Wednesday STOPP Report

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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

  • 'It’s Your Game' sex ed program targets 7th and 8th graders
  • Iowa Initiative and Planned Parenthood perpetuate abortion
  • Study: Giving birth NOT more dangerous than abortion
  • Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary: 40 Days for Life
  • Planned Parenthood loses bid to stop regulation of medical abortion
'It’s Your Game' sex ed program targets 7th and 8th graders

Planned Parenthood is on the prowl again, with a sex ed program called It’s Your Game: Keep it Real, targeting 7th and 8th graders with a curriculum based on videos and computer games. The Norwich City School District in New York posts on its website a note from the 7th grade health class: “We’re excited this year to welcome Planned Parenthood into Health Class."

The post contains a “summary” of the It’s Your Game program that in no way prepares parents for what will be taught to their children by these Planned Parenthood operatives. “The curriculum, which will be facilitated by trained educators from Planned Parenthood, focuses on healthy relationship strategies and risk reduction strategies that have been proven to delay sexual behaviors among adolescents,” the summary says.

But here is the link to one of the many videos the young people will be shown in the course of the 24 classes that span two years of middle school. Entitled “Condom Platoon,” it is the saga of condoms that are used incorrectly by a young man named Marvin who has decided to have sex for the very first time with his girlfriend. Marvin and his girlfriend are “pretty serious” about each other, according to the video, and “they really care about each other.” It goes on to say that “one day, they might get married.” (Cue wedding bells in the background--really.) But for now, “they’ve decided they want to have sex, and they’re taking precautions so they don’t get pregnant, or get HIV or another sexually transmitted disease.”

“They’re alone,” the creepy announcer says as he sets the stage for the upcoming sexual encounter and dims the lights—“that special moment, the music, the lights—the condoms.”

Flash to the box of talking condoms. The leader of the “condom platoon” opens with, “Being a condom is a fulfilling career—a career of service and protection. We cover your needs.” In the course of the video, the children are taught that there are many kinds of condoms to choose from, including those that glow in the dark.

But wait, how does a video like this—a video that shows two young people on the couch together apparently nude—encourage young tweens and teens to delay sexual activity as the parents were promised? The answer is obvious—it does not. It simply encourages children to do what Planned Parenthood promises parents it will discourage them from doing. Planned Parenthood’s escapade into Norwich middle schools is funded by taxpayers through a CAPP (Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention) grant, administered by the New York Department of Health.

The It’s Your Game program is gaining traction in many school districts, especially in Texas, where the University of Texas School of Public Health developed the program and is very aggressively pushing it into more than 80 middle schools in the Houston area. “Instead of relying on textbooks and lectures, they embraced videos and computer games, creating an interactive program that captures the fragmented teenage attention span,” a article brags of the program.

All four developers of It’s Your Game have connections to Planned Parenthood, including being listed as “investigators” in a project that has the University of Texas Prevention Research Center (UTPRC) partnering with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in a project based on the theme, “From Healthy Children to Healthy Adults.” This project is listed as the Core Activity of UTPRC, where all the developers of It’s Your Game work as professors. The program has received funding from 2009 through 2014 for the project from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On its Facebook page, UTPRC clarifies:

In line with this mission, UTPRC researchers, led by director Susan Tortolero PhD, will focus their work for the next five years on adolescent sexual health. The core research centers around mobilizing community partnerships for effective sexual health education in middle school. Through a collaborative research study, investigators will develop, implement, and evaluate a dissemination intervention to get effective sexual health programs into middle schools in Harris County.

As an added incentive, the curriculum is provided free of charge to schools.

These professors are producing the statistics that say the program is effective at reducing the onset of teen sexual activity. Yet, they are the very people who are benefitting financially from their partnership with Planned Parenthood and the perpetuation of Planned Parenthood inspired sex education programs, via government grants. Dr. Susan Tortolero, one of the developers of the It’s Your Game program, is the director of the University of Texas Prevention Research Center. She is also vice chair for the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

In Austin, LifeWorks partners with Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region and Austin Independent School District (AISD) in gobbling up a $2.9 million TPPI Tier 1 funding grant to implement the “REAL Talk” program. “REAL Talk” administers It’s Your Game: Keep It Real to seventh and eighth grade students and Reducing the Risk to ninth and tenth grade students attending AISD schools. TPPI is President Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, and is funded by the federal government to the tune of $110 million.

To the Houston parent whose inquiry prompted us to research It’s Your Game to see whether Planned Parenthood is involved, the answer is a resounding yes! If you are fighting this program in Texas or elsewhere, please contact [email protected]. We will compile a list of those involved in the fight, and those interested in stepping up to fight it in their local schools, so that we can share information and strategy.

