Wednesday STOPP Report
2013-07-03

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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: Political power turns to malevolent force
  • Charities support Planned Parenthood in opposing religious freedom
  • Protecting Black Life debunks Guttmacher statistics
  • Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary: Mary’s efficacious power
  • Stellar lineup for Jim Sedlak’s Radio Maria talk show
Planned Parenthood: Political power turns to malevolent force

Planned Parenthood took center stage in the Texas legislature last week as its head, Cecile Richards, flew into Austin, inciting the mob that took over the gallery of the Texas senate.

As the pro-abortion crowd grew more and more raucous and unruly in the final minutes of the last special legislative session, and with the pro-abortion crowd already at fever pitch in an attempt to shut down the legislative process, Richards egged on the hateful thuggery as she tweeted, “Make some noise—louder!” Immediately after her tweet, another member of her delegation started encouraging the mob to rush the floor of the senate in order to stop the passage of the pending bill.

“We had terrorist[s] in the Texas state senate opposing SB 5,” Senator Bill Zedler later tweeted. He added, “The pro-abortion crowd turned the Texas senate chamber [into] ‘Occupy Wall Street.’” He then wrote, “Disruptive behavior of pro-abortion crowd was encouraged by some Texas House Democrats.”

It came to light Tuesday that there was an ad running on Austin Craig’s List seeking to hire pro-abortion activists in the Texas state capital. The ad was removed from Craig’s List when it was discovered and publicized in pro-life circles.

Townhall.com writer Katie Pavlich wrote about the ad that offered to pay $1300 to $2200 per month to activists who are working “right now” to “keep birth control affordable,” “oppose attacks on women’s health,” “ensure healthcare access,” and “expand global reproductive rights.” When Pavlich called to inquire about the ad, she was told this campaign is directly working with Planned Parenthood to bolster its efforts.

Planned Parenthood, rich to the point of bursting with billions of taxpayer dollars, can well afford to hire thousands of protesters to take control of the special legislative session. Meanwhile, Cecile Richards was on MSNBC talking up the protests that she says are taking place because “the bills are so extreme and unpopular.” She claimed there were 5,000 protestors present on Monday, but of course made no mention that Planned Parenthood is actually hiring radical pro-aborts to protest and disrupt the legislative process via mob tactics.

More and more, Planned Parenthood is revealing its ugly underside, as it becomes increasingly strident in attempts to protect its abortion and birth control business and force its agenda on all Americans. More and more, the abortion giant overrules the will of the people through judicial and political maneuvering, as it incites hatred and chaos through incendiary rhetoric and force, aided and abetted by the U.S. government.

Cecile Richards, for her part, has transformed her eugenics-based organization from one that thrived largely because of its ability to hide and spread its poison in the dark shadows, to one that has no qualms about very visibly seizing control by any means necessary. In fact, it has just issued a white paper, appropriately named Taking Control, which is a case study in how the abortion giant moves about freely today cloaked in deception, working hand in hand with the government to force its agenda on the unwilling.

Planned Parenthood—with a hard-to-shake reputation as a sleazy store-front located in a bad part of town that dispenses birth control and abortions—is now a major political force in the United States, in fulfillment of a promise made by Richards when she took over leadership of the nation’s largest abortion chain in February of 2006.

In November 2006, writing for The Nation, Jennifer Baumgardner quoted Richards’ remarks from a June 2006 address: “We have the potential to swing the vote in 2006, 2008 and 2010, and that’s a lot of power. The question is, What are we going to do with it? And the answer is, We’re going to use it. We’re going to marry our current reality as the largest reproductive healthcare provider in this country with our opportunity to be the largest kickass advocacy organization in the country.”

Turning common sense upside down, she claimed all this political power would be unleashed “so that healthcare can become less politicized.”

The daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards, Cecile came to Planned Parenthood thoroughly steeped in political activism and strategy and fully-wired with political connections that would set the stage for the placement of a contraception free-for-all at the very center of the political scene. She would fabricate an imaginary war on women and create a false paradigm of basic medical facts, using that and her considerable political capital to strip the rights of religious freedom from millions and place our young people in harm’s way like never before.

