Posts Tagged ‘Planned Parenthood’
The pro-life world is abuzz this week about the great news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation (SGK) has cut off funding to Planned Parenthood (PP), the nation’s largest chain of abortion facilities. This is great news, no matter how you look at it.
SGK had planned no public announcement; they were content to allow their existing commitments to PP expire quietly and say nothing about it. It was PP who made it all public. Jill Stanek has the story.
After PP forced their hand, SGK didn’t just stick PP with the proverbial knife; they twisted it a couple of times. They stated publicly that PP would no longer receive grants because they are under investigation by local, state, or federal authorities. Ouch!
This is a huge blow to PP. The loss of half a million dollars will hardly affect the number of children PP is able to kill, but the loss of prestige is huge. This public and very dramatic rebuke will further stigmatize PP in the eyes of school systems, governmental agencies, and corporate donors across the country.
More good news: SGK is cutting all funding to embryonic stem cell research. Story here.
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Thank You for Defunding Planned Parenthood!” Last we heard, pro-life responses are outnumbering pro-abortion complaints by 2 to 1, at last count. We need to improve that response.
Also, please register your approval at www.istandwithkomen.com.
My wife and I are making a personal donation to both SGK and their local affiliate. Some pro-lifers are concerned that we can’t support SGK until it stops working against its own mission, i.e. misrepresenting the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) studies and downplaying the pill-breast cancer link. But this is a disagreement over science, not principle. Now that it is decoupled from PP’s abortion agenda, perhaps SGK will be in a better position to evaluate the ABC data more objectively.
Of course we are convinced that the ABC connection is real, but that’s really beside the point. It’s bad strategy to punish people who did exactly what we asked them to do, just because they haven’t done something else. It tells other potential allies and converts that you are petty and unreasonable.
In general, we must reject the all-or-nothing mentality that seems to prevail among some pro-lifers. If we demand 100% fidelity to everything we believe, we’ll have few allies and accomplish very little. We can and should set aside differences to form alliances and friendships based on mutual goals. Like my Aunt Jane used to say, “Don’t major in the minors.”
What SGK has done is quite remarkable and they are taking a vicious hit for it from their former allies. They have de-funded the abortion giant. We must thank them for this.
Withholding our support because of smaller disagreements will not make SGK listen to us, it will make us look petty and small. SGK needs to realize they have good friends in pro-lifers, allies in the battle for women’s health. Furthermore, we must also send a strong message to other corporations that if they sever ties with PP, we will welcome them with open arms.
John Kerry voted for it before he voted against it. Anthony Weiner lied before he told the truth (but only because he had to). And now Planned Parenthood told the truth in private while lying in public.
What? PP told the truth? Say it ain’t so, Joe! That’s stunning news. But if they’re lying and truthing at the same time, do they really deserve partial credit?
Earlier today, Live Action released a video in which callers to Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana actually told the truth. YIKES! PP admitted, truthfully, that patients on Medicare need not depend on PP, but can obtain the services they need from other health care providers in their communities. This during an ongoing national campaign in which PP falsely claims that poor women in Indiana will lose access to vital health care services if they cannot go to Planned Parenthood.
From the Live Action website:
In an official press release, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed that Indiana’s defunding of Planned Parenthood would “take away health care from thousands of women in Indiana.” Last week, Live Action’s undercover investigators called 16 of the 28 Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics posing as women on Medicaid concerned about where they could receive services if Planned Parenthood’s funding was not restored.
Planned Parenthood staffers at all 16 locations admitted that Medicaid women would still have access to medical care after the defunding. Staffers suggested local health clinics or state-assigned primary care physicians for Medicaid patients: “Your primary care doctor should be able to do [a Well Woman exam,] I mean, that’s what they’re there for,” said a Planned Parenthood in Michigan City, while the Merrillville Planned Parenthood said of a local community health center, “They have the same services we have.”
“According to Planned Parenthood’s own statistics, their 28 clinics serve less than 1% of Indiana Medicaid patients, yet they do more than 50% of Indiana abortions,” notes Rose. There are over 800 other Medicaid providers available to these women in the counties with Planned Parenthood clinics alone.”
