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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 and the new Title X rules
  • Planned Parenthood's semantic gymnastics
  • The movie Planned Parenthood doesn't want you to see
  • Today is Ash Wednesday
Planned Parenthood and the new Title X rules

By Jim Sedlak

On Monday, March 4, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services published the final rules dealing with the Title X family planning program. Planned Parenthood receives about $60 million a year in Title X money and must follow these rules in order to keep receiving the funds.

The basic requirements of the new rules:

  1. Prohibits Title X projects from referring for abortion: (Section 59.14) “A Title X project may not perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning, nor take any other affirmative action to assist a patient to secure such an abortion.”

  2. Requires Title X entities to maintain physical and financial separation. (Section 59.15) According to the final rule, factors for determining whether objective integrity and independence exist includes: “the existence of separate and accurate accounting records,” “the degree of separation from facilities,” and “the existence of separate personnel.” NOTE: The grantees have until March 4, 2020, to achieve physical separation and until July 2, 2019, to achieve financial separation.
  3. Prohibits activities that encourage, promote, or advocate for abortion. (Section 59.16) “A Title X project may not encourage, promote or advocate abortion as a method of family planning. This restriction prohibits actions in the funded project that assist women to obtain abortions for family planning purposes or to increase the availability or accessibility of abortion for family planning purposes.”

  4. Requires compliance with abuse reporting laws. (Section 59.17) “Title X projects shall comply with all State and local laws requiring notification or reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, incest, intimate partner violence, or human trafficking.” 

These new rules are essentially the same ones that President Ronald Reagan tried to enforce back in the 1980s. After his rules were implemented, Planned Parenthood and other entities rushed to the courts and filed lawsuits to prevent their implementation. Eventually, the dispute made it all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1991 (three years after Reagan left office), the Court ruled (Rust v. Sullivan) that the federal government has the right to control the speech and activities of groups implementing programs paid for by the federal government. Therefore, the rules were upheld. Unfortunately, President Bush did not have the time to implement the laws before President Clinton took office.

Now, the rules are back and, once again, Planned Parenthood and many other entities are preparing lawsuits. The Washington Examiner reported that 21 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over new rules that would cut federal funding from Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide or discuss abortions. An article in the Washington Postquoted Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as calling the new rules “unconscionable and unethical.” She then made a ridiculous analogy: “Imagine if the Trump administration prevented doctors from talking to our patients with diabetes about insulin. It would never happen. Reproductive health care should be no different." Wen has the gall to equate providing insulin with killing an innocent preborn human being!

The Postarticle then observed: “Wen has said the group could not accept funds under the rule because it would compromise its ethical obligations to patients.” Wow. Who knew that Planned Parenthood even thought about doing things “ethically”? Of course, Planned Parenthood leaders receive awards for spreading the religion of Humanism that maintains there are no objective rights and wrongs. So, Wen’s definition of ethical is probably much different than what the average American thinks it is.

As noted above, we have been through all this before. Over 30 years ago these rules traveled through the court system for half-a-dozen years only to be validated by the Supreme Court. What should happen is that, when the lawsuits are filed and they arrive at a lower court, the court should say, “This has already been decided in Rust v. Sullivanand allow the rules to go into effect.

Let’s applaud the Trump administration for doing the right thing here—knowing that they were going to be met with the firestorm that is now brewing. It is not easy in 21st-century America to take action to protect the lives of innocent preborn human beings. Thank God we have a leader who is willing to do it. Thank you, Mr. President!

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.

Planned Parenthood's semantic gymnastics

By Jim Sedlak

How do you sell the American public on supporting the killing of preborn babies in the womb? The answer is you don’t call it killing … you don’t even admit that what you are doing is ending a human being’s life. In any discussion, you quickly define a euphemism for abortion and then insist on using that term.

