Planned Parenthood’s Volunteer Army

Following last year’s election, in which they spent over $30 million in their unsuccessful effort to elect Hillary Clinton, Planned Parenthood decided that they needed to revamp the way they promote abortion and the destruction of the preborn. Nearly nine months later, they have decided on a plan of action. Earlier this month, it was announced that Planned Parenthood was planning to build a ‘volunteer army’ of 600 community organizing teams spread across the country. Planned Parenthood bragged that since the election they have reached 226,000 volunteers and nearly 1 million supporters, and that with this ‘army’ they would be making sure that their voices were heard.

While Planned Parenthood is making a huge deal over their plan to have a ‘volunteer army’ of 600 community teams, Students for Life serves over 1,000 student-led groups, training over 11,000 students each year conducting nearly 600 trainings annually.  Each year, an average of a half million pro-life volunteers descend on Washington DC for March for Life, while still thousands more rally at other ‘sister’ rallies across the country. A pro-abortion columnist for the Washington Post estimated that over half of the Marchers are under the age of 30.

Surveys have shown that over 53% of millennials believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. What’s worse for them is that not only are the majority millennials pro-life, but, even according to NARAL and EMILY’s List, pro-life millennials are more likely to be passionate about their beliefs than pro-abortion millennials. These passionate pro-life millennials are more inclined to be engaged on social media and ready to stand up for the preborn.

So while Planned Parenthood is planning on doubling down on their pro-abortion policies with this ‘volunteer army’, pro-life organizations like Students for Life will continue to educate, train, and support our thousands of grassroots, student-led groups that are fighting for the lives of the preborn.

READING HIGH SCHOOL VICTORY!

After months of heated debate, the board members of Reading School District struck down the proposed “Health Resource Center” last night in a close 5-4 vote.

In theory, supporting a Health Resource Center sounds like a worthy cause, especially in a low-income area like inner-city Reading.  Unfortunately, the organization recommended to facilitate the program would be none other than Planned Parenthood.  This center was proposed by AccessMatters in May 2017, and it would have been facilitated by Planned Parenthood’s regional office, Planned Parenthood Keystone.  A Planned Parenthood counselor would have been able operate from within the school, giving Planned Parenthood direct access to their target clientele (i.e. young, vulnerable students). While parents could have been given the option to “opt out” of the controversial program (which included condom distribution), thousands of Reading students would be exposed to Planned Parenthood’s agenda.

THOSE IN FAVOR?

Board member Robin Costenbader-Jacobson shared that she was in favor of the center because of what she saw as benefits for the students, “What about the students — the human beings, the individuals that would gain knowledge?”

Yes!  We care about our young people!  Yes!  Our students deserve access to healthy and safe education about their bodies- which is why we would never want to refer students to unsanitary, untrustworthy centers.

Planned Parenthoods across the country have failed inspectionsfailed to report criminal activity (e.g. statutory rape), and failed our communities. The Allentown Medical Center (a center within the Planned Parenthood Keystone network) is a prime example. This center failed inspections 3 years in a row due to use of dirty medical instruments, improper disposal of aborted baby body parts, and failure to evaluate patients prior to administering anesthesia.

Manuel Gauzman, a school board member in favor of the center, explained, “I believe it is our moral responsibility as a school board to give access to this information. Put the politics aside. … This is about providing pathways out of poverty.”

We agree – politics should be set aside.  Planned Parenthood, however, is our nation’s leader in abortion politics, spending millions on elections (e.g. $30+ million in 2016 elections, including $1.3 million in PA in ads against Pat Toomey) and lobbying efforts for extreme abortion policies.  Planned Parenthood also has a long track record of aggressively fighting against legislation that protects parent involvement in their children’s health decisions (e.g. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky federal lawsuit in 2017).

Keyara Hunt, Berks Teens Matter Ambassador, spoke during the public comments and spent several minutes talking with us outside after the vote.  She attends the I-LEAD Charter school that already has this program. “I know that Berks county has three times the national rate in teen pregnancies.  A Health Resource Center could provide better education and information on how to be abstinent, use birth control methods, and how to communicate with a trusted adult on their health.”

