View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, December 12, 2008

40 Days for Life frightens Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, the billion dollar abortion business, is apparently afraid of the 40 Days for Life Campaign.

That despite the fact that the most pro-abortion President has been elected promising all sorts of anti-Christmas goodies for the pro-abortion cabal.

David Bereit, 40 Days' National Campaign Director, reports that PP has put out a desperate fund-raising letter - what did they do with that billion they made from killing babies??? - with the following on the envelope:

“Relentless Anti-Choice Extremists: They’re coming after our organization with everything they’ve got! Help us fight their post-election challenges!”

Bereit then notes -

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, clearly spells it out: “Now, here’s what worries us the most…”

Then she specifically identifies 40 Days for Life as one of the greatest threats to the abortion chain’s business.

Richard writes, “Planned Parenthood is under attack,” explaining the setbacks their staff and customers experienced when, “from September 24 to November 2, 2008 a coalition of anti-choice groups promoted a ‘40 Days’ campaign all across America, including 24/7 prayer vigils outside Planned Parenthood offices and health centers.”

She concludes the letter by saying, “the hard-edged, well-funded groups coming after Planned Parenthood are playing for keeps,” while telling abortion supporters, “I only hope you realize how urgently we need you.”

Gee. I was one of those folks. I didn't see a lot of well-funded activities - just a volunteer group of committed, life-loving, prayer-filled people.

But then, Planned Parenthood has always been fast and loose when it comes to the truth.

So here's my response to this plea: Instead of giving to Planned Parenthood, give to pro-life women's centers, or to the 40 Days campaign.

40 Days will hold it's spring campaign February 25 - April 5. If there is a local effort, join it. If not, find some fellow pro-lifers and organize one.

Let's show those troubled and frightened souls at Planned Parenthood - and the women going there - a message of love.

Not to frighten them even more, but to convert and save them, and to save lives.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fundraising ploy, much like "all sorts of anti-Christmas goodies." It's hard to take seriously, on either side of the abortion divide.

Let's instead promote life and compassion in an adult way as a two-pronged approach.


4:20 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Of course, Planned Parenthood has a history of lying - while the 40 Days folks do not.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lying's a pretty strong charge to level against a whole group, but the isolated stories on PP are indeed damning.

I'm inclined to think the fundraising arms on both torsos are liable to exaggerate. Political pro-lifers have done little to distinguish themselves on FOCA, a virtually dead twenty-year-old bill.

Can we get a clarification of "all sorts?" I'd take three or four examples as a start.


5:14 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Putting aside the obvious lies inherent in legal abortion in the U.S - the lies about the number of illegal abortions and abortion-related deaths that helped to get abortion laws relaxed and Roe v Wade in the first polace (as detailed by Nathanson); the fact that Roe itself is based on a lie about rape (I interviewed "Roe" Norma McCorvey); the partial birth abortion deception back in the 1990s; or even the fact that women at the clinics are told it's only a blob of tissue, or the denial of the psychological effects - there are numerous instances of lies. Isolated? No, more of a pattern.

Back when I was a reporter, I covered PP's attempt to open a "health center" at its main offices here in Rochester. I had to jump though hoops, but I eventually got the permits and site plan, and found out it was going to include an abortion clinic. PP had consitently concealed this fact, and even when I directly confronted the then PP head, he prevaricated.

A more recent example of the same sort of deception has been happening in the Chicago area.

In 2007 Planned Parenthood Chicago misrepresented the purpose of an clinic it was building on permit applications, concealing that it was to include a large abortion clinic. PP CEO Stephen Trombley was later found guilty of making “defamatory, libelous and slanderous statements” alleging pro-lifers advocated violence (his excuse for the deception on the permits).

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Planned Parenthood ran a television ad that lied about Governor Palin’s rape kit policy.

And then there are the Lily Rose investigations. She posed as an underage girl - hence it was "statutory rape" - and she got clinic workers in the Santa Monica Planned Parenthood office and Bloomington, Indiana, Planned Parenthood, advising her to lie about her age or the age of the alleged father so they wouldn't have to report the rapes. (She may have uncovered other instnaces - I don't have all the details on her in front of me. She was also behind the undercover sting that got a PP worker to suggest money could be targetting just for Black babies for racist reasons).

I could dig up more, but church calls.

Basically, abortion is based on lies, and PP is at the heart of it in this country.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the Alexander Women's Clinic still exist in Rochester and do they still perform abortions? All the Alfred University girls got their abortions there in the 80's.

4:18 PM  

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