Planned Parenthood’s ability to do this with abortion was on full display last week when Dr. Leana Wen was at a Planned Parenthood celebration and fundraising dinner in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas Observerhad an interview with Dr. Wen and you can read their full article here

We’ve taken some excerpts from that article to illustrate how Planned Parenthood twists the truth. First, in answer to a question about Roe v. Wadebeing overturned, she answered that with this statement: 

"The patients who come to Planned Parenthood—just like patients across the country—are coming to us because they need health care. They're coming to us for cancer screenings, they're coming to us for birth control, and they’re coming to us for STI and HIV tests. They're coming to us for basic health care, which includes the full spectrum of reproductive care, including safe, legal abortion."

Right away, Wen reveals one of the major problems for Planned Parenthood. It must portray abortion as just another aspect of “reproductive care.” Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to talk about what abortion is or the fact that it kills human beings. It just wants everyone to group it in a larger “reproductive health care” category. 

The interviewer is happy to go along with this ploy and his next statement is framed the way Wen wants it: When abortion providers are cut out of health programs for low-income patients —as they have been in Texas and could be at the federal level, if the Trump administration gets its way—thousands of women miss out on health care.

Wen, of course, is delighted with the statement and expands the misdirection. She now portrays Planned Parenthood, the organization that made $244 million in profit last year and paid its 56 CEOs an average of a quarter-of-a-million dollars each, as a champion of the poor.

"Access to health care in Texas and other parts of the country is being taken away. We've seen so many laws [in Texas] that directly restrict people's access to care. Those that it affects the most are the people that already face disproportionate barriers. It's people of color, it's people of low income, it's people who live in rural areas. …” 

What Wen conveniently doesn’t reveal is that all those people she mentions kill a disproportionately large number of their preborn children at Planned Parenthood.

The interviewer, who obviously is a friend of Planned Parenthood, states: “Often, when Planned Parenthood is forced to fight for continued funding, it has to do so against rhetoric that is divorced from reality.” In Wen’s quote below, please note how she says “healthcare” three times in the space of six sentences. You will also see one of her other diversions. She frequently uses her career as a physician to make statements about medicine and science that are completely wrong, but go unchallenged.

"It's deeply disturbing when people spout lies. ... It's so much worse when those lies are coming from the president of the United States in an attempt to confuse people and mislead them with things that have no basis in medicine, science or fact. I'm extremely concerned. We're talking, not about an organization here, or about politics, this is about women's health care. This is about the right of everyone to health care that's free from government interference. ... This is also about politicians lying to hide their real agenda, which is to take healthcare access away from women."

Then she builds on that lie by making people believe that medicine has not advanced at all in the last 50 years. She, again, uses her position as a physician to sound knowledgeable, while spouting anecdotes that have little relevance to today’s world. What’s worse, the myth that thousands of mothers died from abortion prior to Roe has been shown to be a false claim. Abortion advocates, like Dr. Bernard Nathanson, said they made up the statistics in an effort to get abortion legalized. 

“If Roe is overturned, then 25 million women, which is 1 in 3 women of reproductive age in this country, would be living in states where abortion is criminalized, banned and outlawed. I'm an emergency physician, and I have a mentor who told me about what it was like to work in the 1960s, pre-Roe, that there was an entire area of the hospital known as the sepsis ward, filled with young women who came in because of abortions that they had to have in secret from unlicensed providers. ... These are women who were dying from infections, dying from kidney failure. Just dying. Thousands of women died because they didn't have access to safe, legal abortion. That's what could happen now, 46 years after Roe v. Wade. I find that to be completely unconscionable."

In the final quote in the article, Wen doubles down on her abortion-is-health care mantra: 

"If there's one thing that I want to accomplish as the president of Planned Parenthood, it's making clear that reproductive health care is health care. It should be treated no differently than any other aspect of health care. Abortion access, birth control access, access to cancer screening, STI tests, HIV tests, that's all health care. We should not be stigmatizing and treating one aspect of health care different from any other."

The scientific fact that abortion kills a preborn human being created by God for a specific purpose in this world has no meaning for Dr. Wen or anyone else pushing the Planned Parenthood agenda.

