The wrong side…

I’m guessing that many of you have seen video footage of the recent sting operation on Planned Parenthood in New Jersey.  The office manager is filmed giving advice to a “pimp”  on how to obtain services for the underage, foreign girls he brings in for the sex trade.  The overwhelming response I’m hearing says that they are on the wrong side of the law.

Well, I’m going to move over to what you might consider the wrong side of the issue.

I don’t support the sting action. I don’t support Planned Parenthood either…but I do understand the desire of the clinic to provide health services and support to girls in a terrible situation who might otherwise go unserved.   These girls can be difficult to reach, and the last thing I want to see is groups refusing to help them because they are afraid of getting ‘stung’.

On this side of the Atlantic, Christians are being set up in this type of sting to expose their views on things like helping homosexuals who wish to leave the lifestyle…views which are then resulting in legal action against them.

Do the ends really justify the means?  You may answer “yes!”  I … really don’t know.


~ by Jennifer Roemhildt Tunehag on February 4, 2011.

2 Responses to “The wrong side…”

  1. Jen, good thoughts. I struggle with this. Providing care is so important, but what about protecting those who are victimized? When someone comes into a place saying theyu are in the sex industry and have young girls that need to have an abortion, our hearts should cry out, ‘No! We will not let this slide under the rug.” My heart aches to think of all the law-sliding activities taking place out there.

    That said, I do agree that it is never good to use people for our own ends. It is always important to remember all the people we step on along the way. But if this little sting would provide all of us to speak that we would like the caregivers to speak out no and create awareness that may not be there, is that necessarily a bad thing? What do we do to create awareness if we don’t use undercover operations sometimes to create awareness of the reatlity of what is going on?

    • Hey, Laurie! I think this is a great thing to struggle with, and I’m certainly not suggesting that my perspective is the only one. I think that’s one GOOD outcome of these stings…they are causing people to talk about what is good and right in this area, and perhaps even what we should DO.

      In the sting video that I saw, the office manager matched the “pimp’s” vocabulary and style. That isn’t necessarily wrong…she was communicating to and with him. There’s nothing to say that she wasn’t prepared to act on behalf of the girls; she just had to get them in the doors of the clinic first. In fact, she DID report this suspicious visit to the authorities.

      In her place, I probably would have done something similar. Like her, I want these girls to have access to health services – and other kinds of help. This trap presented a unique opportunity to serve a nearly invisible population…which is what makes it so sad, to me, that the group doing the stings isn’t concerned for them at all.

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