Wednesday STOPP Report
2018-12-12

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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

  • Justice Kavanaugh hands Planned Parenthood a victory
  • Primary Care at Planned Parenthood
  • How to get involved in fighting Planned Parenthood in 2019
  • Fighting Planned Parenthood with OLG
Justice Kavanaugh hands Planned Parenthood a victory

By Jim Sedlak

In his first Supreme Court decision involving Planned Parenthood, Justice Bret Kavanaugh took the side of the nation’s largest abortion chain and declined to vote to have the Supreme Court decide if a state can refuse to fund the organization.

Two states, Kansas and Louisiana, had filed appeals with the Supreme Court. Both states had attempted to stop Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood. In both cases, a federal appeals court ruled that the states must give Medicaid funds to the organization. The two states appealed the lower court decisions to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Under SCOTUS’ rules, in order for the Court to accept a case for review, four justices must vote to accept the case. SCOTUS announced this week that, in the two cases involving Kansas and Louisiana Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood, less than four justices agreed to hear the case. Although SCOTUS does not announce how each justice voted on accepting or rejecting a case, in this instance, Justice Clarence Thomas issued a dissent from the decision. Both Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Neil Gorsuch joined in the dissent. Both Justice Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the majority. Had either of them voted to accept the cases, then SCOTUS would have scheduled hearings and issued a decision during this term. That will not happen.

Although these two cases did not involve the funding of abortion, because Planned Parenthood runs the nation’s largest abortion chain, abortion is always “under the surface” in these funding battles. Planned Parenthood receives as much as $400 million a year in federal and state Medicaid monies. This accounts for 27 percent of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s total income. Since 2007, when Congressman Mike Pence (now US vice president) introduced the first amendment to a spending bill that sought to prevent government funding from going to Planned Parenthood, the taxpayer support of the organization has been a major political issue.

When Obama became president in 2009, he was a major supporter of Planned Parenthood and once said he would shut down the federal government before he would take any funding from Planned Parenthood. This became one of the major issues in the 2016 presidential election with Donald Trump saying he would support taking all federal funding from Planned Parenthood as long as it committed abortions. After Trump’s election as president, the House of Representatives voted numerous times to end funding of Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, there were not enough votes in the Senate to move that legislation to the president’s desk.

The 2018 mid-term elections increased defunding support in the Senate, but those in favor of funding Planned Parenthood took control of the House. Many of Planned Parenthood’s opponents have shifted gears and are focusing for the next two years on ending its funding at the state level. These two cases just rejected by SCOTUS were seen as a first step in moving the state-defunding efforts forward. Although the decision not to hear these cases is viewed as a victory for Planned Parenthood, it will not end state-defunding efforts. There a numerous ways that such defunding can occur and about half the states are prepared to move forward.

The biggest disappointment from this outcome is that many organizations and individuals who are opposed to Planned Parenthood worked very hard to have judge Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court. That he would refuse to even allow these cases to be considered in depth by the full Supreme Court feels like a slap in the face.

Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.


Primary Care at Planned Parenthood

Over the last few years, Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country have been adding Primary Care to a few of its facilities. It appears this is an effort to seem to be more like the Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide a full range of health services—but recognize that killing preborn children is not healthcare and, therefore, do not do abortions.

Although we cannot speculate, yet, on all the reasons Planned Parenthood is testing this change, if it is Planned Parenthood, it must be about money—either using the existence of these services to qualify for taxpayer money, or by making additional profits on these services.

The specific services at each location vary, but they are all being designated by Planned Parenthood as “primary care.” Some of the affiliates that have already begun offering Primary Care include: 

  • Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is offering primary care services at its Sarasota facility. 
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England is also offering some primary care at its locations in Meriden, New London, and Waterbury facilities in Connecticut and its Providence (RI) facility. 
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is offering primary care at its Boise (ID) location as well as its Bellevue, Federal Way, and Lynnwood facilities in the state of Washington. 
  • The most concerted effort is happening in California, where Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties has created a new entity—Melody Women’s Health. On its website, Melody proclaims: “ . . . we believe that young women should have access to high-quality, comprehensive care from a provider they trust. Since we are experts in young women’s reproductive health, we believe patients deserve that same level of expertise and understanding in their primary care provider. That’s why we opened Melody Women’s Health. Now you will be able to get all of the basic care you need from the people you know and trust at Planned Parenthood.” Melody currently operates at six Planned Parenthood offices in California—Anaheim, Mission Viejo, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Upland, and Westminster.

As Planned Parenthood rolls out these services, it recently ran into some problems at its Boise, Idaho, facility. On September 1, 2016, Planned Parenthood announcedthat it was beginning limited primary care services in Boise. According to the announcement, “Primary care will be available for high blood pressure, low thyroid, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, asthma and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) . . . Additional services for acute conditions include sinus infections, eye infections, earaches, sore throats, mouth sores, colds, coughs, hay fever or seasonal allergies, gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and skin conditions such as eczema.”

Just 26 months later, in November 2018, Planned Parenthood announced it would no longer offer these primary services in Boise. In commenting on the change, Kara Cadwallader, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Senior Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, told the Boise State Public Radio, “It was successful. Our patients had great reports in terms of the quality and their happiness with the service, our staff could access the care and they loved it.” But the problem was that they just didn’t have many patients. Cadwallader pointed out that most of the people they were trying serve had access to those services elsewhere.

In other words, it couldn’t make a profit, so it stopped offering the services.

This scenario in Boise gives those opposed to Planned Parenthood ideas on how to thwart its planned expansion into primary care. Make sure everyone in town knows they can get these services at other nearby facilities and that they don’t need to patronize the nation’s largest abortion chain.