Click here for more on this story. Check out the video here:
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the US District Court, Southern District of Indiana, has upheld a key provision of an Indiana law that requires requires women to be informed that “human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”
The court disagreed with Planned Parenthood’s argument that the statement is “misleading.” From the court order:
Here, the mandated statement states only a biological fact relating to the development of the living organism; therefore, it may be reasonably read to provide accurate, non-misleading information to the patient. Under Indiana law, a physician must disclose the facts and risks of a treatment which a reasonably prudent physician would be expected to disclose under like circumstances, and which a reasonable person would want to know.
In another part of the order, Judge Walton temporarily suspended a provision of the law that defunds organizations like PP. The Alliance Defense Fund believes that this injunction is likely to be appealed. For more details and links, click here.
Update: Reuters reports that Indiana has already filed the appeal.
Believe it or not, CBR Maryland Director Kurt Linnemann was arrested on June 10 because he reported a suspicious-looking cardboard box placed near the entrance of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. This is why you should always videotape your pro-life activites.
In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, how many times were we told that we should report anything suspicious? In this case, Kurt saw such a package outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Wilmington, Delaware. So he reported it. When the package turned out to be an empty box, one of the investigating officers arrested Kurt for reporting the package. How stupid can you get? Here’s the story.
Having the opportunity to observe law enforcement personnel over the years, I’ve observed that most of them are faithful public servants who deserve our every respect. But about 10% of them really do love to throw their weight around. They love that power and they want you to know they have it. When you encourter such idiots, it is always best to obey their every command … then come back later and sue them.
You absolutely need to tape your pro-life activities. You can expect this officer to lie under oath to cover up his stupidity. Video recordings will go a long way to prevent him from getting away with it.
On Friday, June 17, CBR Maryland hosted a news conference. Video here:
Here’s the story. First two were Indiana and Tennessee. Only 47 more to go!
Notice that two of three (Tennessee and North Carolina) are the very closest states to Knoxville, the home of CBR Southeast. You think there’s a connection?
Wait a minute. Knoxville hero Peyton Manning plays football in Indiana. There must be something to this! Does this make Knoxville and CBR Southeast the center of the pro-life universe?
Tennessee Right to Life continues to press Governor Bill Haslam to take steps to yank the taxpayer funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives from the state.
“As much as 55% of certain Planned Parenthood salaries are funded through contracts with the Tennessee Department of Health, said [Tennessee Right to Life President Brian] Harris. “These same employees spend at least part of every work day promoting and/or participating in abortions at Planned Parenthood … no tax payer should be forced to subsidize the salary of any organization’s employees that participate in the harming of women and the killing of helpless unborn children.
Full story here.
Background story here.
Gov. Haslam’s statement here.
Apparently, the effort to keep Tennessee from funding the abortion industry is not yet complete. I don’t really understand the details. Last week, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell issued this press release:
The confusion surrounding the language in the budget regarding Planned Parenthood has been unfortunate. The Office of Legal Services advised House and Senate leadership that it is unconstitutional to amend general law through the appropriations bill (Article II, Section 17), an interpretation which would have put the entire budget document in jeopardy. It was not our intent to allow funding for Planned Parenthood. Our majority in the General Assembly clearly meant to defund them. We are currently working with pro-life activists to resolve this issue with legislation and we will put it to rest immediately upon the legislature’s return in January.
Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell
CBR supporter Danny Bullington wrote Gov. Haslam and received this reply:
June 3, 2011
Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about Planned Parenthood. Listening to and learning from Tennesseans is very important to me, and I am committed to better understanding your concerns.
I am pro-life. I believe in the sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception. I am committed to protecting our traditional values, especially the rights of the unborn, and as Governor I am working to protect those rights.
No state tax dollars go to Planned Parenthood in the budget passed by the legislature this year. The current issue surrounds federal money passing through the state. I do have a line-item veto to reduce or disapprove a sum of money, but removing legal language – which is at the heart of this matter – would require the budget to be re-approved by the legislature, which has already gone out of session.
I am against tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood, and I am disappointed that the circumstances surrounding the state budget do not allow us to prevent this from happening this year. But I am already working with Lt. Gov. Ramsey and Speaker Harwell to ensure that taxpayer dollars do not go to Planned Parenthood in future budgets.
Again, thank you for contacting my office with your concerns, I look forward to working with you and all Tennesseans to make our state an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.
