Wednesday STOPP Report
2016-12-07

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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: The Master of Disguise and Deception
  • Planned Parenthood Transgender Services
  • December 7, 1941: A Day of Infamy
  • Planned Parenthood Announces More Clinic Closures in Pennsylvania
Planned Parenthood: The Master of Disguise and Deception

By Rod Goodemote
Editor’s note: Rod Goodemote leads an effort in southwest Iowa that is fighting Planned Parenthood’s offensive sex indoctrination programs in the schools. His message in this article is one of hope and encouragement that these programs can be, and have been, defeated.

In Iowa, Planned Parenthood comes in a multitude of forms and disguises. At first, it was Planned Parenthood. Then it became known as PP. After the release of the undercover videos showing the sale of baby body parts, it conveniently began hiding behind the acronym TPPI (Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative). 

TPPI began its Iowa quest by inviting the public to community meetings intended to raise a groundswell of support for getting its curriculum into local schools. These efforts backfired. The opposition came out of the woodwork. Community members attended TPPI’s public meetings, wrote editorials, sent letters to county supervisors and hospital boards, contacted school board members and administrators, and held public rallies. After a few months of this, TPPI left town.

However, like a bad dream, Planned Parenthood/PP/TPPI continued to linger. Its next stealth attempt came through the diversion of its grant dollars to county public health departments. Perhaps this ally could target Iowa children and implement TPPI’s perverse curriculum in the schools. Perhaps they could get additional free condoms into public parks. This is the battle we now find ourselves facing. 

How does a community or county or region create a pro-life environment that can effectively fight Planned Parenthood? First, be vigilant! Pay attention to what goes on in your school. I assure you, it is not easy. Often the teachers do not know what goes on because they are busy focusing on their own classrooms. There are usually three pathways PP uses to get into a school: family consumer science, physical education/health, or the school nurse. 

Second, pay attention to your school board’s agendas and minutes. Sadly, the agendas are often written to disguise their objectives. Human growth and development often shows up as HGD; condom machine shows up as health dispenser. So it is important to ask a lot of questions and read between the lines. Get to know your school board members and attend their meetings. They work hard and need your support. They also need to know where you stand. Most school board members think they are doing the right thing by supporting Planned Parenthood's curriculum because it is presented as “age-appropriate,” “medically-accurate,” “evidence-based,” and “grounded in peer-reviewed science.” 

However, the truth is that the studies show that PP’s impact is minimal. Their evidence is based on studies done in large metropolitan areas, participants are paid, and targeted populations may or may not be similar to your children. When you examine their data, the results are not good. They are not even close to being good. Additionally, their studies are often completed by agencies that are affiliates of Planned Parenthood. The bottom line is that Planned Parenthood promotes and encourages sexuality and sex outside of marriage. This is sin. It promotes the idea that everybody is doing it, so everybody should do it, and PP can make it safe. Then PP tries to come to the rescue, telling girls that, if they get pregnant, PP can help. Call us, PP says, but don’t tell your parents.

In addition, you can support a pro-life environment by praying. Pray for your superintendent, school board, school nurse, teachers, and students. Pray for PP employees. You will see God’s faithfulness!

Publicize your message. Get pro-life billboards in your community. Do you have land where a billboard could be placed? Do you have construction skills? Can you donate money for billboards? 

Be persistent and commit to the long haul. When a community stands up, stands together, and stands strong, Planned Parenthood will leave. May the Author and Creator of Life bless your efforts!

Rod Goodemote is president of Heartland for Family Values and is leading a spirited fight against Planned Parenthood in southwest Iowa. Heartland for Family Values was born in SW Iowa out of deep concern over the entrance of Planned Parenthood into local public schools.


Planned Parenthood Transgender Services

In recent weeks, we have been hearing more and more about Planned Parenthood across the country offering transgender services. Transgender people are, of course, individuals who were born with either male or female sex organs, but now want to change to the opposite sex.

According to a Planned Parenthood website, it has 37 centers in 11 different states that offer these services. That number has begun to increase significantly. In the past, the types of services provided by Planned Parenthood have been hormone treatments. Specifically, it provides:

Transgender Female (MTF) Hormone Therapy including estrogen and spironolactone 

Transgender Male (FTM) Hormone Therapy including testosterone  

In doing the research for this article, we found some PP locations that added “Pubertal Suppression” to this list of transgender services. To quote from Planned Parenthood Upper Hudson’s website, “We offer this to transgender and gender non-conforming adolescents who are entering puberty and wish to prevent the irreversible and undesirable changes that develop. Parental permission is required for this service.”  

