Wednesday STOPP Report
2020-06-17

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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 is still as diabolical as ever
  • Planned Parenthood and the elections
  • The Great Pandemic
  • Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Planned Parenthood is still as diabolical as ever

By Jim Sedlak

It may come as a surprise to many young fighters against Planned Parenthood, but, during its first 70 years of operation, the organization managed to keep its nefarious activities secret from the general public in America. There were, of course, many brave people who came to understand the evil of Planned Parenthood and fought hard to change that narrative. The eventual unveiling of the truth about Planned Parenthood came about with the release of two significant books.

The first was written by George Grant. Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood was published in 1998 and it was the first book to be critical of Planned Parenthood as an organization. It documented what Planned Parenthood was doing to destroy Christian America. It shocked pastors of all denominations and led to a great deal of activism.

The second book was written by Robert G. Marshall and Charles A. Donovan. Blessed Are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood provided an answer to the question of how did Planned Parenthood do what it did. It showed how Planned Parenthood operated behind the scenes to influence the positions and activities of public people and entities.

Because of the significance of these two books, I urge all those who join the fight against Planned Parenthood to read them as the first thing they should do.

Over the last decade, there has been behind-the-scene-activity by Planned Parenthood brought to light in a lawsuit being handled by Alliance Defending Freedom representing Skyline Wesleyan Church in California.

The lawsuit is bringing to light an incredible tale of deceit and back-door politics at California’s Department of Managed Health Care. Jeremiah Galus, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, gives a clear picture of what transpired. “The deal went down like this: Abortion advocates—upset that Catholic universities had been allowed, consistent with their religious beliefs, to exclude elective abortion coverage from their insurance plans—urged DMHC officials to quietly institute a major reinterpretation of the 40-plus-year-old Knox-Keene Act regulating insurance requirements. “Quietly” meant intentionally bypassing the democratic process in favor of what Planned Parenthood cheerfully proposed as “an administrative solution in lieu of legislation.” In other words, “Why bother voters and legislators with these pesky little details?” DMHC officials then contacted insurance providers to inform them of the new, mandatory revisions to insurance policies for churches and religious organizations—revisions that now required them to provide immediate coverage of elective abortion. If the providers were concerned about how these religious groups might respond to the revisions, the DMHC had a simple suggestion: “Just don’t tell them.”

As crazy as this scheme sounds, it actually succeeded and health insurance policies were changed to include abortion without any of the churches and religious organizations having a clue. Once the facts became known, lawsuits began.

In January of this year, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights issued a determination that the state of California violated federal law by forcing all health insurance plans—including those purchased by churches—to pay for elective abortions. Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Denise Harle stated:

“No one should force a church or any other employer to participate in funding abortion. For years, California’s Department of Managed Health Care has demonstrated hostility to churches by forcing them to pay for elective abortions. The agency has unconstitutionally targeted religious organizations, repeatedly collaborated with pro-abortion advocates, and failed to follow the appropriate administrative procedures to institute its unprecedented mandate. We commend the Trump administration and HHS’s Office for Civil Rights for investigating and taking corrective action against the state of California for its flawed policies, persistent violation of federal law, and its willful disregard for the civil rights and conscience rights of its citizens.”

This case continues. A district court refused to hear the case and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on May 13, 2020, that “The panel reversed the district court’s ruling that it lacked jurisdiction over plaintiff’s federal free exercise of religion claim, vacated the district court’s ruling that it lacked jurisdiction over plaintiff’s other claims, and remanded for further proceedings.”

We pray, of course, that the courts will find in favor of Religious Freedom and order California to offer insurance plans that do not cover abortion. But the main reason for bringing all of this to your attention is that if Planned Parenthood is doing this in California, you can bet they are still active behind the scenes in Illinois, New York, and elsewhere, trying to “intentionally bypassing the democratic process in favor of what Planned Parenthood cheerfully proposed as “an administrative solution in lieu of legislation.”

The behind-the-scenes-shenanigans of Planned Parenthood that were revealed in Blessed are the Barren are as active today as they were back then. Remember, Planned Parenthood receives over $600 million in taxpayer money, has over $100 million in profits, and can still afford all these efforts to subvert our democracy and force out our democratically elected president. It’s time to stand up to the organization that was profiled by author Karen Handel in her revealing 2012 book, Planned Bullyhood.

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.


Planned Parenthood and the elections

NOTICE: As a 501-C-3 non-profit organization, by law we are not allowed to encourage you to vote for or against any particular candidate. However, we can report on what Planned Parenthood is doing in the elections and we can encourage you to vote for pro-life candidates.

