Wednesday STOPP Report
2015-10-07

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This information-packed weekly e-newsletter is the voice of STOPP, American Life League’s project that exposes the true nature of Planned Parenthood and documents its anti-life, anti-family programs. The Wednesday STOPP Report also spells out what dedicated grassroots pro-lifers can do to counter Planned Parenthood. Wednesday STOPP Report subscribers also receive special e-mail updates offering an in-depth look at timely pro-life issues.

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In This Issue

  • Planned Parenthood 'Attacks' Pope Francis
  • Planned Parenthood President Appears before Congressional Committee
  • Protest Planned Parenthood this Saturday!
  • New Poll Shows Planned Parenthood Is Losing in Popular Opinion
Planned Parenthood 'Attacks' Pope Francis

Planned Parenthood has always seen the Catholic Church as its number one enemy. In the 1920s, when every major church denomination condemned the use of contraception, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was fighting for its acceptance. She decided that her best chance was to pit the Protestants against the Catholics.

She was a clever woman, and through a great deal of rhetoric and activism, accomplished her goal in 1930 when, at the Lambeth Conference, the Church of England became the first major denomination to accept contraception—under limited circumstances—for married couples. This victory was followed by years of pressuring other non-Catholic churches to also accept contraception. It was particularly galling to Sanger that she could not get the Catholic Church to change its position.

In the 1950s, Sanger changed the target of her animosity from Catholics in general to the “hierarchy of the Catholic Church.” She contended that it was the leadership of the Church who opposed her ideas and concepts, not everyday Catholics.

Sanger championed the development of the birth control pill, and after it became available to the public in 1960, worked to get the Catholic Church to approve its use, so the Vatican set up a commission to study it. A Vatican official later revealed that, while the study was underway, Planned Parenthood offered the Church a million dollars if it would approve the pill. Planned Parenthood lobbied members of the study, and that body eventually recommended the Church approve use of the pill. Much to Sanger’s dismay, the pope rejected the recommendation and issued Humanae Vitae—which condemned the use of all contraception, including the pill. 

Through the years, Planned Parenthood has continued to condemn the leadership of the Catholic Church. As recently as 2011, the International Planned Parenthood Federation published a pamphlet entitled Contraceptive Security in Challenging Contexts: Opposition from the Catholic Hierarchy.

It is not surprising, then, that Planned Parenthood used Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States and his talks before Congress and the United Nations to further its attacks. Alexander Sanger, grandson of Margaret Sanger, and board member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for the Western Hemisphere Region, issued the following statement on the day Pope Francis talked to the United Nations:

Despite Pope Francis’ progressive stance on climate change and economic equity, he has taken a back seat when it comes to reproductive health and women’s rights. . . . The pope and the Catholic Church must acknowledge the fact that 99 percent of Catholic women use contraception and have abortions at the same rate as other women. His pursuit to stifle contraception access reduces women to basic purveyors of biological materials and denies them the right to plan their own families. The pope has to listen to what women want, and women all over the world want access to contraception. 

You got that, right? The pope, who is the successor to Saint Peter and has the responsibility to shepherd the Church established by Jesus Christ, “has to listen to what women want.” 

What arrogance!

That a man who is the leader of an organization that has killed over seven million innocent human beings in its own death chambers thinks he can lecture the pope shows how Satanic Planned Parenthood really is. This is the same organization that leads millions of young girls into lives of sexual sin that endanger their immortal souls.

This latest volley from Planned Parenthood should give pause to every Christian in our nation. It is time Planned Parenthood closed its doors and got out of town.

To further understand how Planned Parenthood is the enemy of all Christians, read The Vatican Can Help Save Souls from Planned Parenthood. It is available, in four languages, at no charge at all.org/programs/defend-the-family/report-for-the-vatican


Planned Parenthood President Appears before Congressional Committee

Last week, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, appeared as a witness before the House Oversight Committee. She was there to answer questions concerning the half-a-billion dollars in taxpayer money it receives every year.

