Wednesday STOPP Report
2019-04-03

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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

  • UNPLANNED--the movie
  • UNPLANNED--How did it do?
  • Twin Babies Survive Planned Parenthood Medical Abortion
  • Trump redirecting money to pro-life centers
UNPLANNED--the movie

By Jim Sedlak

I went to see the movie, UNPLANNED, on Thursday night, March 28—the day before the official release to over 1,000 theaters across the country. It is a hard-hitting (see the Culture of Life Studies Program’s analysis) movie about Planned Parenthood as told by Abby Johnson. 

Abby volunteered at Planned Parenthood in her junior year at Texas A&M and stayed with the organization for the next eight years. She rose in the ranks from volunteer to paid employee to counselor and, finally, to director of the Planned Parenthood facility in Bryan, Texas. It was noted that she was the youngest clinic director in Planned Parenthood’s history. Along the way, she won the Planned Parenthood Employee-of-the-Year award from her affiliate.

As this tremendous movie unfolds, Abby starts to witness things that don’t fit the public image that Planned Parenthood portrays. There is the time where the abortionist perforated the uterus of a teenage girl. As the girl is rushed from the recovery room back to the table she was on for the abortion, Abby wants to call 911 and get an ambulance there before the girl bleeds to death. The manager of the clinic stops her from making the call. She tells Abby that if an ambulance came, the pro-lifers out front would take a picture, and 911 calls are public information. It is clear that the manager was more concerned about saving Planned Parenthood’s reputation than saving the girl.

The film depicts other instances, but the major image-breaker happens after Abby becomes manager. The Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan was very active in doing abortions. Even though Abby believed that Planned Parenthood really wanted to make abortion rare, she admits to the fact that over 22,000 abortions took place while she was there. The movie depicts a meeting of clinic directors at the affiliate’s headquarters in Houston.

At that meeting, the directors are told that the affiliate is not generating the income it needs and that, effective immediately, each clinic was required to double the number of abortions committed at their clinics. Abby was aghast. She suddenly realized that Planned Parenthood was not trying to reduce abortions and was, in fact, relying on them for more and more income.

When ABC News asked Planned Parenthood officials about the movie, they claimed that the movie promotes "falsehoods . . . distortions and incorrect depictions about healthcare." Of course, Planned Parenthood defines its healthcare as including: birth control; cancer screenings; well-woman visits; LGBTQ health; HIV prevention; abortion; sex education; STD testing; pregnancy testing; HPV vaccine; morning-after pill; and reproductive health. So, killing more babies to increase income is just healthcare in Planned Parenthood’s eyes. 

When people are discussing this movie, the bloody scenes are mentioned along with the ultrasound-guided abortion that was the final thing that motivated Abby to leave Planned Parenthood and walk across the street to the Coalition for Life offices. For me, the documentation during the movie of the real nature of the attitudes of Planned Parenthood leadership is what was striking. It reminded me of the Center for Medical Progress videos about Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business. More horrifying than the actual baby body parts was the callousness of the Planned Parenthood leaders. They discussed the parts of human beings as if they were no more important than automobile parts. That same feeling came across during this film.

For many years, as I traveled across the country educating people on Planned Parenthood, the name of my talk was “Planned Parenthood—It’s Not What You Think.” Anyone who sees this movie will begin to see behind the carefully laid Planned Parenthood façade and begin to understand the real nature of the nation’s largest abortion chain.

Abby was not the first person to leave Planned Parenthood and hundreds more have followed her. People ask why Abby has always received more attention for her departure. The answer is that Planned Parenthood tried to make an example of her. Immediately after she left, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against her and members of the Coalition for Life. Planned Parenthood issued press statements and made it clear it was going to destroy her. The movie addresses this effort by Planned Parenthood and its eventual outcome.

People began to ask about whom this Abby Johnson is and why is Planned Parenthood so worried about her. So, much to Planned Parenthood’s chagrin, Abby spoke all over the country, wrote a memoir, and now has seen her story made into a major motion picture. If we “let go and let God,” He will use us for whatever He wants to be accomplished. We pray that, through this movie, people will see Planned Parenthood for what it is.

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


UNPLANNED--How did it do?

A large number of people went to see the UNPLANNED film last weekend—its opening weekend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie was in 1,059 theaters and came in fifth among all movies being shown in theaters. It had a gross income of $6.1 million. This is a fantastic number, given the relatively small number of theaters screening the film. The totals were undoubtedly helped by the many groups around the country who filled all the seats in theaters with their supporters.

