Wednesday STOPP Report - February 12, 2020

Planned Parenthood resumes abortions in Kentucky

By Jim Sedlak

Back in 2016, Matt Bevin, pro-life governor of Kentucky, ordered Planned Parenthood to stop doing abortions at its facility in Louisville. Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) filed a lawsuit, but Bevin denied the organization a license to do abortions.

Then, last year, PPINK formed a “strategic alliance” with Planned Parenthood Greater Northwest and Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI). As part of the alliance, Chris Charbonneau, CEO of the Northwest and Hawaii group, also became CEO of PPINK while keeping her position with the other affiliate. As part of the deal, PPGNHI infused millions of dollars in cash to the PPINK operation. That money was to be used for political reasons and to open new medical facilities.

One of the first things Charbonneau did was to reopen PP’s clinic in Fort Wayne, IN. She also got involved in the governor’s race in Kentucky. 

Last November, pro-abortion Andy Beshear defeated Bevin in the election and took over the governor’s office. One of Governor Beshear’s first actions was to tell Planned Parenthood that it could refile its applications to do abortions. On January 31, 2020, PPINK announced:

“Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) announced today that its Louisville Health Center will now provide abortion services. This week, PPINK received the provisional license from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), allowing the Louisville Health Center to offer a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion. Patients will be able to access abortion in March 2020.”

Charbonneau issued the following statement: “Kentucky has gone from one abortion provider to two, which is a significant win for reproductive health care in the state. Abortion access in Kentucky and across the country is at great risk, so while this is a step forward, the fight is far from over. We are glad to see the Cabinet for Health and Family Services follow the law and grant PPINK a provisional license because we met the requirements.”

In our February 6, 2019, edition of this WSR, we told you that “PPGNHI runs 27 facilities in four states and 26 do surgical or medical abortions. PPINK runs 18 facilities in two states and four do surgical or medical abortions. The real purpose of this ‘strategic alliance’ is to get more abortion facilities operated by Planned Parenthood in Kentucky and Indiana.”

These recent developments in Kentucky bear out our prediction.

This is not over; both Kentucky and Indiana will be seeing increased pressure from Planned Parenthood to add surgical and medical abortion services to all its existing facilities in both states—and to open new ones. 

In addition, as this “strategic alliance” progresses and shows results in the form of more killing centers, nationally we will see more of these alliances—where larger affiliates (e.g. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Greater New York) infuse cash and political acumen into smaller affiliates.

Jim Sedlak is vice president of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successful fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.


Planned Parenthood and Valentine's Day

This coming Friday the nation celebrates Valentine’s Day. Every year, Planned Parenthood uses this day, and the week in which it falls, to push its philosophy of “sex for pleasure” for everyone—even for teens.

Traditionally, February 14–21 is proclaimed as National Condom Week and is used to push the Planned Parenthood agenda. Last year, for example, Dr. Sara C. Flowers, vice president of education at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said: “Everyone deserves to have a healthy, fun sex life. Using condoms and other barrier methods to prevent (STDs) and unintended pregnancy is an important part of taking care of your and your partner’s health.”

Of course, all these methods have failure rates. As Planned Parenthood continues to push free sex and barrier methods—even for teens—the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a 2018 STD SURVEILLANCE REPORT that highlights an alarming threat. Not only have the rates of STDs risen to record highs, but it documented an alarming threat: Newborn deaths from syphilis increased 22 percent from 2017 to 2018 (from 77 to 94 deaths).

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region put out this call for volunteers last Thursday: “St. Louis: Central West End Safer Sex Kit Assembly Party. Set the mood for Valentine's Day and join Planned Parenthood in assembling safer sex kits (condoms, lube, and health services information) to be distributed throughout the community! Monday, February 10, 2020 5:00 PM -  7:00 PM. Planned Parenthood of the Saint Louis Region, 4251 Forest Park Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108”

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is emphasizing the need to give consent to sex. As if teens and pre-teens are able to give informed consent! Hasn’t Planned Parenthood heard that cognitive thinking doesn’t develop until the early 20s?

And, of course, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky are all about turning Valentine’s Day into a political lobbying day. It must be that West Coast influence!

Beware of Planned Parenthood this weekend. It uses Valentine’s Day to target your teens and pre-teens.


