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Lawmakers, Activists Target ‘Gendercide’ Sex Selection

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the style of activist-filmmaker James O’Keefe, an anti-abortion group has released an undercover video purportedly showing a Planned Parenthood counselor in Texas assisting a woman who says she’s seeking a sex-selection abortion.

“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?” the Planned Parenthood counselor asks on the tape. “The abortion covers you up to 23 weeks and usually at five months is usually when they detect, you know, whether it’s a boy or a girl.”

At the close of the conversation, when the woman who says she’s pregnant thanks the Planned Parenthood counselor for not “placing judgment” on her choice, the counselor replies cheerily, “Good luck, and I hope that you do get your boy.”

Released Tuesday, the video was made by Live Action, a group headed by Lila Rose, the 23-year-old media darling of the anti-abortion movement. The video is labeled “Part 1″ on the group’s website, suggesting there might be more tapes coming, in the style of conservatives O’Keefe and the late publisher-commentator Andrew Breitbart.

The video can be found here.

Planned Parenthood has denounced the video as an effort to “promote false claims about our organization and patient services. In highly unusual and scripted scenarios, hoax patients sought services related to sex selection.”

The group said in a statement that it fired the staff member depicted in the April 11 video and that “all staff members at this affiliate were immediately scheduled for retraining in managing unusual patient encounters.”

“Gendercide” -- the practice of killing baby girls or terminating pregnancies solely because the fetus is female -- is estimated to have produced a “gender imbalance” of more than 100 million girls around the world. The practice is widespread in some Asian countries but not limited to them.

Many nations with pro-abortion-rights laws and protections, nevertheless, ban sex-selection abortions. Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands have laws banning sex-selection abortions. The United States does not.

This is the next front in the abortion debate for many anti-abortion activists. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, however, will vote on legislation this week that would ban sex-selective abortions in the United States

The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., is scheduled to come to the House floor as soon as Wednesday under suspension of the rules. A suspension vote requires a two-thirds majority to pass.

The measure is expected to be approved in the House, although it’s unclear whether the Democratically controlled Senate would follow suit.

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Abortion Activists Attempt to Discredit Planned Parenthood with Second Video

Photo Courtesy - PlannedParenthood dot org(RICHMOND, Va.) -- The anti-abortion activist group Live Action has released its second undercover video in as many days purporting to reveal an "endemic problem" at the nation's Planned Parenthood clinics, which Live Action accuses of facilitating the sex trafficking of minors.

The latest video, shot in Richmond, Va., follows Tuesday's release of footage from inside a New Jersey clinic in which an employee is seen coaching people posing as a pimp and underage prostitute on how to cover up their illicit business.

Planned Parenthood fired the employee Tuesday night, hours after viewing the tape, and said that supervisors had immediately notified law enforcement of the alleged sex trafficking ring weeks earlier, after the encounter occurred.

The new video was shot Jan. 12 and features the same staged scenario involving a man and woman posing as sex workers and inquiring about sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, birth control options and abortions for underage girls.

But unlike the first video, the Richmond clinic worker appears to act professionally and appropriately, informing the couple of their legal rights to privacy under the law, regardless of their backgrounds.

"We see people from, um, every walk of life," said the clinic worker. "So, no judgment, no sharing of information, like, uh, nothing here."

The worker also laid out legal guidelines for a minor seeking an abortion, including the requirement of parental consent or permission from a judge before one can be performed.

"Our new video shows their Richmond clinic willing to aid and abet the sexual exploitation of minors and coaching a pimp about how girls as young as 14-15 could circumvent parental consent laws for secret abortions," said Live Action founder Lila Rose, a former associate of controversial conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe.

Rose has asked state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to investigate the centers to make sure they are compliant with state law. Cuccinelli's office said it had not yet received the letter.

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Undercover Video Enflames Debate Over Planned Parenthood

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PERTH AMBOY, N.J.) -- An undercover video produced by anti-abortion group Live Action has enflamed the debate over federal funding for Planned Parenthood and raised new questions about tactics used to try to discredit the nation's leading abortion provider.

The 22-minute video released Tuesday appears to depict the manager of a New Jersey clinic advising a pimp and an underage prostitute on how to apply for health services without triggering mandatory reporting requirements and evade detection by law enforcement authorities.

The man and woman posed as sex traffickers when they entered a Perth Amboy, N.J., clinic on Jan. 13 to inquire about STD testing, abortions and access to contraception, Live Action said. They openly stated involvement in "sex work" that employed young, undocumented immigrant girls.

"This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws and covers up the abuse of the young girls it claims to serve," said Live Action president Lila Rose, an associate of controversial conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe. "They don't deserve a dime of the hundreds of millions they receive in federal funding from taxpayers."

Planned Parenthood said in a statement Tuesday it had notified state and federal authorities of a suspected sex trafficking ring following the staged visit and raised the possibility that it could have been a sting. Spokesman Stuart Schear said Planned Parenthood officials later pieced together a pattern of at least 11 similar incidents in six states that occurred over five days and they notified federal authorities.

The FBI is investigating the incidents at Planned Parenthood health centers and reviewing surveillance photos of at least one of the men who had claimed to be a pimp.

While opposing Live Action's tactics, Planned Parenthood has acknowledged that the behavior of one of its employees depicted in the film could have been inappropriate.

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