Planned Parenthood taught workers how not to be recorded

When Live Action secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood covering up the sexual abuse of minors, the abortion provider held a training for its employees. Abortion worker Ramona Trevino thought they would be trained about how to protect minors. Instead, the training was on how to prevent clinic workers from being recorded.

Trevino says:

“… Jean never said anything about how we could help our clients. Instead, she started a PowerPoint presentation offering tips on what to do in the event Live Action were to target one of our clinics, ideas on how to protect ourselves from such an intrusion.

I doodled in a notebook to release the tension over what was unfolding. Finally, feeling the need to break the silence from the workers in attendance, I spoke up. What did I have to lose?

“Jean, uh, I guess what I’m wondering is, what we do to as managers if something like this really does happen at our clinics?” I asked. “How can we be prepared so that if it does happen, we can make sure our clients are safe and nothing illegal is going on?”

An awkward silence followed, and then Jean, clearly taken aback, responded in a stern voice, “We’re not here to discuss that, Ramona. We’re here to identify whether we’re being violated by an undercover operation.” …

“There are ways to identify whether we are being recorded on the phone or Internet, and that’s what we’re here to learn,” Jean emphasized.

Throughout the rest of the meeting, my stomach churned. The unease that had accompanied me to the meeting had been bumped up a few notches.

She sent us home with a pile of papers, mainly memos concerning what to look for in identifying potential undercover operations, including certain phrases that might be used to tip us off.”

Ramona Trevino Redeemed by Grace (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2015), 73 – 74

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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