Old Story: Hurricane Hits, Abortionists Offer Free Abortions, but This Time Something Is Different
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2017-09-06

By Jim Sedlak

Last week Texas and Louisiana were hit by Hurricane Harvey, with tragic results. 

As we write this, at least 60 people died from the storm and thousands suffered injuries and loss of property. The pictures on social media and the nightly news are heartbreaking.

In the midst of this tragedy, the Austin-based Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity announced that it created a fund for those affected by the storm who are also seeking abortions. Incredibly, the Lilith Fund began raising money to kill the preborn babies who survived the hurricane! American Life League’s president, Judie Brown, reacted swiftly to the announcement and issued the following statement: 

The very idea that the pro-death LILITH FUND would raise money to kill babies during everyone's hour of need in Houston and elsewhere is beyond belief. How callous and disgusting can any pro-abortion charity (excuse the word) get? We should be doing all we can to help everyone suffering from this tragedy created by Hurricane Harvey, not adding to the death and destruction. God help us when the best response some can give is to suggest that killing babies is a charitable thing to do.

Those who have been involved in the battle to save babies’ lives have come to expect this type of reaction from the abortion cartel. The offer of free services, including abortions, was made by Planned Parenthood of New York City in the wake of the 9/11/2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and elsewhere. That same offer of free services by Planned Parenthood followed Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

This time, however, it was the Lilith Fund that publicly made the offer. We monitored PP’s Facebook and other social media and scoured the media for its usual response, but there was none. As far as we can determine, Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast’s response to the storm was to simply alert people as to when it would be open or closed. As I write this, it is participating in low-level local fundraising for hurricane relief organizations. That’s it.

Why the change from previous crises?

I believe it’s because Planned Parenthood in general, and Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in particular, are losing and cannot afford additional bad publicity. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was caught in the Daleiden videos and avoided prosecution while it got a friendly DA to indict the journalists—only to have all the charges dismissed. In addition, it has already lost Texas state funding. 

Across the country Planned Parenthood is reeling from the efforts of legislators, governors, and members of Congress attacking its public funding. As we told you in our last edition, PP is trying everything, including massive community organizing, to keep from going under.

We believe that Planned Parenthood didn’t offer free abortions this time because it knew it couldn’t survive the bad publicity that such an offer would have generated.

While we decry the action of the Lilith Fund, we thank God that Planned Parenthood didn’t join the chorus. We couldn’t even find a statement from PP applauding the Lilith Fund. The fact that YOU, the readers of the Wednesday STOPP Report, have brought Planned Parenthood to this time in its history is a credit to your perseverance and to your prayers. Although the Lilith Fund will most likely wind up paying for some abortions at Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood’s public silence will result in saving the lives of many babies in Texas and Louisiana. For that, we thank you and we thank God.