When I walked into this year’s Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside, Oregon, one of the first things I encountered was a table manned by three young teen boys. On the table was a collage that included many depictions of totally bare female genitalia—obviously pornographic and, one would think, illegal.
The collage included a drawing of a woman circa 1950 declaring, in the most base terms, what a woman’s private parts should smell like. It also included a drawing of a pigtailed little girl riding on a tricycle with the word “Vagina!” written above her, and another drawing of a young female child standing by a rose, with the word “Vagina” written below her on a chalkboard.
“Everyone can come inside” are the words visible along the outer edge of the piece, which appeared to be a decoupaged plate.
The boys smiled nervously as hordes of teens, who had arrived for what some described as a field trip, passed the display table. Planned Parenthood was on the steering committee of this conference.
The booth belonged to Youth for Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault (YEPSA), a supposedly teen-led initiative from Eugene, Oregon. At a booth whose stated mission was the prevention of sexual assault, I could only wonder why the teen boys would be manning a table containing graphic pictures of female genitalia, suggesting that “everyone can come inside” a pigtailed little girl on a tricycle.
With that question in mind, I checked on the Internet and found that the group puts on performances, the first of which was The Vagina Monologues. The students stated they just finished a run of a play that they wrote about the life struggles of a transgendered woman. They have a transgender education panel coming up, and they do art shows around teen sexuality and gender.
Day two of the conference found me very reluctantly attending a workshop led by YEPSA entitled “You Say Porn, I Say Porn!”
The program description did not even begin to touch the stark reality of the session. “To porn or not to porn, that is the question. YEPSA will be leading the masses through the very exciting world of pornography.” The session was held in a large room, filled with teens and adults. It started with a soft porn video commercial.
About 10 teen facilitators lined up across the front of the room and introduced themselves. They gave their names and the pronoun they prefer (“I prefer ‘she,’” “I don’t have a preference but I identify as male,” etc.). This was in keeping with a theory emphasized over and over at the conference—that gender is fluid and is determined only by the person in question and how that person feels at that particular time about his or her gender. In others words, biology has nothing to do with gender.
That was evidenced by a teen boy who attended lunch the first day dressed as a woman, complete with wig, pearls and dress. He soon put aside the outfit, and was once again looking like a teen boy the next time I saw him. Another young man was decorated with glitter on his face and a lilting voice, both of which he shed later in the day.
It was pointed out at the beginning of the conference that there were unisex bathrooms available for those who preferred to use them. There were separate male and female bathrooms available as well.
Getting back to the session, the facilitators asked everyone in the room to work on a group definition of porn. Since they said it wouldn’t be possible to come up with a real definition that everyone agreed on, we just needed to make it “pornish.”
Some of the pornish ideas were: Main purpose is to stimulate arousal. You learn different ways to have sex from porn. It has commercial purposes. It is an exaggerated depiction of fantasy. It is a beautiful thing. It objectifies people. It is whatever promotes a sexual response. It tries to get people thinking about sex.
Next, the room was divided into nine groups. The youth facilitators went from group to group, individually or occasionally in pairs, talking about different aspects of porn to the mixed groups of teens and adults.
One of the young teen female facilitators was very scantily dressed, with her entire midriff showing and wearing a very tight miniskirt. She literally bounced rather than walked. The young teens would come into these groups of mixed adults and teens and ask questions like: “How is porn different from real sex?” “How might watching porn from a young age affect you?”
A major discussion about how tragic it is that porn stars refuse to use condoms ensued in our group, with much wondering about why this is so. An adult male, who seemed to have way too much knowledge on all things pornographic, said it is because of lack of stimulation.
Most of the facilitators were teen girls. Much of the response to these young girls’ queries and the discourse about sex and pornography came from two older men in our group.
When one particularly thin girl finished questioning our group and left, I heard one of the men say to the other, “That was sexy. What do you do?” To which the man who knows too much about porn replied: “I work with teens.”
He had been discussing with the teens a social media outlet where one can post photos for just a few seconds, or as long as wanted, and then the pictures disappear, he said.
One teen facilitator asked whether it was okay for girls to send nude pictures to their boyfriends, and the adults generally agreed it was fine as long it was a boyfriend, but not to strangers. One woman finally pointed out that those pictures can go anywhere once they are sent and don’t disappear when the relationship dissolves.
