Wednesday STOPP Report
2019-06-05

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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

  • Major Planned Parenthood mergers in New York State
  • A new concern in "pro-life" legislation
  • Supreme Court justice gets it right about Planned Parenthood
  • STOPP's 34th Anniversary
Major Planned Parenthood mergers in New York State

By Jim Sedlak

Planned Parenthood is planning a major overhaul of its New York State operations that will take place over the next year. You will recall that Planned Parenthood operates similar to a franchise operation. It has a national office, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in New York City (with legislative offices in Washington, DC). The PPFA does not operate any clinics. All clinics are operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates. There are currently 53 separately incorporated affiliates across the country.

Right now, there are a total of nine affiliates operating in New York State. Listed below are the nine, with the number of clinics each operates, and the 2017 annual income of that affiliate:

  • PP Hudson Peconic           10 clinics         $22,149,748 
  • PP Nassau County             3 clinics         $10,474,166
  • PP New York City             5 clinics         $61,637,861
  • PP Mid-Hudson Valley         5 clinics         $ 9,762,289
  • PP Mohawk Hudson            10 clinics         $14,616,462
  • PP Southern Finger Lakes     5 clinics         $ 7,431,774
  • PP Central & Western NY      9 clinics         $20,775,958
  • Upper Hudson PP              3 clinics         $ 7,883,460
  • PP North Country N           7 clinics         $ 5,814,980

Planned Parenthood has announced that it plans to combine PP New York City, PP Nassau County, PP Mid-Hudson Valley, PP Mohawk Hudson, and PP Southern Finger Lakes. These will become Planned Parenthood of Greater New York and will operate 28 clinics and have an annual income of $103,922,552. The current CEO of PP New York City will become CEO of the new entity. On June 4, 2019, Planned Parenthood of NYC board members unanimously approved the merger of these five Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York State. It was the final board approval needed to create Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY).

Based on 2017 income numbers, PP of Greater New York will be the second largest affiliate in the Planned Parenthood kingdom, just a few million dollars behind Planned Parenthood Mar Monte ($109,700,159).

It was revealed that the original plan for the merger included a merger of six affiliates. Upper Hudson PP was to be the sixth, but its board opted out of the merger. If Upper Hudson had not opted out, then the new affiliate would have surpassed PP Mar Monte in annual income and would have become PPFA’s largest affiliate.

When we look at the geographic area covered by the merger, it would have made sense to include Upper Hudson. It would also have made sense to include Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, which operates in Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties. One key to understanding why Hudson Peconic was not included is to look at the CEO salaries of the five affiliates that are planning to merge alongside the Hudson Peconic CEO:

  • PP Hudson Peconic            $457,051
  • PP New York City             $332,546
  • PP Nassau County             $237,587
  • PP Mid-Hudson Valley         $210,384 
  • PP Mohawk Hudson             $160,112
  • PP Southern Finger Lakes     $122,542

You will note that, although PP Hudson Peconic has an income 64 percent less than PP New York City, its CEO is paid 37 percent more than the PP NYC CEO. The method that is used to determine CEO salaries within the Planned Parenthood world has always been a bit of a mystery. Normally, the board of directors of a non-profit organization would determine the salary of its CEO by comparing its operation with other non-profits and setting a salary similar to the others. However, as we have watched CEO salaries at Planned Parenthood, the upper echelon of CEOs seem to have their salaries determined by other factors. For example, the CEO of PP Mar Monte —the largest affiliate by far—ranks only eighth on the list of highest paid CEOs. It clearly appears that some internal politics came into play in the decision to exclude PP Hudson Peconic from the planned merger. If that had happened, one of the CEOs would have lost his or her job and that, clearly, was not acceptable to either CEO.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America claims that this major merger in New York will save money and create more efficiency. Certainly, we can easily see the money savings. Replacing five CEOs with one will save about $700,000 a year, and you add to that the reduction in the number of medical directors and other high-level duplicate staff, and the savings will be significant. However, one wonders about efficiency and whether the New York City headquarters will really care about the clinics in Batavia or Malone.

The fact is that Planned Parenthood appears dedicated to further reducing the number of affiliates and increasing scope. Just last year, it effectively merged its Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky with Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, creating a combined entity that is run by a CEO on the west coast and has over 4,000 miles between some of its clinics. In the years before that, it combined its affiliates in Texas so that it only has three, but, as in New York, almost all of the state is covered by Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

As Planned Parenthood reorganizes to obtain operational savings and record-keeping efficiency, its claim to be a local provider to local poor people is ringing very hollow.

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


A new concern in "pro-life" legislation

By Jim Sedlak

Back in the 1960s, before abortion was decriminalized by the United States Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood faced a problem. Its founder had secured funding and paid for the development of the Oral Contraceptive—the Birth Control Pill. As the Pill gained attention and FDA approval, there was a problem with how it worked. From the beginning, one of the methods of operation of the Pill was to reduce the thickness of the uterine lining and not allow an already- created human being to implant—thereby killing that human being. This is, of course, an abortion. In the 1960s, abortion was illegal. So, how do you sell a product that causes an illegal action?

