Wednesday STOPP Report
2016-07-20

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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

  • The Franchise of Death
  • First Time in History
  • Sedlak Participating at First California Statewide Pro-Life Conference
  • Another Indiana PP Center Closes
The Franchise of Death

By Jim Sedlak

Isaac Singer is given credit for establishing the first franchise operation in the United States in 1850. Singer’s franchisees were engaged in selling his revolutionary sewing machines. A century later, it was Ray Kroc who unleashed modern franchising through the rapid expansion of the McDonald brothers’ hamburger stand.

I believe that it is fair to say that neither Singer nor Kroc envisioned the ghoulish use of franchising happening today. In this country, there are 56 franchisees operating in 49 states that bring in a total of $1.3 billion dollars selling death and misery. Not only is such an operation legal, but federal, state, and local governments provide over 40 percent of the franchisees’ income. 

Of course, this is 2016 and the world of doublespeak that George Orwell warned about in his seminal book 1984has long since taken hold in this nation. Dangerous pills and chemicals are called “health products,” ending the lives of innocent human beings is called “health care,” and franchisees of death are now called “Planned Parenthood affiliates.”

The basic misogynistic activity of these affiliates is to convince young women that their naturally given fertility is something to be abhorred and defeated. In order to do this, the business model for the entire franchise operation must indoctrinate young women to reject the natural functions of their bodies and replace them with purely hedonistic desires and actions. Once the preliminary indoctrination has taken place, the franchisees bring in the money by selling these women products that make them infertile (temporarily or permanently). The products are sold at huge revenues that bolster the franchise operation. 

Proceeds are so enormous that the chief executives of each of the 56 affiliates take home an average of $186,000 a year. Thirteen percent make over $300,000 a year. In addition, the top 12 employees at the national office of the franchise operation make an average of $345,338 a year. The national office does not have any direct customer income.

As with any franchise operation, the affiliates must sign franchise agreements (called affiliate agreements) with the national office. There are a host of requirements in the agreements, but every affiliate must use the franchise name in their name, follow specific directions in delivering services to the customers, comply with financial accountability, and pay annual fees (called dues) to the national office.

In daily operation, the Franchise of Death works like any other franchise. Every unit (center) must make money or it will close down. The national office must certify every affiliate and then recertify it at least every four years. If the affiliate does not follow the directions of the national office, it loses its affiliation.

The death peddled by these affiliates comes in various forms, include leading teens into promiscuous lifestyles which increases their chance of contracting sometimes-deadly sexually transmitted diseases; selling products like birth control pills that are known to cause blood clots that lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolisms; actually performing early abortions using the abortion pill without the woman ever meeting a physician in person; and setting quotas and performing surgical abortions to end the lives of human beings. 

According to the reports issued by this Franchise of Death, 888 innocent human beings die in Planned Parenthood franchise centers every day of the year. That’s 37 babies an hour. That’s more than one every two minutes.  

Let us hope that future generations will look back on the Franchise of Death and wonder how such an evil organization was allowed to operate freely and even get government support in a country that once proclaimed itself as a Christian nation.

Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League and a leading fighter against the programs and philosophies of Planned Parenthood.


First Time in History

Just this week, another milestone was reached in the fight against Planned Parenthood in the United States. Some of the major “firsts” in the battle against PP include the following (not a complete list):

1981 – American Life League becomes the first national pro-life group to fight PP’s contraception business as well as its abortion business.

1985 – STOPP is formed as the first group focusing exclusively on PP.

1988 – George Grant publishes Grand Illusions, the first major book critical of the Planned Parenthood organization.

2007 – Rep. Mike Pence introduces the first attempt by the House of Representatives to defund Planned Parenthood by name.

2015 – The Center for Medical Progress releases first undercover videos showing PP’s baby body parts business.

And now . . . 

2016 – This is the first time a major political party has put the defunding of Planned Parenthood, by name, in its party platform. Specifically, the Republican Platform reads: “We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.”

This, of course, is not a perfect statement, but the inclusion of the organization’s name illustrates how the work of all the various groups opposing Planned Parenthood has made PP a controversial organization in our country.

As a nonprofit organization, American Life League does not endorse or oppose individual candidates or parties. You should find out about each candidate, regardless of party, and vote for those who will clearly return America to a culture of life.


Sedlak Participating at First California Statewide Pro-Life Conference

This week, Californians for Life will hold a pro-life summit in Pasadena, California. The purpose of the summit is to gather together pro-lifers from across the state. The focus, of course, is to work together to bring an end to abortion in the Golden State. American Life League’s executive director, Jim Sedlak, will speak and lead discussions on the fight against Planned Parenthood. 

The organizers of the event describe it as follows:

This is not your regular pro-life conference where you sit in the audience and listen to someone speak from the podium. The summit brings everyone together so that there is a round-table interactive discussion and learning from each other, as ordinary people are doing extraordinary work in ending abortion in our state. Come meet people from throughout the state and nation who are interested in the same things you are. Come learn from each other and work together in collaborative synergy. From dynamic leaders to inspiring people doing great things, you will be equipped and empowered to make a difference in your community!

At this event, people from all areas of expertise and from throughout California will come together for the purpose of ending abortion in our state. Join us for this historic event of inspiring presentations, strategic planning, working and networking, and developing relationships that will foster collaborative synergism of productivity.

The event is being held on July 23, 2016, at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 151 S. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, California, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

E-mail [email protected] or call 916-955-1577 to register.


Another Indiana PP Center Closes

Two weeks ago, we brought you the news that Planned Parenthood was closing its center in Terre Haute at the end of this month. At the time, Betty Cockrum, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said that there would be additional closings in the future. It seems that the future is here. Planned Parenthood announced last week that its center in Muncie, Indiana, closed on July 15.

Once again, the reason given for this additional closing is lack of business. Its latest Federal Form 990s shows that it has lost money for the last three years: $138,885 in 2011-2012; $241,108 in 2012-2013; and $2,009,361 in 2013-2014. Over those years, salaries have increased by about $1 million and fees collected from its clients have dropped by almost $1 million. Clearly, PPINK is in trouble and we may see more closings or a merger with another affiliate. 

Congratulations to everyone in Indiana and Kentucky who has fought tirelessly to end Planned Parenthood’s reign of terror in their states.