Wednesday STOPP Report
2014-02-05

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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

  • New Numbers show Planned Parenthood committed one-third of all US surgical and medical abortions in 2011
  • Navigating the thorny path of deception that leads to Planned Parenthood sex education
  • National Girl Scout cookie boycott led by ALL Associate group Pro-Life Waco
  • Jim Sedlak’s ‘Armed for Battle’ show to explain Girl Scout cookie boycott
  • Judie Brown weighs in on ChurchMilitantTV tonight
  • Twins saved from abortion at Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Arizona
New Numbers show Planned Parenthood committed one-third of all US surgical and medical abortions in 2011

The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, made headlines this week with a media release and report saying that, in 2011, national abortions decreased to their lowest point since 1973—the year the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion through its Roe v. Wade decision. Certainly, if the Guttmacher numbers are reliable, this is cause for celebration. Sadly, even in light of the new numbers, it is still the case that one out of every five pregnancies ends in abortion.

But what Guttmacher did not point out was that its own revised national numbers, when compared to Planned Parenthood 2011 abortion numbers, reflect that Planned Parenthood committed 31.6 percent of all abortions in the United States in 2011. Yes, Planned Parenthood committed one out of every three abortions in the United States in 2011.

Here are some comparative numbers based on the Guttmacher report entitled “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011,” and Planned Parenthood’s annual reports, showing Planned Parenthood’s ever-increasing share of the U.S. abortion market:

Planned Parenthood committed 31.6% of abortions nationwide in 2011
Planned Parenthood committed 23.3% of abortions nationwide in 2006
Planned Parenthood committed 16.5% of abortions nationwide in 2001
Planned Parenthood committed 11.3% of abortions nationwide in 1996
Planned Parenthood committed 8.5% of abortions nationwide in 1991
Planned Parenthood committed 6.2% of abortions nationwide in 1986

The graph below shows that Planned Parenthood abortions continue to soar, even as national abortion rates have declined and leveled off.

National Abortions vs. Planned Parenthood Abortions

The new Guttmacher study said it sought to determine whether prolific abortion restrictions were the cause for the lower nationwide abortion rates. It concluded that they were not, even though Planned Parenthood continually complains that laws restricting abortion constitute a war on women, take away abortion availability, and compromise the supposed right to abortion.

Guttmacher’s study instead points to a concurrent drop in pregnancy rates and birth rates, and credits economic recession, better use of contraceptives, and increase in use of long-acting contraceptives—especially the IUD—for the nationwide declines. These are the same oral and long-acting contraceptives that became eligible for full payment by Obamacare at the behest of Planned Parenthood. The same contraceptives Planned Parenthood is fighting tooth and nail to force religious groups and individuals to pay for against their conscience.

The new study cites a July 2012 Guttmacher study, “Changes in Use of Long-Acting Contraceptive Methods in the U.S., 2007–2009.” The 2012 study underlies Planned Parenthood’s ramped up push for IUDs and implants in young women who have never before given birth—a use which is not approved by Bayer, the manufacturer of the much-advertised Mirena IUD. In fact, Bayer warns that the device is only approved for women who have previously given birth.

Despite those warnings by the manufacturers, the 2012 Guttmacher study insists that the IUD is safe for young women who have never given birth. It also says that the percentage of women on Medicaid who use IUDs is much higher than average. This points to the targeting of teens, and low-income and minority women by Planned Parenthood for implantation of these long-acting, dangerous devices.

The Guttmacher Institute began within the Planned Parenthood corporate structure as its research arm. While it claims to be independent of Planned Parenthood today, its studies and statistics are obviously spun out to bolster Planned Parenthood and help it in its quest to receive more and more government funding. Its numbers are generally used by both sides in the abortion battle, not because those of us who respect human life trust Guttmacher to produce sound statistics, but because Guttmacher is the only source that publishes numbers covering the entire United States.

