Pro-life vid of the day: The terracotta daughters of China

artexhibit

by Hans Johnson

French sculptor Prune Nourry has an exhibit currently at the China Institute in New York City. It is modeled after the famous archaelogical discovery of the Terracotta Warriors near the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of all China toward the end of the 3rd Century B.C.

Like those ancient statues, this exhibit (of 108 figures) is of different individuals. But they represent something more poignant: the more than 40 million Chinese girls who have been aborted because of their gender, primarily because of the One-Child Policy.

Nourry based the first models on eight orphan girls she had photographed. By selling them she has funded more than three years of their education.

Also bringing to light the issue of female gendercide, we recommend the documentary, It’s a Girl, available for viewing in its entirety on Hulu and Netflix.

Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

If Planned Parenthood collapses, the abortion industry collapses, Part II

Defund Planned Parenthood abortion kingpin and its clinicsIs it really conceivable that Planned Parenthood could crash, bringing the entire abortion industry down with it? I answer that question today.

Backdrop: “If Planned Parenthood collapses, the abortion industry collapses, Part I.”

As powerful and wealthy as Planned Parenthood appears, its position is tenuous, upheld only by political friends and courts. In contraceptive terms, Planned Parenthood has no Plan B.

Planned Parenthood would hardly have noticed losing taxpayer funding 50 years ago, in 1964. This was when it reported its first government subsidy - chump change of $8,500. Planned Parenthood’s annual income at the time was $6.2 million, 70% of which came from donors, and 30% from clinics.

By 1970, Planned Parenthood’s annual income had jumped to $26.4 million, thanks in large part to taxpayers, who contributed 43% of the total. It was during this period that Planned Parenthood began multiplying clinics. According to Jim Sedlak of American Life League:

In 1962, the year before it received its first taxpayer funds, Planned Parenthood operated fewer than 200 clinics. By 1973, that number had exploded to 700. This, of course, meant that Planned Parenthood’s influence in our nation grew greatly because of government largesse.

In FY2013, 45% of Planned Parenthood’s whopping $1.21 billion income came from taxpayers, to the tune of $540.6 million. Today only 26% of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue is derived from donations, and 25% from clinics.

Planned Parenthood abortion giant clinic in Fon du Lac closesHow dependent is Planned Parenthood’s nationwide chain on government funding? As Sedlak pointed out, Planned Parenthood was only able to build its conglomerate with taxpayer help.

And only last week Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin claimed it had to close its fifth clinic since 2013 all due to a mere $1 million loss in state funding. 

One should expect a certain amount of fudging on Planned Parenthood’s part; it has been known to conveniently blame clinic closures on government defunding when they were themselves to blame.

But it must also be true that Planned Parenthood is only able to sustain its massive infrastructure with government help. And that is where its potential downfall lies.

“I have always said that if all state and federal tax-funding were cut off from Planned Parenthood, their abortion empire would collapse like dominos,” wrote Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger via email. “I doubt if more than a handful of clinics of any affiliation could survive without an artificial influx of money from outside sources.”

Sedlak agreed: “Planned Parenthood is set up for destruction if Americans ever get the guts to elect politicians who care.”

Planned Parenthood made the decision long ago to tie its future to the whims of government. Its leaders apparently never considered the organization might some day become anathema, with a segment of the population and politicians calling for it to be defunded.

Planned Parenthood abortion clinic staffer makes graphic sexual suggestionsWhatever murmuring may have been heard before only became real noise beginning in 2007, when Live Action launched its investigations against Planned Parenthood, first revealing the organization would accept donations specifically to abort  black babies, then that it would cover up underage rape, then that it would aid and abet sex traffickers, then that it would commit sex-selective abortions, and most recently that it would encourage minors to engage in violent BDSM.

Add to that charges around the country of Medicaid fraud, failure to report child sexual abuse, substandard clinics, and perverted doctors, and you begin to see momentum that has blossomed into a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and a congressional investigation of the organization.

obama valentine2 If not for President Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood might already be going the way of Enron. It is only he who kept Planned Parenthood from being defunded on the federal level in 2011 and in several more states than it already has.

Planned Parenthood knows this. It knows it is only one presidential election away from seeing its political fortunes turn to dust.

Losing the Senate in 2014 would be an advance blow, hence Planned Parenthood’s plan to spend a whopping $18 million this election cycle, in large part attacking the “Extreme Six” Republican Senate candidates who could swing the majority, setting up for a Republican trifecta in 2016.

