Wednesday STOPP Report
2015-09-02

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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

  • What a summer!
  • Is Planned Parenthood needed?
  • Imminent actions against Planned Parenthood
  • Victory in Nebraska and Iowa
What a summer!

This has been an incredible summer in the fight against Planned Parenthood. Of course, the impetus for all the activity is the three-year undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress. The release of the first undercover video, showing the business of selling baby body parts, was released on July 14 and changed the effort against Planned Parenthood.

The reaction from news reporters and individuals alike all had the same sentiment. Most people had never thought about what happens to the body parts of the over one million babies who die by abortion every year in America. Most just assumed that the fetal remains were disposed of as “medical waste.” As disturbing as that idea was, the truth now being exposed to all the world is even worse.

Planned Parenthood recently admitted to Congress that, in those affiliates where baby body parts are harvested, it receives $60 per part. How many PP affiliates are involved in this grisly trade? It depends on whom you ask. Planned Parenthood told Congress in a letter that only two affiliates are involved. Then, later in the same letter, it said six were involved just six weeks earlier. The Center for Medical Progress says it has evidence that 14 PP affiliates have been involved. That’s almost a quarter of all PP affiliates. This is “business-as-normal” for Planned Parenthood.

Elected officials in states around the country reacted with outrage. Very quickly, states began taking steps to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Noting that Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood allowed either party to cancel with 15 – 30 days’ notice, states issued the notifications. Planned Parenthood reacted by whining that it is entitled to taxpayer money. It got its friends in the Obama administration to help, and the administration has threatened to cut off federal money to any state that cuts Planned Parenthood funds. Planned Parenthood has even taken some states to court, and the U.S. Justice Department is defending its position. As I write this, all these situations are still up in the air.

Everyday people have become so outraged at the situation that a coalition of over 60 pro-life groups called for a National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood. That event took place on August 22 and over 78,000 individuals stood in front of 354 Planned Parenthood centers across the country. It was the largest single-day protest of Planned Parenthood in its 99 year history. A half-dozen locations had 1,000 people or more and the largest protest was one in which 4,000 people showed up in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In the midst of all of this, a majority of the United States Senate (54 senators) voted to support defunding Planned Parenthood at the federal level. We expect another vote in the Senate and a vote in the House over the next few weeks.

Here at ALL’s STOPP program, the phones have been ringing off the hook. State lawmakers talk about how to defund Planned Parenthood, and ordinary people ask how they can start an effort against Planned Parenthood in their own towns. Then there’s always the pressing question: When will the next video be released?

Yes, this has been the busiest and most fascinating summer in our 30-year history of fighting Planned Parenthood. For decades, those opposed to Planned Parenthood have prayed that God will end the reign of the terrorist organization that is Planned Parenthood. It is absolutely incredible to be in the center of the action when God decides now is the time to move.

Planned Parenthood thinks it is up against human beings and is trying everything it can to use its usual tactics to fend off its opposition. What Planned Parenthood doesn’t understand is that it is facing a series of events set in motion by God. Those opposed to this organization know the weapons that are needed in this battle—prayer and action.

In talking with reinvigorated STOPPers all across this nation, we find that the outcome is clear. In the not too distant future, Planned Parenthood will be no more. God always triumphs over evil.


Is Planned Parenthood needed?

Many people have argued for years that women need Planned Parenthood. We disagree.

Those who argue for Planned Parenthood often insist that Planned Parenthood is needed because it provides health care for poor people. What most people don’t understand is that a “poor person” is simply an individual or family who has an income that is less than 150 percent of the official federal poverty level. Here in 2015, 150 percent of the federal poverty level is $17,655 for an individual. Any person not making that much money is, by definition, a “poor” person.

Planned Parenthood says that 78 percent of its clients are at or below the federal poverty level. We know that 70 percent of Planned Parenthood’s clients are under the age of 25. Thus, its primary customers are high school and college students. Most people are not aware that, when a high school or college student goes into PP, only her own personal income counts. So any high school or college girl who does not make $17,655 is a “poor” person. These are the majority of the poor people at PP.

In addition to this fact, many people are seriously examining the question of whether or not PP is really needed to serve even these “poor” people. One research group that took on this task is the Charlotte Lozier Institute. This group released a study that concluded, “If Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, were to be defunded from receiving over $500 million in taxpayer funds per year, there already exist over 13,000 non-abortion providing federally qualified health center (FQHC) service sites and rural health clinics (RHCs) that could receive this sum instead and continue to provide comprehensive women’s healthcare.”

In other words, Planned Parenthood is not needed. If you go the link above, you will see two graphic images that clearly show that Planned Parenthood centers are dwarfed by the health centers in every state in the nation.


Imminent actions against Planned Parenthood

1. This Friday, September 4, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, FOX NEWS is scheduled to run a one-hour documentary on the undercover videos at Planned Parenthood entitled Planned Parenthood - The Hidden Harvest.

FOX describes this report as follows: “This summer, a series of secretly recorded videos have exposed a business in fetal tissue. Already a number of politicians have called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, a primary target of the sting, while others support the organization and call this just another salvo in the War on Women. The Fox News Reporting special Planned Parenthood - The Hidden Harvest delves into the controversy, featuring exclusive new details about the making of those videos, and investigating an industry and field of scientific research that many didn’t even know existed.”

2. American Life League is a member of the #WomenBetrayed coalition. On Thursday, September 10, the coalition is organizing the #WomenBetrayed: The Real Stories Rally & Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. The intent is to put pressure on Congress to pass a budget that does NOT fund Planned Parenthood. It hopes that Congress will then put this on President Obama’s desk for him to sign and defund the abortion giant once and for all. If not, he will show the country that he defends Planned Parenthood and its practice of harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies. Find out more information at WomenBetrayed.com

3. American Life League and STOPP International are active members of the #ProtestPP coalition. The coalition ran the successful National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood on August 22, and is planning additional activities. We encourage all of our readers to visit ProtestPP.com on a regular basis to keep up-to-date on everything that is being planned.


Victory in Nebraska and Iowa

In the midst of all the activity we’ve described in this WSR, God granted a major victory to those fighting Planned Parenthood in Nebraska and Iowa.

In April 2011, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced plans to open a total of 12 new centers in the two states—six in Nebraska and six in Iowa. Planned Parenthood even named the communities in each state where it intended to locate its new centers.

At the time, the organization was operating a total of 28 centers in the two states. Once Planned Parenthood made its plans public, American Life League worked with concerned citizens in both states to stop this expansion.

The folks in Nebraska formed Nebraskans Against Planned Parenthood. The group put together an active plan for each community and invited Jim Sedlak to speak in each targeted town. Local people became very active and had petitions signed in an effort to keep Planned Parenthood out of town. A similar effort was run in Iowa by Iowa Right to Life. 

Over the years, not only did Planned Parenthood not open the new centers, but it closed facilities in both states. 

Then, just last week, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced it is dropping its plans to open the new centers! Praise God!

The actual number of Planned Parenthood centers remaining in the two states is 16—12 less than it had four years ago. Thus, Planned Parenthood actually has 24 centers less in the two states than it announced it planned to have.

Congratulations to all who worked so hard to successfully stop the Planned Parenthood expansion in Nebraska and Iowa.