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- Overall, we rate Live Action a moderate conspiracy website based on misleading and sometimes false accusations against Planned Parenthood and pro-choice advocates.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Live Action is an American anti-abortion non-profit organization founded in 2003 by then 15-year-old Lila Rose. Live Action is known for its undercover video sting operations on Planned Parenthood clinics. According to their about page “Live Action News reports daily on stories the mainstream media often refuses to cover — including exposés of the abortion industry and stories revealing the dignity and humanity of preborn children — inspiring our readers to defend the most vulnerable within their communities.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to the Live Action website “in 2008, Live Action was legally formed as a non-partisan, non-profit organization.” The website and organization are funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
Live Action’s sole mission is to discredit Planned Parenthood and to advocate for Pro-Life policies. Typically, they try to achieve this through undercover sting videos. They also have a news section on their website that uses loaded emotional language such as this “Women in California may soon be protected from abortionists like these.” Generally, news articles are well sourced to credible information.
Critics of Live Action have accused them of selective video editing and publication of misleading information. A factual search reveals a few failed fact checks and misleading claims:
- Does Planned Parenthood Provide No Prenatal Care, Only Abortions? – Mostly False
- Does Planned Parenthood Enforce ‘Abortion Quotas’? – Unproven
- An infant who survived abortion in a Polish hospital screamed for an hour while left alone to die. – Unproven
- “Abortion is more dangerous now than ever before.” – False
Overall, we rate Live Action a moderate conspiracy website based on misleading and sometimes false accusations against Planned Parenthood and pro-choice advocates. (1/31/2017) Updated (D. Van Zandt 6/13/2019)