Puberty suppressors are drugs that block (suppress) the release of LH and FSH from the pituitary gland. This then stops the child from beginning puberty. These drugs come in two forms: Leuprolide or Lupron Depot. This form of the medicine is an injectible that is given on either a monthly or every three month basis. The second form Suprellin or Histrelin is an implant. A very small device is implanted under the skin of one’s upper arm and it slowly releases the agent (medicine) over a period of one year. The unit must be replaced on a yearly basis by a surgeon.

The lead story at AroundIowa.com on November 26 announced: “According to the Little Village Mag, starting in January, the Cedar Rapids Planned Parenthood Health Center will be providing a new range of health care services for members of the transgender and gender nonconforming communities, which they are calling ‘Transcare’. It will include hormone therapy, puberty suppression, along with continuing healthcare and lab work.”

By now, you are getting the sense of why Planned Parenthood is getting more heavily into this business. It will make money from office visits by transgenders; it will make more money from the puberty suppression services; and it will make even more money from the hormone treatments. In addition, it will provide lab work services where it has its own labs, and produce and charge for “education” programs for transgender individuals—or even just questioning individuals. 

To drive people in New York to PP for these products, PP has set up queertips.org and outforhealth.org. The front page of the Queer Tips website states: “The best queer sex ed class you were never offered. Run by the kickbutt people of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes' Out For Health initiative.”

The mention of lab work in the Cedar Rapids announcement reminded us that, back in 2008, PP was pushing for its affiliates to explore two new "business opportunities." Recommended activities included laboratory services and clinical research. PP engages in a number of activities that require it to send material to local laboratories for analysis. PP was looking at setting up its own labs to save money by doing this laboratory analysis itself. We have heard that, in order to increase the volume of business for its labs, some PP affiliates may try to expand the business by offering laboratory services to local physicians and other medical groups.


December 7, 1941: A Day of Infamy

We would be remiss if we did not mention that today is the 75th anniversary of the attack on United States forces in Pearl Harbor by Japan. That event propelled the United States into World War II.

The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and began his speech with the words, “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” That war continued until Japan formally surrendered on September 2, 1945. 

In addition to fighting Japan in the Pacific, United States forces also fought in Europe and Africa. According to the World War II Museum website, in those four years 418,500 U.S. troops and civilians died fighting to protect our country. Many more were wounded. My own father served in the Pacific Theater and, although he came home alive, died years later as a result of injuries sustained during the war. Worldwide, some 60 million military personnel and civilians died during World War II. 

There are still alive today many who fought in that war. Please say a prayer for them and all our military this day. If you know of anyone in your family or in your community who is a WWII veteran, please make it a point to say “Thank You” to him today.


Planned Parenthood Announces More Clinic Closures in Pennsylvania

According to ABC News, on December 2, Melissa Reed, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone, stated: “After careful consideration, Planned Parenthood Keystone has made the difficult strategic decision to consolidate health services by closing three centers located in Chambersburg, Gettysburg, and Scranton.”

Reed went on to say, “This decision was not made lightly. It resulted from careful analysis of where our patients live and seek medical care as well as an assessment of how best to ensure the longevity and strength of existing health centers, in order to offer the highest level of patient care for years to come.”

According to its website, “Planned Parenthood Keystone (PPKey) serves 37 counties in Pennsylvania, home to over half of Pennsylvania residents. We have administrative offices in the Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg, Warminster, and York. We operate 15 medical centers that serve nearly 40,000 patients annually and offer comprehensive sexuality education that reaches thousands of young adults.” With these three closures, PPKey is down to 12 centers.

Congratulations to the faithful pro-lifers at People Concerned for Unborn Children and the many other groups in Pennsylvania whose dedication, perseverance, and faith in God helped bring about this major victory.

I guess that on November 9, the day after the election, when Cecile Richards said, “Because no matter what else happens, we promise one unshakable commitment: THESE. DOORS. STAY. OPEN.” she didn’t mean all of Planned Parenthood’s doors. Let’s help her close many more!