We are so thankful that Keyara is aware of the issues that affect her generation.  Sadly, Planned Parenthood is not helping in this area.  Planned Parenthood perpetuates the myth that passing out condoms and birth control will lower teen pregnancy and STDs, when in fact abortion and pregnancy rates decrease among teenagers when communities reduce spending on and expansion of contraception, condom distribution, and sex-ed programs:

Let’s also remember, Planned Parenthood has already been operating in Reading PA for decades.  In fact, Planned Parenthood has been offering birth control services in Reading since 1927 (through Reading’s Community General Hospital), and they have been offering first trimester abortions at the Reading Medical Center since 1998. Which makes us wonder, If Planned Parenthood’s services are so critical to reducing poverty and decreasing teen pregnancy, then why does Berks County continue on this path? The answer is certainly not more of the same.

THOSE OPPOSED?

Community members lined the streets for hours waving to cars and holding signs saying Vote NO to Planned Parenthood in RSD.

America Franco, a concerned parent, said, “I am not supportive of Planned Parenthood in our school!”

Inside the meeting, more concerned parents and students gave their testimony.  Nilda Nieves pleaded with the board to “raise the standard and believe in our youth.”

Stephanie Sanchez is a senior this year at Reading, and she explained, “My peers at RHS are worth more than just giving up and providing them all with condoms hoping it’ll make things better. They are worth fighting for and that’s what I’m trying to do. I as a student, a resident, and a friend to many at RHS, beg you not to allow planned parenthood into my school. That is not the legacy I want to leave.”

DECEPTIVE TACTICS 

Hours before the meeting, members from both sides crowded together to stake their spots.  Among the confusion, sign-holding, spot-saving, chanting, and rallying, people on both sides started some interesting conversations.  It was no shock to our team that those supporting Planned Parenthood were terribly misinformed.

A woman holding an AccessMatters Sign commented to me, “This is not about abortion. It’s about our kids having access to good health education.”

I assured her that I too want “good” health education, but “Planned Parenthood is the last place to find it.  Plus, the Keystone Center who is sending their counselor is dangerous for our kids.  They have continually failed their health inspections.”

She bluntly said, “Oh, there’s no way. I don’t believe that at all.”

Having read the report myself a few times, I asked, “Since we’re both standing here anyway, would you mind if I showed you the report?” to which she replied, “Sure, go for it.”

When I pulled up the report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health listing several years of failed inspections, with the most recent being April 2017, she was shocked.  She admitted that she had no idea Planned Parenthood was guilty of repeat health code violations.

Shortly thereafter, another woman from their side realized that she had been misinformed as well.  Elda, who only spoke Spanish, explained that she was approached at a Spanish Counsel in the city where it was explained to her that the group she would be supporting was not supportive of abortion.  Thankfully, Elda was able to communicate with an interpreter on our side, Maggie Sweet from Silent No More, who explained what AccessMatters and Planned Parenthood truly represented.  Elda was so upset, she returned her protest materials right back to the box and joined our side!

WHAT’S NEXT?

  1. Please consider sending a sincere THANK YOU card or email to the following Board Members who bravely voted no: Brian Buerke, Bernardo Carbajal, Jean Kelleher, Julio Martinez, and Eddie Moran.
  2. Send a heartfelt and respectful note of disappointment and correction to these board members who voted yes: Abraham Cepeda, Robin Costenbader-Jacobson,  Manny Guzman, and David McCoy.
  3. Continue to show your support on this issue!  Audrey Ross, spokeswoman for AccessMatters, claimed that their proposal could reappear on the board’s agenda later for another vote.  Sign and share the petition HERE: http://prolifeamerica.org/readingschools2017/.  We will continue to send in your comments and concerns to board members since we know Planned Parenthood will not give up this easily.

