NARAL secretly hired Obama-linked firm to interview pro-life Gen Yers

earleyThey asked me about my thoughts on abortion, about policy, about underlying belief that would lead to certain conclusions. It was pretty comprehensive. It was very long….

It seems like [new NARAL president Ilyse Hogue] is well aware of the fact that there is a growing movement especially among younger people that can’t ignore the science and technology any longer that proves the humanness of the [child in the] womb….

And she recognizes that. So she’s worried about that, she’s specifically afraid of that aspect of it. She’s particularly concerned about the young people.

~ University of Richmond law student and pro-life activist Mark Earley Jr. (pictured), discussing the fact that political consulting firm GMMB (which “worked as a ‘lead strategic firm’ for Obama’s… presidential campaign[s]”) did extensive interviews with “millennial” pro-life activists in their homes without disclosing that they were hired by NARAL, as quoted by The Daily Caller, February 20

According to the article, “the video was presented at [NARAL’s Washington] dinner in order to show pro-choice activists the ‘passion’ of pro-lifers on the other side of the issue ‘in an effort to fire up (NARAL) members.'”

[Photo via Earley’s Facebook page]

24 thoughts on “NARAL secretly hired Obama-linked firm to interview pro-life Gen Yers”

  1. I’m team pro-life, but I don’t think we can get angry at proaborts for failing to disclose their affiliations.  After all, Lila Rose does not tell who she is when she goes undercover.  Let me be clear, in no way am I on the side of this firm affiliated with the President, but before we say “How dare they misrepresent themselves!” let’s remember that we support the same tactics for people who respect the sanctity of life.  The only difference is that we’re doing it for a noble cause.
    They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery; it seems to apply here.  Lila Rose and Live Action’s work was effective at raising national consciousness about Planned Parenthood.

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  2. We should be concerned.  Not because these people didn’t say who they were when they did the interviews, but because these are the people who have been doing marketing for Obama’s campaigns.  The most incompetent president in American history won a second election in a bad economy against a guy who made a fortune being money-smart, in part because of this group. They’re taking credit for helping Harry Reid hang on to his senate seat.  They can’t undo science, and they can’t change the facts of abortion, but Obama didn’t win either of his elections on the facts.  The momentum is on our side right now, so we should use it to make sure that whatever new strategy NARAL comes up with is grounded before it begins.  I think we should keep an eye on these guys.

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  3. How do they know who we are? Let’s see–a multibillion$ death-dealing, politically controversial industry, they don’t have a political intelligence bureau?

    (Dr. Benedict Groschel issued a furious 4-part talk after 9-11 about how the Clinton Admin. ignored Al Quaida while devoting domestic intelligence resources to hunting down & jailing dangerous but irrelevant prolifers praying at abortuaries.)

    News these days is about how Google supplies the D&C with political intelligence mined from the web & even private G-Mail accounts to give the Dems an unbeatable, highly granulated picture of special interest constituencies.

    A woman was holding vigil at Sacramento’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament during the Pete Wilson inauguration. Her brother is up & yelling at the Lesbian cheering section to shut up, but he’s never been photographed at an abortuary. She & her aged father (Dr. Paul Marx stayed at their house) ARE in the photo albums the pro-abort agents are combing the crowd with. They have their heads down praying, but they get yanked out, their heads slammed down into the alcove floor before being thrown in the paddy wagon. Naw, no pro abort intelligence agency in THIS A country!

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  4.  After all, Lila Rose does not tell who she is when she goes undercover.  Let me be clear, in no way am I on the side of this firm affiliated with the President, but before we say “How dare they misrepresent themselves!” let’s remember that we support the same tactics for people who respect the sanctity of life.

    This strikes me as a little different, actually. This was a marketing group that was actually hired/paid by a third party to gain access to people in their homes through deception.  Personally, I don’t care if someone interviews pro-lifers on the sidewalks and doesn’t represent themselves as pro-choice operatives and then uses the information they get to try and “rally” their people.  We already know that pro-choicers have infiltrated pregnancy centers in an effort to catch pro-lifers in supposed deception of women. But this – the gaining access to a pro-lifer’s home? By a marketing firm? I don’t know, it just seems off to me that a paid firm would go about getting information in this manner.  They sought Earley beforehand and refused to disclose who they were working for or who else they were interviewing even when directly asked.  The question is, do they regularly use this tactic as part of their “professional services”?   

    Lila Rose isn’t hired by pro-life affiliated marketing and campaign firms to do undercover work – Live Action does this on their own, as far as I know.  But the left (and even some pro-lifers) screeched and squawked about Lila’s undercover work.  Clearly the left only dislikes that sort of thing when it’s done by the other side without the help of a paid, professional marketing firm.

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  5. “This was a marketing group that was actually hired/paid by a third party to gain access to people in their homes through deception.” 
    Makes me furious.  Worse, the abortion fans won’t apologize for being hypocrites to Lila Rose.  Worse yet, they will still erect straw men and false fears to keep our taxpayer money funneled toward killing young people in the womb and out.

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  6. Doesn’t NARAL and ilk know that they are welcome to come into our meetings and classes if they can be respectful and listen (I know it can be a big IF at times)?  
     