Planned Parenthood found the solution by changing the definition of abortion. It worked with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to change the definition. In a 1965 document, ACOG defines conception as implantation in the womb; defined pregnancy as beginning at conception (implantation); and defined abortion as the termination of a pregnancy. Voila! Since the Pill would prevent implantation, it worked before official pregnancy began and was, therefore, not an abortion. Problem solved! The Pill still killed human beings, but, officially, that was not an abortion.

Fast forward to 2019. There is a major war going on over abortion in the United States. With the current administration in Washington and the tireless work of pro-life groups across the country, the political battles against abortion are heating up. Some states (e.g., New York and Vermont) are passing laws that will make abortion available to anyone at any time during pregnancy. Other states (e.g., Missouri, Louisiana, and Alabama) are going in the opposite direction and passing laws that would restrict abortion to the first few weeks of the baby’s life. While allowing abortion at any time is a major flaw in the bills, there has been a real effort to remove rape and incest exceptions from those bills. The rape and incest exceptions have been standard for many decades, but groups such as American Life League have always objected to their inclusion—along with the unnecessary exception for “life of the mother.” 

Most of these laws are straightforward. The Missouri bill, for example, outlaws abortion after eight weeks, while allowing an exception for the life of the mother. The Missouri law defines abortion as: (a) The act of using or prescribing any instrument, device, medicine, drug, or any other means or substance with the intent to destroy the life of an embryo or fetus in his or her mother's womb; or (b) The intentional termination of the pregnancy of a mother by using or prescribing any instrument, device, medicine, drug, or other means or substance with an intention other than to increase the probability of a live birth or to remove a dead or dying unborn child.

All of this sounds like positive steps, but there is emerging in these bills a danger as critical as when Planned Parenthood got the Pill accepted by simply defining away the fact that is causes an abortion. 

The definition of what-is-not-an-abortion is taking place in some of the most widely praised “pro-life” laws. For example, the Alabama law defines some killing of human beings in the womb as “not an abortion.” Among the killing so designated by the law is the termination of “the pregnancy of a woman when the unborn child has a lethal anomaly” and then it defines Lethal Anomaly as “A condition from which an unborn child would die after birth or shortly thereafter or be stillborn.” (Section 3, Paragraphs 1 and 3).

In a similar way, the Louisiana law states: “(4) For purposes of this Section, ‘abortion’ shall not include an abortion performed when the pregnancy is diagnosed as medically futile.” It goes on to say: "Medically futile" means that, in reasonable medical judgment, the unborn child has a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth. This diagnosis shall be a medical judgment certified in the pregnant woman's medical record by a reasonably prudent physician who is knowledgeable about the case and the treatment possibilities with respect to the medical conditions involved.”

We are bringing this to your attention in the hope that all of our readers will understand that it is necessary to read proposed laws to really understand what they do. In the past decades, we would always pay attention to what “exceptions” were in the bill. Now, it is clear we must also read the definition of abortion in the bill and, more specifically, what is not considered an abortion. Otherwise, we may find ourselves championing bills that will actually result in the death of many human beings.

Planned Parenthood deceived the world in 1965 by having ACOG redefine conception, pregnancy and abortion. Now, it appears, pro-lifers are being deceived by laws that claim to be pro-life but contain definitions of abortion that actually allow the killing of human beings in the womb.

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


Supreme Court justice gets it right about Planned Parenthood

The fight against Planned Parenthood has been going on since Monsignor John Ryan and New York’s Cardinal Patrick Hayes took on Margaret Sanger in the 1910s—as she was sowing the philosophies of what has become the largest killing organization in American history. It has killed over 8,000,000 children inside Planned Parenthood facilities since 1970, and is adding 911 daily.

A watershed moment in that fight took place in 2007, when Congressman Mike Pence (now vice president) introduced the first-ever amendment to a congressional funding bill that sought to take away all money in the bill from Planned Parenthood—by name. No one in Congress had ever done that before and it was exciting. Since then, of course, many bills have been introduced and many members of Congress have supported taking the money away from Planned Parenthood. Mr. Pence started it all.

Last week, there was another watershed moment in this fight against Planned Parenthood. In a decision involving an Indiana abortion law case (BOX v. PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF INDIANA AND KENTUCKY, INC.), Justice Clarence Thomas, in his written opinion, took the time to take Planned Parenthood and its leaders (Margaret Sanger and Dr. Alan Guttmacher) to task for their advocacy of birth control and abortion as a means of eugenics.

Justice Thomas’ remarks are much too long to quote here in their entirety. You can read the full opinion (PDF)), but let me give you a sense of what he had to say:

I write separately to address the other aspect of Indiana law at issue here—the “Sex Selective and Disability Abortion Ban.” This statute makes it illegal for an abortion provider to perform an abortion in Indiana when the provider knows that the mother is seeking the abortion solely because of the child’s race, sex, diagnosis of Down syndrome, disability, or related characteristics from the definition of disability). The law requires that the mother be advised of this restriction and given information about financial assistance and adoption alternatives, but it imposes liability only on the provider. Each of the immutable characteristics protected by this law can be known relatively early in a pregnancy, and the law prevents them from becoming the sole criterion for deciding whether the child will live or die. Put differently, this law and other laws like it promote a State’s compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics. 

