[UPDATE] 2-14 6:20pm
Human rights advocates gather in Tallahassee Monday, saying the federal government needs to stop funding Planned Parenthood.
The protesters accuse the group of helping sex traffickers at multiple locations.
A group of human rights advocates stood in front of Planned Parenthood in Tallahassee Monday in reaction to allegations of several other Planned Parenthood locations nationwide being caught in the act of aiding and abetting underage sex trafficking of girls as young as 14.
Demonstrator Gloria Pullen said, "I'm standing for life, from the moment of conception to the last dying breath we take."
In what the protesters say is video recorded by the organization Live Action during an undercover operation at a New Jersey Planned Parenthood, a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute asks about getting secret abortions, STD testing, and contraceptives for young girls.
The man starts off saying, "We're in sex." The staff member later says, "no problem."
In the video, the man said, "Some of them are young, 15, 14; and some don't speak any English."
The woman replies in the video, "Minors are always accepted without parental consent."
The organizer of Tallahassee's demonstration said, "It sort of turned my stomach because I have three daughters of my own. To think that someone would so cavalierly offer services without parental knowledge, and to young girls who are being brought into the country to serve as prostitutes was just unnerving to me."
There's a part in the video where the Planned Parenthood staffer member says, "Depending on what the situation is, we may be able to do that."
Sandi Lodge, the Patient Services Director at the Tallahassee Planned Parenthood said, "We're not here for the protesters. We are here to provide clinical services, which is what we do every single day. Our top priority is the men and women that we serve in our clinics."
To view the video from the undercover sting, go to liveaction.org.
[UPDATE] 2-14 Noon --
Local human rights advocates are gathered this afternoon to hold a "Vigil for Victims" of underage sex trafficking.
The advocates say they are raising awareness of recent illegal activities at multiple Planned Parenthood locations.
Human rights advocates are gathered in front of Planned Parenthood on West Pensacola Street in Tallahassee. The group says that several Planned Parenthood locations nationwide have been caught aiding and abetting underage sex trafficking of girls as young as 14.
The director of patient services here at the Tallahassee location says their job is to help patients and this demonstration will not stop them from doing that.
Vigil for Victims Release
Local human rights advocates will gather in the public right of way today, Feb. 14 outside the Planned Parenthood office at 2121 West Pensacola Street from Noon to 1 PM to hold a “Vigil for Victims” of underage sex trafficking. The vigil will raise awareness in the community about the recent undercover video investigation that caught Planned Parenthood red-handed in the act of aiding and abetting underage sex trafficking of girls as young as 14. The vigil will also call upon Congress to immediately strip Planned Parenthood of its $363 million in annual taxpayer funding.
The local vigil will join with other Vigils for Victims being held today outside Planned Parenthood offices nationwide to reveal the danger the organization poses to women and girls. These gatherings represent a massive grassroots response to the undercover sting operation that documented Planned Parenthood workers at multiple locations across several states assuring an undercover investigator posing as a pimp that the organization would secretly provide abortions and other sex services to underage victims of human trafficking, helping to facilitate their exploitation. More information about the coast-to-coast vigils can be found at: http://www.ExposePlannedParenthood.com/vigil
Federal law is clear: “Sex trafficking of minors is a federal crime and punishable by imprisonment for 10 years to life.” (18 U.S. Code 1591) Also, “any person who aids abets, or counsels a federal crime to be committed may be punished as if they had committed the crime themselves.” (18 U.S. Code 2)