With that in mind, many are questioning the accuracy of the numbers included in the new study. American Life League Associate group Pharmacists for Life International discounts the numbers entirely, saying that the true body count of abortions has not dropped precipitously these past few years, and cites the lack of inclusion of abortions caused by “chemical and mechanical abortions” such as the pill, the morning-after pill, implants and IUDs. American Life League president, Judie Brown, notes that the numbers also do not include the countless preborn babies killed by reproductive technology.

Operation Rescue notes in an e-mail blast, “[T]he Guttmacher numbers are not completely accurate because they relied on voluntary responses from abortion clinics, many of which had closed by the time this survey was conducted and were unavailable to contribute data.”

Operation Rescue recently released its own study that documented the closing of 87 surgical abortion clinics in 2013 and 73 percent of all abortion clinics since 1991. For Guttmacher researchers to say that those closures have had no significant impact on the abortion rates is disingenuous.

Priscilla Coleman, director of the World Expert Consortium for Abortion Research and Education (WECARE), weighs in on Mercator.net, saying, “[T]he data gathered is reasonably trustworthy. . . . However, many of the conclusions drawn are quite inappropriate, as they are not consistent with the data reported and/or involve inferences that are likely politically motivated, as opposed to being data-based.”

Coleman further notes that the report was published in the Guttmacher Institute’s own journal, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, as opposed to a mainstream peer-reviewed journal. “Thankfully,” Coleman says, “most journals would never permit the leaps made by [Guttmacher researchers] Jones and Jerman as they ‘explain’ their findings.”

Planned Parenthood itself shed a good deal of light on the purpose of the Guttmacher report in a media release on its website. It begins: “A report issued Monday by the Guttmacher Institute shows that abortion rates dropped considerably in 2011, a moment in time in which births were also down overall. Planned Parenthood Federation of America said the new report underscores the importance of affordable, accessible birth control.”

Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards said, “This report comes just as some politicians and corporations are trying to make it harder for women to get birth control by chipping away at the historic benefit in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurance plans to cover birth control without a copay.” Her words validate Coleman’s conclusion that the conclusions drawn from the study were politically motivated, and not data based.

Richards goes on to say, “Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion services for women who make the deeply personal decision to end a pregnancy, we are proud to fight for a woman’s right to make that decision without interference from politicians, and we are proud to provide birth control that prevents that need for abortion in the first place.”

Of course Planned Parenthood is “proud” to commit hundreds of thousands of abortions every year. The blood of innocent babies is the lifeblood of the Planned Parenthood conglomerate. In 2012, abortion provided, by very conservative estimates, $170 million for the abortion giant—a full 55.7 percent of its non-government clinic income. Planned Parenthood is not about reducing abortions—it’s about grabbing an ever-larger share of the U.S. abortion market.

STOPP has compiled numerous reports and statistics to help concerned citizens fight Planned Parenthood on the local, state, and national levels. Visit our website, www.stopp.org, to take advantage of our many years of gathering and careful analysis of Planned Parenthood statistics.


Navigating the thorny path of deception that leads to Planned Parenthood sex education

Planned Parenthood of Arizona has created a vehicle to push its sex education programs into schools, and that vehicle is moving full speed ahead. According to the Planned Parenthood of Arizona (PPAZ) website, the Sexual Health and Responsible Education initiative, or SHARE, is actively working to provide:

· Assistance with the selection of a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum that aligns with National
  Sexuality Education Standards-Core Content and Skills, K-12
· Resource support for teacher training
· Technical support-coaching and curriculum mapping
· Parent workshops

In fact, the job description for Planned Parenthood’s new community organizer/regional health coordinator in Yuma, Arizona, says that person, under the guidance of the PPAZ director of education “identifies target school districts and works with school leadership to move toward adoption of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum policy in these districts to advance the Sexual Health and Responsible Education (SHARE) initiative.”