 

LOCAL ALTERNATIVES

Access to affordable, safe healthcare and family support services is important for every community. We encourage Reading families to explore unbiased, comprehensive healthcare alternatives to Planned Parenthood, like your local federally qualified health center (Berks Community Health Center). For life-affirming, free pregnancy and parenting support, check out your local pregnancy support organizations (LifeLine of Berks County and Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center).

Berks Community Health Center
838 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19602
Phone: (610) 988-4838
Sliding Fee Program: http://www.berkschc.net/images/Media/Sliding_Fee_Discount_Program_Application_COMPLETE_March_2015.pdf
Women’s Health Services: http://berkschc.net/index.php/services/women-s-health
Prenatal Care: http://berkschc.net/index.php/services/prenatal-care
Free pregnancy testing is available at all of our health center locations.

“There is no need to make an appointment, and you don’t have to be a BCHC patient. You may simply walk in and request a free pregnancy test at the front desk and our staff will take care of you.”

Lifeline of Berks County
Phone: (610) 374-8545
612 Reading Avenue, West Reading, PA 19611
Free Services: Pregnancy Tests, Options Support, Emergency Material Aid, Maternity Clothes, Parenting Support and Preparation, Referrals (community, medical, housing, drug and alcohol counseling, etc), Breastfeeding Support, Insurance Information

Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center
105 S. 5th Street, Reading PA 19602
Phone: 610-376-0828
Free Services: Pregnancy Tests, Options Support, Material Aid, Peer Counseling, Referrals for Social Services, STI Information, Emergency Material Support, Parenting Education

Students for Life of America attends White House meeting to help defund Planned Parenthood

Students for Life of America participated in a meeting and press conference today at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence, HHS Secretary Tom Price, and other pro-life and business leaders, to discuss efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, including the importance of defunding Planned Parenthood.

“Obamacare was the largest expansion of abortion in more than 40 years. The majority of American people, including millennials, oppose taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. It’s time for Congress to repeal this deadly legislation,” said Brendan O’Morchoe, Vice President of Strategy for Students for Life, who was at the White House meeting.

Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said, “Every day, American taxpayers are forced to contribute $1.5 million to Planned Parenthood, while the abortion chain commits 897 abortions. It’s time for the Senate to deliver on their promises and defund our nation’s largest abortion business.”

O’Morchoe added, “We appreciate the leadership shown by President Trump and Vice President Pence in their commitment to defunding Planned Parenthood and keeping pro-life protections in healthcare reform legislation. Pro-life millennials are eager to see Planned Parenthood defunded so we can move towards real healthcare solutions.”

Students for Life of America is now mobilizing thousands of student leaders on more than 1,100 campuses across America to call upon the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, and redirect those funds to more qualified and comprehensive community health centers.

Students for Life of America is the largest youth pro-life organization in the nation, with grassroots pro-life student groups on more than 1,100 campuses nationwide. 

SFLA Prez Challenges Cecile Richards to a Bake-Off

People Magazine deserves some kind of “Best Fluff Piece of the Year” award for their fawning story on Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor.

Just check out this headline:

The content of the piece doesn’t any better. Readers learn that Cecile loves to make cherry pies. They don’t learn that Planned Parenthood has been referred by both the US House and Senate for criminal charges in their baby body parts for-profit scheme.

They also don’t learn that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s main business, constituting nearly 96% of services for pregnant women.

They also don’t learn that since Cecile took the helm of Planned Parenthood in 2006, the abortion giant has lost 22.5% of patients!

And they certainly don’t learn that prenatal care was cut by 46% at Planned Parenthood in the last year.

And lastly, readers certainly won’t learn that Planned Parenthood has excess revenue in 2015 of $77.5 MILLION. Do you know how many cherry pies that can buy? If the average cost of a homemade cherry pie (a good one) is $32, then Cecile can buy 2,421,875 cherry pies with all that money!

