STOPP's 34th Anniversary
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-06-05

On May 15, 1985, the original STOPP organization held its first public picket outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Poughkeepsie, New York. Just months earlier, the organization was co-founded by Helen Westover, Bob Cassara, Dottie Madrigrano, and Jim Sedlak. Over the last 34 years, STOPP has undergone many organizational changes. In 1990, it separated into two separate groups—the original STOPP and Mid-Hudson STOPP. In 1994, the original STOPP became STOPP International and then, in 1998, it became part of American Life League. ALL’s Judie Brown has been fighting Planned Parenthood for longer than STOPP has, so it was a natural fit. STOPP International still operates today as an integral part of ALL.

Over the years, there have been many changes in STOPP’s operations, but one thing has remained consistent. We have always focused on helping local groups get Planned Parenthood out of their communities. We also help communities peacefully and prayerfully prevent Planned Parenthood from opening facilities in their towns. In order to do this, we travel. We have visited 40 states and eight countries on four continents, given thousands of talks and published and distributed millions of pieces of anti-Planned Parenthood literature.

God has blessed us with witnessing the failure of Planned Parenthood to reach many of its expansion goals. Two examples include a 1992 goal by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to expand from its, then, 922 clinics to 2,000 clinics by the year 2000. It never made it beyond 938 clinics. In this century, Planned Parenthood boldly announced the planned opening of 12 new clinics in Iowa and Nebraska. In the end, not only didn’t it open a single new clinic in those states, it has actually closed 28 existing clinics in Iowa. The specific affiliate that had these expansion goals no longer exists—it was taken over by another PP affiliate.

We have also celebrated Planned Parenthood going from its 938 clinics in 1995 down to the 590 it operated at the closing of 2018. With the implementation of its current merger plans in New York State, Planned Parenthood will have gone from 181 affiliates in 1987 to less than 50. ALL’s STOPP International has been on the front line, or operating behind the scenes, in most of these clinic closures and has been a force behind many of the affiliate mergers.

As we move into June 2019, we continue to be as busy as ever in fighting the evil that is Planned Parenthood. We understand that every fight against Planned Parenthood is a local fight and we are the only national group that focuses all of our resources at closing local Planned Parenthood clinics. In just the last 40 days, we’ve delivered multiple talks and held strategy sessions in Texas and New York and are currently planning visits to at least three different cities in California. Our on-the-phone consulting extends to many states throughout the country as Planned Parenthood continues to struggle, under its new president, to regain lost ground. 

ALL’s STOPP has always recognized the fight against Planned Parenthood as a spiritual battle. Many of our most successful campaigns owe their success to the fact that we call upon Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother for assistance and direction. We are currently in final preparations for our next, and most ambitious, campaign that we believe will lead to the closure of the remaining Planned Parenthood facilities.

We ask all our readers and supporters to remember us in your prayers as we commemorate 34 years of active witness against Planned Parenthood. Your continued support will allow us to achieve our goal of causing such discontent with Planned Parenthood, and its failed programs, that it will have no choice but to close all its doors and get out of town!