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What happens when you try to “expose” Planned Parenthood on Twitter

You know those dastardly healthcare providers have something to hide.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 3, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 2:22 pm CDT

Planned Parenthood. You know those dastardly healthcare providers have something to hide. Luckily, pro-life Twitter users are here to uncover their dirty secrets.

Using the #ExposePP hashtag, Planned Parenthood’s detractors began by tweeting in favor of a pair of videos posted by anti-abortion group Live Action. In the videos, an actress goes undercover to a Planned Parenthood clinic in search of an abortion, supposedly revealing Planned Parenthood’s habit of “targeting girls for extermination” through sex-selective abortions. Both videos, it later turned out, are heavily edited.

Censorship! YouTube threatens to remove Live Action investigative video #exposePP (via @jillstanek)

— Matthew Warner (@MatthewWarner) February 3, 2011

However, pro-choice activists quickly found the hashtag and began to take it over, “exposing” their own experiences with Planned Parenthood. 

Somebody tried to come into the PP clinic where I work and shoot all of us.Pro life?Thanks for this hijack and your support. #exposepp

— Theresa (@Tfosbin) June 2, 2013

Answered all questions about birth control honestly and carefully when I was 15, and were the first ones to tell me abt date rape. #exposePP

— thebkwyrm (@thebkwyrm) June 1, 2013

When I had no health insurance PlannedParenthood kept me out of the ER for kidney infections and UTIs. And provided yearly exams. #exposepp

— MaeBe (@mollersandb) June 1, 2013

My former employer covered Viagra but not my birth control pills. #exposepp

— OhNo$heTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) June 1, 2013

After years of standing up to budget cuts and bomb threats, Planned Parenthood has some very loyal supporters. The #ExposePP hashtag is now full of stories from people whose lives were changed by Planned Parenthood’s services, as well as some tweets satirising Live Action’s pro-life arguments.

Planned Parenthood lets women make their own health choices without consulting their husbands or fathers, whose property they are.#exposePP

— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) June 1, 2013

While four Americans were being killed in Benghazi, Planned Parenthood sat and did nothing to save them.#exposePP

— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) June 1, 2013

And a few that expose Planned Parenthood’s real faults as an organization:

Planned Parenthood never issues spoiler alerts when talking about “Game of Thrones!” #exposepp

— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 1, 2013

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*First Published: Jun 3, 2013, 10:20 am CDT