So, that’s all I’ve got. But if you need more, try Google; they’ve got a search motor that’s catching on real big. (Seriously, I think they’re going to make a go of it!)
Chris Lefebvre was among the pro-life crowd that attended the Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Market Square on May 6. Here’s her story.
Hope for the Future
Seven bright-eyed high school students stood in Market Square on a recent Friday night. Some of them held colorful hand-made signs defending life; others held signs exposing death. They came to stand with a small group of adults, including at least one post abortive woman. Together they formed a solemn semi-circle facing the stage where Planned Parenthood was holding its youth photo fundraiser called Framing Choice: What Choice Means to Me.
This small group had made the decision that Planned Parenthood would be confronted wherever they tried to promote their deadly deceptions. It wasn’t easy to devote a Friday night to standing vigil; some of the folks who passed by made hostile remarks and some gave us disgusted looks. Many more stopped to inquire and some even thanked us for being there. Some of the people who browsed the display told us afterward that they had no idea it was a Planned Parenthood event; there were no signs indicating the name of the organization and they were surprised to learn the name from us!
Many of us who were there on Friday night face these kinds of events with a certain degree of trepidation, but it never fails that, when all is said and done, we find abundant blessings in being willing to take a stand. This event was no different; the questions we were able to answer, the truth that was told about life and death and the seeds planted by that truth will bear fruit in uncountable ways. The most wonderful blessing of all was the presence of those seven courageous young people. They give us great hope for the future.
Please pray that God will guard them and add to their number. Pray also that Planned Parenthood will not go unchallenged whenever and wherever they try to promote their deadly work in our city.
I got this from Michael Silva of Imagi-Motive in Magnolia, Texas. And you thought only Disney had imagineers!
A Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Center
Society is ever-changing. What worked yesterday may not work today, especially when it involves ministry. Of course the message, the truth, remains the same, but the vehicle that we use to deliver the truth often needs a fresh face.
Imagi-Motive is a family-owned company that has a reputation for being innovative in the vehicles they design for extreme tailgaters or companies looking for a mobile marketing solution. However, the Mims family also has a heart for the unborn, and they have put their talents to work in the battle to save lives.
As you may know, Houston, Texas, unfortunately, houses the largest Planned Parenthood facility in the world. However, what may be news to you is how the Houston Coalition for Life is impacting Planned Parenthood‘s efforts. How are they making a difference? With a Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Vehicle!
In mid-January of this year, Imagi-Motive completed the mobile crisis unit, and the Houston Coalition for Life increased their presence in the community. They began seeing dramatic results right away. Within the first twenty-two outings, nearly seventy women had been ministered to, counseled, and given pregnancy tests. And, those who were contemplating an abortion were provided the opportunity to have an ultrasound. Most importantly, the lives of seven babies, who were already scheduled for abortion, were saved. Seven!
But, that is not all. One lady, scared for many reason and struggling with her decision to abort, got up from the abortion table, went back outside to the Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Vehicle, and chose life! All I can say is thank God for this ministry tool!
Imagi-Motive is on a mission to let every crisis pregnancy center in America know about these units and how they help save lives.
In Matthew 28:16-20, we are given The Great Commission by Christ. He instruct us to go—that’s right, go—and make disciples. There are many ways to impact the communities in which we live, and the Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Vehicle helps us achieve this directive.
Praise the Lord for lives saved!
For more information on this ministry tool, contact us at email@example.com.
My trip to Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware continues. More on that later. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Shirley Moore and others took a number of CBR “Choice” signs to a Planned Parenthood fundraiser (PP) at Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Here’s her account:
Framing Choice: What Choice Means to the Victim
Planned Parenthood held their annual FYI Peer-to-Peer fundraiser at Market Square in Knoxville on Friday, May 6. This was held right in the middle of the May edition of Knoxville’s summer monthly First Friday celebrations. The Peers are students trained through 40 hours of exposure to Planned Parenthood ideology and advocacy coaching. They are required to make “100 informal educational contacts with their peers.” These newly designated “sex-perts” promote Planned Parenthood in schools, churches, and anywhere else teens gather. Here is Planned Parenthood’s announcement of the May 6 event:
Framing Choice: What Choice Means to Me
For three years, the teens of FYI have exhibited photography that explores choices in life – a road, a friend, a frame of mind, etc. The framed photos are always thought-provoking. With depth and beauty these Knoxville area teens explain what choice means to them and you have the opportunity to share in that experience. This exhibit promises to challenge and inspire you. In order to make the event a success, we need your help.