Three individuals from American Life League were in the congressional meeting room throughout Richards’ testimony. Matt Wielgos, ALL’s chief communications officer, wrote the following about that experience:

Whom Can You Trust?
By Matt Wielgos

Social networks were set on fire Tuesday as the House Oversight Committee entertained the testimony of Cecile Richards, president of the nation’s largest abortion chain. By my observation, sitting mere feet from the action, Richards seemed defiant and unmoved in the face of mounting evidence that this behemoth portending to defend and stand with women has done anything wrong.

Silent and overwhelmed, supporters of the defamed organization and its champion seemed deflated as, question by question, House committee members uncovered a litany of half-truths, lies, deceit, and cover-up. Billed by supporters as “Pink Out Day,” the reality was that this was fallout day for Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood.

Democratic lawmakers attempted to rescue Richards from the collapse of the Planned Parenthood façade that has for so long deceived the American people, but to no avail. The reality is, they cannot. Beginning with the release of undercover investigative videos implicating Planned Parenthood, its affiliates, and partnering organizations in illegal trafficking of baby body parts, the hearing zeroed in on the less horrific but equally incriminating evidence that profit, rather than women’s health and well-being, and luxurious and lavish lifestyle, rather than care and compassion for the poor and most vulnerable, are amongst other more diabolical objectives at the heart of what we know as Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood admits to and celebrates participating in the murder of 300,000 children a year. Planned Parenthood wants you to believe this is compassionate care—a compassion that costs you close to 600 billion dollars in public funds. This money goes to support, among other things, extravagant salaries (Richards pulls in almost 600k a year). Richards freely admitted to upwards of $14,000 a day on travel, an amount equivalent to roughly $5,000,000 a year—including private charter planes, first class tickets, and lavish hotels—in exchange for 300,000 lives a year. THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND LIVES! I’ll echo what one commentator said, which I believe captures the reality: “This isn’t ‘women’s health’ folks. It’s your taxpayer dollars subsidizing Auschwitz.”

According to blogger Matt Walsh, Richards and Planned Parenthood not only lie about being compassionate and caring, they seem to lie about literally everything. At one point in the hearing, when asked to confirm a graph that was based on figures issued through PP’s own reports showing an alarmingly sharp decrease in non-abortion related “health services,” while at the same time showing an equally alarming increase in abortions, Richards was heard to respond that the graph “absolutely does not reflect what happens at Planned Parenthood.”

Propaganda, half-truths, outright lies, lavish parties, extravagant expenses, contradictions, denials, backroom dealings, and extensive political contributions are all part of daily life at Planned Parenthood. Nothing Cecile Richards or the Planned Parenthood behemoth says can ever be believed. Lies are business as usual at every clinic. Staffs lie to the women who walk in the door every day, women who are perhaps unaware and who are falling for the greatest deception in human history.

After repeatedly claiming on the record that Planned Parenthood performs mammograms, Richards finally admitted that of the more than 600 Planned Parenthood clinics, zero conduct the procedure. Richards initiated this lie, one her supporters repeated over and over previous to her testimony.

Furthermore, Richards sought to defend Planned Parenthood’s claim that as a so-called “compassionate” healthcare provider, its abortion services are only three percent of total services. Congressional representatives attempted to analyze that number during the testimony, but Richards successfully evaded full exposure. To set the record straight, take a look at this analysis offered by former abortionist, now pro-life advocate, Abby Johnson. Following Johnson’s explanation, we easily see the deceptive nature of PP’s reporting. In actuality, the percentage of services that are abortion related is likely closer to at least 40 percent. Again, whom can we trust here?

Consistently Cecile Richards and her allies on the committee sought to derail the proceedings by returning to the undercover videos and Mr. David Daleiden. Their tactic was clear: Continue a smear campaign in an attempt to discredit and deflect the attention from Planned Parenthood. This strategy was largely deflated when it was revealed that a forensic analysis determined that the undercover Planned Parenthood videos were not manipulated or deceptively edited at all. Planned Parenthood’s own hired investigative team also concluded that there was no “widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.” Two forensics investigations—one paid for by Planned Parenthood—have both confirmed the authenticity of the videos. Still, Cecile Richards and her allies in Congress repeated the claim that the videos were “doctored” despite the conclusions of these two separate investigations.

