Wednesday STOPP Report

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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's changing structure
  • Planned Parenthood launched its third new app of the year
  • Planned Parenthood getting ready for 'at home' abortions
  • Two new lawsuits against Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood's changing structure

By Jim Sedlak

Over the years, we have often described the structure of Planned Parenthood as a franchise. It has a corporate office that does not actually run any medical centers anywhere in the country. All its medical centers are run by franchisees (called affiliates). Each affiliate is a separately incorporated entity that operates in a specified territory and opens and closes medical centers based on whether or not a center is making money. In exchange for the franchise territory, the affiliate must follow corporate rules on how to provide services and must pay annual dues to the corporate office.

When Planned Parenthood first began organizing, it was important for it to have lots of local affiliates. Part of the thought process was that, in order to get public support, there had to be a local entity that donors could see as their own. Planned Parenthood had 97 affiliates in 1960, and, after Roe v. Wade, that number grew to 191 affiliates operating 700 facilities in 1978—an average of 3-4 centers per affiliate. Finding this unwieldy, Planned Parenthood began closing or consolidating affiliates and was down to 96 affiliates operating 817 centers in 2009—an average of 8-9 centers per affiliate.

Today, Planned Parenthood has significantly changed its outlook on affiliates. It has abandoned its “local” affiliate policy and is consolidating to get bigger profits and committing more abortions. Some examples of what is happening:

  • In TEXAS, Planned Parenthood, in 2012, created Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas to run most of its centers in the state. That one affiliate operates all centers from Tyler, in the east, to El Paso in the west—over 700 miles away—and from Austin to the northern border. Only two small affiliates, in San Antonio and Houston, are outside the PPGT empire.
  • In HAWAII, Planned Parenthood, in 2014, merged with Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington), creating an affiliate with over 3,000 miles between its Honolulu and Fairbanks centers.
  • In NEBRASKA, in 2018, Planned Parenthood joined a new regional affiliate—Planned Parenthood North Central States (a five-state regional organization serving Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota).
  • In INDIANA, in 2019, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is merging with Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. The resultant affiliate will have over 4,000 miles between its centers in Honolulu and Lexington.
  • In NEW YORK, by the end of 2019, Planned Parenthood will merge five separate affiliates into Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. This new affiliate will cover most of the territory from New York City to Ithaca and Saratoga, to Nassau County and the Hudson Valley.

With all of this consolidation, in 2020, Planned Parenthood will have less than 50 affiliates and huge distances to cover. It will create a logistics and management nightmare for the organization. The Northwest, Hawaii, Indiana, and Kentucky affiliate will, for example, have a total of 44 centers spread over thousands of miles. Corporate management will only have one workday every two months to spend on each of the centers. 

More importantly for Planned Parenthood is the fact that local donors, even big donors, are likely to change their giving patterns. Many of these donors want to know that their donations are being used locally and not shipped off to other areas and other states. These donors would, most of the time, prefer to give to a local arts program or support local humanitarian work than give to a large hundred-million dollar enterprise with very little local ties.

As a grassroots organization helping local people fight local Planned Parenthood facilities, STOPP sees these new developments as a positive step in allowing us to help close more and more local Planned Parenthood facilities. 

Since Planned Parenthood began making these changes in 2012, we have seen a net of 160 Planned Parenthood centers close their doors and get out of town. Right now, Planned Parenthood is riding a wave of opposition to President Trump and money is pouring into its coffers from the very rich and the very famous. It had a 244 million dollar profit last year, but still closed a dozen centers.

As we gear up for this expanding battle, we began our own wave—the Marian Blue Wave. It will ultimately spell the end for Planned Parenthood, and abortion, in this country and around the world.

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 launched its third new app of the year

Back in January, Planned Parenthood unveiled Roo, a mobile app designed to hook teens into lives of sexual sin by giving them a private online app to get their questions about sex answered and, of course, to promote masturbation. The sinful activity that we often refer to as “the gateway drug” into Planned Parenthood’s sinful sexual lifestyle—a lifestyle that, if left unchecked, will lead our children to Hell. 

Then, at the beginning of the summer, Planned Parenthood Direct, a mobile app allowing women to obtain prescriptions and order 10 birth control products (all made by a Planned Parenthood spin-off manufacturer) without having to visit a medical facility, began its rollout across the country (it is currently in 27 states). Billboard advertisements for this app have led many anti-Planned Parenthood individuals and groups to begin protests of Lamar Advertising. It is the firm running these Planned Parenthood ads in West Texas. Please use the contact form on Lamar’s website to tell them to stop running Planned Parenthood’s ads.

Planned Parenthood has big plans for its PPDirect app. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains currently operates in four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada) and its CEO, Vicki Cowart, recently told reporters, “Right now, it’s available for self-pay only – so a credit card is needed. “We are working on getting it connected to insurance, so that lack won’t be an impediment to access. We are working to get it connected to Medicaid – we are working with the state Medicaid and Public Health Departments to expand access.” Of course, just another way for Planned Parenthood to tap into government money.

This week, Planned Parenthood announced its Abortion Care (sic) Finder. Although it is being described as a way for women to find the nearest abortion facility, it will actually tell them only the nearest Planned Parenthood killing center. It will also give them the information they need to schedule an appointment. 

A pro-life woman tried out this app and shared the following report (and questions) with us: 

So I entered in my age as 15, and my LMP as October 1. I tried to screen shot and paste the response here, but it didn't work. Basically, it said "You are 7 weeks pregnant." (How scary for a 15 year old to see that on the screen as how "true" they would think it is). Then "Available options: chemical abortion and in-clinic abortion." Talk about coercive and inaccurate. Is this legal? Could they be sued for providing false medical information without actually having done a pregnancy test? Further confirmation that PP is about lies, horrible treatment of girls, and making money off destroying children - both Mom and baby. What if the 15 year old has an underlying medical issue that's causing amenorrhea?

If you want to see a better map of the location of every Planned Parenthood center in the United States, along with an image identifying the cities in which people all across the country, and around the world, are praying a Rosary a week to close every PP center, you can see it here

As Planned Parenthood is closing physical facilities and losing customers, it clearly hopes that these digital products will help it ensnare unsuspecting youth in its web of deceit. Please use the button below the map to add your name to those that are praying for the end of Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood getting ready for 'at home' abortions

While doing the research on the story in this WSR about the three Planned Parenthood apps, I came across some interesting and scary comments from two Planned Parenthood officials on how Planned Parenthood is getting ready for a possible world in which abortion is outlawed in some or most states. None of this is shockingly new, but to see that these two people talked about it openly with a newspaper means to us that these plans are being implemented now, and can be used now as a way to kill babies.

The following is a small excerpt from a lengthy story in the Colorado Mountain College newsletter. The main part of the story is about the Planned Parenthood Direct mobile app being rolled out by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. The quotes below are from Dr. Julia Kohn, national director of research, evaluation, and data analytics for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Vicki Cowart, CEO of PPRM. Cowart’s reference to a “Dark State” refers to states that will outlaw abortions.

“As the access to abortion shrinks across the country, telemedicine is one strategy for expanding patients’ access to safe, legal abortion, including for those [women] living in remote or rural areas. At Planned Parenthood, we conduct research and support innovation so we can find new ways to expand people’s access to services and offer the best health care to our patients,” said Dr. Julia Kohn, national director of research, evaluation, and data analytics for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and lead author of a study regarding telemedicine outcomes. 

“This study confirms what we know firsthand: Telemedicine can improve health equity by ensuring that more people have access to the care they need — including abortion — in a timely manner, by reducing the barriers that make it harder for people to get care, including securing transportation, childcare, and time off work.”

Cowart was blunt in her assessment of women’s health care options across the nation. “One of the reasons we are so focused on this rural access is that we are facing a manmade public health crisis – there are threats to Title 10, to Roe v. Wade. Women’s reproductive rights are being threatened in ways we have not seen for decades. … I do want to raise the alarm …  We (expect that in) about 18 months, 25 million women of reproductive age will be living in a dark state – women in this country needing health care; anybody who needs an abortion is going to be on the road.”

Cowart says Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain’s 24 health centers across its service area represent a great deal of expertise. “We are getting ready for travelers …we’ve seen 800 coming to our health centers that offer abortion. We do provide a two-pill regime overnight via telemedicine as well, with a direct connection to our doctor.”

