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February 29, 2008

The article below is re-printed from the February 28, 2008 edition of the Family Research Council's Washington Update. For many years, the pro-life community has tried, unfortunately without success, to have the U.S. Congress de-fund Planned Parenthood. The fact that Planned Parenthood receives more than $300 million of taxpayer dollars each year for so-called "family planning," resulting in the freeing-up of millions of dollars in other funding that is used to carry out nearly 300,000 abortions annually, is an outrage.

Please do two things with this issue of FaxNotes:

  1. Circulate it widely through e-mail or other means. Reprint it in your organization's newsletter. Do whatever it takes to spread it far and wide.

  2. Make copies and send them to your own Member of Congress and Senators with a note demanding that they stop funding Planned Parenthood.

The fact that Planned Parenthood continues to get away with crime after crime against humanity is our fault! We all know that when politicians feel the heat, they see the light.

Let's make them feel the heat. What Planned Parenthood does should not be allowed in a civilized society, let alone paid for by the taxpayers.

Racism Alive and Well at Planned Parenthood 
A shocking set of recordings was released this week that could prove disastrous for Planned Parenthood's ties with the African-American community. Lila Rose, a pro-life student and reporter at UCLA, launched an undercover investigation aimed at exposing the racism of the nation's largest abortion merchant. With the help of an actor, she contacted Planned Parenthood clinics in seven states, inquiring if they would be willing to accept a donation earmarked for the abortion of black babies. The results were jaw-dropping.

Rose was appalled to discover that every last clinic agreed. Not one employee objected or questioned the request, even when the actor insisted that the purpose was to "lower the number of black people" in America. When the caller phoned an Ohio branch, he was told that Planned Parenthood "will accept the money for whatever reason." Read the outrageous transcript from the Idaho clinic, which is also available with Rose's other recordings in a montage at http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=LK08B57&f=WA08B46.

Actor: ...I really faced trouble with affirmative action, and I don't want my kids to be disadvantaged against black kids.

Planned Parenthood: Yes, absolutely.

Actor: And we don't, you know, we just think the less black kids out there the better.

Planned Parenthood: (Laughs) Understandable, understandable... This is the first time I've had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I'm excited and want to make sure I don't leave anything out.

Students at UCLA are so infuriated by the investigation that they are petitioning the university to cut all affiliation with Planned Parenthood. What few people realize is that the organization has a history of racism that has been ingrained since Planned Parenthood's earliest days, when founder Margaret Sanger advocated negative eugenics and spoke to a woman's branch of the KKK (Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography, 1938, p. 336-367). However, as is customary for Planned Parenthood, the organization has managed for decades to cover its tracks--and the facts. That task has just been made monumentally more difficult. Abortion has taken the innocent lives of over 14 million black children--a national tragedy that has begun uniting and mobilizing African-Americans across party, state, and financial lines.

Today, FRC hosted a press conference to kick off the National Black Pro-Life Gathering in Washington, D.C. which drew pastors, parents, leaders, and activists from across America to commemorate Black History Month by calling on abortion merchants like Planned Parenthood to stop preying on their community. As these abortion clinics continue to demonstrate that blood money is not colorblind, we call on Congress to de-fund and disavow Planned Parenthood. Taxpayers should not be forced to spend over $300 million on an organization whose scruples are for sale, even to those who seek racial genocide.

Additional Resources
YouTube videos: Planned Parenthood Racism Investigation

Arkansas Catholics Asked to Stop Giving to Komen 
Catholics throughout Arkansas have been asked to stop giving money to a nationally known, Dallas-based breast cancer charity because of its support of Planned Paarenthood.

The Little Rock diocese said that money the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation gives to Planned Parenthood to hold breast exams and offer education to women in its clinics could free up funds for abortions and contraceptive services. Little Rock follows other dioceses.

Komen officials said the concerns of the individual dioceses had not affected the group's fundraising. (The Dallas Morning News, 2/29/08)

If their fundraising hasn't been affected, it's because Catholics and other pro-lifers aren't paying attention. It is likely that far too many pro-life Catholics and others participate in the Komen Race for the Cure each year. The question should be asked, "If the Susan G. Komen Foundation is serious about finding a cure for breast cancer, why would they refuse to accept the very substantial evidence that abortion can be a cause of breast cancer, and why would they support the activities of the largest abortion provider in the world, Planned Parenthood?

We are grateful for the leadership of the Catholic diocese of Little Rock on this matter, and to the other dioceses that have done the same. If you are Catholic, has your Bishop spoken out on this matter? If not, why not? Please ask him. If you are a member of a different religious tradition or denomination, what are your leaders doing to call attention to this problem?

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