According to Hollywood insiders, it is normal for an independent film to see a number of theaters drop the film after the first week. Not this film. According to published reports, UNPLANNED will be seen in 1,700 theaters this coming weekend. That is a 60 percent increase in the number of theaters showing the movie. Fantastic!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the top theater in ticket sales for the film was “the AMC Northpark 15 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, followed by cinemas in St. Louis; Detroit; Wichita, Kansas; Temecula in Southern California's Riverside County; Salt Lake City; Orange County, California; Kansas City; Odessa, Texas; and Nashville.” It appears it is the attendance by people in relatively small cities across the nation that has propelled the film to its initial success.

All of this success happened despite the fact that the Motion Picture Association gave it an “R” rating, most media outlets refused to air paid commercials for the movie, and Twitter suspended, then reinstated, the Twitter page for the movie just as the weekend began.

Twitter said the suspension was an error, but The Epoch Times reported that “ Many users saw the phenomenon as Twitter’s way to intentionally suppress the movie, which the company denied, but the uproar helped to propel the movie to online prominence. Its account grew from less than 6,000 followers in the early hours of March 29 to more than 320,000 followers in the late morning of April 2.” The article noted that UNPLANNED had more followers than the main account of Planned Parenthood Federation of America—which had less than 260,000 followers on April 2.

 

Clearly, UNPLANNED had a tremendous opening weekend. Many groups are already scheduling theater nights for this week to fill as many theaters as possible and keep the momentum going. Visit the film’s website to find theaters near you.


Twin Babies Survive Planned Parenthood Medical Abortion

The following article first appeared as a Facebook post by physician Brent Boles on March 19, 2019.

I have this patient’s permission to share her story. She had an unplanned pregnancy. She went to Planned Parenthood in Knoxville (since the one in Nashville still was in its period of “quality improvement” and wasn’t seeing abortion patients) and had her ultrasound. They asked her if she wanted to know the details and she said yes.

She asked if there was a heartbeat. She was told, at an age between 7-8 weeks, that “there is cardiac activity but it’s too early to call it a heartbeat.”

Problem #1: that is a load of hogwash. If the heart’s activity is visible, there is a heartbeat. There is no medical literature that says otherwise.

Why would they handle it that way? Because acknowledging in layman’s terms that there is a heartbeat makes the patient less likely to go through with the abortion. So, once again, they are willing to lie to women to get their money.

Problem #2: they didn’t tell her that she was having twins. Either their sonographer was incompetent, or they once again lied since they know that a woman who finds out that she’s having twins may have a harder time with the thought of aborting two babies instead of one.

Problem#3: and this really isn’t a problem—at least not for us. The abortion pill didn’t work. The patient is now very happy that it didn’t work. Why didn’t it work? Probably because the extra progesterone from the fact that there are two babies overcame the progesterone blockade that the abortion pill tries to create.

Today, she’s more than 12 weeks [pregnant] and is very happy. Both babies and mom as well, are going to be fine.

And once again, we see that Planned Parenthood lies, and demonstrates that their clinical acumen is sadly lacking when it comes to diagnostic studies in women’s health care.


Trump redirecting money to pro-life centers

Last Friday, the Trump administration announced that they’re awarding a $5.1 million Title X family planning grant to the California-based Obria Group to expand services to low-income individuals and families in four California counties. The Obria Group will oversee the work of seven clinic partners, including three of its own California affiliates. The group is positioning itself as a real alternative to Planned Parenthood.

According to its press release, “Obria is a nonprofit affiliate network that operates 21 health clinics and 11 mobile clinics in five states with 78 licensed medical professionals providing comprehensive health care services including: pregnancy testing and counseling, prenatal care through delivery, HIV/AIDS testing, pregnancy ultrasound, breast and cervical cancer testing, well-woman care and pap smears, STD testing and treatment, sexual risk avoidance education, adoption referral, and post-abortion support. Obria clinics do not provide contraceptives and do not do abortions,offering women and their families healthy, life-affirming care.” (Emphasis added) 

On its website, Obria states its mission “is to partner with the best pregnancy medical clinics, across the country, who share a vision to offer patients a full scope of medical services. They retain their own 501(c)(3) and governance and recognize the need to unify under a nationally recognized brand—Obria. This allows us to reach more at-risk patients together than is possible at stand-alone clinics.”

Obria says: “The goal is to provide an alternative healthcare model to break the relationship our patients currently have with the large abortion clinics by offering women compassionate, holistic, life-affirming healthcare, ultimately changing lives and the culture one woman at a time.”

Planned Parenthood was outraged that these funds were given to the Obria Group. Its anger was also fueled by the fact that the Trump administration announced on Friday that four Planned Parenthood affiliates (Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin) that operate clinics in Hawaii, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia, were “stripped of funding.”

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said in a statement: “Today, they are removing funding from these trusted health centers and providing funding to entities that do not provide evidence-based treatment.”

Congress has continually refused to remove taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. With these funding announcements, President Trump is demonstrating that he will do everything he can to at least take some taxpayer money from the largest abortion chain in the nation.