Iowa Initiative and Planned Parenthood perpetuate abortion

Iowa Right to Life has busted the Iowa Initiative and Planned Parenthood for working together to increase abortions. Iowa RTL executive director Jenifer Bowen writes in response to a Des Moines Register puff piece:

The Des Moines Register’s article by Reporter Tony Leys, “Group: Unplanned pregnancies, abortion rates decline in Iowa,” (9/28/12) was misleading and one-sided.

Sally Pederson’s claim that her Iowa Initiative’s promotion of long-term birth control (intrauterine devices and implanted hormone devices) led to a decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies in Iowa is preposterous. Pederson said Iowa Initiative spent $35 million to pay for such devices, as well as training of staff at dozens of clinics. Planned Parenthood, a big beneficiary, increased its patient visits for IUDs and Implanon from 550 in its fiscal year ending in 2007 to 4,645 in its fiscal year ending in 2009. (Source: Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Annual Reports)

That should reduce abortions, according to Pederson’s reasoning, right? WRONG. Planned Parenthood increased its Iowa abortions in that time from 4,401 in 2007 to 4,792 in 2009. (In fact, Iowa Right to Life has pointed out Planned Parenthood’s growing abortion numbers so often that Planned Parenthood stopped breaking out its abortion stats for Iowa in 2009.)

Full disclosure: Iowa Initiative’s board of directors is stacked with Planned Parenthood’s own board members and big donors. Pederson’s husband, James Autry, was also a former trustee for Planned Parenthood in Iowa. Iowa’s big abortion circle of “scratch-my-back” continues.

Planned Parenthood has full time personnel who do nothing but build relationships and partnerships within communities and on a statewide and national basis. Beware of organizations and initiatives in your community that are tied to Planned Parenthood, and expose those relationships so that community members are not caught unaware by initiatives that are Planned Parenthood centered while carefully hiding Planned Parenthood involvement.

Study: Giving birth NOT more dangerous than abortion

One of Planned Parenthood’s favorite ruses these days is its claim that giving birth is much more dangerous than abortion. David Reardon of the Elliot Institute and Priscilla Coleman from Bowling Green State University published a study in the Medical Science Monitor September 1, 2012, that adds to the body of evidence that refutes PP’s oft repeated claim.

The new study concludes that, “Compared to women who delivered, women who had an early or late abortion had significantly higher mortality rates within one through 10 years.”

While Planned Parenthood and cohorts wildly claim that abortion is 14 times safer than childbirth, Reardon explains that, “[C]ompared to women who gave birth, women who had abortions were about twice as likely to die in each of the 10 years following an abortion.” He also says that in the first year after abortion, suicide is the number one cause of death for post-abortive women.

Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary: 40 Days for Life

As you go out to your local Planned Parenthood to pray during these 40 Days for Life, please do not overlook the importance of Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary.

As Fr. William G. Most writes in his article, “Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces”:

[S]ince Mary was associated with her Son in acquiring grace for us, she will also share with him in distributing that grace to us. This fits well with the words of the popes, who call her the administra of grace, meaning that she administers or dispenses it. So Pope Leo XIII, Iucunda semper, said:

“. . . when He [the Father] has been invoked with excellent prayers, our humble voice turns to Mary; in accordance with no other law than that law of conciliation and petition which was expressed as follows by St. Bernardine of Siena : ‘Every grace that is communicated to this world has a threefold course. For by excellent order, it is dispensed from God to Christ, from Christ to the Virgin, from the Virgin to us.’”

Our Lady of Life, please stop Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood loses bid to stop regulation of medical abortion

Objecting to a 2004 Ohio law that requires Planned Parenthood to abide by FDA regulations when dispensing the abortion drug RU-486, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio filed suit to block the law. This week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the abortion giant’s challenge.

Americans United for Life reports:

The FDA approved the abortion drug regimen RU-486 (under the brand name Mifeprex) for use only through 49 days of pregnancy. The regimen actually involves two different drugs: oral administration of mifepristone on day one, followed by an oral administration of misoprostol on day 3 (together known as the Mifeprex regimen). The FDA approved the drug regimen under a special code section that allows the FDA to restrict the use of the drugs.

Not only did the FDA approve the drug just through 49 days gestation, but the FDA specifically outlined that women are to take each dose in a clinic or physician’s office, with the second dose in the regimen to be taken orally. However, abortion providers—including Planned Parenthood—purposely flout these restrictions, providing the drugs past 49 days and instructing women to take the second dose at home vaginally or buccally (not orally).

But providing the Mifeprex regimen outside the restrictions approved by the FDA is dangerous.

In 2011, the FDA reported that 14 women had died after using the Mifeprex regimen, and eight of these women had died from a bacterial infection.

Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit is just one more example of its attitude that it is above the law and can do as it pleases as it continues its almost unbridled daily killing spree. Despite the fact that the so-called champion of women knew that its use of the abortion drugs outside the FDA recommendations were resulting in the death of women, it chose to challenge the law prohibiting that use, illustrating once more that Planned Parenthood is waging a war against women.