The Planned Parenthood education director who just happened to know a committee member. With that in mind, it is easy to see that Planned Parenthood didn’t just stumble into the doors of the Tempe Union School District to share information about some of its favorite sex ed curricula. The woman who took the floor to push three Planned Parenthood-favored sex ed curriculums—Vikki Hadd-Wissler—is none other than the director of education for Planned Parenthood of Arizona. The same director who will guide the Yuma regional health coordinator “in targeting school districts and working with school leadership to move toward adoption of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum policy.”

Yet Dr. Kenneth Baca, superintendent of the Tempe Union School District, was quoted in an ABC15.com news report saying, “The committee did not invite Planned Parenthood as an organization to promote any program. A person on the committee knew a person that was familiar with the programs that were being considered and they asked that person to speak. That person happens to work at Planned Parenthood.”

The committee he refers to is a board-appointed committee that handpicked the three programs presented by the Planned Parenthood representative at the meeting.

Still, Superintendent Baca insisted that Planned Parenthood was never asked to present the information, and he said Planned Parenthood did not approach the committee about presenting the information concerning sex education programs, according to the ABC15.com report.

Is it possible that Planned Parenthood’s network in Arizona enables it to fly below the radar of the superintendent to get its foot in the door? Absolutely. Not only possible but highly probable, since Planned Parenthood is so controversial as to cause parents to scream about its presence in the school, and can cause superintendents to shut down a sex ed program on the spot because of an intense parental outcry—the type of outcry that is happening in Tempe.

The Planned Parenthood education director who just happens to know a committee member and thus was invited to present—not on behalf of Planned Parenthood—is just the first string in the obfuscatory web that Planned Parenthood has spun in order to ensure that only Planned Parenthood-approved, morally bereft, “sex-positive” sex education (which encourages lifelong sexual expression) gets into the schools in Arizona.

Enter phase two of PPAZ deception regarding sex ed. The PPAZ SHARE initiative webpage links to the National Sexuality Education Standards, claiming that the standards “provide clear and consistent guidance on the essential minimum core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students.”

But just what are these National Sexuality Education Standards that PPAZ speaks of? Who proposed them and are they binding on schools? Are the standards really developmentally and age-appropriate for students?

National Standards—the players and their history: The Wednesday STOPP Report published two articles on the National Sexuality Standards almost exactly a year ago, revealing that the standards are published by The Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative, a partnership between three organizations that are intricately intertwined with Planned Parenthood. In addition, Planned Parenthood leaders are on the advisory committee for the standards and among the additional reviewers of the FoSE national standards. Douglas Kirby of ETR appears on the list of additional reviewers. ETR began its existence as the education arm of Planned Parenthood of Santa Cruz.

One of the partners in the FoSE Initiative, SIECUS, was launched in 1964 by the Kinsey Institute to teach the Kinsey philosophy of sex education in American schools. Dr. Mary Calderone, a former medical director at Planned Parenthood, was the first director of SIECUS.

Dr. Alfred Kinsey authored the “Kinsey Reports” in 1948 and 1953, which were the basis for a sexual revolution that promoted and sanctioned promiscuity, pornography, and homosexuality. Kinsey’s research was disproportionally based on surveys of prison inmates, sex offenders, and prostitutes.

Quoting Concerned Women of America’s report, A Nation Deceived: “To obtain data about the sexual behavior of children, Dr. Kinsey worked with trained pedophiles who sexually abused hundreds of children (as young as two months) to prove to the world that infants, toddlers, and juveniles could enjoy sex pre-puberty with the help of an adult. Their sexual torture was recorded as pleasure.”

The national standards push sexual orientation issues from the earliest ages, and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is listed among the national resources, along with Planned Parenthood’s “independent” research arm, the Guttmacher Institute.

Not age appropriate: As for the supposed age-appropriate content of the National Standards, by the end of 8th grade, the 14-year-old students must be able to “differentiate between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation and explain the range of gender roles.” They must define sexual intercourse and its relation to human reproduction. The standards define sexual intercourse as “when a penis is inserted into a vagina, mouth, or anus.” Students must also define “emergency contraception” and its use, and “describe a range of ways people express affection within various types of relationships.”

