Wednesday STOPP Report - July 11, 2018

Planned Parenthood and the Supreme Court

Even before President Trump announced his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood was busy issuing demands.

You see, Planned Parenthood actually thinks it runs this country. Any time it is turned back by the people, Planned Parenthood runs to the courts to have its wishes imposed. The Washington Examiner reported a comment by Dawn Laguens, executive vice president at Planned Parenthood, demanding, “"The Senate must only confirm a justice who affirmatively declares that they believe the U.S. Constitution protects individual liberty and the right of all people to make personal decisions about their bodies and personal relationships -- including the right to use contraception, the right to have an abortion, and the freedom to marry whom they choose." When I was a young man working in the garment district of New York City, they had a word for this kind of demand. “Chutzpah.”  

Following President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Laguens issued the following statement:

We oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and call on the Senate to do the same. There’s no way to sugarcoat it: with this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line. We already know how Brett Kavanaugh would rule on Roe v. Wade, because the president told us so. We take Trump at his word that Brett Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade and get rid of the Affordable Care Act. The balance of the Supreme Court is at stake—we cannot allow it to be tilted against the constitutional right to access abortion. Generations of women, especially women of color, will be affected. And generations of people have grown up only knowing a country where they have the right to access safe, legal abortion. We cannot allow our children and grandchildren to have fewer rights than we do today.

While Laguens is doing her best to incite hysteria, the fact is that the confirmation of this single justice is not sufficient to overturn Roe v Wade. Many conservative pundits have pointed out that, of the existing eight justices on the court, only one—Clarence Thomas—has publicly said he is in favor of overturning Roe.

So, the addition of one more conservative justice will not be enough.

The fact is, just overturning Roewill not be enough. A simple striking down of Roewill not make abortion illegal. It will simply give the individual states the right to decide for their state. Some states will clearly ban abortion, while others will keep or make it legal.

As the confirmation process plays out over the next few weeks (or months), it is important that we don’t buy into Planned Parenthood’s ranting. This particular nomination will not spell the end of Roe.

But the addition of another conservative justice might move us forward to the real solution, as Judie Brown described in her commentary on Monday:

The only way that every abortion could be ended in America would be if the Court addressed the question that Justice Harry Blackmun posed when he wrote the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. In that decision he stated: “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.”

While it also true that Blackmun went on to say that at that time, in 1973, the word “person” did not apply to the preborn child in his opinion, that was 45 years ago, and much has changed in the intervening years, including the advancement of science and technology. While the 1973 Supreme Court was not interested in the science, we would hope that a current Court would be, should the question come before them.

It is safe to say that the personhood argument in the context of a specific legal case would be on solid ground. Such a case would challenge the Supreme Court to address the question of the facts about the human being—his biological beginning until birth—based on scientific facts.

Clearly, those who brought such a case would have to be prepared for the tough questions on contraception, in vitro fertilization and so on, but it is not impossible to envision such an argument being effective and winning the day for the babies.

To truly end abortion in the United States, let’s all use every opportunity we can to talk about the personhood of the preborn child. The confirmation process that is currently underway is an opportune time to do this.

Planned Parenthood is trying to control the conversation by making this confirmation all about Roeand abortion. Let’s make it about personhood of the preborn. That is the real battle.


Planned Parenthood's Rapid Response Corps

Planned Parenthood is continuing its thrust across the country to organize activists with the aim of winning the mid-term elections. In past Wednesday STOPP Reports, we’ve brought you news of efforts being sponsored by Planned Parenthood in various states. These include the upcoming “Power of Pink” training sessions in the Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan, from July 27-29. ( https://nvite.com/PPAF/cd3c).

This week, we are alerting the pro-lifers of Florida to a Planned Parenthood effort that is being spread across the Sunshine State. The effort is called Planned Parenthood’s Rapid Response Corps and it being described by Planned Parenthood in this way:

Alarming headlines week after week remind us of the current unstable political climate, and the upcoming midterm elections have the potential to be one of the most transformation elections ever for Florida. We need to be an active force for positive change now more than ever. 

Equality Florida and Planned Parenthood are partnering to hold Rapid Response Corps boot camps across Florida to prepare our supporters to engage on critical issues that intersect with access to safe and legal abortion, reproductive justice, and LGBTQ equality. 

The boot camp will provide a State of the State update, preview how Florida’s elections can dramatically reshape state and federal policy, equip you with a range of activism tools, and leave you with an action plan to use in your local community. There is no cost to participate. Join us and discover how you personally can make a difference.

It will come as no surprise to Floridians that the state is viewed as an important battleground in elections. As Planned Parenthood works all across the nation to get its people activated, this Rapid Response Corps is its activity in Florida.

