Planned Parenthood is under fire after revelations it aids the transport of young girls out of state to obtain abortions, which are illegal in Missouri.
In a video released by Project Veritas, an undercover journalist spoke to Planned Parenthood staff in Missouri who assured him they could help his fictional 13-year-old niece obtain an abortion in another state.
The initial report, released in December 2023, details how the Kansas City Planned Parenthood regularly ships girls out of state without parental knowledge or consent.
“We never tell the parents anything,” said the Managing Director of the KC Planned Parenthood on the video. “And we can cut off our letterhead [from documents], so it doesn’t even say where she was.
“We could give a doctor’s note to where the school [is]; it doesn’t matter if the school agrees or not. we say that she was at the doctor,” she continued. “They have to take it.”
When the journalist asked how frequently the clinic arranges out-of-state transportation, he was told “every day.”
Planned Parenthood was already in hot water in Missouri as state lawmakers are trying to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to the controversial organization.
Now, Project Veritas’ report has turned up the heat yet again.
“Missouri lawmakers – and pro-life activists – had long suspected that girls were being trafficked out of state by the clinics in Missouri into states that do still allow abortion,” said State Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, R-Arnold. “The Project Veritas videos solidify [and] provid[e] tangible evidence.
“My understanding, having read relevant statute, is that that is illegal activity, and it’s my hope the prosecutor will bring charges based on the evidence or at least will form a grand jury,” she concluded.
Prior to Roe v. Wade being overturned in 2022, Missouri preemptively passed a pro-life law that outlawed abortion, with the exception of saving the mother’s life. The law went into effect once Roe v. Wade was overturned.
And even before that, Missouri law required that a minor seeking an abortion had to have the “informed written consent” of at least one parent.
In addition to trying to defund Planned Parenthood, Missouri is also taking legal action against the FDA’s approval of certain abortion drugs.