The use of abortion to achieve eugenic goals is not merely hypothetical. The foundations for legalizing abortion in America were laid during the early 20th-century birth-control movement. That movement developed alongside the American eugenics movement. And significantly, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger recognized the eugenic potential of her cause. She emphasized and embraced the notion that birth control “opens the way to the eugenics.” As a means of reducing the “ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all,” Sanger argued that “Birth Control . . . is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method” of “human generation.” In her view, birth control had been “accepted by the most clear thinking and far seeing of the Eugenicists themselves as the most constructive and necessary of the means to racial health.” It is true that Sanger was not referring to abortion when she made these statements, at least not directly . . .  But Sanger’s arguments about the eugenic value of birth control in securing “the elimination of the unfit,” apply with even greater force to abortion, making it significantly more effective as a tool of eugenics. Whereas Sanger believed that birth control could prevent “unfit” people from reproducing, abortion can prevent them from being born in the first place. Many eugenicists therefore supported legalizing abortion, and abortion advocates—including future Planned Parenthood President Alan Guttmacher— endorsed the use of abortion for eugenic reasons. Technological advances have only heightened the eugenic potential for abortion, as abortion can now be used to eliminate concurring children with unwanted characteristics, such as a particular sex or disability. Given the potential for abortion to become a tool of eugenic manipulation, the Court will soon need to confront the constitutionality of laws like Indiana’s. 

There is much more contained in the full remarks of Justice Thomas, but this short extract will give you the idea.

A major part of our work, since the very beginning of the fight against Planned Parenthood, is to educate individuals and organizations on the truth about the organization. The fact that one of the members of the highest court in our land writes so clearly about the truth of that organization and its leaders is a demonstration that, unlike 35 years ago when we started, the truth is out there and our efforts need to continue.

The task of all who fight Planned Parenthood is to educate their local communities on the truth about the organizations and lead people to the understanding that Planned Parenthood must be kept away from our children and away from our money.


STOPP's 34th Anniversary

On May 15, 1985, the original STOPP organization held its first public picket outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Poughkeepsie, New York. Just months earlier, the organization was co-founded by Helen Westover, Bob Cassara, Dottie Madrigrano, and Jim Sedlak. Over the last 34 years, STOPP has undergone many organizational changes. In 1990, it separated into two separate groups—the original STOPP and Mid-Hudson STOPP. In 1994, the original STOPP became STOPP International and then, in 1998, it became part of American Life League. ALL’s Judie Brown has been fighting Planned Parenthood for longer than STOPP has, so it was a natural fit. STOPP International still operates today as an integral part of ALL.

Over the years, there have been many changes in STOPP’s operations, but one thing has remained consistent. We have always focused on helping local groups get Planned Parenthood out of their communities. We also help communities peacefully and prayerfully prevent Planned Parenthood from opening facilities in their towns. In order to do this, we travel. We have visited 40 states and eight countries on four continents, given thousands of talks and published and distributed millions of pieces of anti-Planned Parenthood literature.

God has blessed us with witnessing the failure of Planned Parenthood to reach many of its expansion goals. Two examples include a 1992 goal by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to expand from its, then, 922 clinics to 2,000 clinics by the year 2000. It never made it beyond 938 clinics. In this century, Planned Parenthood boldly announced the planned opening of 12 new clinics in Iowa and Nebraska. In the end, not only didn’t it open a single new clinic in those states, it has actually closed 28 existing clinics in Iowa. The specific affiliate that had these expansion goals no longer exists—it was taken over by another PP affiliate.

We have also celebrated Planned Parenthood going from its 938 clinics in 1995 down to the 590 it operated at the closing of 2018. With the implementation of its current merger plans in New York State, Planned Parenthood will have gone from 181 affiliates in 1987 to less than 50. ALL’s STOPP International has been on the front line, or operating behind the scenes, in most of these clinic closures and has been a force behind many of the affiliate mergers.

As we move into June 2019, we continue to be as busy as ever in fighting the evil that is Planned Parenthood. We understand that every fight against Planned Parenthood is a local fight and we are the only national group that focuses all of our resources at closing local Planned Parenthood clinics. In just the last 40 days, we’ve delivered multiple talks and held strategy sessions in Texas and New York and are currently planning visits to at least three different cities in California. Our on-the-phone consulting extends to many states throughout the country as Planned Parenthood continues to struggle, under its new president, to regain lost ground. 

ALL’s STOPP has always recognized the fight against Planned Parenthood as a spiritual battle. Many of our most successful campaigns owe their success to the fact that we call upon Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother for assistance and direction. We are currently in final preparations for our next, and most ambitious, campaign that we believe will lead to the closure of the remaining Planned Parenthood facilities.

We ask all our readers and supporters to remember us in your prayers as we commemorate 34 years of active witness against Planned Parenthood. Your continued support will allow us to achieve our goal of causing such discontent with Planned Parenthood, and its failed programs, that it will have no choice but to close all its doors and get out of town!