Archive for February, 2010
Here is a copy of Steve Arnold’s remarks at the ProCET rally in East Knoxville on February 20. Steve did a great job of documenting the way that Planned Parenthood does business. He described the secrecy that surrounded PP’s purchase of property on Cherry Street, the deception that is an integral part of PP’s “education” programs, and the documented cases of PP’s failures to report evidence of sexual abuse of minor children.
Planned Parenthood is an organization built on secrecy, deception and outright lies. All through its history, and all across the country, Planned Parenthood has consistently demonstrated that truth does not matter, parent’s rights are not legitimate, and child predators are to be protected.
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Knoxville, Tenn./Feb 20, 2010 — East Knoxville rallied Saturday afternoon against the relocation of the Planned Parenthood (PP) abortion clinic to Cherry Street. A crowd of about 200 gathered at the True Vine Baptist Church, just across the street from the clinic. The rally was organized by the ProLife Coalition of East Tennessee (ProCET) and a number of East Knoxville churches.
Pastor Sharon Welch of New Living Faith Community Church delivered the opening prayer and call to action. ProCET spokesperson Lisa Morris highlighted PP’s founding, history, and current status as America’s largest abortion provider. Morris described PP founder Margaret Sanger as a devout racist who implemented a sterilization program, called the “Negro Project,” which targeted African American women and others she deemed as “undesirable.”
Morris then read a statement of support from Dr. Alveda King, a pro-life activist who is also the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King stated that even though African-Americans make up 12% of the population, a full 35% of aborted babies are Black. According to Dr. King, 78% of PP clinics are located in minority communities, and African-Americans are the only minority in America whose population is declining.
Steve Arnold of ProCET described PP’s deceptions relative to the purchase of the property on Cherry Street. Arnold said that this was part of a pattern of PP deception, citing their practice of providing abortions to children without parental consent, their educational programs that encourage deviant sexual behavior, and even their pattern of covering up the sexual abuse of under-age children by adult males.
Pastor Jean Delaney of announced a prayer vigil to be held in front of the PP clinic every Friday during Lent. Those interested in participating were directed to go to www.40daysknoxville.com/vigil or call 567-1245.
Other speakers included Pastor Barbara McKinney of Clayborn Temple AME Church, Pastor Johnny Watson of AME Bethel Church, Pastor Joe Maddox of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Andy Rittenhouse of First Baptist Concord, Monsignor Xavier Mankel of the Knoxville Diocese, and Pastor Joseph Parker of Campbell Chapel AME Church (Pulaski). Statements were read to the crowd from Gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and US Rep. Zach Wamp.
Following the prepared remarks, most of the crowd walked over to the clinic, stood on the sidewalks along both Cherry Street and Washington Avenue, and prayed silently for about 30 minutes. Many held signs of protest, e.g., “Planned Parenthood – Bad for Babies” and “Women Do Regret Abortion.”
Following the brief prayer vigil, a smaller group assembled inside the True Vine Baptist Church to preview the new Maafa 21 documentary, which details PP’s racist history. Pastor Parker also showed a portion of the movie “Tilly,” which is based on the Frank Peretti book of the same name.
Stay tuned to www.FletcherArmstrongBlog.com for more on this story and for future updates. For more information about the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform and the effectiveness of our work, visit www.ProLifeOnCampus.com. To understand the problem of abortion (what it is and does), visit www.AbortionNo.org (not for cowards; viewer discretion advised).
My interview with Barbara Dooley (regarding the Tebow Super Bowl advertisement) is up. I taped this interview a couple of weeks ago, but it was actually played today.
As we were erecting our Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) abortion photos on the campus of UC Berkeley in October, a professor raged up to our Director and hissed “Shame on you for making women feel guilty about their abortions.” When our trucks drove through State College, Pennsylvania, in 2004 The Daily Collegian ran a story quoting Planned Parenthood’s argument that we shouldn’t show pictures of what their abortion clinics do to unborn children because it upsets born children. “Paula Nossek, health center manager for Planned Parenthood … said she thought the group’s tactics were both ‘tasteless’ and ‘cowardly,’ and she questioned the authenticity of the images.” She added, “‘If they were decent human beings, they would be sick letting kids see it ….’” She isn’t sick killing these babies, but we should be sick showing them.
Planned Parenthood’s hiding behind women and children (as a means of stopping us from exposing the horror of their abortions) is conceptually similar to a common hostage-taking tactic employed by Islamist fighters. The BBC recently ran a story that described the use of civilians as human shields. The lead paragraph reads, “Gen. Mohiudin Ghori said his soldiers had seen Taliban fighters placing women and children on the roofs of buildings and firing from behind them.”
A planned CBR Poland billboard campaign will remind citizens that Hitler introduced abortion for Polish women on March 9, 1943. Coincidently, the campaign will be in full swing by March 8, which is a special day for feminists in Poland. Each year during this season, they organize ‘Manifa’ marches and demand abortion without limits. Story here.
As GAP packs up and moves on to the University of Central Florida, I wanted to share with you some more of the coverage in the University of Florida Independent Alligator. Here is the obligatory rant from the Editorial Board. Our Florida Director responded.