There you have it; they needed our help to make the event a success! You don’t have to ask twice! So a few of us borrowed CBR’s “challenging” and “thought-provoking” photographs to set up a display of our own.
Arriving early with the signs, I saw a large man in the PP party eye me suspiciously, even though the pictures were turned face-in, leaning against a tree, and not visible … not yet, anyway. Several of us gathered and waited for the young people to arrive. When those brave young souls entered the Square, we picked up our signs and walked toward the stage. We hoped to inspire a few people to reconsider what “choice” really means, so we held signs that said “Celebrating Choice Means Celebrating This” above the graphic photos of aborted babies.
A dozen of us stood in a semi-circle facing the stage, surrounded on both sides of the Square by diners enjoying a First Friday meal at the many restaurants. Since we were toward the front of the Square and not facing them, the diners appeared to pay little heed. Two of our party stood with their backs to the stage holding a long banner, announcing to those entering the Square from the opposite direction, “Planned Parenthood: the Largest Abortion Provider in the USA.” I think PP should be glad we were there to announce it was a PP event, for they had no signage of their own. No banner proudly heralding their name, no bold identifier … just a humble grey tri-fold display board with the PP logo at the bottom. A few people wandered through the exhibit, never realizing it was a PP event. Why so shy? How popular is that brand, anyway?
Perhaps the large man on stage called the police, because a policeman arrived and stood next to the stage most of the time. Which suited me fine, because some people walking by made comments of the hostile “hit and run” variety. But others were supportive and not afraid to come up and talk. One man said, “I’m against it too, but you shouldn’t be showing those.” And there he was, holding a professional camera with an impressive lens on it, lecturing me about censoring imagery. I thought, “If you’re against it, why not use that lens to stop it?”
A young man on a bicycle whizzed by tossing off a hit-and-pedal remark: “Mind your own business.” But as Jacob Marley’s ghost (A Christmas Carol by Dickens) says,
“Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
A professorial woman critiqued our images and explained facts about fetal development to a companion, never meeting our eyes or acknowledging our presence. Invisible as the unborn, I guess.
But the most boisterous reaction was from a musical band of blasphemy singers who took up positions in front of us and played loudly, mocking religion and believers in general, best I could tell. This song of mockery greatly heartened the PP personnel on stage and they came to the edge of the steps, beaming approval.
All in all, I hope PP appreciated our taking the opportunity to “share in that experience.” Anytime they need a banner to herald their name, we’ll be glad to bring one.
My name is Shirley Moore and I am a recovering dupe, a victim of deception. Are you one too? I pretended for a hopeful moment that Planned Parenthood (PP) was out of the schools when they were removed from the approved speakers’ list on February 25, 2011.
But parents ought to know they have been covertly embedded for years in the education profession through teachers’ associations, PTA and the family life curriculum. They often play the role of “curriculum guidelines” policeman to maneuver their programs into the schools. It seems to have worked three years ago when they won approval from the Knox County Schools (KCS) to present their marketing pitch to the captive KCS audience.
The fly in the school reformers’ ointment was that they tore the cover off PP by putting them on the approved speakers’ list in 2008. It must have seemed the PP brand was acceptable now as it had never been before (even to Dumb Tennesseans, as one Knoxville News Sentinel letter writer recently called us). But was it really? A fracas ensued in the school administration building when parents discovered their presence in the schools in the fall of 2010.
The questions they raised about their fitness to be there showed it still isn’t a reputable brand. (And even Planned Parenthood supporters get squeamish when their association with them is made too public. That’s why the Life Decisions International Boycott list works…given time and persistent boycott participants.)
By removing all outside groups in the area of sex education, the Superintendent has undercut any abstinence presentations. Since no outside groups are presenting overtly, there will be no apparent need to “opt out.” But “opt out” was always a toothless maneuver as Planned Parenthood’s material and worldview can be woven into as many subjects as possible throughout the school day.
A Planned Parenthood trained teacher can serve it up in subtle ways. It’s called “comprehensive sex education.” Be aware: the hidden hand of Planned Parenthood remains in the KCS schools via teacher training seminars. The Superintendent admitted as much in the WATE-TV interview after the April 6 School Board meeting. It was a “yeah but, no but, yeah but” bumbling statement, but it’s there.