Planned Parenthood abortion clinic behemoth fighting Republican takeover of SenatePlanned Parenthood’s situation is all the more dire when considering it could lose its tax-exempt status if convicted of Medicaid fraud, cases of which are beginning to snowball; or lose the windfall profits it is anticipating if Obamacare is overturned or if the contraceptive mandate and abortion funding are repealed; or lose its lucrative contraceptive pill trade (for which it has been known to double- and triple-bill taxpayers) if it is made available over-the-counter.

Added to the recent slew of pro-life laws, the fragility of the abortion industry becomes clear when also considering its eggs are increasingly in one basket, and that basket is wearing thin. From the STOPP Report, September 24:

STOPP’s 2013 Survey of Planned Parenthood facilities shows the abortion giant suffered the eighth straight year of decline in both total facilities and affiliates. Planned Parenthood reported running a total of 695 clinic facilities as of December 30, 2013 - the lowest number reported since 1973.Planned Parenthood’s number of affiliates decreased from 74 in 2012 to 71 in 2013, continuing the trend of massive consolidation in management since the high point of 191 Planned Parenthood affiliates in 1978. 

We have continued to see a hefty stream of closures in 2014. Planned Parenthood most frequently cited pressure from legislation, be it defunding efforts or laws tightening clinic standards, as the main reason for facility closures during 2013. In states where legislative pressure was not felt, it most frequently reported facility closures due to a dwindling customer base and efforts to consolidate facilities nearer to its core demographic. In 2013, 79% of the facilities closed were contraceptive-only facilities.

It is clear that Planned Parenthood is preparing for even more facility closures as it implements its community organizer model and online birth control counseling. As it does so, it is focusing more and more on its lucrative abortion business.

Because it has to. Planned Parenthood is driven to take over the abortion industry by greed and survival, needing a financial stream aside from the government funding model it has grown dependent on, and also banking on government funding of abortion.

And the abortion lobby is helpless to stop what insiders surely must see as a coming train wreck.

Pro-life blog buzz 9-30-14

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • At Live Action News, Lauren Enriquez gives an update on the courageous teacher who took a stand against Planned Parenthood’s indoctrination of his students and was fired for it. He has filed a wrongful termination suit:

    Planned Parenthood persisted in bribing his students with cash and gifts to sign up for the government-funded “Teen Outreach Program” even after [Bill] Diss asked them to leave. And the clearly-biased school administration sided with Planned Parenthood, subjecting Diss to scrutiny and discrimination for his belief that Planned Parenthood’s involvement in his math class was not in the best interest of his students’ well-being.

[Read the rest of this entry...]

If Planned Parenthood collapses, so does the abortion industry, Part 1

Planned Parenthood abortion clinic industry coming collapse?Had Planned Parenthood gone under in 1986, the abortion industry would hardly have noticed. At the time Planned Parenthood was committing only 6.2% of all U.S. abortions.

That was then.

With a total of 342 abortion clinics at last count (174 surgical/168 medical), Planned Parenthood now owns 46% of the remaining 751 abortion clinics in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood’s biggest abortion surge has been in the field of medical (RU-486) abortions. Planned Parenthood operates 90% of all U.S. medical abortion clinics, according to AbortionDocs.org. Here’s a chart from STOPP.org:

[Read the rest of this entry...]

(Not so) pro-life vid of day: Killing a newborn is the doctor’s call?

by Hans Johnson

At an abortion protest on the campus of Ohio State University, a counter-protester was asked by a Created Equal outreach member if it should be permissible to kill a child even two minutes after birth. The pro-choice woman first stalled by repeating the question, then avoided the question by saying the decision should be the doctor’s:

You’re asking me whether I blanketly believe it’s wrong to kill a newborn baby after that baby’s been taken from this woman. I’m saying to you I have no idea what medical necessities or what medical issues would arise that would necessitate that. So I can’t make a blanket statement that I would call it murder in every case. I’m not in the operating room….

YouTube Preview Image

Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

Abortions are expensive, so taxpayers should fund them

hyde-anniversary-2013-final_smallby Kelli

Abortions are expensive. A first trimester abortion costs an average of $470. A second trimester abortion at 20 weeks costs an average of $1,500.

So what do you do if you can’t afford an abortion and you definitely can’t afford a baby?

If you happen to be one of the 12 million women who depend on Medicaid and other federal insurance programs, you are pretty screwed, thanks to the Hyde Amendment….

In the name of abortion rights, human rights and reproductive justice, it is time to repeal Hyde. Reproductive rights activists often focus on abortion’s legality and physical accessibility — where women can receive abortion care and how far along into a pregnancy the procedure is legal; but the fight for safe and legal abortion means nothing if it isn’t accessible to everyone.

I shouldn’t have to mention that providing coverage for abortion care leads to better economic outcomes for both the women who have abortions and for the institutions that would otherwise have to provide childcare service.