How to get involved in fighting Planned Parenthood in 2019

By Jim Sedlak

STOPP has been fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985. When you enter a fight like this, it is important that you understand your enemy, have a plan on how to wage the conflict, and have a measurement so you can see how you are doing.

As we began the fight, I was working for IBM and serving as a consultant to many IBM locations around the world. In early 1986, I was on a six-month assignment working with a company named ROLM in Santa Clara, California. IBM had recently bought the company and I was there as part of a team to introduce that company to IBM internal systems and procedures. While there, the toughest part was weekends. Lots of time on my hands and not a lot to do.

I found a large Planned Parenthood location in San Jose that had a library that was open to the public. On most Saturdays, you could find me in the library reading Planned Parenthood books, pamphlets, and position papers. The most interesting was the Planned Parenthood Issues Manual —a FAQ document intended for PP staff and volunteers. It went through all kinds of topics and gave PP’s official position. The best opposition research you could ever hope for.

On Sundays, and many other times during the week, I spent time at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine in Santa Clara—a Catholic shrine with perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a huge statue of Mary, Queen of Peace. It was a quiet place for spiritual reflection and prayer. The perfect place to understand the mission God had given me to fight Planned Parenthood and to formulate a plan.

It was here that God placed in my path three documents that have formed the basis for the fight against Planned Parenthood. The first of these documents was the Humanist Manifesto II, a document that lays out the spiritual underpinning of Planned Parenthood. It is only with a thorough understanding of this document that you can comprehend why Planned Parenthood does what it does. Its programs and philosophies make no sense until you really grasp the satanic nature of its beliefs.

The second document was a pamphlet, A Psychoanalytic Look at Today's Sex Education, published by American Life League and written by Dr. Melvin Anchell. Dr. Anchell explains, using the stages of human sexual development, why it is simply impossible to create a classroom sexuality education program that does not harm the children in the class. Today, Planned Parenthood proclaims itself as the largest provider of sexuality education programs in the country. No matter what name is put on these programs, they are all bad. 

The third document is the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 10. This is the section of Matthew’s gospel where Christ gives instructions to His disciples on how to spread His word. The lessons of Matthew 10 are extensive—be not afraid. Tell everyone the good news and do it by being as wise as serpents and as simple as doves. What you’ve heard in secret, shout from the rooftops. Do not worry what to say, for the Spirit of the Lord will be speaking through you. And, best of all, “Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven.”

As for the measurement, we chose it to be the number of Planned Parenthood facilities in the country. In 1986, it had 791 facilities and was rapidly opening new ones as we learned how to effectively close them down. PP reached 938 facilities in 1995, but then began to close more than it opened. Today, it has 590 facilities and still closing more than it opens.

The new year is quickly coming upon us. It is a year in which we will need new people joining in the fight against Planned Parenthood. The rate at which PP is closing facilities is lessening and we need to increase activities in areas where it is entrenched. We ask YOU to consider joining this effort against the organization the runs the nation’s largest abortion chain and the organization that leads our children into lives of sexual sin.

Please pray that God will direct you. Then read the three documents outlined above. Finally, contact Jim Sedlak at [email protected]and let’s discuss where you are most needed in this effort.

Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.


Fighting Planned Parenthood with OLG

Today, December 12, in the Catholic Church, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe played a major role in one of the most successful efforts against Planned Parenthood in the United States. In 1997, Bishop John Yanta was installed as the new bishop of Amarillo, Texas. A strong pro-life bishop, he was upset when he found that he had 19 Planned Parenthood clinics in his diocese. Among his goals for the diocese was the closing of all the Planned Parenthoods. He gave Rita Diller the task of coordinating the effort and we, at STOPP, worked closely with the bishop and Rita.

From our perspective, this effort in Amarillo was one of the most dedicated and successful efforts we have witnessed. We encourage you to read this description ofsome of the successful efforts against Planned Parenthood in Amarillo. After 12 years, there were no Planned Parenthood facilities in the entire diocese.

One particular experience has remained with us and it is about the role of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Rita Diller has written extensively about this and the following passage is excerpted from a Celebrate Life Magazinearticle:

In Amarillo, we discovered that a PP worker quit her job because she thought the image of Our Lady was following her. She said that she became very uncomfortable when “that woman kept showing up with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.” She was Catholic and couldn’t stand the consternation that it caused her to be working at PP with Our Lady watching. She transferred to another facility but, again, couldn’t escape her gaze. “She started showing up there with Our Lady of Guadalupe, too,” she said. Unable to continue working for an entity that she knew was so opposed to God’s will, she finally quit.

After Bishop Yanta and Rita got rid of Planned Parenthood in Amarillo, Rita came to work for STOPP and was influential in closing Planned Parenthood all across the country. Based on her work in Amarillo, STOPP began an effort, Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary, which was tremendously effective in closing Planned Parenthood facilities. We used the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, along with two other Marian images, to bring Jesus to Planned Parenthood, and hundreds of its facilities have permanently closed. Bishop Yanta helped us compose two prayersspecifically to call for the closure of Planned Parenthood.

On this feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe—Patroness of the Americas and Patroness of the Pro-Life Movement—we invite all those who oppose Planned Parenthood to call on Mary and Jesus to end the bloody reign of the nation’s largest abortion chain. The fight against Planned Parenthood is a spiritual one and the most effective groups and communities in this fight are the ones who understand that Planned Parenthood cannot be closed down without the help of God.