Planned Parenthood ‘Targeted’ By Anti-Abortionists

Planned Parenthood issued a statement describing 'secret videotaping tactics' as part of a 'propaganda' campaign against the group. Photograph: Craig Lassig/A

A series of suspicious incidents at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country has led the group to believe they have been targeted in an undercover sting operation by anti-abortionists.

Clinics for the healthcare provider have reported an escalation in so-called “hoax visits”, in which female clients ask leading questions about sex selection abortions, in interviews they believe are being secretly recorded in a ploy to discredit the organisation.

The increase in the suspicious incidences at clinics has led to concern at the organisation that it is part of a national propaganda campaign against the group.

It has led to a counter-PR campaign by Planned Parenthood. In a statement published in the reproductive health website RHReality Check, the organisation described “secret videotaping tactics with fictitious patient scenarios and selective editing” as a tactic that opponents of reproductive health and rights had employed against the group for years.

The statement, written by Leslie Kantor and Dr Carolyn Westoff, of Planned Parenthood of America, said that more recently, one group has escalated these visits in many states.

“We anticipate that this group, likely in coordination with a broad range of anti-abortion leaders, will soon launch a propaganda campaign with the goal of discrediting Planned Parenthood, and, ultimately, furthering legislation that blocks access to basic reproductive healthcare, including birth control,” the statement said.

“We can expect this propaganda campaign to further escalate the political battles over access to healthcare, rather than focus on the best ways to help women and their families get the care they need.”

The statement said that from repeated questions asked in the recent hoax visits, they expected the eventual propaganda campaign to “focus on Planned Parenthood’s non-judgmental discussions with the various women who posed as possible patients”.

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