The session was a dirty old man’s delight. These teen facilitators were probably high school age, some very young high school, with some appearing to be possibly middle school. Several of them were awkward and visibly uncomfortable with their role in this debacle, while others seemed far too seasoned and comfortable with the situation.
This is just a sampling of the plan that Planned Parenthood has for our teens. Check out our website at www.stopp.org, where I will be writing for several weeks on the unbelievably inappropriate materials and scenarios that were presented at this conference.
Oregon Education Department “sexuality education expert” Brad Victor prides himself on the fact that Oregon has the “most progressive sex education laws in the nation,” and brags about how he easily slid Oregon’s explicit Administrative Rule under the radar as a consent item at the state board level. The plan is that other states will follow suit. Many are already deeply embroiled in Planned Parenthood’s sex education. Those who are not embroiled are targeted.
But as we pointed out in our last edition of The Wednesday STOPP Report, Brad Victor also demonstrated that if parents will speak out at every level, sex education can be easily derailed in a school district—even one where the programs are already firmly in place. The sooner parents start their challenges, however, the better.
Jim Sedlak’s book Parent Power!! is available free of charge on our website. It is a brilliant instructional tool that lays out the plan that parents can follow to get Planned Parenthood out of local schools. It is a plan that has been proven to work time and time again when parents follow it. Read Jim’s book today and take action!
“This case has made clear that we must have and enforce laws that protect access to safe and legal abortion, and we must reject misguided laws that would limit women’s options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell.”
So said Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood Federation of America vice president for communications, in the official statement following the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell in the murder of three babies he attempted to abort who were born alive and then murdered by his hand.
Planned Parenthood’s spin machine was in full-court press after a Philadelphia jury delivered the guilty verdict this week. Without naming any specific laws that “forced” women to seek late-term abortions at the Gosnell house of horrors, the abortion giant attempted to exonerate itself and deflect the attention from the murdered babies who are reflective of the stark reality of Planned Parenthood’s own baby killing business—a reality that was so painfully exhibited during the Gosnell murder trial.
Planned Parenthood, however, knew about the ongoing horrors taking place at Gosnell’s late-term abortion facility in Philadelphia. Planned Parenthood was complicit in what happened there because of its failure to report information it had.
Philly.com reported on a recent fundraiser where the CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania said that women who had visited Gosnell’s clinic would sometimes come to Planned Parenthood and complain about the conditions there. Rather than talking to the health department about the problems, the abortion giant representative said, “We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health.” Planned Parenthood could have quite likely triggered an investigation had its staff followed up, and lives of the women and babies murdered there could have been saved.
Testimony in the case showed that babies born alive during induced abortions were murdered routinely by Gosnell and his staff, who would slice their necks open after they were born, then sever their spinal cords with scissors to kill them. This testimony implicated Gosnell and his employees in hundreds of such deaths.
While the Gosnell case was in progress in Philadelphia, the curtains were thrown open and the spotlight turned on a Delaware Planned Parenthood, as former employees of that facility unveiled the similarities between conditions there and those at Gosnell’s Philadelphia facility.
And while all that was going on, a Planned Parenthood lobbyist was testifying against a Florida state bill that would mandate that a baby born alive after an attempted abortion must be given emergency life-saving care. A lobbyist for Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates testified that if, in the course of an abortion, a baby were to be born alive at Planned Parenthood, the decision whether to give that baby medical care would be a “decision . . . left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”
Regardless of the spin Planned Parenthood wants to put on it, the murder of innocent babies, inside or outside the womb, is indefensible. That is why no witnesses were called on behalf of Gosnell, the defense rested without calling a single witness, and Gosnell himself never took the witness stand. And that is why Gosnell traded his right to appeal the case for two life sentences, to avoid the death penalty.
It is time for Planned Parenthood to take the rap for the murders it commits day in and day out. No matter how much Planned Parenthood pretends to be a better place for baby killing than Gosnell’s house of horrors, the fact remains that the result of every Planned Parenthood abortion is one—or more—dead babies.
The difference between killing a child inside the womb and outside the womb is nonexistent. The location of the murder of a human person does not determine whether a murder was committed. The fact is that a unique human person is murdered during every abortion, and Planned Parenthood has committed over six million murders of preborn children since 1970.
It is time to stop the killing. It is time to Stop Planned Parenthood.
