Wednesday STOPP Report
2012-09-05

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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.

 

In This Issue

  • Planned Parenthood’s war on the family
  • Planned Parenthood mega-merger in Texas complete
  • PP insider is director of government affairs for assisted suicide group
  • Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary at the DNC
  • Victory: Two babies saved outside PP in Waco
Planned Parenthood’s war on the family

Behind Planned Parenthood’s favorite slogan, “Every child a wanted child,” is a sinister agenda that strikes with deadly force at the child—the very heart of the family.

The late 1960s was a time when our brothers and best friends were disappearing from our ranks as they headed to Vietnam. Many never came back; others were forever horribly wounded—physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The war was front and center in the news every day, and we watched the horrors of war live and in color on our televisions.

At the same time, another war was coming to a head—a war that was hidden behind smoke and mirrors. It was a war that had been brewing like a deadly potion in a witch’s cauldron for decades; it was a war that would disfigure and seek to kill our families and our nation from within—and most of us never saw it coming.

It was a war that would backfire in the face of the women who championed it and who were supposed to benefit from it. In reality, it was a war on the smallest and the weakest in society, a war on morality and a war on the very backbone of society—the family.

It eventually became known as the sexual revolution.

And its most successful weapon looked so small, so innocent, so helpful. The sexual revolution was indeed catapulted into its heyday by a tiny pill.

One woman was front and center in developing and promoting that pill, setting the sexual revolution in motion. That woman was eugenicist and immorality expert extraordinaire, Margaret Sanger—the foundress of Planned Parenthood. Sanger practiced what she preached. She kept a husband and assorted lovers on the line simultaneously, and left her children with “anybody handy,” according to her son, Grant, while she gallivanted around the world promoting her sinister agenda.

Her war on morality and the family would eventually claim among its victories a supposed right for women’s autonomy over their “own” bodies, to the exclusion of the welfare of the new lives they were entrusted with by God. It was a war that pitted mothers against their own children in a battle to the death.

As Mary Eberstadt writes in her book Adam and Eve After the Pill:

A series of popes, some of the world’s leading scientists, and many other unlikely allies all agree: No single event since Eve took the apple has been as consequential for relations between the sexes as the arrival of modern contraception.

Modern contraception is not only a fact of our time; it may even be the central fact—in that it is hard to think of any other whose demographic, social behavior, and personal fallout has been as profound.

Today, the rotten fruit of the pill and the “sexual revolution” it propelled is all around us, as predicted by the Vicar of Christ himself.

In 1968, Pope Paul VI warned in his encyclical Humanae Vitae that widespread acceptance of contraception would result in dire consequences.

Dr. Janet Smith sums up Paul VI’s predictions about the consequences of contraception:

1. Infidelity and moral decline.

2. Lost respect for women. "[T]he man" will lose respect for "the woman" and "no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium" and will come to "the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment and no longer as his respected and beloved companion."

3. Abuse of power: “Paul VI also observed that the widespread acceptance of contraception would place a ‘dangerous weapon... in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.’

4. Unlimited dominion: The idea of unlimited control over one’s body.

We find ourselves 44 years later in the midst of a society that has lost its moral bearings. Many young women today find that men, in general, are no longer interested in marriage, but are looking for a one-time sexual hookup, a “friend with [sexual] benefits” or, at the very most, a live-in lover. Birth control is expected, and is left up to the woman. When the birth control fails—as it does in the case of half of unintended pregnancies—the woman finds herself being shoved into a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, or often goes there herself to allay desertion by the one who should be protecting both her and their child. When she refuses to do so, she is often left to raise the child alone.

Sexual immorality, spurred on by the pill, is very bad news indeed for families. In 1960, when the pill came on the market, 5.3 percent of births were to unmarried women. In 2010, more than 41 percent of children were born to unmarried women. Among black, non-Hispanic women, that rate soared to 73 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of divorced people increased by 345 percent between 1960 and 1992.

The number of unmarried women of childbearing age who are cohabiting skyrocketed from 439,000 in 1960 to 5.5 million in 2000—an astounding 1,150 percent increase in 40 years. In 2008, there were 6.8 million cohabiting opposite-sex adult couples.

The children of single mothers, overall, fare poorly compared to their peers who have both mother and father intricately involved in their lives. They are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to have problems with the law, and more likely as young adults to be unemployed and less likely to attain higher education.

Planned Parenthood lies when it says it represents the best interests of women and children. In reality, it is a social engineering machine that is intent on destroying the traditional family. Planned Parenthood is the orchestrator of a massive war on families—a war in which we all come out on the losing end.

Now it joins hands with the government to hold hostage Catholics and others who object to contraceptives, sterilization, and abortive drugs, playing the bully that will force us to violate our consciences or to pay huge fines and lose our businesses for daring to object to its mandate.

Visit our website, www.thepillkills.com, for more information on the perils of the pill, and visit our page on Facebook.

To paraphrase St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), contraception is not just homicide; it is also suicide. It is time we heed the words of the popes, saints, and scientists who forewarned us of the monstrosity that is the pill, and join with one mind and heart to overcome the stranglehold of contraception on our nation while working to stop its advance worldwide. St. Pio, please pray for us.

