Wednesday STOPP Report - November 18, 2020

How to Answer Planned Parenthood #1

By Jim Sedlak

Planned Parenthood likes to tout its work in ads, e-mail releases, op-eds, and fundraising pieces. These are always fluff pieces, often with exaggerations, that present PP in the best possible light and leave out all the contradictory facts. As a service to all those fighting Planned Parenthood across the United States, STOPP will be bringing you suggestions on how to answer some of its outrageous claims.

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the day after Election Day, Planned Parenthood sent the following e-mail to their list:

Right here, with you. No matter what. 

Even in these uncertain days, here's one thing you can count on:

Planned Parenthood is here for you, always.

We've faced uncertainty before, and worse. Through it all, Planned Parenthood has always done everything we can to provide and defend access to health care — and that will never change. We'll continue to do it the way we've always done it: together.

No matter the outcome of this election, the reality is — patients are counting on Planned Parenthood, and we're counting on you 2020 has been a tumultuous year for our communities. It's put our work to the test and we've stretched ourselves to get through it. But these challenges have only made clearer the urgency of our mission. From expanding telehealth, to providing sex education, to defending abortion, the health of our communities is our number one priority — and that includes you.

Our unwavering commitment to patients is why we've been standing strong for 100 years. Give now to make sure we're here for 100 more »

We're not going anywhere.

Sincerely,
Alexis McGill Johnson, President & CEO
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

As we evaluate this e-mail, the first thing that pops out is the basic lie. Planned Parenthood operated 938 medical centers across the country in 1995 and at the beginning of 2020 operated only 587. That’s 351 communities where Planned Parenthood isn’t “here” for anyone. PP hopes you won’t point that out.

Then Planned Parenthood says “patients are counting on Planned Parenthood.” Again, Planned Parenthood leaves out the fact that its patient numbers have dropped dramatically since 2007. Based on the numbers presented in its own annual reports, it has gone from 3,020,651 customers in 2007 to 2,400,000 in each of the last four years; that’s over 600,000 customers who don’t count on Planned Parenthood any longer.

Note the “health services” Planned Parenthood chooses to mention in this e-mail: telehealth, sex education, and abortion—NOT breast cancer screening or cervical cancer awareness, or any of the other minor services it trots out to defend itself from defunding. Telehealth is expanding at Planned Parenthood, but the main area of expansion is selling its own birth control products (made by Afaxys) at huge profits—many of which actually kill babies in the womb by preventing implantation. Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs are designed to do one thing—get young people involved in a sexual lifestyle so PP can sell them birth control. Finally, abortion is not health care, and no matter how many times Planned Parenthood says it, abortion is always the murder of an innocent preborn child.

NOTE: STOPP has established an effort to help people across the country rebuke Planned Parenthood’s falsehoods. If you receive an e-mail or letter from PP, or see one of its ads or letters-to-the-editor, send us a copy (to [email protected]) and we will be happy to suggest how you can rebut the false information. We will select some of them for publication in this Wednesday STOPP Report. 

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


How to Answer Planned Parenthood #2

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, just after the Associated Press declared Biden/Harris as the winners of the 2020 election, Planned Parenthood sent out the following fundraising e-mail:

PHEW.

It's an incredible feeling, to realize you've been holding your breath for years and suddenly can exhale a sigh of relief.

Even in the darkest times — and there have been many — you've kept our focus on our North Star: a world where your body is your own. Where every person, regardless of who they are or where they come from, has control over their life, their health, and their future. And we won't stop until that's a reality for everyone.

I'm not saying we're there. We have deep inequities in our health system that keep the most vulnerable from getting the care they need. Racism plagues our country in ways that keep Black and Latino communities from living full, healthy lives. There are states in this country where abortion still isn't accessible — except in theory, and towns where young people have no sexual education curriculum or means of obtaining birth control. But with your help and generosity, the path forward is shining a little brighter today and it feels good!

Now, let's reimagine what's possible. Please, take it all in and breathe that sigh of relief with me. And then, there's no time to waste: Let's build a new, healthy future together. We can't do it without you. 

Thank you, for standing with us in the dark times and the light. We are strong because of you.