I have nowhere to turn and no support in keeping my unborn child who I already love dearly. This baby is my miracle. What do you say to a woman who has nothing? Love does not feed or clothe my children. Love and grace will not keep a warm place for my children to sleep. Tell me, what would you say to me if we met in front of the abortion clinic this week? I am faced with a decision I never wanted to make. I just wish that there were more options for us women who face these decisions.
These words of desperation and urgency from Anna, whom I had never met, greeted me via e-mail last week. This sweet, dear woman and her children had been abandoned and she was being coerced, directly and indirectly, into aborting the baby that she already loved.
Planned Parenthood stood ready and willing to kill her child and pocket the money—a Mother’s Day “gift” that would burrow deep into her heart a tunnel of never ending grief, pain, and loss. Mother’s Day would always be a reminder of the loss of Anna’s baby and all that precious child had to give to the world.
Anna is not part of a miniscule number of women who are coerced into abortion. In fact, a situation like hers is the rule, not the exception. The Medical Science Monitor reported in 2004 that 64 percent of women having abortions said they felt pressured to abort. The Elliott Institute points to this statistic and many others, in its “Abortion is the un-Choice” campaign.
Does Anna’s situation—and that of the majority of women seeking abortions—sound like liberating choice?
By the grace of God, several Christians reached out to her and were able to convince her that they would pull out all the stops to help her through this pregnancy, and she found the courage to cancel the abortion appointment just a few days before Mother’s Day.
On Mother’s Day, she was fleeing coerced abortion as she poured out every ounce of energy she had left within to save her preborn baby’s life. Anna is my Mother’s Day heroine. In her struggle to save her child, she reminds me of Jesus, who gave his last ounce of blood for us so that we might live.
Thank you to Anna and all mothers who fight the good fight for the sake of their children. Those of us who have had an opportunity to walk with women who are being terrorized all the way to Planned Parenthood know how very blessed we are to be called their friends.
Unselfish love that brings Jesus to women headed to Planned Parenthood—that is what saves lives.
How many children will die today because there was no one there to support their mothers? Join us today in Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary. The lives you save will reverberate throughout eternity.
You won’t want to miss Jim Sedlak’s new cutting edge radio talk show, “Armed for Battle,” debuting this Friday, May 17, on Radio Maria. Jim is vice president of American Life League and author of Parent Power!! – How Parents Can Gain Control of the School Systems that Educate Their Children.
The show airs live on Fridays from noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. Each week Jim will give updates on what is happening at American Life League and in the pro-life world. He will address current attacks by the culture of death on our young people and, through guest interviews and practical experience, let Radio Maria listeners know how they can take prayerful, peaceful, and effective action. You can see a list of radio stations that carry Radio Maria programming or listen to the radio show live via the Internet here.
This Friday’s programming will include special guest Paul Rondeau, executive director of American Life League, discussing the Kermit Gosnell case.
Rita Diller, national director of Stop Planned Parenthood International, will be on the show May 24 to discuss the importance of placing Our Lady front and center in the battle against Planned Parenthood.
Judie Brown, president and cofounder of American Life League, will be Jim’s special guest on May 31. There will be opportunities for listeners to call in. Please mark your calendar and be a part of this important show.
The Planned Parenthood abortion juggernaut in Waco, Texas, is sending up smoke signals that may be indicative of its impending closure. According to American Life League Associate group leader Dr. John Pisciotta, in April Planned Parenthood switched from a weekly to an every-other-week abortion schedule.
This is the first time since its abortion business launched in 1994 that Planned Parenthood has abandoned a weekly abortion schedule.
“With abortion days cut in half, lives of innocents will be spared and moms will dodge devastating personal decisions. With abortion days cut in half, we hope to double our pro-life presence at Ross Avenue,” Dr. Pisciotta said.
Abortions in Waco began in 1994 at 1927 Columbus Ave. In December of 2011, with a declining abortion business, Planned Parenthood closed its Columbus Avenue clinic. Abortions were transferred to the Planned Parenthood main facility on Ross Avenue, where abortions and birth control are promoted, delivered, and executed under one roof.
Pro-life witness at the Columbus Avenue facility persisted throughout its 18 years of operation.
Pro-Life Waco will continue its challenge to Planned Parenthood with prayer, public witness, billboards, yard signs, newspaper ads, etc. The goal is to bring an end to abortions in Waco. Additionally, Pro-Life Waco seeks the complete elimination of Planned Parenthood from Waco.
Congratulations to Pro-Life Waco for this latest in a long line of victories against the abortion giant.