Wednesday STOPP Report - April 18, 2018

Planned Parenthood Pours More Money into 2018 Elections

By Jim Sedlak

In our March 7, 2018, issue of the Wednesday STOPP Report, we explained that Planned Parenthood is pouring $20 million dollars into elections in eight states—Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

At the time, we anticipated that this would just be the first of Planned Parenthood’s expenditures on political races this year. Now, word comes that Planned Parenthood, along with a coalition of like-minded organizations, is putting up another $30 million to help election campaigns. Called “Win Justice,” this coalition is seeking a national leader:

The Center for Community Change Action, Color of Change PAC, Planned Parenthood Votes, and Service Employees International Union, along with our state-level affiliates, partners, and political committees—have joined together to form a groundbreaking coalition to build lasting power and win key elections in battleground states in 2018. The strength of our collaboration is in our organizations’ deep capacity on the ground, brand strength, positive vision and values, history of collaboration and trust, and track record of engaging voters at scale. Our campaign will reach 2.5 million voters in Florida, Michigan, and Nevada, and change the face of the electorate from the ground up by mobilizing low- and mid-propensity voters of color, women, young people, and union supporters in Florida, Michigan, and Nevada. Each state program will be designed to motivate and deliver drop-off voters who do not reliably vote during non-presidential elections.

We are building fully integrated plans in each state—from creating the initial voter universe to testing and scaling what we see working—while leveraging the unique strengths of each organization. Our program will be fully coordinated with the America Votes program and all data will live in the VAN—the platform used by progressive organizations that ensures integration and use of best practices in compliance, digital, field work, and organizing.

Planned Parenthood is desperate to undo its losses in 2016 and to regain political power. As we’ve documented, Planned Parenthood is in fact a political organization. Remember what Dawn Laguens told the press back in February: “And just to remind people, health care is the means by which we deliver on our big idea, but the big idea behind Planned Parenthood for more than 100 years is that your body is your own and unless you can control your own body, you cannot be free and you cannot be equal.”

Rephrased, Laguens’ words say that providing so-called health services is just the means Planned Parenthood uses to get the cash it needs to push its big idea and run political campaigns. It gets half-a-billion-dollars of that money from the American taxpayer so it can get more of its friends elected, so it can get more taxpayer money, so it can get more of its friends elected, so it can get more taxpayer money.

There is something really wrong with this picture.

Jim Sedlak is vice president of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk program on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.

  


The Cecile Richards Goodbye Tour

Watching Cecile Richards travel throughout the country in an effort to make as much money as she can from her book Make Trouble is almost comical.

Although most people identify Richards with Planned Parenthood, as she led the organization for 12 years—during which Planned Parenthood killed 3.5 million children—this is just a small part of the book. Alexandra DeSanctis, a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in political journalism with the National Review Institute, writes in the National Review: “For a careful reader, the few chapters [in the book] on her stint at Planned Parenthood . . . will be very revealing. Instead of dealing with substantive accusations against her organization, Richards delivers a series of careful puff pieces, caricaturing the pro-life movement as bigoted and using it as a foil to proclaim her own heroism.”

There is such little substance in the book that the Planned Parenthood friendly media have taken to discussing ad nauseam the most minute items in a meeting Richards had with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner soon after the election. The purpose of that meeting was very clear from the beginning. Jared and Ivanka met with Richards to see if Planned Parenthood would stop doing abortions, or if it would at least spin off its abortion business into a totally separate organization, in return for it keeping its government money.  It appears the only one not smart enough to know the purpose—if we believe the book—was Richards. News stories talk about “bribes” that were offered and Ivanka not talking enough, when the truth is that abortion is so central to modern-day Planned Parenthood operations that the organization could not exist without it.

As the time before her departure shortens, Richards is claiming that a record number of women are running for political office. She seems to take some credit for that. She talks about her perception that women are the new political power in the United States. Richards lives in the world of Democratic politics—a world where the leaders of the party publicly say there is no room for pro-lifers in the party. As a result, she seems to think that all women are, like her, pro-abortion. What she doesn’t seem to understand is that most women in America are, in fact, pro-life. She will be shocked when these pro-life women get elected to Congress and then defund Planned Parenthood. Wouldn’t that be divine justice?

