13 Dec

Planned Parenthood’s ‘3%’ claim debunked again

via Live Action News December 12, 2017 at 10:02AM

At The Federalist, former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, founder of abortion worker outreach And Then There Were None, writes about attending a women’s conference in Detroit, Michigan earlier in 2017. She says the conference was “sponsored solely by progressive organizations, including premiere sponsor Planned Parenthood, my former employer.” Johnson makes clear that pro-life views were not represented in any way at the women’s conference, and she shares the truths that were revealed behind closed doors.

Abortion: the focus for Planned Parenthood.

Abortion: the focus for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s “3%” Statistic is False

While Planned Parenthood’s public relations machine pushes the “3%” statistic (referring to the claim that abortions comprise only three percent of the organization’s services) to society at large, behind closed doors, they and their supporters acknowledge that this statistic is totally false. Johnson writes:

The abortion industry is no longer hiding behind their “family planning” services. They are super proud of the abortions they commit. One woman in a panel, who worked for Planned Parenthood, even said [they] should stop saying abortion is “only 3 percent of their services.” She said Planned Parenthood shouldn’t try to hide that the “majority of what they do in the clinics is to provide abortions.” Another thing I learned: these women are super honest about what the abortion industry is all about when they think no pro-lifers are around.

The three percent statistic, to which even a Washington Post fact-checker gave “three Pinocchios,” was debunked by Live Action in the following video:

Abortions Have Increased 24 Percent at Planned Parenthood in the Past 10 Years, Even Though the Chain Has Lost 600,000 Clients in the Last Five Years

Live Action News’ Carole Novielli pointed out that no matter how much abortions increase at Planned Parenthood (while other legitimate health care services decrease) that three percent figure the abortion chain always claims inevitably remains the same:

Even though Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers have increased year after year after year, somehow, thanks to total services reported, that percentage remains the same.

In fact, Planned Parenthood’s abortions have increased 24 percent in the past 10 years (264,943/2005 vs. 328,348/2015) and patient numbers have plummeted (Planned Parenthood has lost approximately 600,000 clients since 2011, according to its own reports) — yet that three percent statistic has never fluctuated. What are the odds?

The most recent statistics from the abortion corporation’s own annual report show that in 2015-2016, it committed 328,348 abortions. That’s up from 323,999 in 2014-2015 — an increase of 4,349 abortions in just one year. During that same time frame, as Planned Parenthood’s abortions went up, the chain actually lost 100,000 patients.

Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortions continues at a steady uptick; it currently commits 35 percent of all abortions in the United States, making it the largest abortion corporation in the nation. The chain’s STI testing and treatment, contraception, cancer screenings (not mammograms — remember, Planned Parenthood doesn’t do those, even though it has misled the public on this for years), and more have all been on a downward trend for years. What isn’t? Abortion.

Planned Parenthood Dangles Other Services as a Gateway to Lucrative Abortion

In May of this year, Abby Johnson noted on her Facebook page that every service the abortion chain hands out is really a gateway to sell women abortions:

54% of women who are seeking abortions were using contraception at the time they got pregnant. They know that these methods will eventually fail. And because they have already developed a relationship with these women, they are more likely to go back to them when their method fails. This provides an opportunity for Planned Parenthood to sell them an abortion.

Why does Planned Parenthood provide STD testing? Because they care about the gonorrhea and chlamydia rate in your community? Nope. It’s because they know that people who engage in high risk sexual behavior (therefore leading to STDs) are statistically more likely to also experience an unplanned pregnancy. This is creating another opportunity for Planned Parenthood to sell that patient on their highest revenue generating product… abortion.

While publicly, Planned Parenthood’s president can be heard downplaying “abortion services” (as in the video above), the numbers really do speak for themselves. Just six years ago, it was shown that 38.4 percent of all Planned Parenthood health center income was from one service alone: abortion.

The staffer Abby Johnson heard at the Detroit Women’s Convention was right: the majority of what Planned Parenthood does is abortion, and they know it — all while they lie to the American public about it.

Why are taxpayers still funding this corrupt organization? A total defund is needed immediately.

The post Planned Parenthood’s ‘3%’ claim debunked again appeared first on Live Action News.

13 Dec

Pro-Life People Will Sing Christmas Carols Outside Local Abortion Clinics

via LifeNews.com December 11, 2017 at 06:17PM

More than 70 pro-life groups across the county are calling for “Peace in the Womb” this year with Christmas carols outside facilities that offer abortions.

A few groups have already started the caroling, with a group in Glendale, Arizona gathering outside the Planned Parenthood facility this past weekend.

The Pro-Life Action League has sponsored the event for 15 years (some 2015 video can be seen below.)

The league offers help in organizing the caroling events and promotes the action on its website:

The idea is simple: we bring the hope and joy of Christmas to one of the world’s darkest places, the abortion clinic, in hopes that the familiar sounds of Christmas carols might save a life.

And, in fact, lives have been saved by our peaceful, prayerful witness when women heard our songs from inside the abortion facility and chose life for their children.

According to azcentral.com, Lisa Blevins, a Glendale event organizer, said the groups sing carols to remind women thinking about abortion that the “salvation of the world came through an unplanned pregnancy.”

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The Pro-Life Action League has schedule of similar caroling events being held across the country from now until Christmas Eve listed on their website.

LifeNews Note: Eric Scheidler is the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, a national pro-life education and activism organization based in Chicago.

13 Dec

Supreme Court Asked to Stop Maine Law Used to Silence Pro-Life People

via LifeNews.com December 12, 2017 at 01:58PM

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court that urges it to take up a challenge to a Maine law that government officials have used to silence pro-life speakers outside of abortion facilities.

The “noise provision” of the Maine Civil Rights Act purports to prohibit “intentionally making noise that can be heard within a building” if the “intent” of the noise is to “interfere with the…effective delivery of [health] services within the building,” such as abortions. Maine officials cited the law as the basis for stopping Pastor Andrew March from engaging in non-amplified pro-life speech outside of a Planned Parenthood building.

As the ADF brief in March v. Mills notes, the law is unconstitutional, in part because it would not apply to a pro-abortion speaker outside of a Planned Parenthood building because his speech doesn’t have the “intent” to oppose abortion but to support abortion.

“It makes no sense for the government to say that only ‘noise’ with a particular viewpoint is a problem,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “Maine’s law is unconstitutional on its face because it allows officials to censor speech based on its point of view rather than any objective criteria. The U.S. Supreme Court has found—as recently as 2015—that laws cannot preclude speech on that basis, and we hope the court will reaffirm that principle here.”

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In the 2015 ADF case Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that the government cannot judge speech based on its “function or purpose,” as the Maine law does. The ADF brief explains that, in upholding Maine’s law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit “avoided this aspect of Reed’s holding by concocting a meaningless and nonsensical distinction between the purpose of a speaker and the purpose of his message.” That distinction “creates a significant loophole” in what the Supreme Court clearly meant in the Reed decision, and “that could allow a whole host of content-based speech restrictions to escape strict scrutiny.”

The brief adds that the 1st Circuit’s decision “poses a particularly serious threat to First Amendment rights because of the context from which it arose. Other states and localities will look to the Noise Provision as a blueprint for silencing disfavored speech outside of abortion clinics and elsewhere—unless this Court reverses. Core First Amendment rights will be lost.”

Robert M. McKenna and David W.A. Spencer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP represent ADF on the brief.