Lila Rose is the Founder and President of Live Action, one of the country's leading Pro-Life initiatives.
Live Action is an organization that uses "new media" to educate and mobilize both local and national audiences to demand accountability from the abortion industry and human rights for the pre-born. Live Action conducts undercover investigations of the abortion industry and releases the findings to the public through traditional and independent media outlets, such as FOX News and YouTube. Local chapters like Live Action San Jose have reached thousands of local youth in schools and churches through the multi-media presentation "The Truth About Abortion."
Lila, the third of eight children in a homeschooling family, grew up in San Jose, California. Her first involvement in pro-life activism was through a fundraiser for a local community pregnancy center she participated in at age 9. Lila began competing in the NCFCA debate league when she was 11, took her first junior college class at age 12, and at 15, founded Live Action as a means to reach her peers with the pro-life message.
In high school, Lila was elected Senator for Northern California by several hundred of her peers in Junior State of America (JSA), and served as chapter president for two years. As her social consciousness continued to grow through participation in JSA and speech and debate, Lila made trips to Mexico and Morocco to build houses and do other charity work for locals living in poverty. In 2005, Lila founded and directed “The Niger Project” in her local community, a relief effort that raised over $40,000 for the victims of a severe famine in the West African nation.
In Fall 2006, Lila began her undergraduate studies at UCLA and soon founded the pro-life student magazine The Advocate, administered through the new UCLA student chapter of Live Action. The Advocate ran its inaugural issue in January 2007, reporting on Lila’s first undercover investigation—an expose of pro-abortion counseling at UCLA’s Arthur Ashe Health Center and institutional support for abortion for pregnant students. The Advocate has since gone national and been distributed at 15 different campuses across the country.
Months later, in May 2007, Lila released her first investigation of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, posing undercover in two Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinics as a 15-year-old girl impregnated by her 23-year-old boyfriend. Neither clinic reported the clear case of sexual abuse, and one counselor coached Lila to lie about her age so the clinic would not have to report the incident. After the recordings garnered national media attention, Planned Parenthood threatened to sue Lila, but soon backed down as media pressure mounted.
Lila has since launched several successful undercover investigations exposing racism and statutory rape cover-up at Planned Parenthood. Her brave work has revealed new evidence to build a strong case against the abortion industry and lobby.
Lila’s most recent undercover work, Live Action’s multi-state investigation “The Mona Lisa Project,” vividly illustrates how Planned Parenthood’s ‘abortion-first mentality’ leads it to disregard state laws meant to protect young girls, instead sending them back into the arms of their sexual abusers. “The Mona Lisa Project” has prompted officials in several states to take action against Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood affiliates are the subject of ongoing investigations in Indiana and Alabama, and the Tennessee legislature recently voted to end up to $1.1 million in taxpayer subsidies to the abortion provider.
In 2008, Lila was awarded an inaugural Life Prize by the Gerard Health Foundation. Lila is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity's America, The Glenn Beck Show, and The Laura Ingraham Show. Numerous newspapers and blogs have also covered her work, including feature pieces by Reuters, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, Salon Magazine Online, Washington Times, and National Review. The Associated Press and UPI frequently publish stories on Live Action's work, and Lila speaks at national and international pro-life events. Lila is a history major at UCLA. When not traveling or in school, Lila enjoys recreational boxing, writing, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.