By Jim Sedlak
The state of California has always been a hotbed of activity for Planned Parenthood.
As I write this, there are 106 Planned Parenthood medical facilities there. That is 17 percent of all the Planned Parenthood clinics in the country. According to data published by the California Planned Parenthood Action Fund, 850,000 of Planned Parenthood’s 2.4 million nationwide customers are in California. That is a whopping 35 percent of all Planned Parenthood clients.
Of course, the political atmosphere in California is almost totally pro-abortion and pro-Planned Parenthood. We simply have to look at the persecution of David Daleiden, Sandra Merritt, and the good people of the Center for Medical Progress to understand the problems.
The use of taxpayer money in the state is also abhorrent. Over and above the standard government programs that fund groups like Planned Parenthood across the country, California has added its own special programs. In the California version of Medicaid (called Medi-Cal) the state pays for all abortions of women who are eligible for Medicaid. In addition, the state has another program, Family PACT, that actually gives more money to Planned Parenthood in the state than what PP receives from Medicaid.
Altogether, Planned Parenthood affiliates in California receive 73 percent of their income from taxpayers. This compares with PP receiving 41 percent of its income from taxpayers nationwide.
Recently, ambitious politicians in California have announced a new way of funneling cash to Planned Parenthood and other groups. This week, California state treasurer John Chiang, who has already said he will run for governor in 2018, announced that the state will give grants totaling $20 million for community clinics that serve low-income and vulnerable Californians.
Planned Parenthood is excited about the new money stream. Greg Cramer, a legislative analyst with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said any money is crucial in helping keep clinic doors open. According to Cramer, some clinics need the money just to retain staff and keep operating. He stated: “I think our focus would be to keep doors open. . . . We’ve had to lay off staff across the state. If these funds were there, maybe we could have kept more staff on board, at least a little longer.”
CBS Sacramento reported:
In Northern California, budget problems forced the closure of three Planned Parenthood clinics in recent weeks, but clinicians worry hundreds of facilities face the same fate.
“Many are on the cusp of closing,” said Planned Parenthood CEO Kathy Kneer.
A future without federal funding would be crippling.
“We have to get a fair reimbursement for the services we provide, otherwise women won’t have a place to go,” she said.
Did you get that? “A fair reimbursement”? All Planned Parenthood wants is “a fair reimbursement”!
After all, with the current “unfair” reimbursement, the CEOs of the California affiliates only made an average of $350,000 a year. How can we expect them to live on that? And even after paying over $2.2 million a year to the CEOs, the Planned Parenthood affiliates in California only had an excess income of $10.2 million! I mean, how are they ever going to afford those Lamborghinis?
Planned Parenthood uses the problems and heartbreaks of truly poor people to lobby and demand more money for itself. But in reality PP does not care about poor people. If it did, it would subsidize the three clinics it’s closing in Northern California.
Planned Parenthood is about money! More money! More money!
Planned Parenthood is a money grubbing monster that kills over 300,000 babies a year and draws millions of teens into devastating sexual encounters just to fill its coffers. Sooner or later, the politicians in California and around the nation will see the truth: The emperor has no clothes.
Planned Parenthood is a scam. If the folks in Hollywood want to make a movie about Planned Parenthood, they can call it The Sting. After all, those in Planned Parenthood leadership are already trained as professional grifters—adept at working the Big Con.
Planned Parenthood’s current problems are, in some ways, the result of it forgetting one of the basic rules of con men. Once you get the money, you’ve got to get out of town before the mark realizes he has been taken.
Well, the marks (American taxpayers) have finally caught on. Soon, even the politicians will come face-to-face with the reality of the con artist and will banish these Planned Parenthood grifters to the streets of despair where they will futilely try to scrape some cash together playing three-card monte.
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly radio talk show on RadioMaria.us. He has been fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.
When Planned Parenthood began in 1916, one of the overt actions of its founder, Margaret Sanger, was to make the fight into a religious one.