By the end of 12th grade, students must be able to “describe the human sexual response cycle, including the role hormones play.” They must “differentiate between biological sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.”

To give some insight into what the students will be taught, the “info for teens” area of Planned Parenthood’s website describes erogenous zones and five phases of the “sexual response cycle” in graphic, salacious detail, wrapping up by telling teens: “Sexual pleasure can be important to our emotional and physical health and well-being.” It goes on to make bizarre claims that sexual pleasure leads to better health, increased self esteem, a more youthful appearance, better fitness, and a longer life! It characterizes sex as “play,” telling the teens, “Sex play—with or without a partner—can be a positive and powerful force in our lives. It helps us create connections to other people and it helps us enjoy our world.”

Planned Parenthood admits that it believes youth must be sexually active in order to experience “healthy human development,” and that abstinence is unrealistic. It stands to reason that Planned Parenthood sex education, which will always promote “sexual expression,” will increase sexual expression and thus increase the teen pregnancy rate.

In Hawaii, state representative Bob McDermott is challenging Planned Parenthood’s assertions that its Pono Choices curriculum is medically accurate and age appropriate. He points out that the curriculum, in keeping with the FoSE national standards, wrongly defines the anus as genitalia, naming it a “sexual anatomy part.” He further points out that homosexuality is represented in 33 percent of the sexual scenarios presented, while homosexuality is manifest in only two to four percent of the male population and one to two percent of females.

Representative McDermott’s press release points out that, after battling for 45 days for the opportunity to review the curriculum, “My review has concluded that significant portions of Pono Choices are NOT medically accurate, NOT appropriate for 11-year-old children, and [are] deliberately misleading on STDs (sexually transmitted diseases.)” The same could certainly be said of all Planned Parenthood approved curricula.

National Standards are not binding on schools. The National Sexuality Education Standards are not binding on schools, but FoSE craftily partners with other organizations that are in a position to fast-track its national standards—and from there the sex education its members and advisors publish—into the schools.

STOPP is proud to be working with parents in Arizona to keep Planned Parenthood and its repugnant sex education out of the schools. There is strength in numbers, and our publication Parent Power!! will teach you how to organize resistance to Planned Parenthood and its cohorts and get them out of your schools. Tempe and Yuma are just the first frontier in Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s bid to get its salacious sex education into Arizona schools. The time to act is now. Parents in all 50 states should beware that Planned Parenthood is advancing into schools at an unprecedented rate.


National Girl Scout cookie boycott led by ALL Associate group Pro-Life Waco

A national boycott of Girl Scout cookies led by Dr. John Pisciotta, head of ALL Associate group Pro-Life Waco, is attracting intense media attention. Joining Pro-Life Waco in the boycott are national pro-life groups American Life League, the Radiance Foundation, the Pro-Life Action League, LifeNews, Operation Rescue, the National Black Pro-Life Union, pro-life blogger Jill Stanek, Life Coalition International, and Issues4Life Foundation.

“The Girl Scouts was once a trusted organization dedicated to character building in young girls and women. Now, GSUSA is abusing that trust,” said Judie Brown, president of ALL. “Most parents and grandparents remain painfully unaware that GSUSA has introduced so-called ‘family planning’ ideology in its curriculum and promotes groups like Planned Parenthood to our daughters and granddaughters.”

Sales from the annual cookie sale fundraiser bring in approximately $5 million annually for Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA). GSUSA is the largest member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which advocates for “affordable, accessible, safe abortion.” GSUSA directly participated in a United Nations workshop in 2010 where the Planned Parenthood sex education pamphlet Happy, Healthy, and Hot was distributed. The pamphlet instructs young girls not to think of sex as “just about vaginal or anal intercourse.” It continued, “There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore, and be yourself!” It also advised the young girls that they have the right to decide when, and if, to disclose their positive HIV status to partners.

