Wednesday STOPP Report - February 22, 2017

The Billion Dollar Bully in the Room

By Jim Sedlak

Five years ago, we ran two stories in the Wednesday STOPP Report about how Planned Parenthood uses bullying tactics to try to force others to give it what it wants.

The first story concerned how Komen Foundation attempted to end its relationship with Planned Parenthood and stop giving money to PP. Planned Parenthood unleashed a barrage of action against Komen—including political and media pressure. After this two week barrage of activity, Komen gave in and still funds Planned Parenthood.

The second story was about a small Catholic food pantry in Wisconsin that refused a donation from Planned Parenthood Wisconsin. Similar to the Komen case, PPW began an effort to chastise the food pantry for not taking the donation. However, in this case, the pantry did not cave and Planned Parenthood didn’t win.

Now, Planned Parenthood is at it again at the level of the federal government. As you know, there are many misguided people in the country who are upset at the election of Donald Trump. As a result, people began some public protests. Planned Parenthood is now trying to coopt these protests and claim they are all about supporting Planned Parenthood taxpayer funding. It is doing this through its oft-repeated claim that taking taxpayer money away from Planned Parenthood is actually an attack on women’s healthcare. This, of course, is nonsense.

Planned Parenthood does not provide real healthcare to women. It only provides products that stop a woman’s body from acting normally and then doing tests to see how much damage (cervical cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.) its products have caused the woman. When it finds an incident where the woman’s body actually performed normally and she is pregnant after having sexual intercourse, it simply kills the child.

Any fly-by-night medical facility that operated this way would just be shut down. The operator would probably be thrown in jail. But Planned Parenthood is a $1.3 billion a year corporation with a political arm (Planned Parenthood Action Fund) that endorses candidates and spends a lot of money to get them elected. So it gets special treatment. It has a mammoth amount of influence in the media and is able to convince ill-informed young people—and hungry politicians—that it is somehow necessary.

Never mind that in a big city like El Paso, Texas, it closed all of its facilities overnight, without warning, and the women of El Paso still receive their medical care without Planned Parenthood. Never mind that, in the rural area of the Texas Panhandle, Planned Parenthood closed all 19 of its facilities over an eight year period and the teen pregnancy rates declined, while women still receive their medical care without Planned Parenthood.

There are many other examples of the fact that, as Planned Parenthood closed 313 medical facilities over the last 20 years, women in all those areas still receive needed healthcare.

But that’s not important to Planned Parenthood or its fawning media or bought-and-paid-for politicians. What is important to them is the billion dollar bully in the room. Like any playground bully, Planned Parenthood exists by intimidation. It has to be continually vigilant to keep everyone in line so it can maintain control. It thrives by spreading fear and threats.

But Planned Parenthood now has a problem. It faces a Trump administration that is not afraid to fight back publicly. It faces a vice president who was the first member of Congress to introduce legislation to defund Planned Parenthood by name. It is facing an American public who is just sick and tired of the bully.

It’s time to get rid of the bully and move on with our lives. Just say NO to Planned Parenthood and to all who support Planned Parenthood’s reign of terror.

Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League and founder of STOPP International. He has been actively fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.


Current Congressional Legislation Regarding Abortion: Updated 2/21/17

NOTE: In the first months of the Trump administration, Congress is working quickly to introduce a number of bills to defund Planned Parenthood and support the life of every human being.

Since the disposition of these bills is important to those fighting Planned Parenthood, we present here the current status of 13 of them. Neither American Life League nor STOPP International supports any legislation that contains abortion exceptions. Thus, any bill that has exceptions noted is not one we recommend. We will keep this list updated in the Wednesday STOPP Report over the next few months.

Bills with HR are House bills and those with S are in the Senate.

HR 681   Life at Conception Act   60 cosponsors   In House Judiciary Committee
Declares that right to life guaranteed by Constitution is vested in each born and preborn human being.
No exceptions. ALL supports this bill.

S 241   Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act   26 cosponsors   Senate committee
To prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
This bill is very straightforward and contains no exceptions. ALL supports this bill. 

H.J. Res. 43   Congressional Disapproval Title X Rule   PASSED HOUSE; In Senate 
Providing for congressional disapproval of the final rule submitted by secretary of Health and Human Services that forces states to fund Planned Parenthood with Title X money.
ALL supports this bill.

HR 7   No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion   PASSED HOUSE; In Senate
This bill makes permanent the prohibition on the use of federal funds, including funds in the budget of the District of Columbia, for abortion or health coverage that includes abortion.
Exceptions: Prohibitions do not apply to abortions in cases of rape or incest or where a physical condition endangers a woman's life unless an abortion is performed.

