Lila Rose is up to something Lila Rose is up to something by gdf57j


									                                                                       f you work in the pro-life
                                         Lila Rose is up               movement, you likely have
                                                                       faced the nagging question of
                                                                 how can I, one little person, really

                                          to something           stand up to big abortion? By all
                                                                 appearances, that question simply
                                                                 does not register with California
                                                                 native Lila Rose. In just three years,
                                               By Jeff Gardner   she has perhaps done more to
                                                                 expose the abortion industry’s dirty
                                                                 little secrets than most of us have
                                                                 over the last 30 years.
                                                                      Lila Rose is a 21-year-old senior
                                                                 majoring in history at the
                                                                 University of California at Los
                                                                 Angeles. Self-effacing and modest,
                                                                 she describes herself as an ordinary
                                                                 girl who loves good books and a
                                                                 steady diet of cold cereal.
                                                                      “I was raised in a very pro-life
                                                                 family. My parents were great, very
                                                                 devoted homeschoolers who have
                                                                 always supported my fight for life.
                                                                 But with seven other children to
                                                                 take care of, if I wanted to do some-
                                                                 thing, I pretty much had to do it on
                                                                 my own.”
                                                                      Lila recalls that she knew
                                                                 “something” had to be done about
                                                                 abortion when, at age nine, she saw
                                                                 a picture of an aborted child in a
                                                                 book and had her own “Who broke
                                                                 the baby?” moment.
                                                                      By age 15, she was praying out-
                                                                 side of abortuaries in Southern
                                                                 California. She recalls one day in
                                                                 particular: “I was praying in front
                                                                 of an abortion mill with some
                                                                 friends, just yards away from the
                                                                 slaughter of innocent life. The
                                                                 whole scenario struck me as such an
                                                                 injustice. I decided then to dedicate
                                                                 my life to fighting this injustice.”

