Statement from Leslie Kantor, MPH, vice president of education for Planned Parenthood Federation of America
"Planned Parenthood health centers provide high-quality preventive health care and more than 90 percent of what these health centers do nationally is lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, testing and treatment of STDs, breast health services, Pap tests, sex education, information and health counseling.
"As a woman’s health advocate for nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood opposes sex selection abortion and insists on the highest quality care. Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have extensive guidelines and training requirements for all staff. If any Planned Parenthood organization learns of an instance where a staff member has not fully followed policies or procedures, they take swift action and remedy the situation.
"A group that opposes Planned Parenthood’s mission and services is promoting a series of hoax patient videotapes related to sex selection. Edited videos of hoax patient visits are part of a coordinated campaign over the last several years to distort Planned Parenthood’s services, mission and values.
"The video released today shows a Planned Parenthood social worker providing information to someone who claimed to be a patient. The video was selectively and heavily edited in order to distort what actually happened. In the longer video, the social worker discusses a range of options with the hoax patient — suggesting prenatal care if the hoax patient continues her pregnancy, inquiring about whether the hoax patient would consider adoption, and asking, 'Have you definitely decided that you want to terminate your pregnancy?' The video demonstrates nonjudgmental, informative services that are in accordance with social work standards for patient interaction."
May 29, 2012
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
May 29, 2012