The positions documented here in Dr. Wen’s interview are not unique to her. She spouts the party line. Study this when preparing for any interaction or debate with a Planned Parenthood person and you will be prepared to reveal the truth for all to see.

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.

The movie Planned Parenthood doesn't want you to see

The story of Abby Johnson is quite well known in many pro-life circles. She began as a volunteer at Planned Parenthood’s facility in Bryan-College Station, Texas. She rose through the ranks and eventually became the youngest clinic director of any Planned Parenthood clinic. She spent years in that position, overseeing thousands of abortions, until, one day, she actually was in the room assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion when God reached out and converted her.

Abby Johnson quit her job and walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. Planned Parenthood was so upset by her sudden departure that they publicly threatened lawsuits if she disclosed any information about Planned Parenthood’s operations. Her dramatic change of heart, plus Planned Parenthood’s actions, became a national news story. Abby was thrust into the limelight. 

Abby wrote a book, UNPLANNED, that told her story and she began speaking across the country. She began an organization, And Then There Were None, which is dedicated to getting other people out of the abortion industry. 

Now, Abby’s book has been made into a major motion picture—a film written and directed by God's Not Dead writers, Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Abby Johnson. The film stars Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott, Jared Lotz, and Emma Elle Roberts, and is scheduled for release by Pure Flix

The planned release date is March 29, 2019.  

In preparation for the release, Abby sent a special trailer to American Life League. We encourage you to click on the link and watch the three-minute trailer.

Planned Parenthood was scared when Abby left, upset at the popularity of her book, and is now hoping that you will stay away from UNPLANNED, the film. Make Planned Parenthood upset—go see UNPLANNED.

Today is Ash Wednesday

The world does not understand Christians. They don’t know our God and they can’t understand why we spend so much time fighting for the lives of preborn babies.

Many mistakenly believe that the most important day for Christians is Christmas—the celebration of the birth of our Lord. They put a lot of emphasis on turning Christmas into a secular celebration, replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Seasons Greetings,” and focusing on gifts.

Well, surprise, world! The holiest day for Christians is not Christmas; it is Easter. We are Easter people! It is not Christ’s being born that we focus on; it is Christ’s triumph over death. It is the empty tomb on Easter Sunday morning that reveals the true love and power of God.

To prepare ourselves for that great day, Christians spend the 40 days of Lent getting ready—a time of prayer, reflection, repentance and alms giving. A time for special religious observations and contemplation of what life on earth is really all about.A time to change our sinful ways and to embrace Jesus.

Today, in Christian churches all around the world, we receive the mark of ashes on our forehead with the words, “Remember, man, you are dust and unto dust you shall return.”

We are called upon to do private acts of repentance and sacrifice, as well as joining with other Christians in special services that are designed to take our minds from the secular world in which we live. We are asked to think about where we are going. Christians believe that we are created by God to do His will in this world so that we may be happy with Him for all eternity in the next.

In the pro-life community around the world in recent years, Lent has been marked by participation in the 40 Days for Life. Based on the knowledge that “with God, all things are possible,” people of faith and conscience unite in 40 days of prayer and fasting. As a sign of solidarity with all those children who die from abortion, a focused, 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil is held outside an abortion facility or public place in your city. In addition, the pro-life message is taken proactively to every corner of your community during a local 40 Days for Life campaign. It is truly a time of great prayer and an opportunity for great grace. 

We ask you to take the time now to promise yourself that, this year, you are going to take the time and energy to make full use of Lent. Pull back from the secular demands of our world and think about why you are here. The old Baltimore Catechism put the reason for our existence in proper perspective. It read: Q. Why did God make you? A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.

Life here on earth is not the reason we were created. Life here is simply a journey. Let’s use this Lent to remind ourselves and our families of this fact. Let us seek God this Lent and let us do what we can to stop the killing of all of God’s children.