Where is the compassion for human life? When Richards, appearing clueless, was asked by one representative if a child born after a failed abortion would be provided care, she responded she’d “never heard of that circumstance happening.” Widespread news reports detailed how abortion survivors testified in front of this very same committee one week prior. I agree with blogger Matt Walsh when he speculates that it seems denying the existence of people who were just in the room was, in Richards’ estimation, a better strategy than admitting they’d let the child die right in front of them, as Planned Parenthood officials have testified in the past.

Richards was also forced to confirm that Planned Parenthood raked in 127 million dollars “in excess revenue” last year. “Excess” revenue means profit. The “nonprofit” tax-funded Planned Parenthood actually earned over 100 million dollars of profit last year. So why are we, the American people, forced to provide any funding whatsoever to this organization that plies its trade, preys on the young and vulnerable, and will stop at nothing to carry out its agenda?

A moment of clarity came to me as I listened to comments made by Rep. Paul Gosar in the course of the proceedings. I’ll leave you to ponder them as you also contemplate your responsibility in seeing to it that Planned Parenthood is not only defunded but wiped off the face of the Earth. Trust me, Earth will be a better place without Planned Parenthood, and we will be a better people as we embrace life, rather than sit idly by as it is taken away from so many.

In the words of Rep. Paul Gosar: “The simple truth is that Planned Parenthood, masquerading as a nonprofit, has strategically developed a business model to profit off the death of innocent unborn babies. The recent videos released by the Center for Medical Progress have lifted the curtain on this horrific operation and exposed it to the American public. . . . Despite the ruthless accusations from Planned Parenthood and its accomplices claiming a ‘war on women,’ the only casualties of this ‘war’ are the millions of innocent babies who have had the life crushed out of them.”


Protest Planned Parenthood this Saturday!

American Life League and Stop Planned Parenthood International (STOPP) are two of the over 70 groups that joined together to sponsor national protests at Planned Parenthood. Many of our readers responded to the call for the first National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood.

On August 22, 2015, over 78,000 pro-lifers turned out at 354 Planned Parenthood locations all across the country to protest its barbaric practice of harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies. It was the largest nationwide pro-life protest in history.

As things heat up in Congress with all of the hearings and all the interest in defunding Planned Parenthood, we need to show that our August protest was not a one-time thing. We need to get out in force and show everyone that we care.

On Saturday, October 10, #ProtestPP hits the streets again with another National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood centers throughout the country. There are already over 240 protests scheduled on that day and more are added regularly. To find the latest list of protest locations, visit ProtestPP.com. If there is no protest scheduled near you, please start one.

Join us on October 10 and help expose the truth about Planned Parenthood in your community!


New Poll Shows Planned Parenthood Is Losing in Popular Opinion

A new poll released at the end of September has good news for those who oppose Planned Parenthood. Quinnipiac University released a poll on September 28. Its main purpose was to see if Americans support a government shutdown over the funding of Planned Parenthood. The poll showed a lack of public support by a 69 – 23 margin.

However, the poll also contained information on how the public now feels about Planned Parenthood. These numbers showed a significant decline in Planned Parenthood ratings—especially when compared to a similar poll done by Quinnipiac in 2012.

Here are the numbers:

Does the public view Planned Parenthood favorably?

2012: 55 percent favorable, 22 percent unfavorable

2015: 44 percent favorable, 39 percent unfavorable

The majority of Americans no longer have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood!

Planned Parenthood’s unfavorable rating has risen 17 percent in just three years.

This is good news for all those who have fought Planned Parenthood for so long, and it should encourage all of us to continue telling the truth, to continue marching in the streets, and to keep the pressure on Planned Parenthood.

God is winning!