SFLA’s president Kristan Hawkins, who tries to save the lives of babies and persuade women not to enter Planned Parenthood, is also genius in the kitchen. She challenged Mrs. Richards to a bake-off:

Cecile is probably too busy in her plush Manhattan office though, scheming up ways to make taxpayers pay for more abortions.

Reading School District Hears Public Comments on PP Proposal

On Wednesday, June 28th, Students for Life of America and the Reading pro-life community were once again out in front of the Reading school district building to voice our concerns regarding the AccessMatters proposal to establish a Planned Parenthood sexual health counseling center inside Reading High School.

Last week, SFLA and Reading pro-lifers found ourselves alone on the sidewalks — 80 passionate pro-life witnesses and zero pro-choice advocates. This week was different. Having seen our protest on local media, Berks Teens Matter and Planned Parenthood supporters mobilized to form a counter protest. The two pro-choice groups mobilized about 35 people to support their effort.

Two Sides Face Off

Pro-life and pro-choice community members showed up to the Reading school district building around 4:30pm. The early evening was quiet, with both sides holding signs and waiting for the meeting at 7pm. Our team unrolled our large “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” banner, and pro-life supporters held Vote “NO” to Planned Parenthood in R.S.D.! signs.

Around 6pm, a Planned Parenthood group came marching down the streets wearing pink “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” shirts and carrying their pink signs. Chants from Planned Parenthood supporters focused on the usual rally chants. The crowd repeated slogans like “What do we want healthcare, when do we want it now” and “No justice / No peace.”   While some supporters insisted that their support wasn’t about abortion, there were the chants of “My body, my choice.” Others complained that students needed to know about sexual assault (*which we agree on!); however, they tried to yell over our facts about Planned Parenthood’s continued failures (in Pennsylvania and nationwide) to protect women and children from sexual violence, abuse, and trafficking.

Here are some of the facts that we shared over our megaphone to directly respond to these PP supporters concerns:

  • PP’s business is ABORTION: Pennsylvanian Planned Parenthood affiliates have reported zero adoption reports on their annual reports. Even while statewide abortions are decreasing, they have increased abortion services. They provide over 55% of the state’s abortions, and yet none of their PA affiliates offer prenatal care (despite falsely advertising such services).
  • PP fails to report statutory rape and child abuse: On August 29, 2013, the PA health department discovered that the state’s largest Planned Parenthood facility had a policy stating that statutory rape was not a mandated reportable incident (despite the fact that PA law lists statutory rape as a mandated reportable incident). In another investigation, calls were made to 25 Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood facilities with the caller posing as a 14-year-old seeking an abortion with her 22-year-old boyfriend. There were no attempts to report this criminal activity.
  • PP promotes sexual violence: In 2014, Planned Parenthood employees at multiple locations across the country were caught counseling children as young as 15 in disturbing sexual violence practices (e.g. BDSM, asphyxiation, defecation, torture). The employees even referred girls to local sex shops (which they were legally not old enough to enter) to further explore these violent sexual practices.
  • PP covers up sex trafficking: Planned Parenthood employees have been caught on video aiding and abetting sex trafficking. Instead of training employees to identify and report incidences of possible sex trafficking, staff members, like former PP director Ramona Trevino, were trained to identify undercover investigators and how to avoid getting caught.
  • Local PP centers offer unsanitary, unsafe services: Planned Parenthood’s Allentown Medical Center (one of the local affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Keystone regional office) failed PA health department inspections from 2013 to 2015 for such reasons as improperly disposing aborted babies, using dirty equipment, and dangerously providing anesthesia without properly weighing clients.
  • PP pursues illegal harvesting and selling of baby body parts: On September 15, 2015, a Planned Parenthood Keystone administrator (Vanessa Russo) was caught on one of the Center for Medical Progress’ videos promoting and seeking to profit from the sales of aborted baby body parts.

Our message was clear. Reading teenagers and their families deserve better than healthcare advice from Planned Parenthood, a scandal-ridden, billion-dollar abortion business. They cannot be trusted with our children. Planned Parenthood betrays women and children by failing to report statutory rape, covering up abuse and sex trafficking, and fighting against parent’s right to be involved in their children’s education and healthcare decisions.

Inside the Meeting

The Reading school district building opened around 6:30pm to welcome the growing line outside. Inside the school district building, pro-life community members and Planned Parenthood supporters gathered to voice their opinions on the matter. About 45 community members were allowed into the meeting room, while others waited outside to listen and be present to the meeting proceedings. While the outside rallies were energized, inside the school district building was a different story. Community members were relaxed, quiet, and somber. Another faction of about 15 pro-lifers remained on the sidewalk outside of the school district building to continue to bear witness to the Reading community.

Community members were encouraged to sign up for public comment. About 10 people stood before the board to present both sides of the issue.

From the pro-life side, we had local leaders like Bishop Robert Brookins, a concerned parent, and even a young Reading HS teenager (Stephanie Sanchez).

Pro-choice advocates repeated familiar themes like “We need to reduce teen pregnancy. We need education to do that.” Pro-lifers shared personal and factual testimonies of why Planned Parenthood was not appropriate for the school community.

What’s Next?

The school board confirmed that the vote on this AccessMatters/Planned Parenthood proposal will not be held until August. While no specific date was mentioned, we expect it to again be on a Wednesday evening, around 7pm.

We ask that our pro-life supporters continue to email the Reading school board:

(In your email, you can use our talking points listed above.)

Local Reading community members are encouraged to pay attention for the upcoming meeting and to invite your friends, families, and church communities to join in the next efforts.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has supported our effort to keep Planned Parenthood out of high schools! Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Family Institute and Council, Concerned Citizens for Reading, Berks County Republican Women, and the passionate pro-lifers of Reading!

 

This post has been contributed by Beth Rahal, SFLA’s National Pregnant on Campus Director and a concerned resident of Pennsylvania. If you would like to support our efforts in Reading, please contact Michele Hendrickson, East Coast Regional Director, for information about our efforts in this city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Response to the Senate Healthcare Bill

Students for Life of America has just come from another top-level meeting in Washington, DC to help come up with a pro-life replacement for Obamacare. Everything we’ve been fighting for is at stake RIGHT NOW! Watch the video for the latest updates, then call your Senators TODAY and tell them to redirect taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood to community health centers, and to ensure that NO abortion funding is allowed in healthcare reform. Find your Senators’ phone numbers at https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/.

Reading School District postpones sex ed decision

On June 21st, about 80 pro-life community members and Students for Life of America team leaders stood outside the Reading School District in protest of the recent proposal to introduce a sexual health counseling center into Reading High School. The center was proposed by AccessMatters in May 2017 and would be facilitated by Planned Parenthood Keystone. The center would be located inside of Reading High School, giving Planned Parenthood direct access to their target clientele (i.e. young, vulnerable students). Counselors would refer to Planned Parenthood’s local Reading clinic, where these students could access contraception and other services.

While AccessMatters claims that parents will have the option to “opt out” of condom distribution and other aspects of the program, this does little ease our minds. Planned Parenthood has a long track record of aggressively fighting against legislation that protects parent’s involvement in their children’s health decisions (e.g. Planned Parenthod of Indiana and Kentucky federal lawsuit in 2017).

Let’s not forget that in 2013 Pennsylvania health inspectors discovered that PA Planned Parenthood affiliates had a policy stating that statutory rape was not a mandated reportable incident. Should we also overlook investigations exposing Planned Parenthood staffers abiding and abetting underage sex trafficking?

What Happens in Reading Matters

The majority of pro-life representatives at yesterday’s rally were concerned parents from Reading and local Berks County pro-life advocates. However, several media paused to question why Pennsylvanians from neighboring cities and pro-lifers from other states would join this protest.

