Missouri's AG takes on abortion giant after video sting in KC

Missouri's AG takes on abortion giant after video sting in KC

Missouri's AG takes on abortion giant after video sting in KC

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey says he will fully prosecute Planned Parenthood violations of the state's abortion laws uncovered by a journalist's video. It's the latest turn in the abortion discussion as Missouri appears on track to become a battleground in much the way Ohio did in last fall's elections.

KFF, formerly known as the Kaiser Family Foundation, reports that efforts are under way to put constitutional amendments regarding abortion on the 2024 ballot in 13 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

The Missouri Independent reported in January that a ballot initiative effort seeking to legalize abortion to the point of fetal viability raised more than $1 million in donations the day it was launched. More than $800,000 came from pro-abortion groups.

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"There was an investigative journalist who filmed a video at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Kansas City in November of 2023 that uncovered that agents of Planned Parenthood were committed to conspiring to transport women across state lines for abortions without providing proper consent for juveniles, that they were willing to conceal after the fact a sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old girl," Bailey said on Washington Watch Thursday.

The Associated Press reports that the lawsuit is based on a Project Veritas video of a conversation between Planned Parenthood employees and an interviewer who claims to seek an abortion for a fictitious 13-year-old girl. Journalists with Project Veritas seek to expose corruption in government, media, big tech, politics, education and beyond through undercover video, its website states.

The AP further reported that the lawsuit alleges that Planned Parenthood employees said they could take the girl to a Kansas clinic without parental knowledge, using a doctor's note written by someone at Planned Parenthood to get the girl out of school.

Not the first rodeo for Planned Parenthood

Bailey explained that the video shows a consistent pattern of behavior for Planned Parenthood in Missouri.

"No one should be surprised by this. Planned Parenthood's history in the state of Missouri is one fraught with law violations," he told show host Tony Perkins. "Since 2018 the state has been uncovering a commitment by Planned Parenthood to fail to comply with state statute. This is illegal behavior, and they must be held accountable."

Bailey said he will prosecute the Planned Parenthood umbrella organization and not allow it to tag the clinic – Planned Parenthood Great Plains – as the "crazy uncle" of an otherwise law-abiding group.

"We're not going to allow them to escape liability under that theory," he vowed. "What the individual in the video expressed was that this is the habit, the routine and the custom of entire clinic – not [that of] just one rogue individual.

"She's acting as an agent of Planned Parenthood, and under the agency theory of law the entire organization is responsible," the AG explained.

Image above is a screenshot from the Project Veritas video described in this story.