Live Action, a pro-life activist group, has released the trailer for its new undercover video series, accusing Planned Parenthood of promoting sex shops, dominatrix and BDSM to minors.
An apparent mixture of undercover videos and selections from the organization’s own materials, the new campaign, titled, “Planned Parenthood Exposed,” will highlight what Live Action president Lila Rose calls “questionable programs and dangerous advice for our nation’s teens.”
Rose told TheBlaze that her organization will release a series of undercover videos starting Wednesday, featuring young women who secretly filmed clinic staffers reportedly offering advice about engaging in “torture sex.”
The activist claims these counselors assumed the girls were minors.
“[Viewers will see] extremely dangerous counsel … promoting what some advocates call ‘torture sex’ — the use of asphyxiation, whipping, bondage and pain,” Rose said. “The counsel from Planned Parenthood includes ideas about how to receive pain and inflict pain even to the point of breaking skin.”
Rose charged that if a parent told his or her 15 year old how to whip someone, to cut themselves or to bite their partner during sex, that she believes child protective services would have a good case for removing that child from the home.
She said that the videos will give a feel for what some vulnerable teens face when they go to Planned Parenthood seeking advice.
“They really show you the dangerous nature of this counseling,” she added.
Watch the trailer for “Planned Parenthood Exposed” below (caution: adult themes):
Live Action’s goal is to stop Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, from issuing this advice while also stripping the organization of government funding; the group receives well over $500 million in taxpayer money each year.
TheBlaze has covered Live Action’s undercover clinic videos in the past, while also exploring the journalistic standards and ethics surrounding undercover videos. The central question is: Is it ever permissible to lie to get the truth? While some would quickly answer affirmatively, it’s a challenging dynamic — and one that deserves scrutiny.
Experts have a variety of opinions, but the general consensus is that, unless deceit is the only option to retrieving information of monumental importance to the public, lying to obtain it is not ethical journalistic practice. There are, of course, differing ideas on how this dynamic unfolds. In 2011, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard told TheBlaze that these rules do not apply to those outside of media.
“It’s dishonest for anyone in journalism to pretend to be someone they’re not. This rule doesn’t apply to folks outside the profession,” he said at the time.
But not everyone agrees with this assessment. Poynter has developed a list of standards for when it is — and is not — appropriate to use undercover tactics. And read more about TheBlaze’s exploration of undercover journalistic standards here.