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                                                                                PP rep: Understandable, under-              Planned Parenthood also post-       Parenthood abortion clinic in                    right of a person, the right to life, it
                                                                                standable.                              ed Lila’s photo in many of its abor-    Appleton, Wisconsin. On the tape,                violates all other rights.”
                                                                                                                        tion mills. “The saddest part of this   you see and hear that she is clearly                 What’s next for Lila Rose and
                                                                                                                        whole story,” Lila noted, “is that      lied to [regarding] when the heart-              Live Action? As she prepares to
                                                                                    “We knew that Planned               Planned Parenthood puts more            beat of a baby begins, as the clinic             graduate, she is considering law
                                                                                Parenthood was racist,” Lila said,      effort into watching for me instead     worker obfuscates with words like                school or graduate studies in histo-
                                                                                “but we wondered if they might          of underage rape victims.”              ‘heart tones.’”                                  ry. The work of Live Action, she
                                                                                also commit criminal actions as             The national media soon took            The release of that tape has                 assures us, will go on.
                                                                                well.” To find out, in the summer of    notice, and Lila was interviewed        prompted Wisconsin state Senator                     “We are here to stay and to
                                                                                2008, Lila and Live Action              by Fox News, Reuters, the New           Glenn Grothman to call for an                    send a message to our nation. To
                                                                                launched the Mona Lisa Project.         York Times and many other major         investigation       of     Planned               our politicians, we say that the
                                                                                For this undercover operation,          media outlets.                          Parenthood.                                      people who respect life are now in
                                                                                Lila dyed her rich ebony hair plat-         Happily for preborn children,                                                        the majority; listen to the growing
                                                                                inum blonde and visited abortion        all of this attention has gone to                                                        revolt. If you do not listen, we will
                                                                                mills in several states. Posing as a    Lila’s heels and not her head. She
                                                                                                                                                                Up next: Personhood                              replace you.”
                                                                                13-year-old girl who was pregnant       and Live Action are keeping up the      Lila is also the cosponsor of the                    “To the youth of our nation, be
                                                                                by a 30-something-year-old man,         pressure on Planned Parenthood          California         Human             Rights      strong. This is the greatest human
                                                                                Lila asked about obtaining an           with their latest undercover video      Amendment, a November 2010                       rights issue ever. All of us born
                                                                                abortion. In each case, Planned         effort, the Rosa Acuna Project,         ballot initiative that would amend               after Roe v. Wade are the survivor
     Soon thereafter, Lila and some       Dying for the cause                   Parenthood offered her the abor-                                                                                                 generation, and we will be the vic-
                                                                                                                        named after a mother who aborted        the California Constitution to rec-
friends founded Live Action                                                     tion while advising her to lie about                                                                                             torious generation. We will see an
                                          After the health center visit, Lila                                           her baby on the basis of grossly        ognize the preborn as human per-
(, a 501(c)(3)                                               her age, and/or evade mandatory                                                                                                  end to abortion.”
                                          and the other members of Live                                                 misleading information from her         sons. The California person-
corporation that uses the media,                                                parental consent and/or statutory
                                          Action decided to expose Planned                                              doctor and consequently suffered        hood movement works in conjunc-
especially new media, to build                                                  rape reporting laws by traveling to
                                          Parenthood. In 2008, Planned                                                  post-traumatic stress disorder.         tion with American Life League                   Jeff Gardner writes from La Crosse,
respect for life and expose the                                                 other states for the abortion. Lila                                                                                              Wisconsin, and is the CEO and cofounder
                                          Parenthood made over $85 million                                              This project exposes the false med-     and        Personhood                  USA
abortion industry through targeted                                              captured it all on hidden camera.                                                                                                of Catholic Radio International, which pro-
                                          in profit; its income comes from                                              ical information given by Planned       ( w w w. p e r s o n h o o d u s a . c o m ) ,   vides news, culture and faith programming.
undercover operations.                                                              “Our team went undercover
                                          government grants, clinic opera-                                              Parenthood and its doctors to           which are pursuing similar initia-               To learn more, go to
     When Lila was a freshman at                                                in dozens of clinics nationwide,”                                                                                      
                                          tions (including abortions) and                                               women who ask about the devel-          tives nationwide.
UCLA, Live Action launched the                                                  Lila said. “Again and again,
                                          donations. Teaming up with James                                              opment of their preborn child.              “Our laws are created to pro-
Advocate, a well-produced and now                                               Planned Parenthood covered up
                                          O'Keefe, who posed as a racist                                                    “Watch the video currently          tect the weak from the strong,”
widely read quarterly, student-                                                 what was clearly a case of statuto-                                                                                                     E-mail this article from our
                                          donor, Live Action called Planned                                             running on our web site,” Lila said.    Lila points out. “When our nation                      web site
driven, pro-life magazine. The first                                            ry rape by saying, ‘We won’t
                                          Parenthood and asked if one could                                             “We sent ‘Sarah’ to a Planned           violates the most fundamental
issue featured Lila undercover,                                                 report this—as we are supposed
exposing the laughable “support”          make a donation intended specifi-     to—to your parents or the
offered to college women facing an        cally to pay for the abortion of a    police.’”                                                                                                              Left: Lila speaking at American Life
unplanned pregnancy.                      black baby. A portion of the tran-        “Instead of helping, they see                                                                                      League’s 2009 Personhood Conference
     “I wanted to find out if UCLA        script from one such call reads as    these underage girls as plumbing
would help a student who wanted           follows:                              problems, give them secret abor-
to keep her baby,” Lila recalls. “I       Actor: The abortion—I can give        tions and send them right back to
went to my university’s health cen-       money specifically for a black        the arms of their abusers.”
ter, saying that I was pregnant, and      baby; that would be the purpose?          When Live Action posted the
asked, ‘What can I do?’ The stu-                                                undercover videos from the Mona
dent counselor, a nurse-practition-       PP rep: Absolutely. If you wanted     Lisa Project on its web site and
er, told me that ‘UCLA does not           to designate that your gift be used   YouTube, the whole world took
support women who are pregnant            to help an African-American           notice, starting with Planned
nor help them.’ I was told that           woman in need, then we would          Parenthood. “At first, they threat-
UCLA has two abortionists on              certainly make sure that the gift     ened to sue us,” Lila told me, “but
call. That was the extent of sup-         was earmarked for that purpose.       then,” she laughed, “they asked us to
port that this institution, this great    Actor: And we don’t—you know,         give them our videotapes so that they
university, had to offer students         we just think—the less black kids     could investigate and correct any                                                                                      Above: Lila with a friend and her hair
who might be pregnant.”                   out there, the better.                problems they might be having.”                                                                                        dyed blonde to go undercover

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