Week in Review – Planned Parenthood loses in Arkansas, holds a conference and launches new website
Arkansas has been a battleground in efforts to take taxpayer money away from Planned Parenthood. Back in 2015, Gov. Asa Hutchinson ended the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood. Since then, Planned Parenthood has filed lawsuits to try and force the state to give it funds. Early on, US District Judge Kristine Baker issued an injunction to prevent the state from withholding the funds. However, a federal appeals court overturned Baker’s ruling and lifted the injunction. Planned Parenthood filed a new lawsuit and asked Judge Baker to issue an injunction based on the new claims. This week, Judge Baker refused to issue the injunction and Arkansas will not be forced to fund Planned Parenthood. That’s good news.
Planned Parenthood finally had its Power of Pink conference in Detroit, Michigan, last weekend. We have been telling you about this activist conference. Planned Parenthood has been really hyping the conference, continually stating that it would train 3,000 activists how to organize locally to influence the November elections this year. Commenting on the Power of Pink, the Detroit Metro Times reported, “a crowd of two thousand people from around the globe.” Once again, Planned Parenthood over-estimated its influence and had an attendance of less than 70 percent of what it expected. Former PPFA president, Cecile Richards, was a speaker at the event and this statement from her not only sums up Planned Parenthood’s goal for November but should be the goal of pro-life groups as well: “Marching is great. Getting pussy hats? Great. Going to town hall meetings? Great. But voting? That is the whole idea. That’s how we’re going to change power. We’ve got a lot of work to do.” If we want to defeat Planned Parenthood, we must elect pro-life people to office in November.
Planned Parenthood launched a new website, Unstoppable Now. The website seeks to describe a new movement that is “powered by Planned Parenthood.” Among the contents of the website is a manifesto, which reads:
WE BELIEVE YOUR BODY IS YOUR OWN. IF IT IS NOT, YOU CANNOT BE TRULY FREE OR EQUAL. WE INSIST ON THE BASIC RIGHT TO LIVE FULL, HEALTHY LIVES, MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS, AND RECEIVE THE CARE WE NEED, WHEN WE NEED IT.
WE ARE BUILDING A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE HAS THE FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY TO CONTROL THEIR OWN BODIES AND THEIR OWN FUTURES—REGARDLESS OF RACE, GENDER, INCOME, ZIP CODE, OR IMMIGRATION STATUS.
TOGETHER, WE ARE A MOVEMENT AND WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE.
This concept of controlling your own body in order to be free, while always present in Planned Parenthood philosophies, has risen to the forefront since Dawn Laguens has taken the lead role as the public face of Planned Parenthood. Perhaps she should understand true freedom as pointed out by Pope John Paul II in 1995, when he said “Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”
ALL in the News – American Life League continues to speak out on important topics.
Judie Brown’s article, Womb Wars, exposes the latest details on a very dangerous form of birth control.
ALL’s Culture of Life Studies Program posted a new blog, Retelling ‘Little Women’: The Alarming Agenda in New Fiction for Children. It is a must read for all parents and educators.
ALL’s STOPP International published Jim Sedlak’s article, Planned Parenthood Comprehensive Sexuality Education, AKA Customer Funnel, which examines PP’s sordid sex programs.
Jim Sedlak’s Pro-Life Activism from Creation to Death is a weekly talk radio program on the Radio Maria USA network. It can be heard live every Friday at noon (Eastern Time) and is repeated on Saturdays (10 PM) and Mondays (10 PM). Jim’s guest this week is John Pisciotta, pro-life leader in Waco and founder of the largest pro-life group on Facebook, Hometown Pro-life Action.
Pro-life Social Media – Pro-Life Shares that Made Us Smile
Pro-life social media users surprise us from time to time. Sometimes it’s an inspiring story; other times, it’s a hilarious meme. We found these five Instagram posts to be exceptionally smile inducing:
So I will probably lose a lot of followers for this post, but I don’t care. This subject is close to my heart and it is someting that needs to be talked about. Argument 1/3: At the beginning of conception a baby already has it’s own individual DNA, separate from the mother. At 7 weeks, which is when abortions usually happen, the baby also has a heartbeat, fingers with its own set of prints, ears, hands, feet, intestines, and brain waves. The argument that a fetus is just a bunch of cells is flawed not only because we are also just a clump of cells techincally, but because science has proven that the fetus is an individual person. Did you know that unborn babies can also feel pain? “In fact, unborn babies probably feel pain more intensely than adults. This is a “uniquely vulnerable time since the pain system is fully established, yet the higher level pain-modifying system has barely begun to develop.” -Dr. Paul Ranalli, neurologist. These are scientific facts, not opinions. Not only is abortion murder of a living, breathing individual human being, it’s also inhumane.
“The panic is temporary. The fear is temporary. The crisis is temporary. The days when you wake up thinking, ‘How did I make such a huge mistake,’ are so few in retrospect. My ‘crisis pregnancy’ turned 15 today. He’s just a year shy of the age I was when I became pregnant with him. He is anything but a mistake. He’s the other half to all my inside jokes. He’s the best person I’ve ever known. He’s the one who binge watches Doctor Who with me and teaches me about robots and video games. He’s the reason I started New Wave Feminists. I didn’t know it at the time, but choosing life for him would give me a life that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Such beauty can be born from that which we never planned. Fear is temporary, but the courage you gain facing it lasts forever. Panic subsides, but the strength you find in the midst of the crisis endures. Perhaps the most amazing thing though, is how the love you feel for this new life, whether it was intended or not, suddenly turns a ‘mistake’ into a miracle. I didn’t save my son by ‘choosing life.’ He saved me.” New Wave Feminists’ blog. #Chooselife #chooselove #lovethemboth #bethechange #changethedialogue #prolifeprolove #prolove #abortion #justasyouare #abortionhurts #women #savethestorks #prolifeisprolove #lovecompassionaction #motherhood #standforlifemovement #prolife
Video of the Week – American Life League presents amazing 4D ultrasound imagery
American Life League presents amazing 4D ultrasound imagery featuring preborn babies from eight weeks to thirty-four weeks old. You’ll see detailed pictures of babies as they roll, yawn, blink, spin, smile and stretch throughout their 16 stages of development.
Action Item of the Week – Get ready for September 8
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW
The 6th Annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children will take place this year on Saturday, September 8.
This is an event where pro-lifers across the country are encouraged to remember the victims of abortion. We do that by holding memorial services at places where aborted babies are buried. We also hold services at places where memorial markers have been erected.
The first National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was held in September 2013 on the 25th anniversary of the solemn burial of the earthly remains of some 1500 abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over 100 memorial services were held across the United States, and it was clear this should become an annual event.
This year, hundreds of memorial services will take place at the gravesites where aborted babies are buried at the numerous memorial markers erected in their honor, Saturday, September 8.
And leaders are needed! You are needed to organize one of these services! Go to www.abortionmemorials.com. Click on “Memorial Locations” and scroll down to your state and see the list of graves and memorial markers—then sign up to be a leader at the “Host a Memorial in Your Town”.
Why Organize a Memorial Service and Why Attend a Memorial Service?
1) These ceremonies ARE ALL the Aborted Unborn will ever receive in this World.
2) This is a beautiful and effective way to provide that much-needed public witness to the Sanctity of Life.
3) The National Day of Remembrance helps pro-lifers re-commit themselves to the Cause of Life.
Pro-lifers are also encouraged to carry on the spiritual mission of the Day of Remembrance throughout the year by visiting a gravesite of aborted children or other memorial site to offer prayers of mourning for the victims of abortion. Find the site nearest you here.