Planned Parenthood today spends millions to elect candidates who make that happen. The political arm of Planned Parenthood takes credit for electing a plethora of Democrat candidates, all of whom pass Planned Parenthood’s contraception and abortion litmus tests. In fact, in the last presidential election cycle, Planned Parenthood Action Fund spent $5.3 million opposing Republican candidates and $1.5 million in support of Democrat candidates. It spent $0 in supporting Republican candidates and $0 in defeating Democrat candidates.

Planned Parenthood takes credit for reelecting President Barack Obama, who has never wavered in repaying Planned Parenthood’s support of him by treating the organization and its agenda like the goose that laid the golden egg, and placing Cecile Richards among his most trusted advisors.

Today, we see the sour fruits of her political savvy and ruthless approach, as we watch Planned Parenthood taking over the Texas capital by mob rule. In fact, President Obama is reported to have personally joined in tweeting support for the mob takeover of last month’s special legislative session, saying, “Something special is happening in Austin tonight. #StandWithWendy.”

American Life League encourages pro-life supporters to go to Austin to counter Planned Parenthood’s nationwide surge that is focused in the Lone Star state. Pro-life advocates must be very visible in order to counter Planned Parenthood’s paid political agitators. At the following links, both Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Right to Life are publicizing current information about when and where pro-life presence will be needed.


Charities support Planned Parenthood in opposing religious freedom

Christians are known for their charitable giving. Yet the very charities many have supported are aligned with Planned Parenthood in forcing the people who support their work to pay for things that directly contradict their faith.

The March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, and the Spina Bifida Association were listed in Planned Parenthood’s recent white paper, Taking Control, as being among “a wide range of health care groups” that joined the abortion giant, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in opposing the Blunt Amendment’s religious exemption from providing insurance benefits because of “moral conviction.” Easter Seals is added to the list of charities opposing religious freedom, as noted by a nationaljournal.com article.

Pro-life advocates have avoided donating to March of Dimes (MOD) for decades because of its eugenics roots and the harrowing research that it funded. According to an excellent essay by Randy Engel, MOD-funded research included the following projects:

• Peter A. J. Adam used the severed heads of live aborted babies between three to five month gestation in his fetal brain fuel metabolism experiments conducted at the University of Helsinski, Finland.
• Dr. John F.S. Crocker used 60 pairs of human embryonic kidneys obtained from “therapeutic” abortions after five to 12 weeks gestation in his renal research program.
• Dr. Stanley J. Robboy used the reproductive tracts of baby girls aborted by D&C and prostaglandin in his DES experiments.
• Dr. G. Cunha used the reproductive tracts of male and female aborted babies in similar experiments dealing with the teratogenic effects of certain drugs on developing human organs.
• Dr. A de la Chapelle of the University of Helsinki received a MOD grant to develop a non-evasive, simple and safe early prenatal test to replace mid-trimester amniocentesis, thus shifting the abortion timetable from the second trimester to the first trimester. He obtained cells sources from maternal blood samples and the open-heart puncture of healthy 10-week aborted fetuses.

Engel further points out that “[d]uring the 1970s and early 1980s it was MOD’s private foundation monies that permitted these researchers and many others including Drs. Blanch Alter, David Nathan, Haig Kazazian, Yuet Wai Kan, and Mitchell Golbus to bypass the government ban prohibiting the use of federal funds for such non-therapeutic, lethal experimentation on live human fetuses. A virtual international ‘medical underground’ was created to supply fresh human fetal tissues, blood, or organs to ‘needy’ researchers both in the U.S. and abroad.”