Add this column and this one, it is clear to see that there is no balance on the student paper. That is why our work on campus is so important. Feminists for Life reports that women leaving high school are pro-life by a margin of 47% to 37%. When they leave college, they are pro-choice by a margin of 73% to 24%. Male attitudes are similar. One big reason: pro-life students and faculty have no voice.
The pro-life faculty teach business, math, engingeering (hmm, the logical disciplines), where the subject of abortion never comes up. On the other hand, pro-choice faculty teach sociology, psychology, journalism, etc., where they get multiple opportunities to inject pro-abortion propaganda.
Pro-life students study engineering, agriculture, etc.; whereas pro-choice students study, among other things, journalism. That’s why there is no pro-life voice at the Independent Alligator.
After a few months of this, the freshman pro-lifers at the U of Florida start to get the message, “Sit down and shut up.” When we bring GAP, we help pro-life students get their voices back.
“Hundreds of students lost their appetites when they walked past the pictures of bloody fetuses displayed on the Reitz Union North Lawn and the Plaza of the Americas Monday.” So reported The Independent Alligator (IA) at the University of Florida. Story here.
IA columnist Paul Murty provides the obligatory editorial rebuttal to GAP. You may add your own comments to both the story and the editorial.
Murty, like many abortion apologists, insists on his own definition of genocide. Like the Turks, Nazis, segregationists, and others before him, Murty just wants a better society. It’s OK because his victims, after all, are subhuman. Then he plays the intolerance card, which is almost comical. He believes the University should be intolerant of anybody he deems to be intolerant, which is the same as anybody who disagrees with him. Mr. Murty, if abortion is just another “choice”, then why do pictures of it make you so angry?
Murty may ignore our message, but thousands don’t. Note the adopted baby pictured in the photo above (GAP sign on bottom row). That baby’s mom saw the GAP signs at the University of Tennessee and changed her mind.
If abortion truly is the holocaust of our time, please help us win hearts, change minds, and save lives on campus.
Here’s what Focus on the Family had to say on the outcome of their Super Bowl ad. Several points:
- The dialogue between mother and son could have been uttered just as easily by a pro-choice mother and son.
- Anything stronger than that would probably not have been allowed by CBS.
- The purpose of the campaign was never meant to change people from pro-choice to pro-life. If that were the case, Focus would have included access to abortion imagery somewhere on their website. Or at least, they would have included some prenatal development video.
- The purpose of the add was two-fold. First, to communicate a wonderful pro-family message to millions of people. Kudos to both Focus and to Google for that. Google’s French Love Story ad was actually my favorite.
- Second was to get the attention of donors and potential donors. That’s not a criticism of Focus. They are no different from CBR; we need funding to operate. Standing on my head will not convert anybody, but I’d do it if it would help us get more funding for saving babies and moms. The more attention the better. I hope Focus got their $2.5 million back, many times over.
- The pro-aborts just walked into the Focus trap for several weeks. The attention they brought to Focus was worth way more than the ad itself! Then, after it was over, they compounded their error by stating that the ad promoted violence against women. More attention for Focus
After the ad, talk-show host Barbara Dooley interviewed me for her radio program. Click here for the interview.
Today and tomorrow, CBR is on campus at the University of Florida. This is one of our most important GAPs in years, because we will be training 25 international activists in pro-life apologetics and campus outreach.
Training international pro-life activists has become an important part of CBR’s work, and we have established affiliates in Sweden, Canada, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Finland, Great Britain, South Africa, and Russia.
On the UF campus, we’ll set up both days on the Plaza of the Americas, near the Reitz Union. Open microphone sessions will be conducted both days from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Later this week, we will be at the University of Central Florida.
If abortion truly is the holocaust of our day, could you dig deep to help save babies and moms? Please contribute online or send a check to CBR, PO Box 20115, Knoxville, TN 37940.
Sally Jenkins, a pro-choice columnist, had this to way on the Tebow ad:
I’m pro-choice, and Tebow clearly is not. But based on what I’ve heard in the past week, I’ll take his side against the group-think, elitism and condescension of the “National Organization of Fewer and Fewer Women All The Time.” For one thing, Tebow seems smarter than they do.
Tebow has a right to express his beliefs publicly. Just as I have the right to reject or accept them after listening — or think a little more deeply about the issues. If the pro-choice stance is so precarious that a story about someone who chose to carry a risky pregnancy to term undermines it, then CBS is not the problem.
You can read the entire column here.
I saw the first Tebow ad last night and watched the second on the Focus on the Family website this morning. Could somebody please tell me the point of these ads? Was it only to get a few curious people to visit the Focus website? Was there something I missed? I just don’t get it. Can I get your input? I saw nothing that pro-choicers should complain about, nothing the that pro-lifers could get excited about, and nothing that anyone else would be curious about. Seemed like a wast of $2.6 million. What do you think? I’ll amend this post with your best comments.
Most pro-life ad? Gotta be Google’s French Love Story.
P.S. This question has created quite a stir over at VolChat. Check it out!
Every year, CBR takes the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) to the March for Life, and places it immediately adjacent to the March route. This year, more than 200,000 marchers filed past the display. It is one of our most important deployments of the year, because so many of the marchers are young people who really have no idea what an abortion is … until we show them! Many high-school students have commented that our display, which they only see for a minute or so, is the most memorable and impacting experience of their entire trip. They will remember the pictures of abortion long after every one of the speeches have been forgotten.
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