In Solidarity,
Alexis McGill Johnson, President & CEO

Planned Parenthood Federation of America 

The e-mail begins with the usual outrageous lie from Planned Parenthood: “ . . . your body is your own.” No, it isn’t. If it were, it would be legal to take cocaine, heroin, and a whole host of other drugs. It would be okay to stand in the middle of the street naked, blocking traffic. In general, it has always been the case that your freedom to do what you want with your body ends when what you want to do hurts someone else. When you are carrying a child, your decisions don’t only affect your body, but your child’s body also. A preborn child has her own body, separate from her mother’s body—that is just fact.

The e-mail then goes on to condemn racism. Yet, Planned Parenthood itself admits that it is, today, a racist organization. American Life League has completed a research report that will be released within the next week. The report is called Planned Parenthood’s racism . . . in its own words. The report documents that Planned Parenthood affiliates, taken together, operating at least one medical center in 33 different states, have admitted to being racist.  Yet, Planned Parenthood throws racism into this e-mail to try to capitalize on a hot-button item of the day.

Finally, Planned Parenthood names its three priority items, now that it believes the Biden/Harris ticket has won. Those three have nothing to do with health care: Abortion (killing a preborn child); sexual education (designed to create paying customers for PP); and birth control (dangerous chemicals designed to disrupt the normal function of a woman’s body).

The future envisioned by Planned Parenthood is not a healthy one. It is one filled with promiscuous sexual activity; use of drugs that the World Health Organization says cause breast, cervical, and liver cancer; and dead babies.

NOTE: STOPP has established an effort to help people across the country rebuke Planned Parenthood’s falsehoods. If you receive an e-mail or letter from PP, or see one of its ads or letters-to-the-editor, send us a copy (to [email protected]) and we will be happy to suggest how you can rebut the false information. We will select some of them for publication in this Wednesday STOPP Report. 


Planned Parenthood wins in Washington State

In the state of Washington, the November ballot contained more than just candidates seeking political office. During 2020, Planned Parenthood managed to get the Washington legislature to pass a horrible bill (SB 5395) that mandated sexuality education program for all public schools in the state. It specified material that had to be covered in grades K–12.

Reacting to this development, parents and other concerned citizens collected signatures to place SB 5395 on the ballot, as Referendum 90 advocated for a reject vote on the referendum. A vote to reject this referendum was a vote to repeal Senate Bill 5395. A vote to approve the referendum was a vote to allow SB 5395 to go into effect. The bill was on hold pending the result of the election.

The Associated Press reported that “Safe & Healthy Youth Washington, the campaign in support of sex ed that is largely backed by Planned Parenthood affiliates, significantly outraised Parents for Safe Schools — the group against the sex ed bill that was primarily funded by state Republican lawmakers — in contributions.”

Ballotpedia reported that the final tally on the vote was that 58 percent of the voters approved the referendum and 42 percent voted to protect their children

Planned Parenthood was, of course, elated with the results. Courtney Normand, Washington state director of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, said: "It tells us that the majority of Washingtonians are showing really resounding support for comprehensive sex education and that is really, really good news for Washington’s young people."

The Associated Press characterized the result as the “1st voter-approved sex ed mandate in US.”

Planned Parenthood has been pushing for mandated K-12 sexuality education in every school district in the United States since 1986. The results of this election are going to strengthen Planned Parenthood’s resolve and we expect they will be trying to push ballot measures to achieve their goal in all other states. 


Pro-Life forces gain representatives in Congress

Much to the chagrin of Planned Parenthood, in the elections two weeks ago, 13 new pro-life women were elected to the House of Representatives. All 11 incumbent pro-life women were re-elected, so the current count of pro-life women in the House is 24 (not including some races not yet decided).

Christianity Today reports that, “In the US Senate, three pro-life women won reelection: Wyoming’s Cynthia Lummis, Iowa’s Joni Ernst, and West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito. Georgia’s Kelly Loeffler advanced to a runoff in January.”

Planned Parenthood had strongly opposed Senator Joni Ernst and her re-election was seen as a continuing rebuttal of Planned Parenthood in the Hawkeye State. The massive battle against Planned Parenthood was begun years ago by Jenifer Bowen and resulted in the closing of two dozen Planned Parenthood facilities and the resurgence of pro-life political activism in the state.

We congratulate all pro-lifers in Iowa for their political victory and ask all our readers to say prayers for Jenifer as she endures some serious medical problems.