Tom McFeely is the National Catholic Register’s News Editor. He lives in British Columbia.
Lifenews reports here that James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the two young people who posed as a pimp and a prostitute and covertly videotaped Acorn officials who counseled them on how to apply for federal funding for their prostitution activities, are committed pro-life advocates.
And O’Keefe got his start in making video exposés by collaborating with UCLA student Lila Rose in producing the series of Live Action videos in which Rose recorded Planned Parenthood officials in a number of states counseling her as she posed as a minor seeking to abort her unborn baby. The Planned Parenthood employees discussed how to obtain an abortion without reporting her adult boyfriend to authorities for having committed acts of statutory rape, as required by law.
Major media outlets have downplayed coverage of the apparent Planned Parenthood scandals, and according to this Media Research Center article, some news organizations initially tried to do the same about the Acorn revelations. But the information unearthed by O’Keefe and Giles appears so damning that the future of the organization — which last year lost its funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development because of other improper activities that Acorn has undertaken — is now in real peril, with federal and state legislators moving to cut all government funding from Acorn.
Pro-lifers can only hope and pray that the exposés of Planned Parenthood’s apparent misconduct will lead eventually to a similar halt in taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider.