Wednesday STOPP Report
2019-08-21

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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 out of Title X program - thank you, Mr. President
  • The impact of Planned Parenthood's departure from Title X
  • Planned Parenthood in Kentucky-more money, still can't do abortions
  • Former Planned Parenthood employee wins $3 million verdict
Planned Parenthood out of Title X program - thank you, Mr. President

After decades of rhetoric and unfulfilled promises by prior administrations, on Monday of this week, the Trump administration got Planned Parenthood to drop out of the Title X program. Title X is a $287 million federal family planning program, begun in 1970, that was providing Planned Parenthood with approximately $60 million a year.

The Trump administration added, with no help from Congress, what it called a Protect Life Rule to the Title X program. The “new” rule was essentially the same rules that the United States Supreme Court found to be constitutional in 1991 (Rust v. Sullivan). Despite that, Planned Parenthood has been vehemently fighting against the rule and has a lawsuit in the courts to stop them from being implemented. Planned Parenthood won some lower court rulings but ran into a roadblock when a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the administration could implement the Protect Life Rule. Planned Parenthood asked for an “en banc” review and, once again, the Ninth Circuit voted against it. PP tried a third time and failed.

The result: The Trump administration set an August 19 deadline for all Title X recipients to document that they would obey the new rules, which forbade the recipients from referring for or performing most abortions. Planned Parenthood showed it was more concerned with killing babies than helping poor women and left the program.

Planned Parenthood tried to stay in the program until its original lawsuit was decided. The Washington Post article from last Wednesday actually tells the whole story. Here are the pertinent excerpts: “In a letter to United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Planned Parenthood attorneys said its affiliates had planned to refuse federal funds—but not drop out of the program.” The Trump administration wasn’t going to be hoodwinked, and Health and Human Services Deputy Assistant Secretary Diane Foley said Planned Parenthood’s proposal to remain in the program without agreeing to the new rules was ‘inconsistent.” This led Planned Parenthood attorney Alan E. Schoenfeld to write that as a result and with “deep regret,” the grantees “now have no option but to withdraw from the Title X program.”

The Trump administration has accomplished what no other administration has been able to do since the Title X program began in 1970. It made Planned Parenthood choose between abortion and Title X funding. Predictably, Planned Parenthood showed its true colors and chose killing babies.

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.


The impact of Planned Parenthood's departure from Title X

Planned Parenthood is now out of the Title X program. What does that mean for Planned Parenthood’s finances, Planned Parenthood’s customers, and taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood? Let’s look at these one at a time:

Planned Parenthood finances

From an overall financial picture, losing $60 million dollars in federal funding will have little effect on Planned Parenthood. The organization reported a total income of $1.67 billion last year. The $60 million is 3.6 percent of its income. Planned Parenthood reported profits of $244.8 million last year. Thus, Planned Parenthood could keep doing all its Title X services for the next four years and still not use up its profits from last year.

Planned Parenthood’s customers

Planned Parenthood is making a lot of noise about the fact that 40 percent of people who receive services under the Title X program receive them from Planned Parenthood. But is that 40 percent a real number? Here are some facts:

  • The government says Title X is a $287 million program. If Planned Parenthood got $60 million, that’s about 21 percent of the program funding. 
  • The government says there are about 4,000 clinics that receive Title X funding. 
  • Both Planned Parenthood and the government agree that Planned Parenthood operates only 400 (10 percent) of those Title X clinics.  
  • The government says that Title X serves about 4.0 million people. Planned Parenthood claims it serves 40 percent (1.6 million) of those people. 

On the surface, Planned Parenthood’s claim of serving 40 percent of the people while operating 10 percent of the clinics and receiving just 21 percent of the funding does not ring true. It may be possible that the 40 percent was calculated by the same number crunchers who insist abortion is only three percent of Planned Parenthood’s services.

The Kaiser Family Foundation ooked at the facts of what percentage of Title X clinics are either run by Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers. The KFF numbers are very revealing. The following states have the indicated percentage of PP Title X clinics:

Zero = NV, ND, SD, WY, NE, NM, TX, OK, AR, LA, MS, AL, TN, KY, HI, SC
1% to 4% = FL, GA, VA, WV, KS, CO, ID, NC, DC
6% to 9% = RI, MO, MA, OR
10% to 15% = DE, MD, PA, IN, IL, IO, WI, AZ
16% to 20% = OH, MI, MT
25% to 33% = CA, NY, NH
34% to 42% = WA, MN, ME, CT, NJ
67% = AK
88% = UT
100% = VT

KFF shows that 16 states do not have a single Title X clinic that is run by PP. In another 13 states, less than 10 percent of the Title X clinics are run by PP. That’s a majority (29) of the states where Planned Parenthood’s exit from the Title X program will have zero, or very small, impact. The only states to see a major impact from Planned Parenthood’s departure will be Alaska, Vermont, and Utah states that have allowed PP to dominate the Title X industry.