Why?! Because this is not an isolated issue. The decision of Reading School District will not only impact Reading High School but will very likely impact neighboring counties. While AccessMatters’ efforts are primarily centralized around the Philadelphia area, Planned Parenthood Keystone serves 37 counties in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. Any access and momentum gained in Reading could potentially lead to further expansions of these programs and centers in neighboring cities and counties.

We know that Planned Parenthood’s business is abortion, and their target audience is students. Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania perform over half of the abortions in the state. They are the leading abortion advocate and provider, and their state annual reports continue to show that over 90% of their pregnancy services (i.e. prenatal care, adoption referrals, and abortion). There is no doubt that their counseling will biased (as noted repeatedly by former Planned Parenthood works and directors) and that women and preborn children will be at risk if Planned Parenthood enters these high schools.

(The above picture shows Planned Parenthood Keystone’s regional map, provided on their website here.)

What Locals Are Saying

During the rally, local activists and religious leaders proudly declared that we are pro-life and that we refuse to allow Planned Parenthood access to our students. As we rallied, we were greeted with constant stream of friendly honks, waves, and cheers from Reading citizens. Community members stopped to thank us for our presence.

Local parents and students were outspoken in their concerns of Planned Parenthood’s influence not only in Reading but in the local community.

One of our local PA high school students shared: “We cannot support having a Planned Parenthood in our schools… Since Reading school district is so close to my school.. first Reading school district, then my school. I don’t want Planned Parenthood in my school.”

Julia Coppa, another Pro-Life Generation leader and local Pennsylvanian, said: “Planned Parenthood sets the bar too low for young people by displaying a lack of confidence in us … and discouraging us from pursuing relationships that are real and lasting versus transient things.”

A Reading parent, Renzo, attended with his wife, daughter, and other family members. “I am a member of the community here in Reading… We do not agree with Planned Parenthood in our schools.” He passionately shared his concerns about Planned Parenthood teaching and counseling his children and other students, and he spoke out against the violence of this Abortion Goliath.

The Meeting

After the rally, about 40 members of the rally joined the school district meeting. While the board decided to delay the discussion on Planned Parenthood’s proposed center, we were encouraged to hear that efforts were being made to provide flexible learning options for homebound and parenting students via the proposed Reading Virtual Academy program. Many of the pro-life advocates stayed for the duration of the meeting to stand witness to our position. While the board did not acknowledge our presence, our sea of bright blue “We Are the Pro-Life Generation” shirts could not be missed!

Good News!

Because of your concerns, your messages, and your prayers, Reading school district has postponed their decision until August. The hesitation of the district to decide on this matter leads us to conclude that the Pro-Life Generation was heard loud and clear — “We don’t need Planned Parenthood!” 

Students for Life of America’s East Coast Regional Director, Michele Hendrickson, praised the students’ and community’s efforts:

“We are so proud of the collaboration and unwavering dedication by Reading students, parents, and community leaders. We are hopeful that the delayed vote is a sign that the board members recognize Planned Parenthood’s damaged brand. Students know that they deserve better than Planned Parenthood, and we are calling on these board members to protect them from this disastrous proposal.”

Special thanks also to Berks County Republican Women, Concerned Citizens for Reading, and the Pennsylvania Family Council for their efforts educating and mobilizing local Pennsylvanians. The unity of local and national leaders was key to this campaign’s energy and success thus far.

We encourage you to continue to send your concerns to the Reading School District board members. You can call the Reading school board and email the board members. Contact information can be found here: https://www.readingsd.org/domain/37

Watch the Live Stream

Our internet reception had some issues, but this is well worth the watch. Hear what local community members and our team had to say about this situation.

Local Alternatives

If you are a Reading community member and you are interest in non-biased, comprehensive healthcare alternatives to Planned Parenthood, we encourage you to consider your local federally qualified health center (Berks Community Health Center). For life-affirming, free pregnancy and parenting support, check out your local pregnancy support organizations (LifeLine of Berks County and Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center).