Local troops retain only 10 to 20 percent of the money from the sales, with the majority of the remainder passed up to councils. GSUSA collects a royalty payment based upon their licensed trademark on every box of cookies produced. Consider that 200 million boxes of cookies are sold annually and the cookie licensing payments account for five to seven percent of GSUSA’s budget. This amounts to upwards of five million dollars in funding for GSUSA every year.

Most recently, Girl Scouts came under fire for tweeting about a Huffington Post video promoting Wendy Davis as a candidate for Woman of the Year for 2013. Davis is the Texas senator who led a filibuster on behalf of Planned Parenthood and its cohorts to stop a Texas ban on aborting some babies past 20 weeks gestation.

Organizers of the Girl Scout cookie boycott have provided a printable flier on their website to be distributed to adults who are with the girls selling the cookies, explaining the reasons for the boycott. We encourage everyone to print the flier and join the boycott.

American Life League maintains a web page detailing the connections between Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. Join in the boycott today, and help inform parents why Girl Scouts is no longer a viable organization for the moral, healthy formation of girls.


Jim Sedlak’s ‘Armed for Battle’ show to explain Girl Scout cookie boycott

Tune in to Radio Maria Friday, February 7, from noon to 1 p.m. for an exciting, informative program as ALL’s Jim Sedlak brings Girl Scout Cookiecott 2014 organizer Dr. John Pisciotta to his Armed for Battle radio talk show. Joining Dr. Pisciotta and Jim Sedlak will be Ann Saladin, creator of the MyGirlScoutCouncil.com website.

Dr. Pisciotta heads our ALL Associate group Pro-Life Waco and organized the original Girl Scout Cookie Boycott in 2004. Ann Saladin documents pro-life concerns about the Girl Scouts council by council.

Armed for Battle airs on Radio Maria every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time. You can listen via the Internet at http://radiomaria.us.


Judie Brown weighs in on ChurchMilitantTV tonight

American Life League’s Judie Brown will appear live on Michael Voris’ Mic’D Up program, sharing her expertise on the subject of Catholic hospitals and contraception.

In addition to heading American Life League, Judie was a three-term member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. She was instrumental in the issuance of a statement by the academy condemning use of the morning after pill, or emergency contraception, in light of its abortifacient action. You can view the statement on the Vatican website.

Click here to listen live http://www.churchmilitant.tv/micdup at 8 p.m. Eastern time today, February 5. You won’t want to miss this important program. There will be an opportunity to call in during the program.


Twins saved from abortion at Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Arizona

Thanks to Jill Stanek for sharing on her blog this story written by Hans Johnson.

Rebecca Rizzi, 24, decided to make an appointment for an abortion at the Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Arizona. “I just felt I had to do it,” she said.

When she arrived, she walked past a group of protesters with the nagging feeling they were in the right. She could hear them every time the door opened and closed. Finally, after waiting more than an hour and leaning toward not going through with it, she went outside for some fresh air.

Being drawn to Sherry Price of the Refuge in the Desert ministry, “I kind of went over to chat and I think I had it set in my mind really not to be dismissive of what they were trying to do, but I was going to ask if they thought what they were doing would actually make a difference.”

Rebecca visited a pregnancy resource center with Sherry and determined to choose life, saying, “I had it set in my mind that I could do this and put the baby up for adoption. I could live with that.”

As the pregnancy went on, Sherry continued in her support, even offering to take in the baby herself. But then Rebecca learned she was carrying twins and decided to raise them herself. Last month Olivia Grace and Kara Shea were born. Asked what her advice would be to others in her situation she answered: “I would say to seek help. . . . I didn’t realize how many resources there were to help women in my position. There’s so many options and resources.”

Planned Parenthood is where women go when they feel they have no options. We thank God for Sherry Price and good people like her throughout the nation who stand outside Planned Parenthood abortion centers to offer help and hope where uncertainty and despair reign.