This week, Planned Parenthood decided to endorse presumed Democratic nominee Joseph Biden in this year’s presidential race. Pittsburgh’s NPR news station’s announcement of this fact included the following:

  • "This is literally a life and death election," Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president of Planned Parenthood, told NPR ahead of the announcement. "We felt like we can't endure another four years of Trump; we have to do everything we can to get him out of office."
    • In a video statement announcing the endorsement, Biden pledges his support for reproductive rights and highlights his work on the Affordable Care Act during his time as President Barack Obama's vice president. The law required participating insurers to cover reproductive health screenings and contraception without a co-pay.
    • "We will protect women's constitutional right to choose, and I am proud to stand with you in this fight," the presumptive Democratic nominee says in the video released Monday by the group's advocacy and political arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
    • Planned Parenthood is contrasting Biden's record with that of Trump, who has won praise from abortion rights opponents for appointing conservative judges and for blocking domestic and international organizations that provide abortions from receiving federal funds to cover other reproductive health care such as birth control and sexually transmitted infection screenings.

As we have always done, American Life League and our STOPP International program encourage all of our readers to examine every candidate for each elective position and to vote only for those candidates who support the right to life of every individual—born and preborn.

We are living at a time when the lives of every embryonic human person is in danger. The deaths of millions of preborn humans is a scourge upon our land and it is our obligation, under God, to elect men and women who are dedicated to protecting all of God’s children. At this time, the national elections for the House of Representatives, the US Senate, and the president and vice-president are critical—as are elections for statewide office holders in every state.

Do not sit this one out. Make sure you are registered to vote and encourage your friends and family to register. Evaluate every candidate and vote pro-life.

To check if you are registered, go to CAN I VOTE and check your registration status. If you are not now registered, you can do so on the same page using the “Register to Vote” selection.


The Great Pandemic

By Jim Sedlak

It’s the first year of the second decade of the third millennium and America is embroiled in pandemics. From March through May of this year, we have been bombarded with news of the Wuhan virus—a virus begun in the Wuhan province of China that rapidly spread throughout the world. The first cases in the United States took place in either late 2019 or early 2020, depending on which scientists or health professionals you are listening to. The Wuhan virus can lead to COVID-19, which has proven to be very deadly. According to statistics published on June 15, 2020, there have been 118,000 deaths attributed to the pandemic just here in the United States. The entire country has been turned upside down to fight this pandemic. Schools have stopped having in-person classes, small businesses have shut down (many to never reopen), and the daily lives of every person in the country have been changed.

It seemed that news outlets could not get enough of the pandemic until the murder of Mr. George Floyd by a police officer pushed the Wuhan virus from the front page. All of a sudden, news broadcasts and print news outlets turned to what they described as the dual problem of racism and police brutality. Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, recently wrote an article in which she stated: “We are living in a racism pandemic, which is taking a heavy psychological toll on our African American citizens. The health consequences are dire. Racism is associated with a host of psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety and other serious, sometimes debilitating conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. Moreover, the stress caused by racism can contribute to the development of cardiovascular and other physical diseases.”

It is not my intention to minimize the Wuhan virus pandemic or the racism pandemic or others pandemics that may be active in society, but I do want to point out the GREAT PANDEMIC that is happening in the United States right now that very few people and no mainstream media outlets want to talk about—the great pandemic that is abortion.

WAIT! DID YOU HEAR THAT? The sound of e-mails being closed, web pages being left, and ears being covered, combined with an almost audible rolling of an untold number of eyes. Mention abortion and people pay no more attention than they do to presidential political ads in July.

But, by any measure, abortion is at pandemic levels. We told you about the 118,000 deaths in America from COVID-19. Well, the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute says there are about 862,000 abortions in the United States each year. That means in the first five months of this year ABORTION-2020 killed 359,000 innocent human beings— triple the number that died from COVID-19. That’s a pandemic.

The Center for Disease Control reports that non-Hispanic black women accounted for 38 percent of all abortions—the most of any group. That means that over 136,000 black babies were intentionally murdered so far this year. If there is, as Dr. Shullman maintains, a “pandemic of racism,” it clearly must include all the black lives snuffed out before birth with the pandemic of abortion. How many African-American mothers suffer from PTSD after abortions? How many African-American teens suffer from anxiety knowing that two out of every five of their peers never made it out of the womb? Some may have been their brothers and sisters.

The good news is that there is literally an army of Americans aggressively fighting the abortion pandemic. Led by thousands of national, state, and local pro-life groups, these warriors for life are being mobilized to end the pandemic of abortion. If you are still reading this article, there is a good chance you are one of them.

Be proud of yourselves and what you do. YOU ARE FIGHTING THE GREAT PANDEMIC. You are the medical professionals, the lawyers, the pregnancy help professionals, the sidewalk advocates, the rescuers, the prayer warriors, the activists, the leaders, and the doers who spend your time working for God to try and save as many of His children as possible.

You’ve been in the fight when Reagan was president, through the Clinton and Obama years, and you’re still here with Trump as our president. You are the ones who keep the battle for the lives of the embryonic human persons going strong.

I ask you today to renew your commitment to fighting the Great Pandemic. As words of encouragement, I offer to you the final (edited) lines first written by William Shakespeare in Henry V. There is a speech known as the Crispin’s Day Speech in Act IV, Scene 3. Here is my version of the ending of that speech edited just for you—the fighters against the Great Pandemic:

From this day to the ending of the world,
We (who are fighting the Great Pandemic) shall be remembered.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that (shares this fight) with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This (fight) shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in (America now silent)
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not (with us),
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us (against the Great Pandemic). 