But, for some readers and most politicians, these nuances are what matter most for their public support of repealing Hyde. Sadly, the value of a woman’s life, autonomy and dignity aren’t always enough to influence policy. Often in a political context we see financial outcomes superseding socially just policy. Hyde is neither a socially just policy nor an economically sound one.

I currently have $342 in my savings account. If I didn’t admit that having less than $470 makes me nervous, I would be lying.

Like I said, abortions are expensive. But so is the cost of injustice.

So, happy anniversary, Hyde. Here’s to another year of classism, sexism, and broad-based discrimination lovingly provided by the United States government.

*This article refers to abortion care patients solely as women, but not all people who have abortions identify as women.

~ Carly Manes, discussing why she believes every woman deserves to have a “free” abortion, The Michigan Daily, September 29

[Graphic via NARAL Pro-Choice America]

Pro-life vid of day: Mom’s first birthday

pampers-japan-hed-2014by Kelli

Pampers has released a commercial in Japan which celebrates not only baby’s first year, but Mom’s… from Dad’s perspective. Live Action News reports:

The theme of the ad is centered around the idea that a baby’s first birthday is also a mother’s first birthday. A mother who makes it to the milestone of that first birthday should be celebrated and thanked….

[Read the rest of this entry...]

Rick Perry, Joan Rivers, and clinic regulations

Riversby Carder

Of course, Rick Perry isn’t really saying he truly thinks an abortion law like Texas’ actually might have saved Joan Rivers’ life. Even Rick Perry is smarter than to say something like that out loud.

All he’s saying is that if Joan Rivers had had the benefit of the kinds of regulations Texas has imposed on all abortion facilities at the place when she was getting her procedure done — say, if Rivers had her surgery in a clinic that adhered to the minimum standards of ambulatory surgical centers, or if Rivers’ doctor had admitting privileges at a nearby hospital — she would still be alive today.

That’s all, y’all. Just ole’ Gov Perry speakin’ metaphorically, like. Makin’ intellectual connections between seemingly unrelated issues.

~ Andrea Grimes mocking Texas Governor Rick Perry for his remarks regarding the circumstances of Joan Rivers’ death and clinic regulation, RH Reality Check, September 26

I’m as tired of asking for donations as you, please help!

2014-09-28_1107Yuck, I don’t like asking for donations. Didn’t have to do it for the first eight years of this blog’s existence.

But here I am, and the process is admittedly painful! I realize there are a gazillion organizations asking for donations, and this is just one more. All I can say is this blog gets traction. If you are passionate about online pro-life activism, as I am, this is a good investment.

What would really help is ongoing monthly support. How does $5 a month sound? That’s one cup of barista coffee, one McDonalds meal, one magazine.

If 200 people would donate $5 a month, (YOU?), we’d be set. Or 100 at $10. Or 40 at $25. Or 10 at $100. Or one at $1000.

I have eight signed copies of The Race to Save Our Century by Jason Jones and John Zmirak left for those donating $10+/month.

For those donating $5/month I have t-shirts (size L) for the new movie, The Song, just out in theaters on September 26. It is based on the Biblical book Song of Solomon, and it looks good! Here’s the trailer…

[Read the rest of this entry...]

Sunday Word: God’s deal, “What I will do if you live by my laws”

Harvest-Field

This is what I will do if you will live by my laws and carefully obey my commands: I will give you rain at the right time. The land will produce its crops, and the trees in the field will produce their fruit. Threshing time will last until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until planting. You will eat all you want and live securely in your land.

I will bring peace to your land. You will lie down with no one to scare you. I will remove dangerous animals, and there will be no war in your land. You will chase your enemies, and you will defeat them. Five of you will chase a hundred of them, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand of them. You will defeat your enemies, and I will be pleased with you.

Your families will be large, and I will keep my promise to you. You will clear out old food supplies to make room for new ones. I will put my tent among you, and I will never look at you with disgust. So I will live among you and be your God, and you will be my people.

~ God’s “deal,” to give us proper weather and climate, all the food we need, security from animal and human enemies, and fertility – if we will obey His laws and commands, Leviticus 26:3-12, God’s Word translation

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusrssyoutubeinstagrammail
Help us meet our financial goal!

Who Is Jill Stanek?

Jill Stanek is a nurse turned speaker, columnist and blogger, a national figure in the effort to protect both preborn and postborn innocent human life.

Read Jill's full bio »
What the Media says »

X-Ray-Baby-Bellyby Carder

For expecting women who don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about a costume, this cute — but a little creepy — shirt ($15) is definitely in the Halloween spirit.

~ Rebecca Gruber reviewing Halloween maternity costumes, Pop Sugar, September 28

Comments (6)
Stanek Top 20

Latest Comments