Wednesday STOPP Report
2021-02-17

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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

  • What Al Capone can teach us about fighting Planned Parenthood
  • Planned Parenthood Using Gender Services to Target Teen Girls
  • Background on Transgender Services at Planned Parenthood
  • Using the New Weapons in the Fight against Planned Parenthood
What Al Capone can teach us about fighting Planned Parenthood

Wikipedia says Alphonse Gabriel Capone, “sometimes known by the nickname ‘Scarface,’ was an American gangster . . . who attained notoriety during the prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit.”

Britannica adds that Capone “became crime czar of Chicago, running gambling, prostitution, and bootlegging rackets and expanding his territories by gunning down rivals and rival gangs. . . . His wealth in 1927 was estimated at close to $100 million. The most notorious of the bloodlettings was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre [orchestrated by Capone], in which seven members of Bugs Moran’s gang were machine-gunned in a garage on Chicago’s North Side on February 14, 1929. . . . Many Americans were fascinated by the larger-than-life image of Capone.”

Despite all his bravado and public persona, law enforcement was never able to make any serious charges against Capone stick. Many credit Capone-friendly politicians in Chicago for his ability to stay out of jail. Although he was charged a number of times with murder and other violent times, he was never convicted. Witnesses frequently refused to testify or lost their memory when they were in court.

However, the law finally caught up with Capone in 1931, and he was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison—for tax evasion! The most brutal and notorious gangster of his time was finally stopped because he didn’t pay his taxes!

Today’s Planned Parenthood is even more brutal than Capone. PP kills over 345,000 babies a year and is praised by politicians at all levels of government. It even brags about the number of abortions, and politicians—like Kamala Harris—run to defend it against any legitimate charges.

We are using this analogy between Planned Parenthood and Al Capone for a specific reason. We don’t know exactly what will finally close the doors of Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, but it may be something that has nothing to do with abortion.

In today’s Wednesday STOPP Report, we are going to give you information on a new revelation concerning Planned Parenthood that could be the equivalent of Capone’s taxes. It is a story of how Planned Parenthood is adding a specific service to its so-called “health centers” across the country to trap vulnerable teen girls into irreversible decisions concerning transgender services.

Before you dismiss this as having nothing to do with abortion, we encourage you to read the following account by a former Planned Parenthood employee on what is going on inside Planned Parenthood as young teenage girls arrive in small groups, laughing and joking as one or more members of their group will, without any professional counseling or input from their parents, make the decision to “become a boy.” In doing so, she will begin taking drugs that will cause irreversible harm.

Again, before you dismiss all of this as having nothing to do with abortion, consider that this Planned Parenthood thrust may be the thing that causes such outrage against the organization that it will have to close its doors and get out of town. 


Planned Parenthood Using Gender Services to Target Teen Girls

On February 8, 2021, Abigail Shrier released an article in her newsletter “The Truth Fairy,” which was picked up and reprinted by The Federalist. As The Federalist noted, Abigail Shrier is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. She earned an AB from Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; a BPhil from the University of Oxford; and a JD from Yale Law School.

Shrier’s article, entitled “Inside Planned Parenthood’s Gender Factory,” was centered on a former Planned Parenthood employee who had no problem with Planned Parenthood’s abortion business but who left because she witnessed Planned Parenthood giving “cross-sex hormones like testosterone to females seeking medical gender transition” in an unethical manner. She actually described Planned Parenthood’s role in trans activism as being “abhorrent.” She said: “They’re digging their own grave.”

According to Shrier, “The employee’s responsibilities included screening patients, taking down their lists of medications and medical histories before the nurse arrived to treat.”  

Shrier continued: “There were no doctors at the clinic where she worked. Nurse practitioners were the professionals with the highest medical training, she said. The clinic employed a gender counselor who had ‘no actual professional credentials or formal training other than being MtF’ (that is, a male-to-female transgender person). Adolescents would come and speak to this gender counselor and Planned Parenthood would then forward the counselor’s ‘notes to an actual licensed mental health professional somewhere off-site, and rubber stamp approve the patients to begin their transition.'”

Shrier continued: “Whether patients received specific treatments—a course of testosterone, say—was decided by the ‘clinic manager,’ with ‘no prior medical experience’ whose prior job was ‘managing a Wendy’s.’ . . . Each day, new teen girls would present at the clinic (sometimes with mom). They often arrived in groups of girlfriends, all claiming childhood histories of gender dysphoria and asking to be put on testosterone.”

Shrier then wrote: “In taking their histories, the employee did discover that these girls seemed to be suffering from a great deal of emotional pain. ‘A lot of them have serious emotional issues, a lot of them had a history of abuse and baggage.’”