While we’ve seen many people make an analogy between Planned Parenthood Direct and “online ordering,” that is not what this app is about. Buried beyond the surface is a strong telemedicine component. Because it is primarily about ordering birth control devices that currently require a prescription, the person using the app needs to have interaction with a medical professional. The app does not currently offer the Abortion Pill as a choice in ordering, but expansion into that could happen quickly as long as state laws permit it.

The people fighting Planned Parenthood in West Texas are being very aggressive in this battle and we pray that people in every state will follow their example. Planned Parenthood Direct is a very dangerous mobile app and we hope the quotes included in this short article will motivate you to take up the battle in your state.

Two new lawsuits against Planned Parenthood

News of two new lawsuits against Planned Parenthood, one from a former employee and the other from a PP customer, has reached our desk.

1. A former employee sues Planned Parenthood, alleging retaliation for speaking up about harassment.

A former fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte has filed a suit alleging the organization mishandled a sexual harassment and assault claim brought by another employee, and then fired her when she repeatedly expressed her concerns about it.

According to news reports, Elizabeth Winchester says she was fired in late 2018 after she twice complained to her supervisor and CEO Stacy Cross about how they were handling a harassment and assault complaint. Winchester says Planned Parenthood issued her a “final written warning for alleged professional misconduct” after her second complaint, which she made on October 24, 2018, and that her subsequent firing was in retaliation.

Winchester also alleges Planned Parenthood Mar Monte violated state labor codes, requiring her to work extra hours without paying her overtime and failing to provide her both required rest breaks and required meal breaks. The suit also claims that upon her firing, Planned Parenthood failed to pay her all past due wages.

The case will make a first appearance in court for a case management conference on February 11, 2020.

2. The following article about a patient suing Planned Parenthood for medical malpractice was written by Cheryl Sullenger and reprinted here with her permission. 

Chicago, IL: According to documents and a 911 recording obtained by the Pro-Life Action League, a previously unknown medical emergency at the Near North Planned Parenthood in Chicago, Illinois, has resulted in a medical malpractice case filed by a woman who fell and broke her neck after a medical procedure.

On May 2, 2019, Morgan Castro sued Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, abortionist Amy Whitaker, and other clinic employees for damages in excess of $50,000 due to serious injuries she suffered during an appointment for insertion of a intrauterine contraception (IUC).

Castro reported to the Near North Planned Parenthood on May 24, 2018, for the IUC procedure. Castro’s complaint stated that she was informed by Planned Parenthood workers that after the procedure she might become dizzy or experience cramping. Castro did in fact become dizzy and informed a Planned Parenthood worker. Castro was alone

and unmonitored when she lost consciousness and fell off a table. A Planned Parenthood employee later discovered her on the floor and called for an ambulance.

Once at Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital, an MRI revealed fractures to two vertebrae in Castro’s neck. Due to her severe injuries, she was transferred to Presence Resurrection Hospital where she was fitted with a Halo brace to stabilize her neck.

Planned Parenthood has been accused of negligence for failing to monitor Castro, failing to recognize and treat her dizziness, and failing to prevent her from falling off the table.

Operation Rescue has documented, with the help of the Pro-Life Action League, 19 medical emergencies at the Near North Planned Parenthood.

“Planned Parenthood loves to tell everyone what great healthcare they provide and how caring they are – ‘no matter what.’  But that is just public relations spin. In truth, they should change their motto to ‘Negligence – no matter what,’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.  “If the general public knew all we have learned about Planned Parenthood through our research monitoring life-threatening abortion facility medical emergencies, failed inspection reports, and heartbreaking malpractice/wrongful death suits, Planned Parenthood would have no customers left!”

Unfortunately, you do not read about these lawsuits in most of the major media. That’s why the Wednesday STOPP Reportkeeps you updated as we find things out through our sources.

A final word: As we were preparing this WSR, word broke that Planned Parenthood won its civil lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress and its founders and researchers. Given the biased judge, this was not unexpected. All the defendants will be filing appeals and the lawyers are optimistic. We’ll bring you more details in the upcoming issues of the WSR.