  • Berks Community Health Center
    838 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19602
    Phone: (610) 988-4838
    Sliding Fee Program: http://www.berkschc.net/images/Media/Sliding_Fee_Discount_Program_Application_COMPLETE_March_2015.pdf
    Women’s Health Services: http://berkschc.net/index.php/services/women-s-health
    Prenatal Care: http://berkschc.net/index.php/services/prenatal-care
    Free pregnancy testing is available at all of our health center locations.
    There is no need to make an appointment, and you don’t have to be a BCHC patient. You may simply walk in and request a free pregnancy test at the front desk and our staff will take care of you.
  • Lifeline of Berks County
    Phone: (610) 374-8545
    612 Reading Avenue, West Reading, PA 19611
    Services: Pregnancy Tests, Options Support, Emergency Material Aid, Maternity Clothes, Parenting Support and Preparation, Referrals (community, medical, housing, drug and alcohol counseling, etc), Breastfeeding Support, Insurance Information
  • Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center
    105 S. 5th Street, Reading PA 19602
    Phone: 610-376-0828
    Services: Pregnancy Tests, Options Support, Material Aid, Peer Counseling, Referrals for Social Services, STI Information, Emergency Material Support, Parenting Education

‘The Ranch’ follows pro-abortion script

Season 3 of the Netflix original “The Ranch” kicked off almost immediately with Colt (Ashton Kutcher) finding out that his ex-girlfriend ,who is now the mother of his preborn child, Heather (Kelli Goss), has decided to have an abortion, despite his professed commitment to supporting them. She is visibly upset and tells him she’s too young to have a child, dramatically telling him that he’s off the hook. “This is wrong,” he tells her. “Don’t take the easy way out.” She hands him back the baby sports jersey he’d given her, and after telling him he has no say in whether his child lives or not, takes off. He is devastated by her news, sobbing and punching his steering wheel.

Courtesy of Netflix

Colt finds no support in anyone he tells about his situation, most especially his mother (Debra Winger), who pushes for his acceptance of Heather’s “decision.” He points out the irony of how he didn’t have a say in the matter unless she chooses life and then he would be responsible. His mother agrees and says it’s because having a baby would ‘affect her more.’ The writers made sure to include the pro-abortion movement’s favorite line of: It’s her body, so it’s her choice.

It’s this second-wave, pro-abortion feminism expressed by Winger’s character that is stripping fathers of their voices every single day in our nation. Modern feminism has simply silenced men into submission. We meet young men all the time who feel trapped and left without a voice in the matter of life or death of their preborn child. We know so many fathers who desperately wanted to take responsibility for their child but were given no choice. They were told to shut up, drive her to the abortion facility, and deal with it. Even in the episode, they note the biological truth that it takes two to make a baby. So, there are two parents who should have equal say regarding their child’s well-being.

Men should feel confident enough to stand up for their child’s life. It is a double-tragedy when you meet couples who have an abortion that neither the father nor the mother wanted to go through with. She didn’t want to abort but asked her partner, who doesn’t want to abort either, what he thought and he just repeated the line told by his mother of  “I’ll support you either way”…which she took as a code-word for “get an abortion.” All she really needed to hear was, “We can do this.”

We witnessed an example of this just recently when track Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross shared her personal story of her 2008 abortion that sent her into a downward spiral. Like many other couples, they discovered after the fact that neither she nor her baby’s father wanted to go through with the abortion but did…because he didn’t speak up.

Men regret lost fatherhood. They too are victims of the abortion industry and their more than 40 year propaganda machine. No man should feel so powerless when his child’s life is on the line, period.

ONLY PRO-LIFE GROUP ON SECULAR ROCK FESTIVAL HITS THE ROAD

Rock for Life, an initiative of Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization, is kicking off it’s 41-state, 58-stop music festival tour this weekend. The group will travel over 27,000 miles with stops at 58 Vans Warped and Christian Music Festivals.