I recommend you read all of DeSanctis’ article and I will close here with one more quote from it that reinforces the point made in this article about Planned Parenthood being a political organization rather than a healthcare operation: “[Richards’] chapter about crisscrossing the country to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton does much to disprove the notion that Planned Parenthood is merely a friendly neighborhood health-care provider. In fact, its political-action arm is one of the country’s most influential lobbying groups. In 2016, it doled out more than $40 million for ‘public policy’ and spent upwards of $175 million in such nebulous categories as ‘movement building’ and ‘engaging communities’—code, of course, for ‘electing Democrats.’”

We pray that Richards will depart her Planned Parenthood job in May, as she said she would, and that she will quickly fade into political oblivion. Twelve years of dealing with her is enough.

 


April Opportunities for Action against Planned Parenthood

Everyone who opposes Planned Parenthood will have two national efforts in the next 10 days to show your displeasure with the organization.

On April 23, the Sex Ed Sit Out will give parents the opportunity to let local school systems know that they are against the graphic and dangerous sex programs being pushed in schools all across the country. On that day, parents will keep their children out of school for one day to let administrators and school boards know they are serious about protecting children from the child predators masquerading as sexual health courses. The message from parents is:

Hands Off Our Children!

We, as concerned parents and community members, are sick of the sexualization of our children! We say NO to graphic, gender-bending, promiscuity-promoting sex education for our kids.

We demand that public schools stop treating our children like guinea pigs in some social engineering experiment. We demand that schools respect parents’ values and parents’ authority.

We will not stand for our tax money being used to promote sexual liberation, deviance, and gender confusion to our precious kids. In protest, we stand together with those parents pulling their children out of public school on April 23rd for the sex ed sit out.

For more information, visit sexedsitout.com/.

On April 28, the third annual National Day of Prayer and Protest against Planned Parenthood will take place outside local Planned Parenthood facilities. These peaceful, prayerful protests call attention to the babies who die in Planned Parenthood facilities.

This year's #ProtestPP is being held in response to Planned Parenthood's recent announcement that it plans to push for abortion initiatives in all 50 states. In the wake of Planned Parenthood's efforts to expand abortion, we recognize an urgent need to educate communities throughout the United States about the true agenda of the nation's largest abortion chain.

To find a protest location near you, or to register a protest you are leading, please go to protestpp.com/locations/.

  


Planned Parenthood Loses Big in New York State

New York state has long been perceived as a liberal bastion where Planned Parenthood can get whatever it wants. 

That perception is actually incorrect, and recent events in New York demonstrate that. The truth is that there are seven counties in the state that can be counted on to side with Planned Parenthood—Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Westchester, and Albany. The remainder of the state is conservative. Unfortunately, there are enough people living in those seven counties to elect the state governor Planned Parenthood wants. However, there are sufficient members of the state legislature from the conservative parts of the state to block much of Planned Parenthood’s agenda.

This situation is the reason that, although Planned Parenthood has tried since 1986 to get mandatory K-12 sex programs in every school district in the state, it has failed to even come close.

This year, Planned Parenthood was determined to get its Women’s Agenda passed as part of the state budget. The Women’s Agenda encompassed 13 provisions, which included increased access to contraception and abortion and plans for more comprehensive sex education in the state. Regarding sex programs, the Women’s Agenda included a requirement that the state establish a “Be Aware, Be Informed” program that was to include a model comprehensive sex education curriculum sanctioned, of course, by Planned Parenthood.

In March, Planned Parenthood activists from across the state gathered at a Fight Forward rally. The rally included speeches by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards, as well as many local leaders of Planned Parenthood. The purpose was a final push for the passage of the Women’s Agenda.

When the state’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget was approved at the end of March, the Women’s Agenda was NOT included. Praise God!

Sometimes we get the feeling that Planned Parenthood is invincible. That is what Planned Parenthood wants us to believe. The fact is that Planned Parenthood can be defeated and is being defeated across the country. We don’t win every battle, but we win a lot of them. Just keep moving forward, trust in God, and trust that we will soon see the day when Planned Parenthood will be no more.