Likewise, the American Cancer Society has long been a target of pro-life boycotts. American Life League research shows that the organization has:

• Supported human embryonic stem cell research
• Granted funding at facilities known prominently for human embryonic stem cell research
• Granted funding for morally questionable research
• Granted funding to Planned Parenthood
• Made referrals to Planned Parenthood as a health information/education resource
• Made donations to the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign
• Failed to acknowledge the link between previously induced abortion and risk for breast cancer|
• Suggested fertility options including IVF, embryo freezing, egg/sperm donation and surrogacy

And while Easter Seals told ALL it neither funds nor conducts research laboratories, it was one of many medical research/advocacy organizations to sign a letter on July 29, 1999, to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee calling for increased federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. In response to a subsequent query, it stated that it was not taking a stand on embryonic stem cell research, but wanted the NIH to be involved in decisions about embryonic stem cell research. NIH funds have been, in fact, utilized to conduct such research.

The Spina Bifida Association is not an organization that one would expect to take the extreme position of aligning with Planned Parenthood to deny religious freedom, based on our prior knowledge of the organization. However, Planned Parenthood reports that it did just that.

The Planned Parenthood white paper characterizes exemption based on moral conviction as “dangerous and extreme” and mischaracterizes its intent by saying it would “allow employers to deny their employees services such as vaccinations or blood transfusions, based solely on religious or moral beliefs.”

Planned Parenthood’s language is intentionally deceptive and intended to demonize the Catholic Church and any employer who objects to participating in its free-contraception-for-all scheme. In that vein, the paper quotes Secretary of State Kathleen Sebelius saying, “The Obama administration believes that decisions about medical care should be made by a woman and her doctor, not a woman and her boss.”

Employers obviously do not have, nor do they seek to have, the option to deny anyone medical services. But if those services fly in the face of employers’ religious convictions, they have historically not been required to pay for them, and should not be today simply because Planned Parenthood and its allies, along with the Obama administration, say they should. Planned Parenthood’s incendiary rhetoric in its white paper is illustrative of the deceptive, thug-like tactics it increasingly uses to force its malevolent agenda on Americans who want no part of it.


Protecting Black Life debunks Guttmacher statistics

Planned Parenthood’s “independent” research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, exists to provide data that supports Planned Parenthood’s agenda. While Guttmacher created statistics using zip code data to substantiate its claims that only nine percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion centers are located in black neighborhoods, Protecting Black Life collected data by census groups that clearly shows that 62 percent of such facilities are located within walking distance of black or Hispanic neighborhoods, and 79 percent are within walking distance of one or both. Here is the analysis from Protecting Black Life:

The Guttmacher Institute determined in 2011 that only nine percent of abortion facilities are located in predominantly black neighborhoods. Some would consider this a definitive answer to the question, but it most certainly is not. Protecting Black Life’s research on Planned Parenthood’s targeting of minorities shows that Guttmacher’s research does not tell the whole story, especially when it comes to Planned Parenthood’s targeting activities.

First of all, Guttmacher looked at all abortion facilities performing more than 400 abortions per year, curiously excluding a subset of data in their analysis. Secondly, their nine percent result only included neighborhoods where where blacks are a majority (at least 50 percent) of the population or more. This is a very high bar, considering blacks are only 12.6 percent of the nationwide population, and some states have black populations that are only two to three percent. There is no question that blacks can have a fairly noticeable population density well below the 50 percent level, especially for targeting purposes.

Guttmacher’s analysis is based on zip code populations, which would not necessarily include all of the neighborhoods within walking distance of the abortion facilities. A zip code district is a very non-uniform geographical area, and the facility could be located near the edge of it, excluding black neighborhoods right across the street that are in a different zip code.

Most importantly, even if their data provided a perfect accounting of the minority neighborhoods surrounding abortion facilities, unlikely at best, it doesn’t tell us anything specifically about Planned Parenthood, hidden in the forest of abortion facilities and hoping that the light doesn’t reach them.

Protecting Black Life’s research provides clear data showing that 62 percent of the 165 Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities (operating in 2010) are located within walking distance of relatively high black populations, 64 percent are within walking distance of Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods, and 79 percent are within walking distance of one or both.

Instead of using zip codes, Protecting Black Life’s research collected population data by census tracts, which are smaller census areas that resemble neighborhoods because they are homogeneous by some measure, such as housing stock or income level. This census tract approach provided a very consistent, close-up, and detailed look at the population landscape within walking distance (a two-mile radius) of each of the abortion facilities.

