California: A Hotbed of Anti-Planned Parenthood Activity
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During the last couple of weeks, Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and founder of STOPP International, traveled throughout California meeting with people who are dedicated to bringing an end to Planned Parenthood in the state.

Jim drove over 1,900 miles and had 14 meetings with local leaders from Vista in the south to Chico in the north. In reporting on these meetings, Jim said:

At every stop I was met by dedicated local leaders who are anxious to bring an end to the longtime dominance of Planned Parenthood in the state. Planned Parenthood currently operates 112 centers in California—its biggest base of operations. There are seven Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state and four of them rank in the top 10 of the 59 affiliates PP has across the nation.

I was honored to be joined in all these meetings by Jeff White and Cheryl Conrad of Survivors.la. Jeff and Cheryl have begun a resistance effort that will focus young people on Planned Parenthood in California for the next year. As news of our meetings with local groups spread, additional meetings were added and additional attendees came.

On the first National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood last August, anti-Planned Parenthood activists in California had a physical presence outside 62 of the 112 PP centers in the state. It was the leaders of these groups that I had the honor of meeting. We spent hours in each meeting talking about local fights against Planned Parenthood. I was able to point out that the total number of Planned Parenthood centers in the United States had plummeted from 938 in 1995 to 668 at the end of 2014.

Planned Parenthood now operates less centers than it did in 1973, when the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by the Supreme Court. In addition, nationally, the number of Planned Parenthood unique customers has fallen by over 10 percent in the last four years.

We discussed the coalition of groups within local communities that helped bring about these closures and customer losses. We also covered the specific techniques that hasten Planned Parenthood’s departure.

STOPP routinely acts as a behind-the-scenes consultant to many anti-Planned Parenthood activities across the country. God has blessed our efforts with not only victories in closing down existing Planned Parenthood centers, but in preventing the opening of new ones.

My meetings in California were exciting and humbling. It is absolutely clear that there is an anti-Planned Parenthood feeling moving across the state and that the people of California are ready to rid themselves of this demonic organization. I look forward to bringing you news of the successes coming out of California and expect to be back in the Golden State many times over the next few years.

Please pray for all the efforts against Planned Parenthood across the country. In God there is victory.