Sanger specifically made the whole idea of support for birth control a Catholic vs. Protestant battle. Her reasoning was that she could confuse her opposition and play on the fact that there was a real divide between those two groups.
Today, Planned Parenthood is trying to create its own version of the religious fight and featuring “progressive” people of faith against those who actually believe the Bible.
Planned Parenthood’s latest thrust is a promotional video it just released entitled Faith Leaders Stand with Planned Parenthood. The video features:
• Timothy MacDonald III, senior pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church
• Reverend Darcy Roake, a minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church
• Pastor Earle Fisher of Abyssinian Baptist Church
• Rabbi Lori Koffman of Bet Torah
Throughout this short (97 seconds) video, these four “religious leaders” regurgitate the time-worn platitudes of Planned Parenthood. They all talk about Planned Parenthood’s “health services,” but never once mention abortion.
Of course, we know other members of the clergy do speak of Planned Parenthood’s abortion business as the “sacred work” of the organization. Earlier this year some of these clergy members said just that at the new Planned Parenthood killing chamber in Washington, DC.
The real “people of faith” in the United States must take this threat seriously. Show this video to your local pastors and religious leaders and encourage them to be active and set the record straight on the evil done by Planned Parenthood.
As we travel and work with people all across the country who want to get Planned Parenthood out of their schools and out of their communities, we always emphasize one specific point.
It is essential that any group fighting Planned Parenthood do its research and have the facts. Whether the target is an entire Planned Parenthood affiliate or just a local clinic, we cannot conduct a successful fight on generalities. We must be able to tie offensive material specifically to the Planned Parenthood entity we are fighting.
When STOPP first began operations in Dutchess County (NY) in 1985, one of the first things we did was to have several people go to different offices of the Planned Parenthood of Dutchess-Ulster and pick up material PP distributed for teens. We were able to gather a dozen offensive pamphlets (most produced by Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood). They all were stamped on the back with the name of the PPDU affiliate.
During our campaign to take taxpayer money away from PPDU, we used these pamphlets very effectively. When PPDU began telling lawmakers that those pamphlets were from Colorado and the local group didn’t use them, we showed the elected officials the actual pamphlets with PPDU’s name on the back. Having the proof on what the LOCAL group was actually doing was invaluable, and we eventually won the battle.
Research is, by its nature, a behind-the-scenes activity. Look, for example, how much research was done by the Center for Medical Progress before the organization publicly released its first video.
STOPP currently has a number of research projects in the works. We believe the results of some of them will publicly reveal whole new areas of Planned Parenthood’s operations. Unfortunately, there is a danger that these projects will not get done because of a lack of funding.
Today is the first day of summer. Summers are difficult. Ask any nonprofit what happens to donations during the summer and you’ll probably receive a groan as your answer.
We must keep our research going in high speed this summer. Please consider sending STOPP a gift right away. If you can give $25, $50, $100, or more, that would be a blessing. You can give online at me.all.org/checkout/donation?eid=69615 or send your check to STOPP Research, P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA, 22555.
Thank you for whatever you can send.
Tuesday of this week saw four elections across the country. The most important to Planned Parenthood was the election of a new member of the United States House of Representatives.
In that race, a pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood candidate named Jon Ossoff ran against pro-life candidate Karen Handel. Handel is not only pro-life, but used to be an executive at the Komen Foundation. She resigned from Komen after the organization first decided to stop funding Planned Parenthood and then reversed its position within a week.
Handel wrote a book entitled Planned Bullyhood: The Truth behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure about that experience. Planned Parenthood was very unhappy that Handel might become the next congresswoman from Georgia and reportedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat her.
Thankfully Karen won! With a vote of 52 percent to 48 percent, she defeated Ossoff and will soon take her seat in the House. America got a new anti-Planned Parenthood member of Congress and Planned Parenthood was reminded that it is not the darling of the masses it once was. Planned Parenthood is losing its ability to deliver victories at the ballot box. Once the politicians understand this, they will abandon Planned Parenthood in droves.
Congratulations to Karen and to all who worked tirelessly for her victory!