S 231   Life at Conception Act of 2017   9 cosponsors   In Senate Judiciary Committee
Equal protection under 14th Amendment for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.
Unfortunately, this version of the bill contains the following: “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require . . . a prohibition on in vitro fertilization, or a prohibition on use of birth control or another means of preventing fertilization.” Thus, ALL does not support this bill.

HR 586   Sanctity of Human Life Act   28 cosponsors   House Judiciary  
The right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent.
This bill does not have exceptions, but ALL’s scientific advisors find the wording of the bill, particularly the term “functional equivalent,” to be troublesome. We prefer HR 681.

HR 354   Defund Planned Parenthood Act   136 cosponsors   House Action Subcommittee
This bill prohibits, for a one-year period, the availability of federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood.
Exception: Abortions in case of rape, incest, or life of mother
Provide non-abortion funds to the community health center program
Exception: Can provide funds for abortions in case of rape, incest, or life of mother.

S. 184   No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion   39 cosponsors   Senate Finance
This bill makes permanent the prohibition on the use of federal funds, including funds in the budget of the District of Columbia, for abortion or health coverage that includes abortion.
Exceptions: Prohibitions do not apply to abortions in cases of rape or incest, or where a physical condition endangers a woman's life unless an abortion is performed. 

HR 853   Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act of 2017   0 cosponsors   House Energy & Commerce
To prohibit federal funding to entities that do not certify the entities will not perform, or provide any funding to any other entity that performs, an abortion.
Exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.

HR 217   Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act   7 cosponsors   House Energy & Commerce
To prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions. 
Exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.

HR 490   Heartbeat Protection Act   9 cosponsors   House Judiciary
Abortions prohibited without a check for fetal heartbeat, or if a fetal heartbeat is detectable. The bill contains the following exception: “Does not apply to an abortion that is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, but not including psychological or emotional conditions.” 

HR 36   Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection   92 cosponsors   House Judiciary
The abortion shall not be performed or attempted, if the probable post-fertilization age, as determined under paragraph (1), of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater. Exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.
Although the bill does contain statements supporting life even for the exception cases, there is no reason for the exceptions to be there in the first place.

HR 147   Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA)   55 cosponsors   House Judiciary Committee
To prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex or race, and for other purposes.
We still have our advisors reviewing this bill and will update our position in the future.


Support Senate Bill 241

We call on all STOPPers to support the “Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act” (S. 241). 

The purpose of the bill is to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

The bill states: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no federal funds may be made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics.” 

S. 241 was introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (Iowa) and has 26 cosponsors: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX], Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX], Sen. Blunt, Roy, [R-MO], Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS], Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC], Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY], Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK], Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS], Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL], Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT], Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND], Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK], Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE], Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE], Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID], Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA], Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT], Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID], Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS], Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK], Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN], Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA], Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC], Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY], Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA], and Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR].

If your senator is on the above list, please thank him for cosponsoring the bill.

If your senator is not on the list, please contact him and ask him to add his name as a cosponsor and to work to get a vote on the bill as soon as possible.

NOTE: There is no similar bill in the House. Ask your representatives to introduce an identical bill or to support this one when it passes the Senate.

BOTH the House and the Senate are in recess this week. It would be a great time to catch your members of Congress by calling their local offices in your state.


Speaking in Waco

Planned Parenthood is hoping to kill babies in Waco, Texas, and local pro-lifers are actively fighting the effort with a campaign entitled NEVER Again in Waco!  

Planned Parenthood used to kill babies in Waco for many years. Pro-Life Waco fought against the killing, and Jim Sedlak visited the city many times. After a number of years of decline, in September 2012, the two PP facilities in Waco became part of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. A few months later, in 2013, it closed its abortion facility there, while still operating its non-abortion office on Ross Avenue. Today, PPGT has centers located throughout Central and North Texas, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Paris, Tyler, and Waco. 

Late last year, the leaders of Pro-Life Waco heard rumors that PPGT was going to start doing abortions again in Waco. They tracked down an abortion license issued to PPGT for the Ross Avenue facility. However, they believe the abortions will actually take place at another building under construction outside of downtown Waco. In a recent newspaper article, representatives of PPGT confirmed that they expect to start doing abortions in Waco in 2017, but refused to confirm or deny that they would occupy the building under construction.

Pro-Life Waco is activating the local community to fight this horror and have invited ALL’s executive director, Jim Sedlak, to speak at its Second Sunday gathering on March 12, 2017.

Jim urges all opponents of Planned Parenthood to join him at the event, and stated, “If opened, this facility will kill innocent children from all over Central Texas. Everyone who can, should be actively involved in ending this terrorist threat. NEVER Again in Waco!”