It has already held these sessions in Greater Orlando (May 19), Palm Beach County (May 20), Broward County (May 26), Miami-Dade County (June 9), St. Petersburg (June 16), Gainesville (June 23), Tallahassee (June 24), and Jacksonville (July 21)

You can sign-up for the July 21 event using this form: http://www.eqfl.org/rapidresponse/tallahassee

While you are at it, please note the sponsors of this Rapid Response Corps training:

PNC Bank       Carlton Fields      Front of the House     Making Projects Work

Tech Data      Regions Bank        Northern Trust         Holland & Knight       

Sun Trust      Morgan Stanley      SG Wine & Spirits      Bank of the Ozarks

Florida Blue   Tampa Bay Rays      Tito’s Vodka           RBC Wealth Management

NCLR

Please contact these sponsors and let them know you don’t want them to sponsor PP events.


Planned Parenthood Opens New Centers in Elizabeth (NJ) and Tallahassee (FL)

Back in 2016, we brought you news of a new five-year effort by Planned Parenthood to beautify its killing centers across the nation. It is called the “Planned Parenthood Experience” and its aim is to make people feel better about their visits to Planned Parenthood. You see, an expensive design firm convinced Planned Parenthood that the reason it was losing customers was because its buildings aren’t pretty enough. Planned Parenthood officials bought into this hogwash and began pouring millions of dollars into the new facilities.

Recently, two of the new facilities opened their doors.

On June 25, Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey held a grand opening for their new, state-of-the-art health center in Elizabeth, NJ. At the opening ceremonies, Jackie Cornell, Principal Deputy Commissioner with the New Jersey Department of Health, said “Planned Parenthood clinics like this one offer an array of vital reproductive health care services —from well-woman check-ups to birth control to abortion. We need them now more than ever because of threats at the federal level.”

The new Elizabeth center replaces another PP center located just a few minutes away from the new one.

Also on June 25, Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new health center in Tallahassee at 2618 West Tennessee St. 

The Planned Parenthood Tallahassee health center will provide the full range of sexual and reproductive health services. These services include cancer screenings (no mammograms), birth control, breast exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing and options education, and abortion. 

As with the Elizabeth, NJ, facility, this new Tallahassee facility replaces an already existing Planned Parenthood center.

Planned Parenthood is committed to building these new, “state-of-the-art” facilities all across the country. The goal is to give a face-lift to all of the facilities run by the nation’s largest abortion chain.

We stated in 2016 that the opening of these new centers will not do anything to stop the decline of Planned Parenthood’s centers and Planned Parenthood’s influence. Aside from the momentary feeling of pride at the grand opening, Planned Parenthood is still the largest baby murderer in the country. Let us repeat the advice we gave PP two years ago:

We have a better idea for Planned Parenthood: Close down all your facilities now. It will save all of us a lot of time and money and you'll make 300,000 babies a year, and their mothers, very happy.


Planned Parenthood closes Indiana center

Planned Parenthood closed its center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is blaming effective pro-life work for the closure. Of course, Planned Parenthood had to hide its acknowledgement of pro-life work behind claims of “harassment and intimidation.” 

To Planned Parenthood, the work of Allen County Right to Life, Indiana Right to Life, and other area groups were not peaceful efforts to inform the community about Planned Parenthood’s real agenda. Rather, it said the physical presence of the Right to Life groups outside its offices was an effort to intimidate its staff and clients. What really has Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) so upset is how effective the pro-life groups are.

The peaceful prayer and educational efforts resulted in Planned Parenthood in Fort Wayne losing almost half its customers in two years. Christie Gillespie, president and CEO of PPINK, told the Journal Gazette that Fort Wayne had 1,500 unduplicated patients last fiscal year, but that number was almost 3,000 two years ago. She said the numbers have dropped because of the harassment of staff and difficulty to recruit providers to work there. Of course, pro-lifers understand the real reason is because they made Planned Parenthood into a “controversial” organization in town by simply telling the truth about its operations and philosophies.

In addition to the customer loss, the Fort Wayne Center’s landlord is not too happy. When the center’s lease ran out about a year ago, the landlord put them on a month-to-month lease as he attempted to find a less controversial tenant.

When a local commercial real estate company was hired by PPINK to help find a new Fort Wayne location, Cathie Humbarger of Allen County Right to Life posted on Facebook. She urged people to call the company and ask why. “We don’t want our local realtors . . . helping Planned Parenthood," she said. The PPINK CEO revealed the real estate company dropped PPINK as a client three days later.  It appears no other realty company in the area wanted to get involved and PPINK was unable to find another facility.

From educating customers on the truth about Planned Parenthood, to convincing the landlord not to renew a long-term lease, to convincing real estate companies not to get involved in finding Planned Parenthood a new location, the pro-lifers in the Fort Wayne area did an outstanding job. The newspaper article did not identify “all the other pro-life groups” but did mention that Created Equal did launch a campaign to convince Planned Parenthood workers to seek other employment.

The effort in Fort Wayne is a blueprint for how to get a local Planned Parenthood facility to close.

PPINK CEO Gillepsie was angry and said “It’s an awful day for the Fort Wayne community. We will be back stronger.” 

Our guess is that, with all the groundwork done by pro-lifers in Indiana, Planned Parenthood will not be back in Fort Wayne anytime soon. Congratulations to all the peaceful, prayerful pro-lifers in Indiana!