hundred thousand mammograms last year, Planned Parenthood did zero.

The simple fact is, there should be consequences for wrongdoing–not for exposing it.

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