According to Shrier, “Anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder were ubiquitous. Often, the employee said, they had visible ‘self-harm scars’ and even ‘fresh self-harm marks.’ But, she said, the medical professionals were never supposed to address those marks. ‘We just move on exactly the issue at hand’—that is, affirming the adolescents’ self-diagnosed dysphoria and proceeding to a course of treatment.”

Shrier explained that “this treatment—testosterone—carries serious risks for adolescent girls, particularly at the doses at which it is administered, ten to forty times what their bodies would normally handle. Risks include deepened voice, enlarged clitoris, increase in red blood cell count and greater risk of heart attack, infertility, vaginal and uterine atrophy, endometrial cancer—as well as all the unknown risks [that] come with any major and novel intervention.”

The employee “would present the girls with pages that listed a series of medical risks and obtain signatures indicating their ‘informed consent.’” Shrier asked: “Did any of the girls ever seem troubled by these risks?” The employee responded: “I can say anecdotally that I never saw anybody read it.”

Shrier found the fact troubling that, according to the employee, the girls would often arrive at the clinic with a group of friends. She asked the employee “if she and the other nurses and reproductive health assistants didn’t think there was something suspicious about girls’ showing up in groups of friends for treatment—whether it didn’t cross the employees’ minds that peer influence might be at play.” The employee told Shrier: “It’s kind of one of those things where you just roll your eyes.” According to the employee, “‘The extent of our intervention’ was to grant ‘their requests to start the hormone therapy.'”

Shrier asked if the employee or other staff members voiced “their misgivings about whether they were giving these girls the best treatment.” The employee responded: “Yeah. Every day. . . . I mean, it would be one of those things that would be a conversation among professionals. You know, we’re nodding our heads, we’re doing this thing. And then we clock out at the end of the day because we cannot bring it up in discussion with management or the clinic directors or anything because they have these directives from administrators upstate.”

Shrier also asked the employee if, “as far as she knew, any of the girls asking to start a course of testosterone ever get turned down. [Or if] perhaps some were sent for psychiatric evaluation before proceeding with testosterone treatment? ‘None of the girls,’ the employee said.”

STOPP’s comment:

These are the transgender services Planned Parenthood brags about to anyone who will listen. Since those people who change genders must take the hormones for the rest of their lives, it is a big dollar item for Planned Parenthood, and current evidence is that this fact is what has Planned Parenthood so interested.

Next, we will trace Planned Parenthood’s involvement in this sordid business.


Background on Transgender Services at Planned Parenthood

What!?! You didn’t know that Planned Parenthood was prescribing and providing hormonal injections to teenagers? There is a good reason for that. Planned Parenthood has been mentioning transgender services for about four to five years, but it has never revealed much about what exactly that is. Let’s take its 2018-2019 Annual Report. Planned Parenthood doesn’t mention how many transgender customers it has or even the number of its centers that offer those services. On page 7, there is a small item that says “31 states providing services for transgender patients.” Then, on page 24, where it lists 26 categories of services, it has one: Other Procedures, Women and Men – 9,738. In very small print, it describes these procedures as: “Some examples in this category include WIC services (a federally funded nutrition program for low-income women, infants, and children up to the age of five), pediatric care, transgender services, other adult preventive care, and high complexity visits, including infertility services.”

You can be excused for missing that description.

We have been following various newspaper and magazine accounts of PP’s entry into transgender services, which started in early 2015.

Here are some of the news stories and a synopsis of each for your information.

A January 2016 (updated 2/3/2016) article on SLATE describes the “Informed Consent Model” used by Planned Parenthood: “While all the other local clinics require a letter from the patient’s therapist before they will prescribe HRT, Planned Parenthood operates on an informed consent basis. This means that all patients whose bloodwork indicates they are good candidates for the treatment will be prescribed testosterone or estrogen and androgen blockers, so long as they understand the likely effects and accept the possible side effects that go along with it, after those side effects have been explained to them.”

STOPP NOTE: As explained in the previous article, this “informed consent” is the PP counselor sliding a piece of paper listing side-effects in front of the girl and she signing itmost without even reading it.

The article continued: “This distinction can be crucial to poorer patients, who may struggle to afford the months of therapy that can be required before a letter is forthcoming. (There are still some questions about the informed consent model, due to worries about poorly prepared patients taking drugs that can have irreversible physical effects. However, informed consent has been widely advocated by transgender people themselves, many of whom have had negative experiences with gatekeepers preventing or delaying their access to these treatments.)”

Earlier in the article, the author writes: “Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of communications, told me via email that at least 26 Planned Parenthood locations are currently offering testosterone or estrogen therapy to transgender patients and that the number of affiliates offering these services is growing.”