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.


Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This Friday, June 19, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We bring to you today the following prayer as we fight against Planned Parenthood and all who take the lives of God’s children. This particular prayer was adapted from the article with the same title in the May-June 2010 issue of American Life League’s Celebrate Life Magazine.  

A Prayer for Life from the Heart of Jesus

By Rev. James Kubicki, SJ

Here is the full text of the June 2010 prayer intention of Pope Benedict XVI: “That every national and international institution may strive to guarantee respect for human life from conception (creation) to natural death.

What does Jesus feel?

The special significance of this intention appearing in June is that this month is traditionally dedicated to honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He didn’t say it directly, but Pope Benedict implied that respect for the right to life of all human beings is an intention very close to the Heart of Jesus. Jesus cares especially for the most helpless among us, and the pope is asking us to do the same. What does Jesus think and feel as He looks out over the world today? We believe that His Heart is particularly wounded by the scourge of abortion. We believe His Heart is broken by all the sins against life.

As Christians, we strive to know the thoughts and feelings of Jesus’ Heart so we can imitate and act upon them. Let’s look more deeply into the Heart of Jesus.

The Bible speaks of a person’s heart as far more than just a muscle that pumps blood. Even in popular use, the word heart often refers to the deepest interior of a person—the place where his or her values and attitudes, thoughts and plans, are formed. Scripture also speaks of sin in terms of “a hard heart.” The prophet Ezekiel addressed the word of God to the Israelites, declaring, “I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts” (36:26). God fulfilled this promise in His own Son, Jesus, Who reveals that the Heart of God is filled with a love that is willing to give all for the good of humanity. In giving us forgiveness and new life, Jesus also gives us a new heart, one like His that is open to the workings of the Holy Spirit. We also have a heart, like His, that is wounded and broken by the sins against life.

Can Jesus still suffer?

Jesus is risen and in glory. How can we say His Heart is wounded and broken by the sins against life? Can Jesus still suffer? Saint Paul explains this mystery by declaring that we are the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). Jesus is the Head and we are the Body. Just as we are intimately connected to the power and joy of Jesus, Jesus is intimately connected to the weakness and sorrow of His Body. Paul says, “If (one) part suffers, all the parts suffer with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26). Jesus, the Head of the Body, continues to suffer with us and in us as we suffer for the brutal dismemberment of the little ones. Fully human and fully divine, Jesus feels our pain with us, but with a divine intensity.

When we recognize the suffering that Jesus feels over abortion and enter more deeply into His sorrow—and when we share our suffering with Him—this shared suffering draws us closer to Him.

Consoling His Heart

Here’s something else that’s wonderful. Devotion to the Sacred Heart has traditionally involved consoling the Heart of Jesus. That amazing concept of consoling the Lord still holds true. We console Jesus by praying and by sharing His loving concern for victims of human ignorance and cruelty, those who are denied their right to life.

But it is not enough to unite our concerns to Jesus’ concerns. If we are praying according to the will of His Heart, our prayer should always lead us to action. Feelings and words are good, but they should lead us to work to remove that which causes sorrow to the Heart of Jesus. We commit ourselves to changing the wrongs that wound His Heart and our hearts. We commit ourselves to reparation, seeking to repair the damage that abortion and other sins against life have done to the Body of Christ and to the world.

The Apostleship of Prayer offers a simple yet profound way to pray for change in the hearts of our leaders and all people. Writing to the Christians in Rome, Saint Paul challenged them to live the Christian life by following Jesus’ example of sacrificial love. He wrote, “I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). This offering of our bodies and our entire selves can be made each morning upon rising. It can be done in our own words or in a set prayer. In the Apostleship of Prayer, we encourage people to make this offering with an awareness of the millions of other Christians who are making a similar offering on behalf of the pope’s intentions. Many people add a special prayer for the end of abortion, and in this way, they create a powerful prayer chain.

Thus, one day at a time, we recommit ourselves at the beginning of each day to pray and work to remove the wound of abortion from Jesus’ Heart. We pray too that healing may come to the hearts of all people wounded and suffering from the sin of abortion.

Daily offering prayer for life

God, our Father, I offer You my day.
I offer You my prayers, thoughts,
words, actions, joys, and sufferings
in union with Your Son Jesus.
I offer them for all the intentions of Jesus’ Heart.
His Heart grieves over sins against life.
He suffers with and for the victims of abortion.
May I share His suffering and offer myself today,
that hearts of stone may be converted.
I join my prayer with all those
who are also offering themselves to You today.
May our offerings build a culture of life.
Amen.

Rev. James Kubicki, SJ, is the former national director of the Apostleship of Prayer. Founded in France in 1844, its mission is to encourage Christians to make a daily offering of themselves to the Lord for the coming of God’s Kingdom and for the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions. Father Kubicki is currently president of St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota.