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If you’ve ever wondered why Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards rarely gives on-camera interviews, here’s why:
Remember, Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain. And yet their president of the past eight years can’t give coherent answers to basic questions related to the topic. Richards stops and starts so often that one might guess that this is the first interview she’s ever done.
But enough about style, and onto substance.
Does anyone actually believe that at the time Cecile Richards was pregnant with her own three children, she actually believed they weren’t alive? [Continue reading ...]
The Orange County Register came out with an eye-opening article recently highlighting the staggering amount of money that many third party commercial fundraisers make off telemarketing campaigns they run for nonprofits.
According to figures [PDF] from the California Attorney General, nonprofits themselves kept only 37% of the nearly $300 million raised in the state by commercial fundraisers in 2012.
The article quotes Doug White, an instructor with Columbia University’s Master of Science in Fundraising Management program, who calls these telemarketing companies “bottom-feeders.” But he doesn’t blame them: “They’re just for-profit companies doing their job. I blame the nonprofits that use them over and over and over again.”
Then the article names some names—a list that includes the nation’s largest abortion chain:
One campaign for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York had revenues of $2 million – but the nonprofit wound up losing $1.8 million nonetheless, for a return of minus 92.8 percent, according to data collected by the California attorney general. [Continue reading ...]
For reasons unbeknownst to me, the other day I received at our home address my official Planned Parenthood Membership Card, along with a letter [PDF] from Cecile Richards saying she can’t thank me enough for what I have done for Planned Parenthood this past year.
What I have done is picket their high-dollar fundraising events, protested their conferring of various leadership awards on turncoat politicians, and exposed a pattern of abhorrent practices at their facilities nationwide. But I’m glad they appreciate these contributions enough to confer membership on me.
The letter from Cecile Richards says nothing is going to stop them from making sure women have access to “safe, legal abortion,” but that my support is absolutely critical in 2014 to help them lead the fight.
She admits they’re having trouble: “Five years ago, very few people thought legal access to abortion was really at risk.” Then she goes on to fret about waiting periods, counseling and ultrasound requirements, admitting privileges, and “unnecessary” building code laws for abortion clinics.
Good. It’s nice to know what bothers the nation’s largest abortion chain, so as Member number 1840624, I’ll do everything in my power to concentrate on doing those things every chance I get.
On July 20, 2012, 24-year old Tonya Reaves had a second trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood’s facility in Chicago.
Following the abortion, she experienced a series of complications, but Planned Parenthood did not call 911 to help for her. Five and a half hours later, she was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
A few hours later, Tonya was dead.
Just last week it was revealed [PDF] that a Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs in the case are on the hook for a $2 million wrongful death settlement in the lawsuit brought by Alvin Jones, the father of Reaves’ only heir, her son, who is also named Alvin after his father.
Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler commented:
Reading this settlement, I was struck by the impact it will have on young Alvin Jones when he starts receiving money on his 18th birthday. [Continue reading ...]
A new study [PDF] from the Guttmacher Institute reports that the abortion rate in the US has continued to decline and is now at a level so low it hasn’t been seen since the 1970s.
The study found a rate of 16.9 abortions per thousand women of childbearing age in 2011, though it did not probe the possible causes for the decline.
But even as the abortion rate continues its slow decline, Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion chain—continues to perform more and more abortions and dominate the abortion market.
According to their annual report [PDF], Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in 2012—almost 80,000 more than they performed in 2005. That’s about one every 95 seconds, every day of the year. [Continue reading ...]
On Thursday, January 23, the Pro-Life Action League brought out over two dozen stalwart activists came out on a bitterly cold five degree evening to protest of Planned Parenthood’s annual Roe v. Wade gala in Chicago.
In addition to celebrating the tragic court decision that stripped unborn babies of their right to life through all nine months of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood was also giving pro-choice Senator Dick Durbin a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
As horrible as this is by itself, it’s also extremely incongruous, because Senator Durbin used to be a staunch pro-life advocate! The League brought signs reading, Return to Your Pro-Life Roots, Senator Durbin! and Senator Durbin: Unborn Babies Need You Back! [Continue reading ...]
An ambulance raced up to the door of the huge Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois, this past Saturday as Pro-Life Action League staff and volunteers conducted a protest nearby. Protests have been held at the site monthly since it opened in fall of 2007, alongside a daily prayer and sidewalk counseling presence.
The pro-life group began to pray for the whomever the ambulance had arrived for. After about 15 minutes, paramedics emerged from the front door of the building pushing a gurney with a body on it, and then took off—probably transporting the woman to Rush-Copley Hospital, a few miles away.
It was unusual for the paramedics to exit from the front door. They usually use a back door. And typically Planned Parenthood staff accompany the gurney, holding a sheet in front of it to block the view of pro-life witnesses. What the absence of these measures means is anyone’s guess.
Chris Iverson, an adult volunteer with Christian Liberty Academy’s Live Pro-Life group, captured the event on video, providing yet more documentary evidence that abortion clinics are not safe for women.
Sadly, this is all-too-frequent an occurrence at abortion clinics across the United States. Ambulances have been sighted several times at the Aurora clinic, purported to be a state-of-the-art facility. None of Planned Parenthood’s Illinois abortion clinics is subject to state inspection.
Please pray for the woman who was transported from Planned Parenthood this Saturday. We do not know her name or what the problem was, but we can be sure that our prayers for her are needed.
In a review of inspection reports posted recently by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pro-Life Action League has uncovered some very disturbing findings concerning two Planned Parenthood facilities in Philadelphia.
On August 29, 2013 Department of Health inspectors conducted an annual registration survey [PDF] of Planned Parenthood’s Locust Street Health Center, during which they reviewed the facility’s policy related to external reporting to appropriate agencies as related to The Pennsylvania Crimes Code and the Child Protective Service Law.
The Planned Parenthood Locust Street Health Center’s policy, updated December 2012, stated:
Statutory sexual assault (“statutory rape”) is sexual intercourse when one person is under the age of 16 and the other is 4 or more years older. It is a crime, however it is NOT a mandated reportable incident. …
But under Pennsylvania law, statutory rape is a mandated reportable incident. Planned Parenthood’s policy was flat-out wrong.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health made very clear in its report: [Continue reading ...]
Next week marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the horrible Supreme Court rulings that stripped unborn babies of their right to life.
But while we pro-lifers hold memorial events all over the country lamenting this tragedy and recommitting ourselves to defending unborn babies, Planned Parenthood will be celebrating!
In fact, they’re throwing a huge abortion party in Chicago on January 23. What’s more they’ll be honoring Senator Dick Durbin with a “lifetime achievement” award.
But get this: Dick Durbin used to be an outspoken pro-lifer!
That’s why the Pro-Life Action League is holding a protest of Planned Parenthood’s gala event next week, and you’re invited to join us!