Daleiden and Planned Parenthood

There are a number of court proceedings going on in California that involve Planned Parenthood and people associated with the Center of Medical Progress (CMP). Although different cases involve different people, David Daleiden is a defendant in all of them. Recently, the National Catholic Register did a story on what is happening. The following are some excerpts from that story (you can read the full article here).

In the article, Daleiden talked about both the criminal case and the civil case brought against him and others. The criminal case is being prosecuted by the attorney general of California and maintains that Daleiden and Sandra Merritt broke California law when recording conversations. In commenting on that case, Daleiden said:

“Just about a month ago a state judge in San Francisco threw out about half of the case, confirmed what we've been saying all along, which is that the videos that we recorded of Planned Parenthood's top level medical director talking about using partial birth abortions to harvest baby body parts the videos with the CEO of STEM express talking about shipping completely intact fetuses back to their laboratory for harvesting, those videos were filmed in public places. Those were public conversations, nothing private about them.”

He went on to comment that he is confident that the rest of the criminal case will also be thrown out—either at trial or on appeal.

Daleiden then commented on the civil case that ended with a finding for Planned Parenthood and a judgment of $2.2 million (plus Planned Parenthood’s legal expenses) against the defendants. This case will be appealed and he is hopeful that all the defendants will be vindicated.

Finally, Daleiden commented on another civil case from the National Abortion Federation that has not, yet, been tried. This case has prevented CMP from releasing additional videos. Daleiden describes these unreleased videos as “some of the most shocking and damning stuff that we ever recorded.”

Daleiden is being represented in these multiple court cases by Tom Brejcha and other attorneys from the Thomas More Society—a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty.


STOPP turns 35 this year

It was on January 27, 1985, that Planned Parenthood of Dutchess and Ulster counties (NY) announced in the Poughkeepsie Journal that it was having a fundraising campaign to renovate a building that had been donated to it. The announcement included the fact that it would do “surgical procedures” in the new building.

Members of the Dutchess County Right to Life became alarmed and made the decision, during the month of February, to start a new organization to focus specifically on Planned Parenthood. There was an organizational meeting in March and the first leaders of the new organization were Helen Westover, Dottie Madrigrano, Bob Cassara, and Jim Sedlak. The name STOPP was chosen and we were focused on the seven clinics run by PPDU in the two counties.

Our first physical picket of PPDU’s headquarters in Poughkeepsie was on May 15, 1985, and our first fight against the funding of PPDU by the Dutchess County legislature was in October 1985. We received our first national encouragement from Judie Brown at American Life League in the summer of 1985.

Over the years, the organization expanded to many communities within New York State and we began fighting Planned Parenthood sex education as well as its abortion business. In 1990, STOPP took on a national role and the local effort was renamed Mid-Hudson STOPP. 

With the assistance of Fr. Paul Marx of Human Life International, the effort expanded internationally and the organization was re-named STOPP International in 1994. It continued to operate as an independent entity until it merged into American Life League in 1998. For the last 22 years, it has grown in influence and successes as part of ALL.

Although there are hundreds of people with whom we have worked over the years, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention those who worked in our offices, in addition to our founders: Michaeleen Sedlak (my wife); Terri Lynn Sedlak (my daughter); Ed Szymkowiak; Joey Kerlin; Marie Hahnenberg; David Bereit; Rita Diller; and Rob Gasper. 

God has blessed our efforts in many ways, including witnessing the prevention of Planned Parenthood opening over 1,000 clinics, the closing of over 350 clinics, and the decline of Planned Parenthood’s client base. We’ve also been blessed by seeing opposition to Planned Parenthood rise from a mere handful of groups in 1985 to just about every pro-life group in the nation. We’ve seen Congress take note and opposition to Planned Parenthood grow—from 2007, when Representative Mike Pence introduced the first amendment to a spending bill that specifically sought to stop money going to Planned Parenthood, by name, to 2017, when the United States Senate came to within a single vote of ending Planned Parenthood funding for a year.

There has been much progress in this fight and much more yet to be done. At the pleasure of God, we will continue to wage this battle until every Planned Parenthood facility in the country has no choice but to close its doors and get out of town.