Lila Rose, President of Live Action
|Born||Lila Grace Rose
July 27, 1988
San Jose, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Known for||Pro-life activism|
|Influenced by||Saul Alinsky, Joan of Arc, Mark Crutcher, Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, J. C. Willke|
Lila Grace Rose (born July 27, 1988) is an American pro-life activist and the founder of the pro-life group Live Action. She is known for a series of campaigns against affiliated facilities of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Rose was raised in San Jose, California, the third of eight children of an engineer at Sun Microsystems. She was home-schooled through to the end of high school, and was a history major at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Rose was raised Protestant and converted to Catholicism.
Rose founded the pro-life group Live Action when she was 15 and continued her activism at UCLA. Rose has attended workshops at the conservative, non-profit Leadership Institute. In 2009, as an invited speaker at the Values Voters Summit, she suggested that abortions should be performed in the public square until the "public tired of seeing them and did away with the injustice altogether."
In 2008, she was personally awarded $50,000 in the annual "Life Prizes" awards, sponsored by the Gerard Health Foundation, a pro-life charity. She also received the "Person of the Year Malachi Award" from Operation Rescue that same year. In 2009, she was named a "Young Leader" by the pro-life non-profit Susan B. Anthony List.
At the age of 15, Rose founded Live Action and began giving presentations to schools and youth groups. She and conservative activist James O’Keefe III found inspiration in activist Saul Alinsky's grassroots organizing handbook "Rules for Radicals." After further inspiration by Texas activist Mark Crutcher's taping of calls to Planned Parenthood clinics featuring women posing as pregnant minors, they came up with the idea to visit in the fall of 2006 several Planned Parenthood clinics wearing secret video cameras. Rose has conducted stings at Planned Parenthood clinics in and around several major cities since then. Her activism has focused on issues such as the high abortion rate in the African-American community – an effort that has received support from Alveda King – to protest Planned Parenthood's providing of abortion services. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the United States.
The pretenses used in her undercover operations are diverse and include such things as Rose acting the part of a minor impregnated by a 23-year old male. While using this persona, she claimed that staff at Planned Parenthood clinics advised her to lie about her age and ignored her partner's age. Rose also released recordings of O'Keefe attempting to elicit racially charged responses from clinic staff by offering donations to pay for abortions for black women. Another act had Rose posing as a 13-year-old minor impregnated by a 31-year-old man. When told she would need parental consent and must name the father, Rose balks. At first, the staff member says it must be reported to Child Protective Services, but after a minute of silence the staff member is heard saying "Okay, I didn't hear the age. I don't want to know the age. It could be reported as rape. And that's child abuse."
2011 undercover videos
Rose published undercover videos in February 2011 which were filmed in several different cities showing an unidentified man and woman posing as a pimp and a prostitute. They were soliciting advice from Planned Parenthood clinic workers on how to procure abortions and birth control for underage prostitutes. Rose said that the videos proved Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks laws and covers up abuse. In response to the videos, Planned Parenthood has reaffirmed its Zero Tolerance policy for situations in which minors are endangered and its commitment to states' mandatory reporting laws for underage girls. Planned Parenthood reported to the FBI at least 12 visits to its clinics by the man in the videos prior to their publication.
No criminal charges or investigations have resulted from the videos. The Attorney General of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, was asked by Rose to investigate Planned Parenthood as a result of the videos. He conceded during a Fox interview that he lacks "an actual case of it on film"—meaning a case that involves victims instead of actors pretending to run a sex-slave business. Cuccinelli went on to say, "But what you do have is clearly an open willingness of several organizations, meaning subsidiaries of Planned Parenthood nationally in the same category, sex trafficking of minors, and an open willingness to participate in this." Live Action national counsel Peter Breen said an actual case is not needed, comparing the Live Action videos to the undercover journalism in NBC's To Catch a Predator. The United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, declined to pursue charges in the matter stating, "It is my understanding that the FBI actually has looked at that matter..." and "...prosecution was declined in that matter".
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