Populations were considered relatively high, or “targeted neighborhoods,” if the black or Hispanic/Latino percentages were at least 50 percent, or if they were 1.5 times the black or Hispanic/Latino percentage, respectively, of the surrounding county. Not included were any census tracts with black percentages less than 12.6 percent or Hispanic/Latino percentages less than 16.3 percent, their national percentage of population.

In addition, this research showed that 29 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of neighborhoods that are at least 50 percent black, compared to the nine percent result claimed by Guttmacher. It is clear that Guttmacher’s analysis does not tell the whole story about the demographics of the surrounding neighborhoods, nor does it reveal much about Planned Parenthood in particular.

The other interesting detail that jumped out of this research is that Planned Parenthood clearly prefers to locate in a census tract that is near a minority neighborhood but not actually in the middle of one. There are several likely reasons for this. Visibility, bus lines, and an impression of medical respectability are easier to find in a less residential area. Locating only close enough to be in the daily traveling vicinity of a minority neighborhood allows for a familiar but “professional” distance that would be appropriate for a community “medical” center, a facade that Planned Parenthood would prefer to maintain. This slight but intentional separation from their minority targets could have provided cover to the abortion industry in Guttmacher’s analysis, but Planned Parenthood’s deliberate placement was obvious when examined using the Protecting Black Life approach.

More chillingly, it was apparent from examining these detailed results that Planned Parenthood’s location was often strategically placed to “split the difference” between separate but distinct black and Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods, with the abortion facility placed in between the two. Again, this separation might have hidden the truth in Guttmacher’s results, but not in the Protecting Black Life research.

While no actual data was provided by Guttmacher to support their conclusions, Protecting Black Life’s results can be seen in living color on their webpage, where every facility with targeted neighborhoods is shown with its census tract map and minority and county percentages:

http://www.protectingblacklife.org/pp_targets/index.html

If you are really interested in knowing if Planned Parenthood is targeting minority neighborhoods, this is a must-see.


Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary: Mary’s efficacious power

“[Satan] is like a mad man. He can’t get to Mary; she’s confirmed in grace, she defeated him. So he looks for other women.” Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, theologian and doctoral alumnus of the Gregorian Pontifical University of Rome, speaking recently at the Miriam College in Quezon City, Philippines, talked about how aping and mocking God, Satan uses women “in the destruction, the breakdown of the family nucleus.” He said that Satan hates women because of his hatred for the Blessed Mother.

Fr. Iannuzzi knows a thing or two about Satan and about Mary. He is an exorcist. CBCPNews.net covered Fr. Iannuzzi’s talk in a June 13 write-up. “Apparently, Satan cannot help but be envious of Mary’s ‘efficacious power that exceeds that of all other creatures,’” Fr. Iannuzzi said.

It is that efficacious power given to Mary that our campaign to Bring Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary relies upon.

STOPP national director Rita Diller and ALL vice president Jim Sedlak discussed Mary’s role in bringing an end to Planned Parenthood recently on Sedlak’s Radio Maria talk show, “Armed for Battle.” The discussion centers on Mary’s role in shutting down 19 Planned Parenthood facilities in the Texas Panhandle, and how that experience leads the way for shutting down Planned Parenthood nationwide.

Follow this link to hear the entire talk, and pass it along!


Stellar lineup for Jim Sedlak’s Radio Maria talk show

Continuing his impressive lineup of guests, American Life League vice president Jim Sedlak has announced guests for upcoming episodes of “Armed for Battle.” The show airs on Radio Maria every Friday from noon to 1 pm Eastern time. You can listen via the Internet at http://radiomaria.us.

Upcoming guests are:

July 5 – Dr. Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance for Life who was in the gallery in the Texas senate chambers last week when the pro-aborts staged a mob scene to prevent an anti-abortion bill from passing. Joe will talk about what it was like being there and what is happening now in Texas to get the legislation passed.

July 12 – John Pisciotta of Pro-Life Waco talking about all the successful battles against Planned Parenthood in Waco, Texas.