An April 2017 article in the Daily Beast provides some confirmation of the quick processing at Planned Parenthood: “As Slate reported, Planned Parenthood health centers generally offer hormone therapy to transgender patients on an informed consent model, which means that they can get access to treatment if they indicate that they understand and accept the possible side effects.

“For Claire, a transgender woman living in Tennessee who preferred to have her last name redacted for privacy, that option saved her months of hassle. 

“Claire told The Daily Beast that she was initially going to visit an endocrinologist who would have required her to undergo a lengthy ‘real-life test’—a period during which she would have to live full-time as a woman in Tennessee without any of the physical changes that hormones bring—before receiving a prescription. At Planned Parenthood, there was no wait.

“’I had no gatekeeping at all,’ she said. ‘I had a prescription in my hand the same day I went in.'”

According to the article, “Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, estimated that about 65 Planned Parenthood locations now offer transition-related medical care.” That was an increase of 39 PP locations in just over a year.

A January 2018 Washington Times article pointed out that, in December 2017, Planned Parenthood released its 2016-2017 Planned Parenthood Federation of America Annual Report. In it, Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, wrote: “We’re expanding access to care — from pioneering research on self-injectable birth control to offering new services for our transgender patients.” On page 6 of the report, Planned Parenthood states: “Expanding Transgender Health Care Services. Planned Parenthood has focused on expanding services to people who are too often overlooked by the larger medical community — including trans patients.” The Annual Report stated: “17 states now have Planned Parenthood health centers that provide hormone therapy.”

An August 2020 article in the Christian Post relates the story of a mother whose daughter was put on testosterone by their local Planned Parenthood center. The mother went undercover, and her own account of what happened at Planned Parenthood gives much credence to the story told to Abigail Shrier by the former Planned Parenthood employee.

There you have it. After almost six years of expansion work by Planned Parenthood, it now claims that “Nationally, Planned Parenthood is the second largest provider of hormone therapy.” It is offering “transgender services” in at least 31 states and at approximately 37 percent of all its clinic locations, and it has never talked much in its annual reports about what “transgender services” are. But now, through the investigative work and writings of Abigail Shrier and a brave mother from Tacoma, Washington, we are beginning to get a look at this hidden attack on our children.

If all of this doesn’t have you upset yet, please remember that, in our January 8, 2020 edition of the Wednesday STOPP Report, we told you: “Planned Parenthood currently runs five in-school clinics in Los Angeles and expects that number to grow to 50 schools. . . . Students do not need parental permission to use the in-school clinics and parents are not notified of student visits.” Planned Parenthood is going to have the ability to get to our teens right in school and get them on transgender therapy!

Upset now? Go to final story.


Using the New Weapons in the Fight against Planned Parenthood

Readers of the Wednesday STOPP Report share a passion for being dedicated to closing down Planned Parenthood. Each of you has specific reasons why you want to see this organization shut its doors.

For many of you, it is Planned Parenthood’s wanton killing of preborn babies that is the driving force. Planned Parenthood has murdered over nine million preborn babies since 1970—when it first began doing abortions in New York state. It currently runs 53 percent of all the abortion facilities in the country and commits 40 percent of all the abortions.

A sampling of other reasons you are against Planned Parenthood include the following:

  • Planned Parenthood spreads the religion of Secular Humanism as documented in the Humanist Manifesto II. It is a religion that says God has no effect here on Earth and that there are no objective rights and wrongs.
  • Planned Parenthood steals souls. It is Planned Parenthood’s intent to draw our children away from God and their families into a sexual world filled with deviant behavior that will lead to their ruin. This is primarily accomplished through outrageous sexuality indoctrination programs in our schools. This is documented in our video Hooking Kids on Sex.
  • Planned Parenthood is a racist organization here in the 21st century. We have a documented November 2020 report, Planned Parenthood’s Racism … In Their Own Words, which reveals the admission of Planned Parenthood affiliates operating in 33 states that they recognize that they are racist organizations.

With this special Wednesday STOPP Report, we have now documented an additional reason you should be against Planned Parenthood. It is the organization’s total disregard for the health and safety of young girls in an effort to make huge amounts of money from transgender services.

We want to be very clear. We are not suggesting that any of you stop fighting abortion and begin fighting transgender services. Over the years, God has given us a number of reasons to fight Planned Parenthood, and each new reason enables us to build a bigger coalition of groups to bring Planned Parenthood’s reign of terror to an end—peacefully and prayerfully.

Just as Al Capone was finally brought down by the income tax code and his reign of murder and mayhem was finally ended, we will end PP’s reign.

We believe that God has provided us with another reason to recruit even more people to oppose Planned Parenthood. PP’s “informed consent model” of making money from confused teens will add significantly to the ranks of people who believe it is time for Planned Parenthood to just go away.