    You don’t have to sneak in for crying in the rain, proaborts.  Come on in and learn when human life really begins!

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  7. Be afraid, be very afraid
     
    Be not afraid.  Bullies are the same everywhere.  Yes, there is a percentage that are dangerous.  The rest are followers and all talk.   Invite them in and pass around pictures of abortion.

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  8. I like your positive attitude, Prax.  I can only hope that a few people watching the videos might be converted despite themselves.  

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  9. Doesn’t NARAL and ilk know that they are welcome to come into our meetings and classes if they can be respectful and listen (I know it can be a big IF at times)?  
     
    You don’t have to sneak in for crying in the rain, proaborts.  Come on in and learn when human life really begins!
     
    I know!  This makes me laugh every time!  It’s not like we say these things in secret.

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  10. Danielle’s comment raises an interesting question for me:
     
    Why haven’t the pro-aborts done an undercover sting at pregnancy resource centers? In trying to answer that question, I think a lot of pro-aborts might realize why they are on the wrong/losing side.

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  11. Yeah, because we all know Planned Parenthood would have apologized if Lila had shared a written account of Live Action’s stings and no video. That would have been undeniable evidence of their wrong-doing.

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  12. Kel,
    One of the girls who was on that MTV show about abortion has gone undercover and done video in a CPC. She did some special on Al Jazeera about it.

    Edit: Not sure how heavily edited it was, though. She tried to make it look like the Live Action videos (and failed).
     

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  13. “Oh, they have.  http://bluecollarphilosophy.com/2011/06/feminist-goes-under-cover-at-pro-life-pregnancy-center-wheres-the-video/
    But I don’t know if they’ve actually gotten any video.”
     
    To be fair, her comments appear that she wasn’t trying to make a statement or “go undercover” as a group like Live Action did, just blogging about her personal experiences. And I can’t imagine that most CPCs would ignore someone in an abusive relationship and counsel her to stay and submit, but I suppose this could be a bad apple. But if she were to actually try and use her experience as a public shaming of CPCs I would expect some type of proof along with her story.

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  14. There are several undercover “sting” accounts on CPCs.  Jack has summed up my issues with all that I’ve encountered to date.  They’re written accounts with no documentation or proof of any kind, they’re from CPCs that have no accountability to a larger group like Heartbeat International, the “proof” offered has no available context to put it in the way that LiveAction will offer unedited videos, or all three.  Certainly none of them have resulted in any kind of legal action, and we know there are people out there who would jump at the chance to shut CPCs down legally.

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  15. To be fair, her comments appear that she wasn’t trying to make a statement or “go undercover”

    Well, that’s interesting, since the title says “Feminist goes undercover…” :-/

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  16. “Well, that’s interesting, since the title says “Feminist goes undercover…” :-/”

     
    That’s the title that the pro-lifer reporting on her blog post gave it, it’s not the title of her blog post.

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  17. That’s the title that the pro-lifer reporting on her blog post gave it, it’s not the title of her blog post.

    Yeah, I know, that’s what I was talking about.  I should have been clearer.

    And yes, thank you, Kate – you’re right.  I do recall Katie Stack saying she was doing an undercover CPC thing.

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  18. That’s the title that the pro-lifer reporting on her blog post gave it, it’s not the title of her blog post.
    Yeah, I know, that’s what I was talking about.  I should have been clearer.”
     
    Oh sorry, I misunderstood you.
     
    “No video here either:
     
    http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=38954
     
    Lol well they don’t even need a video for this one, because the stuff they claim is either “duh, of course a pro-life center would do that” or “seriously, you think that’s actually a bad thing?”. For example, they complain about the practice of sending home a care package with maternity clothes and diapers for the woman who may be considering abortion. One person said that was “traumatizing”. Good lord. And omg they wouldn’t refer the undercover person for an abortion, those CPCs are despicable! How dare they not refer for a procedure they explicitly state they don’t support.
     
    I think it’s extremely annoying when they complain that CPCs won’t give out abortion referrals or say that every single woman ever was happy with her decision, because it “isn’t giving women all the information”, and then they whine about laws to ensure ultrasounds are offered to women in abortion clinics.

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  19. I live in Madison and support the Women’s Care Center.  It is safe place for women to get whatever help they need.  Free ultrasound, on a comfy exam chair and a large viewing screen.  
     
    The Isthmus is a “progressive” newsrag, handed out for free.  It is full of advertisements by every strip club, massage parlor, gay and fetish bars, etc.  
     
    That is why the CPS is not given any credit for having a “store” full of free maternity and childcare stuff.  Nothing about the free classes in pre-natal care and parenting.  Nothing about the referrals for safe houses, charity healthcare, job searching, education opportunities, post-abortion therapy, adoption assistance — the usual spectrum of charity and care that one cannot get at Planned Parenthood, and ALL OF IT IS FREE TO WOMEN AND FAMILIES IN NEED!  And not a dime of taxpayer money  pays for all of this help.
     
    Oh well…. we can’t expect pro-aborts to open the truth, because truth is not on their side.  We have to do better to get the truth out, more loudly and more clearly.

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