But what does our School Board think? We don’t know. They fired themselves from their jobs in 2008 by signing an agreement with the Superintendent promising not to dissent in public. Odd way to go about Racing to the Top. The top of what? The heap? But what’s in that heap? A heap of parents, the community, and our local democracy, for starters. Evidently, we can’t discuss it in public and that should tell us all we need to know about the secrecy and arrogance operating in this matter.
We are so thankful for ministry partners like Deeper Still, an outreach to post-abortive women (and soon post-abortive men as well). Two of their volunteers, Debbie Picarello and Sandie Sendall, both post-abortive themselves, joined us for GAP at the University of Kentucky. Debbie shares her experience:
Visiting the University of Kentucky was a wonderful experience. Sandie Sendall, a friend and past Deeper Still participant, helped man the post-abortion healing table. Both Sandie and I have experienced the negative consequences of having the “choice” to have an abortion. We came to offer not only our personal experiences with abortion, but also to offer the hope, healing, restoration, and reconciliation only Jesus can offer.
The Deeper Still table, stationed in between the Planned Parenthood table and the GAP display, gave us plenty of opportunities to speak with college students and older adults. There were two signs on our table. One said, “I’ve had an abortion. You can ask me anything.” The other declared “Freeing the abortion wounded heart…Deeper Still.”
Many students stopped by just wanting to know what Deeper Still was, both pro-lifers and pro-choicers alike. I had numerous opportunities to share that abortion comes with a very high price tag, a price to be paid for many years to come after the procedure that was supposed to help me “get on with my life”.
This table became a place to come and share personal pain. One male student’s girlfriend aborted their baby a year ago and he was hurting very badly. We gave him local info for Rachel’s Vineyard which offers ministry for men. Deeper Still has the vision to offer free healing retreats for men wounded by abortion, yet currently only offers ministry for women.
Another young woman had been raped and was looking for help. We referred her to Jane, a GAP volunteer who also worked at one of the crisis pregnancy centers in Lexington. Jane and Sandy were able to pray with her and exchange contact info.
Another young male college student told us how he was almost the victim of abortion, due to his problematic conception. He was exceptionally glad that we were all out there standing for life. Many pro-life students said they were so glad we were there. We had the opportunity to speak with and challenge protesting medical students, as well as several of the Planned Parenthood students.
We were only 2 of the several post abortive women who volunteered to help with GAP at UK. I am convinced that having post abortive women and men at these GAP’s strengthens the impact it has. There is power in personal testimony that could not be refuted. We left the students with a lot to think about.
Sex education isn’t the only thing Planned Parenthood (PP) gets wrong. They also don’t know where our rights come from.
At a rally to support government funding of PP’s abortion business, Sen. Frank Lautenburg stated that pro-life advocates “don’t deserve the freedoms in the Constitution.” But, being the generous sort of fellow he is, he would “give it to them anyway.”
Did you catch it? To Sen. Lautenburg, Constitutional rights are granted by Government (i.e., himself and his cronies). Some people don’t deserve them, and he knows who they are. But because he’s such a good guy, he will consent to “give” those rights to pro-lifers. For now, anyway.
Whatever Government “gives,” it can later withhold. It can grant or deny rights to whomever it chooses. Lautenberg claims, for himself and his cronies, the power to choose who gets rights and who doesn’t.
It reminds me of a conversation I had with a TV reporter at the University of Indiana. He pointed to a US flag flying nearby and said that no matter what we believe, “that flag gives all of us the freedom to speak out.”
We’ll give the reporter a D for his civics grade. Not quite as bad as Sen Lautenberg, who earned an F minus minus. At least the reporter did not claim for himself the right to grant/deny the rights of others. But he still didn’t know where our rights come from. He, too, thought our rights come from Government.
Our founders knew better:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
See the difference? The Founders recognized that rights come from our Creator. Not Government. Not Frank Lautenberg. No man may take them away. Governements are instituted by men, not to grant rights, but as an agent to secure rights already granted by “our Creator.” Big difference. Men in government are accountable not only to the people, but to the Creator, for the preservation of justice. Lautenberg and other Alinskyites believe they are accountable to neither.
So, do you still want Government educating your children?