STOPP’s national director, Rita Diller, will be speaking about the impact of the pill on the family at the Springfield Right to Life benefit dinner at the Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Drive, in Springfield, Illinois, on September 28. The deadline to register for this dinner is September 21. You can register via the website, http://www.srtl.org/.


Planned Parenthood mega-merger in Texas complete

Effective September 1, 2012, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Waco merged to form one huge affiliate—Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas—in an attempt to keep its head above water in light of deep funding cuts.

The merger was announced after Texas eliminated funding of Planned Parenthood through the Women’s Health Program. The three merged affiliates have been particularly deluged by pro-life advocates who bring Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary and meet them at every corner to shed light on the abortion giant’s agenda. These include American Life League Associate groups STOPP of Dallas, Pro-Life Waco, Texoma Pro-Life Association, Texans Opposed to Planned Parenthood, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, and the Gabriel Project of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

A press release announcing the upcoming merger said, “This strategy is especially important to ensure that Planned Parenthood continues to carefully and effectively steward private donations as government grants are eliminated.”

Kenneth Lambrecht, formerly the CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, will head the new affiliate, attempting to manage 26 facilities across 58,000 square miles of Texas, including four abortion centers projected to kill 8,500 preborn babies annually.

The Texas merger is proof positive that divesting Planned Parenthood of government funding will have far-reaching effects on its ability to continue business as usual. We must continue to work to debunk and defund the nation’s largest abortion chain. Millions of innocent lives hang in the balance. Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard to defund Planned Parenthood in Texas.

To book one of our expert speakers in your quest to eliminate Planned Parenthood from your community, e-mail [email protected].


PP insider is director of government affairs for assisted suicide group

When Compassion & Choices, formerly The Hemlock Society, convened its June 2012 conference, former Planned Parenthood insider Theresa Connor, now director of government affairs with the assisted suicide group, was a featured speaker. She was public policy director for PP in Washington state for 15 years and instituted the research and strategy behind the 2001 Erickson v. Bartell case “that required employers’ insurance plans to cover prescription birth control under anti-discrimination laws.

Connor joined Compassion & Choices’ president, Barbara Coombs Lee, author of Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” Act, were co-speakers at the conference on “the strategies for success in affirming and protecting end-of-life liberty, including aid in dying in the states.”

In addition, Connor moderated a panel consisting of Kate Tudor, Health Care Lobbyist from White Tudor, LLC; Elaine Faithful; The South Carolina Coalition for Healthy Families; and Sammie Moshenberger, from the National Council of Jewish Women and Coalition for Religious Liberty, in explaining how to counter “conservative political ideology and religious doctrine that have nothing to do with good medical practice or patient needs.”

“Learn how you, as an end-of-life advocate,” the program says, “can work with reproductive justice and LGBT allies to defeat refusal legislation at the state and federal levels.” The topic of the presentation was “Legislating Medicine and Morality.”

Also on the agenda at the conference was “Mastering Your Voice about End-of-Life Choice.” The program says, “Topics, terms, images, and arguments in the end-of life conversation can be complex, unwieldy, painful, and even off-putting. Yet an ability to talk about VSED, POLST, advance directives, and the potential for conflict with Catholic healthcare can turn a skeptic into a convert, a recalcitrant senior into a prepared patient, and an opposing legislator into a supporter.”

We have long been aware of the slippery slope that leads from birth control, to abortion, to pressuring the elderly and caretakers of the critically ill to end their lives. Planned Parenthood operatives like Connor transition into organizations that deal with assisted suicide, bringing with them their allies in the culture of death. In reality, assisted suicide, abortion, and birth control are all fruits of the same tree—secular humanism. The secular humanists work unceasingly to saturate every phase of life with the poison of the culture of death under the guise of liberty and even religious liberty.

Now consider Obamacare as it relates to end-of-life issues. It mandates that an elderly person meet every five years with an “advance care planning practitioner” to update his or her end-of-life health orders. The program for life-sustaining treatment is guided by a coalition of “stakeholders”—interested parties who guide policy on healthcare provisions, costs, etc.

Echoing Planned Parenthood’s strategy, the assisted suicide agenda is cloaked in compassionate-sounding terms to hide its grisly agenda of attempting to one-up God and become the arbiters of life and death. The same type of verbal gymnastics are employed in Obamacare when it comes to dealing with the end of life of the elderly.

American Life League provides a pro-life advance directive to help insure that your wishes and those of your family are actually carried out in a health crisis situation. For more information about our “loving will,” read this article.


Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary at the DNC

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Catholic pro-life advocates met for a Rosary and prayer vigil Friday night outside Time Warner Cable Arena, laying 3,300 red carnations along the sidewalk. The flowers represent the number of babies killed daily in our nation by abortion.

On Saturday, September 1, the flowers and the protesters moved to Planned Parenthood on Albamarie Road where they prayed the Rosary, as the Democratic National Convention gears up and the media spotlight is on Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kudos to all the pro-life advocates in Charlotte who are Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary at this critical time in our nation’s history.


Victory: Two babies saved outside PP in Waco

American Life League Associate group, Pro-Life Waco, reports that around 25 people stood for life outside the Ross Street Planned Parenthood abortion center in Waco. There, two women turned away from abortion after sidewalk counselors interceded. The women went instead to the CareNet Pregnancy Center.

We rejoice in the lives saved, and pray that soon Planned Parenthood in Waco will be no more.