One interesting observation is that the state of Maryland has been very vocal in its outcry against the new rules. Yet, the data shows that only 10 percent of its Title X clinics will be affected.

Bottom line—there will be minimum impact on customers, except in Alaska, Utah, and Vermont.

Planned Parenthood taxpayer funding

From a dollar and cents point of view, the loss of these funds will mean that Planned Parenthood’s income of taxpayer’s funds has been cut by 10.6 percent. Clearly, not a crushing blow. With a number of states saying that they will increase state money to Planned Parenthood, the final impact will be hardly noticeable.

However, we cannot under-estimate the tremendous psychological impact to those fighting Planned Parenthood that this reduction in funding will have. There are many who thought this day would never come. A large number of people opposed to Planned Parenthood are holding their breath as they await the outcome of Planned Parenthood’s continuing legal challenges. Bottom line—Planned Parenthood is vulnerable!

And . . . Planned Parenthood is beginning to recognize the same vulnerability. 

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 in Kentucky-more money, still can't do abortions

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has been going through a roller coaster year. For several years, PPINK has been struggling. According to its most recent government filings, it had a financial loss of $1.7 million in 2016 and another loss of $1.3 million in 2017 (latest year available). At the end of its 2017 fiscal year, it only had about $5 million in cash assets, leaving it very vulnerable if losses continued. Something had to be done. 

The Planned Parenthood Federation came up with what it hopes will be a long-term solution. It made what it called a “special arrangement” between PPINK and Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. In 2017, PPGNWHI showed a $16 million profit and had almost $50 million in cash assets. PPGNWHI would infuse cash into PPINK and PPINK would give control of its operations to the CEO of PPGNWHI. Planned Parenthood refused to use the term “merger” between these two groups located thousands of miles apart, but as things are playing out, that is what it seems to have become. 

In addition to cash flow, one of the major differences between the two organizations is their respective emphasis on abortion. PPGNWHI has 27 clinics and 26 commit abortions (one of its five clinics in Seattle just refers to the other four). PPINK, on the other hand, has 18 clinics and only four commit abortions (zero in Kentucky). Clearly, this was not going to be acceptable to the new CEO.

According to a recent AP news story, “Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is receiving a nearly $1 million funding boost and is adding staffers. . . . The organization has been able to increase salaries for its Indiana and Kentucky jobs while adding 45 positions this year, said Chris Charbonneau, who was CEO of the Seattle-based chapter when the merger was announced and is now also leading the Indianapolis-based affiliate.”

Along with the infusion of money, Charbonneau is trying to expand PPINK’s abortion business into Kentucky. WDRB in Louisville reported this week that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has denied Planned Parenthood's downtown Louisville location a license to perform abortions. PPINK actually did 23 abortions at this site between December 2015 and January 2016, but did not have a license. We are sure that the new CEO will pour money into Louisville politics and Kentucky elections so PP can get the okay to kill babies in Kentucky.

We, at STOPP, are closely watching the situation with a west-coast affiliate of PP trying to change the landscape in two conservative states. We believe this is a trial effort and, if successful, will serve as a guide for attacks on other conservative states across the country.


Former Planned Parenthood employee wins $3 million verdict

Another former “Employee of the Year” award recipient at Planned Parenthood is showing the world what Planned Parenthood is all about. Our readers are familiar with Abby Johnson, former PP EOTY, and her book and movie, UNPLANNED.

Now, abc15.com, in Phoenix, reports that Planned Parenthood Arizona will have to pay Mayra Rodriguez, a former director of several of its clinics, $3 million as part of a wrongful termination lawsuit. Rodriguez argued that she was fired in 2017 for voicing concerns about unsafe and illegal practices happening in some of the organization's health centers. A trial jury unanimously agreed with her and awarded the $3 million.

Rodriguez worked as a director for health centers in Phoenix, Glendale, and Flagstaff. She says she voiced her concerns and eventually filed a lawsuit to protect the women who rely on Planned Parenthood for care. "I always thought it could have been my daughter, my niece, my friend's daughter, my friend," said Rodriguez, “I'm not going to let it go."

Rodriguez said she spent 17 years working with Planned Parenthood and was even named "Employee of the Year" in 2016. She was then fired in 2017.

STOPP’s contacts in Arizona filled in some additional details:

Rodriquez accused Planned Parenthood of Arizona in a lawsuit (CV2017 014274) of firing her in retribution for complaining about the abortion doctor and clinics. This includes failure to report surgical complications, falsified affidavits and reports, falsified medical records and failure to report a minor who had an adult sexual partner, and allowing a 19-year-old boyfriend take an underage girl for abortion in violation of Arizona parental consent laws. An Arizona jury sided with Rodriquez who started this process because the women are being injured inside Arizona abortion clinics, and instead of protecting women, Planned Parenthood protected a dangerous doctor.

As more and more Planned Parenthood employees understand the kind of organization for which they are working, information about what really happens behind the walls of PP are becoming better known.