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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.

Planned Parenthood New Orleans building contractor fined for violations, work stopped

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Two contractors have been cited for violations in Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s latest woe while attempting to construct a new abortion clinic in New Orleans.

The State of Louisiana has fined Barre McNeely Investments, LLC, a total of $2,500 for falsely completing state forms. Company owner Larry McNeely wrote “BMI, LLC” on all permits and contracts in an apparent attempt to hide his company’s identity. But it is illegal to use other than a company’s licensed name on state documents.

Barre was also cited for hiring an unlicensed subcontractor, Quality Diamond Products, which was fined a total of $4,500.

Archbishop Aymond, who threatened to blacklist anyone associated with building Planned Parenthood New Orleans abortion clinicThe Planned Parenthood building project has been plagued by setbacks since its launch, thanks in large part to New Orleans’ pro-life community.

The Catholic Archbishop of New Orleans, Most Rev. Gregory Aymond (pictured right), dealt a huge blow in January when he published a letter in the Clarion Herald threatening to blacklist “every person or organization” involved in building the abortion mill.

When Planned Parenthood kicked off construction in May 2013, at a church no less, it projected the 7-8,000 sq ft building would cost $4.2 million and be up and running by now.

Permit Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Louisiana for abortion clinicA permit filed with the City of New Orleans showed Planned Parenthood originally scheduled a final inspection for August 18, meaning this was the date it projected the building to be completed.

That isn’t going to happen.

Fox8 reported in January 2014 “the lot sits untouched” eight months after Planned Parenthood’s big ceremonial ground-breaking, this apparently because it had trouble finding anyone to build its chop shop.

Planned Parenthood finally got something started in April, but the project has made little progress since then. Fox8 reported on August 20 there had been no work done for “several weeks.”

Planned Parenthood’s sign now says it will open in early 2015…

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We all hope and pray not.

Planned Parenthood Louisiana and its parent affiliate, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, are hot messes at present.

390756_284329228286507_1809243706_nOnly last week PPL’s state director, Melissa Flournoy, pictured right, had to resign after making racist statements.

In 2013 the Louisiana state legislature directed several departments to launch an investigation after PPGC was fined $4.3 million for Medicaid fraud in Texas. While the Legislative Auditor found no wrong-doing, investigations by the Department of Health and Inspector General are ongoing.

In November 2013 Planned Parenthood Louisiana voluntarily reimbursed the state $33,739.13 after conducting “a self-audit in which they determined that one of their nurses had been writing and issuing prescriptions without proper authority,” according to Alliance Defending Freedom.

That’s called covering one’s behind.

Here’s one final shot, courtesy of Louisiana Coalition for Life, of Planned Parenthood’s New Orleans junkyard at present. May it stay this way…

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Planned Parenthood official resigns over racist statements

390756_284329228286507_1809243706_nAny distrust Women of Color felt toward Planned Parenthood was kept out of the public eye until July 28, when the abortion giant blew any remaining shreds of good will.

It was on that day a story Planned Parenthood shopped to the New York Times was published, within which Planned Parenthood failed to give WOC credit for the concept of “reproductive justice” and submitted names of only white female leaders of the abortion lobby to interview – seven to be exact – but no WOC.

Enter into the fracas Melissa Flournoy, pictured right, Louisiana State Director for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast – until August 15, that is, when she was forced to resign.

PPGC already had problems fending off three Medicaid fraud lawsuits as well as pro-lifers battling its plan to open an abortion clinic in New Orleans, where the population is 67% minority.

So Flournoy threw gas over a few fires on August 13 when she attended a screening of We Always Resist: Trust Black Women and took over the discussion afterward, telling WOC they needed to drop what they were doing and get behind Planned Parenthood’s political agenda and also telling a black leader she needed to kick a black Democrat pro-life representative’s ass.

Kris Ford of Women’s Health And Justice Initiative detailed Flournoy’s ghastly behavior in an open letter to Flournoy and PPGC. The entire letter is well worth the read. Here are excerpts (bold emphases theirs):Planned Parenthood official disses women of color on abortion, pro-choice

You felt that last night’s discussions should have centered on how organizations like Women With A Vision, the communities they serve, and women of color as a whole could “show up” for Planned Parenthood’s pro-choice fight….

The pro-choice/pro-life framework that Planned Parenthood supports and fuels largely leaves marginalized women behind. We gain nothing from joining your parade or lending our faces or our children’s faces to your billboards.

You, Melissa Flournoy, are a perfect example of the schism in work around reproductive rights. Your refusal to listen, your insistence on centering the conversation on your personal wants, and your flippant disregard for the work that organizations led by women of color have done. Worse, the huge organization that supports you is guilty of the same.

Part of why I’m wary of Planned Parenthood is that I lead an intersectional life by default…. You push us to the front of one charge after another so that you can wave your diversity banners. We fall first and are left bleeding every time….

Trust Black Women… [is] produced by Sister Song, the same organization whose member Monica Simpson wrote an open letter to Planned Parenthood on August 5th. Monica’s letter details the ways that Planned Parenthood consistently omits the intersectional work of grassroots organizations on reproductive issues….

Monica published her letter barely two weeks ago, and yet here I am publishing this one today because of your appalling behavior last night….

There was a feeling of reverence for the heaviness of the topics we’d discussed. Out of the three seconds of silence, your hand went up and the whole meeting went off the tracks. You started by introducing yourself as the Louisiana State director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. After that, you proceeded to ask Deon what she could “do about Katrina.” Though you didn’t pause to give context, you were talking about Katrina Jackson, the state representative out of Monroe, Louisiana who penned HB388. The bill effectively shuts down some of the abortion providers here in Louisiana. You complained about the representative’s unwillingness to hear your pleas, and jokingly said that you wanted to “put (Deon) into a ring and let you kick her ass!” Didn’t we JUST get done talking about how hurtful it is for black women to constantly be profiled as dangerous? Violent? Subhuman? How is this helpful? Deon had told us about the police reports she sees where police officers describe black women as primarily “big,” “black,” and “angry.” YOU TURNED AROUND AND DID THE SAME THING. Deon stated that she’s not going to go fight any other black women. She’s not doing this work to go be the black person who can tame other black people for you. None of us are. It was clear that you weren’t getting the answers or feedback that you wanted. I’m sure you were aware of the people expressing their dismay in the background as you charged on to talk at length about how what we REALLY need to just focus on less race stuff and more political stuff. According to you, the solution lies in pressuring elected officials and voting the bad eggs out of office. You asked question after question, made statement after statement, and barely paused for Deon or anyone else to answer. When she was able to sneak a word in edgewise, you cut her off again! This went round and around. You interrupted most of the people who spoke last night, including me. I explained that I rejected the Pro Choice vs. Pro Life framework because it leaves behind many of the communities represented in that room. I stated that while I was glad you came, I didn’t want this entire conversation to become us simply focused on and responding to you. I also said that when you ask questions of people like Deon, like Paris, like the many activists and organizers in that room who have exactly the kind of analysis that your organization sorely lacks, you need to shut up and listen. You didn’t. In fact, you cut me off before I could finish talking. Here’s more of what I want to say:

How dare you, Melissa? How dare you show up to an event by and for women of color, then go ahead to tell us that we’re not focusing on YOUR organization enough? That we aren’t showing up for YOU enough? We afforded you every opportunity last night to get a feel for where women of color are coming from on this issue. The answers to why we aren’t as common as we could be among the Planned Parenthood ranks was staring you in the face, and you turned away every time. You heard it from black women, you heard it from black men, you heard it from faith leaders and scholars and activists and average folks walking down the street. You even heard it from Laura McTighe, a white ally who was so upset by your behavior that she stepped forward to name that you had effectively derailed the entire conversation and wrapped it around yourself, and that it was inappropriate of you to ask women of color why they weren’t doing more for YOU. Did you listen to her? Did you listen when she said that she felt the more appropriate question to ask was how you, your organization, and white people in general could show up and be better allies for US?

I don’t think you did. What you did was talk over people, take up too much space emotionally and physically in the room. I knew you weren’t really engaged with us because people were standing uncomfortably in the back of the room while you sprawled across two chairs of your own…

If the Louisiana State director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast can listen to the lived experiences of women of color and then try to mock us and disrupt our meetings, then what hope is there for Planned Parenthood to work in an anti-racist framework? Why should I bother with trusting or investing in any of your political ventures if you can’t see the merit in my community based activism?

Black women’s bodies are the scapegoat here. No matter how you turn it, when we view ourselves on your terms, the jokes fly about how we should go fight people for you. We are damned for having children, damned for having abortions, damned for refusing to navigate our bodies within your framework, and then chastised for not showing up for you….

Rather than resist the urge to stack oppressions like a playground contest, you tossed out you’re a lesbian from Shreveport and that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I think I judged you appropriately. I think I had you figured out when I reluctantly had to lump you in with the rest of the big money non-profits that just want to hijack our stories for convenient marketing. I think I had you right when I assumed that you wouldn’t be able to simply be a member of the community that night. I think I was correct in assuming that you and the organization that you represent have a long way to go. If you commonly behave this way professionally, expect to alienate more and more people.

Well, wow. I’ve certainly been impressed by the depth and insight of these open letters. I may disagree with the bottom line of these particular WOC, who believe they need abortion in their equation, but I certainly come away with a better understanding of where they are coming from. It is also clear there is unbridled animus against Planned Parenthood.

TheHayRide.com added:Planned Parenthood women of color abortion

This is Deon Haywood… 

So naturally, telling a room full of people that you’d like to put Katrina Jackson in a ring with her so she could kick Jackson’s ass isn’t going to go over all that well.

By the next day the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast issued an open letter apologizing for Flournoy.

By August 15 Flournoy had posted news of her resignation on Facebook (now private)…

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While it relieves me to see WOC “wary” of Planned Parenthood for using them to further its political agenda, this is only the display of a deeper insidious agenda, which is to profit from their woes. WOC must know by now they have a disproportionate share of abortions. This is because Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry target them.

The roots of the abortion industry are in the eugenics movement, which became popular in America after blacks were freed from slavery and no longer needed or wanted.

[HT: @Defund_PP; LifeNews.com; thehayride.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 7-25-14

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  • Saynsumthn’s Blog discusses Alliance Defending Freedom’s newest annual report to Congress “that identifies waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood, state family planning programs, and other organizations”:

    The report details the 44 known audits or other reviews of Planned Parenthood affiliates’ financial data and practices, as well as 51 known audits of state family planning programs and three known audits of family planning organizations that found overbilling. The audits for fiscal year 2013 found a total of more than $115 million in waste, abuse, and potential fraud in federal and state family planning funding programs, the lion’s share of which goes to Planned Parenthood. Approximately $14.4 billion of federal Medicaid expenditures were improper payments, according to government sources.

    The report also identifies 10 types of waste, abuse, and potential fraud Planned Parenthood affiliates have been found to be committing or have been credibly accused of nationwide.

  • At Live Action, Ingrid Heimark spells out the reasoning behind the real “war on women” being waged by pro-abortion, population control-advocating eugenicists.

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  • At the Pro-Life Action League, Matt Yonke reports on the 15th annual Face the Truth Tour, which began this year on July 11 near Joliet, Illinois. He details many events, but one that occurred in downtown Chicago shows the contrast between the motivations of pro-lifers and pro-choicers:

    Pro-abortion counter-protesters came out for the second two sites of the day, though they numbered only a handful. Holding crudely constructed homemade signs, they attempted to cover up our pictures of abortion victims, though their scant numbers made it impossible for them to silence our message.

    At Monday’s final site outside Union Station, a woman stopped in tears before one of our abortion signs. She was visibly pregnant and sidewalk counselor Cathy Mieding encouraged her to speak with League Vice President Ann Scheidler [pictured left with the woman]. It came to light that this was the woman’s fourth baby and her husband, and unreliable man to begin with, was angry about the pregnancy.

    Ann let the woman tell her story and connected her with assistance from The Women’s Center, a local pregnancy resource center. It was clear that even the opportunity to talk was a great help to her, and the services and support she would receive at the Women’s Center would be an even greater boon.

    Ironically, the pro-choice counter-protesters had no interest in helping this woman. In fact, they didn’t even notice her as they danced about waving their signs and distributing free condoms. Instead it was pro-lifers — who are supposedly waging a “war on women” — who were there to offer a listening ear and offer help to this woman in crisis.

    • Pro-Life NZ examines possible reasons behind multiple polling results showing that men are more in favor of abortion than women:

      The difference between men’s and women’s attitudes may simply be that women are more sensitive to the fact that pregnancy involves carrying a living baby and therefore is to be treated differently to tooth extraction!But I also wonder if women are more supportive than men of doctors being involved in the decision, or of limits being tightened, because it is a way of sharing the decision-making burden, or a way of taking the decision out of their hands completely. And perhaps men are more supportive of unrestrictive abortion because it absolves them of their responsibilities?

      Readers may well disagree with my analysis. However the fact, surprising though it first seems, that more women want more restrictions to abortion than men requires explanation. Furthermore fundamentalist feminist claims that calls to reduce abortion time limits are an all-out war on women surely now need some re-thinking.

    • At The Leading Edge, Brendan Malone shares the newest episode of The Pro-Life Guy in which he addresses “the most important question in the abortion debate”:
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BREAKING: Third Medicaid fraud lawsuit emerges against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

breakingA third lawsuit has emerged accusing  Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of committing Medicaid fraud.

Former PPGC accounts receivable manager Patricia Carroll is alleging her former employer falsified Medicaid claim forms and double billed.

Carroll joins former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast employee Karen Reynolds, who won her case in 2013 and received a $1.25 million bounty from the $4.3 million settlement paid by PPGC to Obama’s Department of Justice, and former PPGC employee Abby Johnson, whose lawsuit accusing PPGC of $6 million in fraud is still pending.

Carroll originally filed a sealed whistleblower lawsuit in 2012, but at some point the case was unsealed, coming to light on May 19 when she filed an amended complaint.

Carroll alleges Planned Parenthood’s Huntsville clinic staff ran a Medicaid fraud scheme between 2002-12 involving troubled teens involuntarily remanded at Gulf Coast Trade Center in New Waverly, Texas.

Nonphysician staff from Planned Parenthood routinely drove to the center to take two separate blood draws for STD and HIV testing 10 days apart from newly detained youths, when one blood draw would have sufficed. Planned Parenthood then filed Medicaid claims falsely indicating the blood draws were completed at its Huntsville clinic on two separate visits and by a physician.

Carroll’s lawsuit alleges PPGC “is an ineligible provider of Medicaid services in a school or prison setting.” So, she states, PPGC Huntsville staff created false charts and false office appointments to cover up the scheme. Furthermore, Carroll alleges Trade Center violated the HIPAA privacy rule by providing identities and Medicaid numbers to Planned Parenthood.

Carroll further alleges the blood tests were unnecessary to begin with, since the youth were medically screened before coming to the center.

Carroll says she became suspicious when Planned Parenthood’s Huntsville clinic suddenly showed a 315% spike in revenue, whereupon she took a closer look at its books.

If Carroll’s allegations prove true, the cover-up extends all the way up to the upper  echelons of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

After Carroll discovered the illegal revenue stream, she first approached local PP managers to no avail and finally called PPFA’s corporate office in New York, which forwarded her to PPFA’s ethics attorney, Jay Meisley, in Washington, D.C.

Meisley referred Carroll to a local attorney, with whom she understood she would be filing an ethics complaint. But that attorney, “presumably Alissa Rubin,” according to the lawsuit, turned out to be Planned Parenthood’s own attorney defending PPGC against Reynolds’ and Johnson’s lawsuit.

Carroll finally quit, refusing to file additional Medicaid claims she thought were illegal.

“Immediately thereafter,” according to her lawsuit, “[PPGC CFO] Jeffrey Palmer, [PPGC HIV Program Director] Susan Rokes and [PPGC VP of Medical Services] Laurie McGill made the decision to write-off the claims Carroll refused to release, but did not, to Carroll’s knowledge, fully inform the Medicaid Program or reimburse fraudulent billings.”

Carroll alleges the fraudulent claims were for approximately $200 each and amounted to “thousands” over the course of a decade.

PPGC garnered great media sympathy by taking the occasion of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s signing of the omnibus pro-life law in 2013 to announce it was closing three of its 12 clinics. 

Not coincidentally, the clinics were in Lufkin, where Reynolds discovered fraud, Bryan, where Johnson discovered fraud, and Huntsville, where Carroll discovered fraud.

Planned Parenthood tried to get Carroll’s lawsuit dismissed by claiming the statute of limitations had run out and that her fraud claims were not specific enough.

On May 14, District Court Judge Sim Lake ruled against PPGC on all its motions to dismiss, except its point that one of Carroll’s claim was not specific enough. In the latter case the judge gave Carroll 15 days to clarify that one allegation, which she did on May 19. The judge noted, “Carroll has adequately pleaded factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that Planned Parenthood knowingly filed false claims.”

[Thanks to Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys Steve Aden and Casey Mattox for their input]

Pro-life blog buzz 9-13-13

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Reflections of a Paralytic recommends a “must read” article by Jennifer Lahl of The Center for Bioethics in Culture, who asks, “Why don’t Christians see IVF and surrogacy as moral issues?”:

    The fact that so many people fail to consider the moral implications of IVF suggests that in the age of fertility treatments, surrogates, and modern family-building via parenting partnerships, a woman’s womb has come to be seen as a somewhat arbitrary location. NBC’s The New Normal quips that women are “Easy-Bake Ovens” and children are “cupcakes.”

  • Wesley J. Smith notes the “topsy turvy” values of our nation, when new legislation in Washington, D.C. mandates a 24-hour waiting period (as well as an age and parental consent restriction) before getting a tattoo – but not an abortion.

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  • ProWomanProLife gives us an update on Canadian pro-life hero Linda Gibbons (pictured left), who was given the maximum sentence – six months and 29 days – for protesting abortion inside the bubble zone:

    It appears the judge sentenced her more harshly based on a personal bias against her: “She has indicated no remorse to the court,” [Madam Justice Feroza] Bhabha said angrily. “She believes in the rightness of her cause… (but) abortions are legal. Miss Gibbons does not appreciate that it’s a legal right.”

    Obviously Gibbons honors a higher authority than the local judge.

  • SPUC’s John Smeaton speaks out against the decision of the Crown’s Prosecution Service not to prosecute UK doctors caught committing sex-selective abortions. His letter was published in the Telegraph, as well.
  • Pro-Life Wisconsin announces their new association with Personhood USA.
  • Right to Life of Michigan reports that Detroit has 7% of the state’s population but accounts for 25% of the state’s abortions.
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog posts the close ties between abortion giant Planned Parenthood and Obamacare. PP is “helping” to get people signed up for the healthcare monstrosity. And naturally, “all this ‘help’ from Planned Parenthood will translate into BIG Bucks into their coffers in abortions and birth control, despite their abysmal record on medicaid fraud!”

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  • At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal pens an open letter to Elizabeth Jahr for her criticism of the pro-life movement’s annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.. Jahr claims that “[p]ro-life groups funnel tremendous resources into a legal war against abortion in the US without providing adequate practical support for women to maintain pregnancies” and that the money spent to hold the March would be better spent elsewhere. Nadal responds:

    Your claims that the money spent on travel to the Annual March on Washington could be better spent by serving the actual needs of women in crisis pregnancies is so far beyond the pale that you should blush for having said so. Certainly in your scholarly research for the article you looked at the 3,000+ pregnancy centers in this nation whose daily work includes getting housing, prenatal care, delivery services, food, clothing, diapers, supplies, employment, etc for women in crisis pregnancies….

    It takes money to keep the maternity homes and pregnancy centers open. Millions and millions of dollars are needed.

    The March each year continues to grow, and with that growth comes the great enthusiasm, the great fervor that drives the raising of far more money than is spent on the March. Beyond that utilitarian analysis there is something more fundamental that you missed in your hit piece.

    Published so close to the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and “I have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, your article misses the fact that sometimes it just doesn’t matter the cost of calling attention to fundamental injustice and inhumanity. There have been some 57 million babies slaughtered in my lifetime in this country. You would have 600,000 marchers stay home? Really?

  • Pro-Life New Mexico rolls out Project 52, an initiative for 52 churches to focus for 52 weeks on one abortion clinic with the idea of “Saving One Woman, One Child, One Week, And One Church At A Time.” Watch their video here:

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Colorado Planned Parenthood blames personhood initiatives for two clinic closures

roe-and-colorado-blogWell, God works in mysterious ways.

Poor planning by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, ironically due to two successful attempts to preserve its bottom line, has resulted in overextending itself to the point it has to close two of its 23 clinics. At least that’s PPRM’s claim. From the Colorado Springs Independent, August 14:

It’s been widely reported that in 2008 and 2010, opponents of personhood greatly outspent supporters.

And they won easily. In 2008, Amendment 48 failed 73.2% to 26.8%. In 2010, Amendment 62 failed 70.53% to 29.47%.

But the victories have come at a cost, particularly to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which is gearing up for another fight should Brady backers get enough signatures by early September to qualify for the ballot. PPRM spokesperson Monica McCafferty notes that her organization led the funding in both campaigns, which together cost about $3 million.

Though donations are up, McCafferty says the campaigns’ costs have hurt. It’s one of the reasons why PPRM is closing two centers (neither of which offers abortion) in September. One is in La Junta, the other in eastern Colorado Springs.

McCafferty says she believes personhood organizers have taken to the ballot repeatedly as “a tactic … to just drain our resources.”

[Personhood USA spokesperson Jennifer] Mason says that’s untrue – her group has run Personhood in Colorado, she says, because Personhood USA is based in Colorado. Not that she’s shedding any tears over the clinics: “It was an unintended consequence. And I can’t say I’m disappointed.”

Actually, I don’t believe for a minute that personhood initiatives were responsible for PPRM’s clinic closures. As we saw recently in TexasPlanned Parenthood Gulf Coast tried to blame government defunding and a new pro-life law for three clinic closures, but it soon came out PPGC simply ran out of financial reserves to pay a Medicaid fraud settlement.

But whatev, I’ll take it.

Image_of_the_unborn_baby_Brady_Surovik_Courtesy_of_The_Brady_Project_CNA_US_Catholic_News_4_5_13Meanwhile, Colorado pro-lifers are pressing ahead with a different sort of personhood initiative in 2014. It is called the Brady Amendment and named for Brady Paul Surovik, an 8 pound, 2 ounce, baby boy who was killed en utero by a drunk driver on July 5,  2012, just days before he was due to be born.

Brady’s mother Heather, who was seriously injured but survived, was grieved to learn the four-time convicted driver would not be charged for killing Brady, because Brady was not considered a person in Colorado. (Neither was Colorado theater shooter James Holmes charged with the murder of a perborn baby who miscarried after his/her mother was shot.)

In May the Colorado legislature passed the deceptively named Crimes Against Pregnant Women Act, which upped penalties in cases such as Brady’s but did not confer personhood to preborns. Planned Parenthood approved the bill, which was stuffed with pro-abortion trinkets.

According to the Catholic News Agency:

Two personhood amendments have gone before Colorado voters, but neither attracted more than 30% of the vote. Another proposed amendment to define personhood failed to qualify the 2012 ballot. These efforts tried to define personhood from the moment of fertilization or from the moment human development begins.

The Brady Amendment differs from these previous amendments. Its phrasing only concerns victims of crime or negligence. Since abortion is legal in Colorado, the amendment may not have any effect on it.

Here’s more on precious baby Brady…

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Poor Planned Parenthood against those evil, greedy whistleblowers

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Poor Planned Parenthood, with its piddly one billion dollar annual income. It’s just no match for evil, greedy whistleblowers, at least according to pro-abort “reporter” Carolyn Jones at The Guardian:

Whistleblowers are the good guys, right? They cry foul on charlatans and overreaching governments. But what if your urge to disclose is lubricated by the promise of a whopping pile of cash? What if powerful lobby groups are standing by to give you first-rate legal representation? And what if your inside knowledge relates to one of America’s most bitter cultural conflicts?

Well, if the prospect of a hefty legal settlement helps persuade you to the anti-abortion cause, then the US False Claims Act, being used to expensive effect against Planned Parenthood providers, might be the law for you.

Jones disdained the fact that former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast employee Karen Reynolds got a $1.25 million settlement  from the U.S. Obama/Holder Department of Justice, which, Jones did not note, agreed with Reynolds that PPGC committed Medicaid fraud.

No, Planned Parenthood is the underdog, paying off such unmerited lawsuits “rather than endure costly legal battles.”

Nor did Jones like the fact that I promoted Reynolds’ bounty:

And after the size of Reynolds’ bounty became public, influential anti-choice blogger Jill Stanek tweeted every Planned Parenthood affiliate to “tell what u know”. She also endorsed a follower’s tweet that said, “heck, for $1.25 Mil, I’d even tell them what I don’t know”, and she crowed to the ADF that she was trying to drum up business for them.

Commenter ninoinoz nicely summed up all that was wrong with Jones’ piece:

Gosh, I’ve really enjoyed this article.

The Guardian griping against whistleblowers when it’s one of its pet causes being exposed. Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, anyone?

Also, considering abortion is only legal it the United States because of a court decision (Roe vs. Wade), it is LOL funny to complain about legal actions launched by your opponents.

I also like the belly-aching about pro-life groups organising and financing legal action. Are you the only ones allowed to do that then?

Finally, to complain about a pro-life activist using social media (Twitter) to seek out fraud is laughable. Are pro-lifers supposed to only use quills and parchment?

The fact is, whistleblowers could bring Planned Parenthood down. So, of course, they must be pretzeled into being the bad guys.