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BOSTON (Reuters) - An anti-abortion group released on Friday three more undercover videos, which it said show Planned Parenthood employees helping a man posing as a pimp get abortions and birth control for underage girls.
The footage, said to be filmed in January at Planned Parenthood clinics in Falls Church, Charlottesville and Roanoke, Virginia, is the latest in a series of videos made public by Live Action, a California-based group that opposes abortion.
Live Action said in a statement that the videos are evidence Planned Parenthood is "willing to aid and abet the sexual trafficking and exploitation of minors and young women."
Planned Parenthood said the undercover videos are part of a coordinated lobbying effort to advance legislation that would take away funding from the family planning organization.
The three videos, one at each clinic, show a man saying he's involved in sex work and manages teenage girls ask questions about prices and identification requirements for sexually transmitted disease testing, birth control and abortions.
In each case he asks if the conversations are confidential.
In the videos, Planned Parenthood employees answer questions about health services offered at the clinic and explain requirements associated with different procedures.
"It's very clear to us that these tapes show health professionals doing their job," said Planned Parenthood spokesman Stuart Schear of the new footage.
"What the tapes don't show is that after these unusual encounters, these health professionals went to their superiors and reported they had unusual encounters with a suspicious individual and Planned Parenthood managers reported their suspicions to local authorities," Schear said.
Planned Parenthood has said previously that the FBI is reviewing evidence and photos related to the encounters.
All of the undercover videos were filmed during the same week. The first one, released on Tuesday, focused on a clinic in central New Jersey.
The New Jersey clinic employee captured on film was later fired for her behavior.
Planned Parenthood said it notified both local and national authorities after the string of unusual visits, which occurred within one week in at least 12 centers in six states, including New Jersey and Virginia.
In January, Planned Parenthood said it alerted U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that a series of health centers had been approached by visitors whose comments indicated involvement in sex trafficking of minors.
Live Action's founder, Lila Rose, said her group will send the Virginia footage to state law enforcement officials and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Cuccinelli said in a statement released Friday that he plans to review the footage, noting that what he has seen so far "is very disturbing."
Meanwhile, New Jersey's Attorney General Paula Dow is aware of the video and has referred the matter to the Division of Criminal Justice for review, spokesman Paul Loriquet said earlier in the week.
Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton