Roughly 25% of all abortions in the US are done at Planned Parenthood (PP).
About 3,300 children die each day in the US to surgical abortion. That means an average of 825 babies die at Planned Parenthood each day.
If you do the math, that means over 300,000 babies die each year at Planned Parenthood. This is something they include in their annual reports.
Yet, by last measure, more than half of Americans do not know Planned Parenthood did abortions, much less that they are the leading provider.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, while claiming to be a non-profit organization, collects over $500 million in government income.
That’s correct. Your tax dollars pay for the dismemberment of unborn babies.
Planned Parenthood has collected over $7 billion (with a ‘b’) of taxpayer money since 1964.
WHY DOESN’T SOMEONE DO SOMETHING?
Wouldn’t it be nice if people would organize themselves in an effort to end Planned Parenthood’s reign as abortion king?
At least one group has answered that call.
American Life League (ALL), the Virginia-based pro-life organization, has risen up to take on Planned Parenthood head-on. ALL has an initiative called Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) dedicated to “building a solid wall of resistance to the evil that is Planned Parenthood.”
Earlier this week, the National Director of STOPP, Rita Diller shared with ProLife365.com her conversion story from “a neo-feminist” to the pro-life movement.
She also invited us to participate in tomorrow’s nationwide Protest the Pill Day.
Now, we will learn from her about the ALL project Mrs. Diller heads up, called Stop Planned Parenthood.
ProLife365.com (Kevin Kukla): Why have you made it your mission to challenge the nation’s largest abortion provider head-on?
Rita Diller, National Director of STOPP: Planned Parenthood is the number one enemy of the preborn, of women, and of families. To challenge the abortion giant is not a decision I have made, but a grace that has been given to me.
It is required of me, as it is required of every human being, to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to protect the innocent.
When I found out about the horror of abortion and the part I had played in it– even if by nothing but my silence and my tacit agreement with it–I knew I had to do everything I could to rectify the wrong I had done.
Rex Moses [a pro-life warrior, who once founded Body of Christ Rescue] once said, “If today you were scheduled to be killed, would you want me to go in my prayer closet and pray, or would you want me to go out of my house and do everything I could do to stop your execution?” That’s the million-dollar question that we all need to ask ourselves every day.
Another statement Rex made that I have never forgotten went something like this:
“Are you really going to say, ‘I am not called to go the abortion mill to pray. My ministry is singing in the choir?’ Or ‘I’m called to be a Eucharistic Minister, not to go to the abortion center to pray.’
That’s a lot like the priest and the Levite who passed by the man who had been beaten and robbed and was dying on the side of the road without stopping to help him. But the Samaritan did not say, ‘I don’t have a dying-by-the-side-of-the-road ministry.’ No, he stopped and he took care of the man so he would not die. Each of us is called to do no less.”
It would be so much easier to sit back and applaud someone else for taking the lead. But I have been called—as we all have been called—to do more.
We must be willing to lay our very lives on the line for these babies, children, teens and women that Planned Parenthood is chewing up and spitting out every day. If our lives are required of us, praise be to God for martyrdom.
#2. What tactics do you employ at STOPP to disrupt PP’s operations?
First of all, the battle against Planned Parenthood is a spiritual battle–the EPIC battle of good versus evil. That battle must be consecrated to Our Lady. Then we have to let Mary lead us into battle, day by day.
It was through Our Lady that God chose to send the savior of the world, and it is through her that He will send the grace to close Planned Parenthood. This is the model we followed in Amarillo, where Planned Parenthood is no more. The plan for consecrating your efforts to Mary can be found on our website.
Any effective attack on Planned Parenthood must be multi-faceted. At STOPP, we teach people how to meet Planned Parenthood with effective resistance at every turn.
That means [we oppose them] at the Planned Parenthood facilities, at their board meetings, at their fundraisers, in the schools, and in the community.
In fighting Planned Parenthood in Amarillo our motto became “Wherever Planned Parenthood is, there we shall be also.” I have carried that motto over into my work on the national level.
Our website lays out the plan under three different sections: Keeping PP out of Your Schools, Getting PP out of Your Community and Defeating Public Funding of Planned Parenthood.
I like to compare Planned Parenthood to an evil tree. Its roots are planted deep in human secularism, which discounts God’s relevance to our world. It’s an anything-goes philosophy. That evil tree needs sunshine–which is community support–to survive. It also needs nutrition, and that nutrition is funding—45% of which comes from government sources.