Last summer was the first time Rock for Life toured on the secular Vans Warped Tour, which was met with intolerance from abortion advocates, who tweeted hateful messages at the group. This year, they have already organized a petition to kick Rock for Life off the tour simply because they are pro-life. Part of the petition reads:

“This scene is supposed to be safe for women and people with vaginas, and while Warped is open to people of all beliefs to attend , many including myself believe that a non profit organization that promotes the restriction of reproductive rights should NOT be allowed to attend and try to spread their propaganda.”

“Rock for Life is excited to present the pro-life message to both secular and Christian audiences this summer and be examples of love and compassion,” said Erik Whittington, president of Rock for Life. “We are expecting the typical intolerance of the pro-abortion movement to try to shut us down but we are more than thrilled to have the opportunity to be a voice for the women betrayed by the abortion industry and be a resource for women considering abortion or facing an unplanned pregnancy.”

The summer festival tour is Rock for Life’s biggest event of the year. The entire team and several interns spend countless hours away from home touring the country to talk about the pro-life message to thousands of young people who are just figuring out what they believe about abortion.

“Our team will have the opportunity to reach more than a million young people this summer, many of whom are not pro-life or who are undecided on abortion,” said Whittington. “Reaching these young adults at this age and presenting them with a positive, pro-life message in a laid-back environment is crucial.”

Rock for Life began in 1993 and became part of Students for Life of America in 2014. They are known for their edgy pro-life gear and merchandise and being the pro-life voice in the music entertainment industry.

“Rock for Life is meeting these young people where they are, speaking their language, and representing the pro-life movement in a compassionate and loving way,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “This is how we are going to change the culture to be a life-affirming culture that accepts, loves, and helps women and their preborn babies.”

7 Things We Noticed About Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report

Planned Parenthood finally, finally released their 2015-2016 annual report – only four months late! There are a number of interesting facts that taxpayers – their main stakeholders – can glean from it.

It also shows why we must defund Planned Parenthood and we must do it now. Can you call your Senator and tell them to vote to defund PP?

Here are our top seven observations:

1 – Abortions increased from 323,999 up to 328,348. They now commit 897 abortions PER DAY.

2 – Taxpayer money increased to Planned Parenthood from $553,700,000 up to $554,600,000.

3 – Prenatal care has significantly decreased. No surprise given Live Action’s investigation into the supposed prenatal care that Planned Parenthood provides (spoiler: hardly anything). In 2014-2015, they served 17,419 individuals for prenatal care. In 2015-2016, that number is nearly cut in half at 9,419.

4 – The number of clients decreased 100,000 from 2.5 million to 2.4 million and cancer screenings, pap tests, and breast exams all decreased. By comparison, in 2005-2006, Planned Parenthood did 2,007,371 cancer screenings and had 3.1 million clients. This year’s report of 2015-2016 shows Planned Parenthood did only 665,234 cancer screenings and had 2.4 million clients. Oh, and they only got $336,700,000 in taxpayer funds in 2006 versus over $554,600,000 in 2015.

5 – Planned Parenthood has also added to the report “Well-Woman Exams” and
“Miscarriage Care”, which are completely new categories and are not explained.

6 – Planned Parenthood claims 300 campus groups, which is up from 275 in previous reports. #Sorrynotsorry but this cracks us up. In the last three months of 2015, Students for Life started 115 new groups alone. All together, we have over 1,140. The Pro-Life Generation is winning.

7 – Planned Parenthood committed more abortions than they did breast exams last year. Abortion is their business.

Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins said:

“Now we know why the nation’s largest abortion provider took so long to release their annual report: their messaging for months has been revealed to be smoke and mirrors. They get more money than ever from the government while serving less and less people. The number of abortions have increased while the number of cancer screenings, breast exams, and pap tests continue to plummet.

“They have proven that they hold the number one spot in our nation as the Wal-Mart of the abortion industry and their fight to prove they deserve government funding is a complete farce. There are literally thousands of other federally-funded centers that offer true healthcare, are more accessible and affordable than Planned Parenthood, and aren’t riddled with scandal. Those are the healthcare centers that our federal dollars should be redirected towards, not Planned Parenthood.”