Student's anti-abortion crusade has effect

April 26, 2009 at 11:54 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- A California college student says her undercover battle against Planned Parenthood is having an effect on local governments around the country.

In Tennessee, legislators said Wednesday they will try to cut off a $721,000 contract with Planned Parenthood, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. The legislators were inspired by a video made by Lila Rose, 20, a student at UCLA who posed as a minor seeking an abortion at a clinic in Memphis.

Orange County, Calif., supervisors last month rescinded a $300,000 grant for sex education. A conservative businessman who had met Rose raised objections to the grant.

Rose and a friend have posed as 13- and 14-year-olds at clinics in a number of states, claiming to have been impregnated by much older boyfriends. During counseling sessions with Planned Parenthood workers, they resist naming their boyfriends, hoping the staffers will suggest that they lie and say they were impregnated by teens near their own age.

Planned Parenthood has responded by stepping up efforts to train its staff. The organization says with 30,000 volunteers and employees some people are bound to make mistakes.

The group accuses Rose of slanted editing when she posts her videos on YouTube.

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