If pro-life advocates cut off the sunshine (community support) and/or cut off the nutrition (funding), the game ends for Planned Parenthood. We educate and work from every angle to help local people accomplish these goals.
One of our hallmarks is our detailed research. Thanks to Jim Sedlak’s diligence, we have Planned Parenthood Federation of America statistics dating back to the late 1960’s. We continue to be at the forefront of analyzing Planned Parenthood’s business and providing statistics to help pro-life advocates shine the light on the Planned Parenthood business model and agenda.
#3. What successes have you had at STOPP?
For decades, STOPP was the lone national voice stressing the need to defund Planned Parenthood. Finally, it took hold and look at the number of closures of Planned Parenthood facilities we see today credited–by Planned Parenthood–to defunding.
We have Associate groups throughout the nation that work our plan to stop Planned Parenthood on a daily basis, and we see a tremendous number of closures. We work also with many groups that are not official ALL Associate groups, as well. Through our research and assistance we see victories all around us. [Editor’s Note: For full disclosure, ProLife365.com recently became an affiliate of American Life League.]
Every time a Planned Parenthood facility closes, by the grace of God and the work he has given us to do, we are successful. Every time a baby is saved from death, our efforts are fruitful. Every time a sidewalk counselor hands out a piece of our literature, or a pregnancy help center saves a life with our Baby Steps video, we are successful. We know thousands of people are alive today because of our efforts.
For the first time since 1973, Planned Parenthood is operating less than 700 facilities nationwide. Whether measured by number of facilities or total affiliates, 2013 marked the eighth straight year of decline for Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood had 71 affiliates in 2013, down from a high point of 191 affiliates in 1978.
These closures are due to the hard work of people on the state, national, and local levels. As a national pro-life educational organization, we are blessed to be an integral part of those efforts.
#4. What can we do out here to help you there at STOPP?
We beg your prayers, we appreciate so much your donations, and we invite you to take advantage of our resources and statistics as well as our years of experience in successful strategic planning to stop Planned Parenthood.
You can donate online at https://www.all.org/donate/about, or call our office at 540-659-4171. To book a speaker, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
#5. What would you recommend we do in our respective local areas to rid our communities of PP facilities?
Visit our website, www.stopp.org, and implement our plan to stop Planned Parenthood. Invite Jim Sedlak or myself to come speak at your next strategy session or fundraiser. We are here to help you.
#6. I see you recently wrote an article that was picked up by LifeSiteNews.com, and you feature video reports on your site (viewer discretion advised: not for children) regarding this issue of PP wanting to form “sexperts.”
What can you tell us about PP wanting to make students “sexperts?”
Also, why should sex education be a concern for parents, and what advice do you have for parents of school-aged children?
With the Obama administration directing millions of dollars toward forcing Planned Parenthood’s graphic sex education programs into schools, our young people are at their greatest risk to date.
[Our students are] being abused by aberrant sexual foreplay and sexual intercourse instruction, disguised as “abstinence-based, age appropriate, sex education” or “prevention” programs.
Planned Parenthood’s programs teach middle school children and younger all about condoms and birth control, and feature such nightmare scenarios as how to put a condom on a banana or penis model (including sexual stimulation). They encourage couples to go buy condoms together, saying that this may be a turn on for them.
Children are forced to show competency in this sex instruction and participate in co-ed groups with hands-on scenarios where they act out what they are learning.
Stopping Planned Parenthood sex instruction in the schools needs to be at the very top of every parent’s radar today.
Jim Sedlak has written an excellent book entitled Parent Power!! How Parents Can Gain Control of the School Systems That Educate Their Children that is available on our website for download free of charge.
It takes parents step-by-step through the process of getting and keeping Planned Parenthood sex instruction out of schools. Read it, get organized and act! This is urgent!
People may also subscribe to our free e-newsletter, the Wednesday STOPP Report to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in the battle against Planned Parenthood and its sex instruction.
ONE MORE REMINDER FOR TOMORROW
With the successful #ThePillKills Tweetstorm yesterday under our belts, please join American Life League’s efforts also to spread the word tomorrow, Saturday, June 7th about the harmful effects of the birth control pill. Please join in the National Protest the Pill Day. ProLife365.com is co-sponsoring the event.
Were you unaware Planned Parenthood did abortions?
How do you feel about Planned Parenthood’s “sex education” programs?
What will you do to support STOPP?