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Komen video explaining their decision to defund Planned Parenthood

February 3, 2012

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Tickled Pink: Thank you Komen!

February 1, 2012

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I was on the phone with Susan G. Komen’s PR person about four years ago. I was working for the Archdiocese at the time, in the Office for Marriage, Family and Life. “Why do you give funding to Planned Parenthood?” I asked her. She stated that the grants they gave helped pay for breast cancer screening. I told her that I thought that was fishy. Interestingly, Live Action News reports:

“In the tapes, a Live Action actor calls 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states, inquiring about mammograms at Planned Parenthood. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells her she will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure. ‘We don’t provide those services whatsoever,’ admits a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, KS explains to the caller, ‘We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.’  “

However, some claim that Planned Parenhood (PP) does do breast examinations. And Interestingly enough, Planned Parenthood’s own Annual Reports have shown that breast exams have actually decreased at the organization since it began receiving money from Komen.

Whatever the case may be, I’m glad Komen has finally seen the light. For now, they will not renew their grants to PP–like they have the past five years–which totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Why did Komen make this decision?

  • I think one of the reasons Komen has decided to truly embrace life, and turn away from Planned Parenthood, is because of the pressure many people were putting on them for giving to an organization that is guilty of killing millions of pre-born children. When I worked for the Archdiocese, our seminarians at St. John Vianney contacted me with a troubling question: For Lent, these good men were going to go without lunch and donate the money they would have spent (perhaps a total of $25,000) to Komen’s Race for the Cure. But they had heard that Susan G. Komen had ties to Planned Parenthood. Was this true? After I sent them information confirming their fears, they decided to give their sacrificial donation to another charity and voice their frustrations. I was proud of them, and I’m sure they went on to teach this discovery to their flocks.
  • Also, it is important to recognize that this decision came  a few months after a new executive vice president, Karen Handel, was hired at Komen. Handel ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 and was endorsed by Sarah Palin. She is very pro-life and supports pregnancy-help centers. (She’s my new hero!)
  • And, Komen’s new donor requirements do not allow the charity to fund any organization under investigation and Planned Parenthood is currently being investigated for using federal money to fund abortions. But, Komen could reissue grants to Planned Parenthood if nothing comes of the investigation.
Please thank Komen
Anyone who speaks up for life knows that it is not always easy. Staff at this breast cancer charity giant need to be thanked so that they will have the strength and courage to persevere. Please read the letter below–which was sent to me by Sharon Wilson (Coordinator of Life for the Archdiocese)– and let Komen know that you are tickled pink with their life-affirming decision by going into your email and sending your thank you to news@komen.org:

Dear Director,

Yesterday it was announced that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest global funder of breast cancer research, has restructured its grant criteria in a way that will effectively defund Planned Parenthood. For many years pro-life individuals and organizations have asked Komen to stop funding the abortion giant.

Komen will, no doubt, receive many emails denouncing its decision. Komen needs to hear from pro-life people who will applaud its decision.

While there may be other issues we will encourage Komen to address, right now they should be affirmed for defunding Planned Parenthood.

Please encourage your networks to write to news@komen.org and say: “Thank you for defunding Planned Parenthood!” It’’s that simple!

Expressions of thanks from you and those in your network will help to ensure more positive changes at Komen in the future.

This will make a huge difference.

Thanks.

Sincerely in Christ,

Tom Grenchik

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New Planned Parenthood in St. Paul Opens Today

December 20, 2011

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Yes, it’s true…The new $16 million dollar abortion facility in St. Paul is open today. Pray that mothers and couples in a crisis pregnancy turn away from this place and seek pro-life assistance. Pray for the pregnancy help centers and the sidewalk counselors;

New Planned Parenthood in St. Paul

that they receive the gift of patience, knowledge, strength and perseverance. And pray that the staff at this mega clinic has a change of heart.

According to Steven Ertelt of Lifenews.com, more than a third of all abortions in Minnesota–approximately 4,000 a year–will occur at this site. (Please read the whole article.)

Earlier this year, Brian Gibson of Pro-Life Action Ministries told a busload of people praying at the construction site: (Please read my blog about this topic.)

Planned Parenthood claims that this new facility, which is larger than a half city-block, is NOT about abortion. However, in all the years PP was in Highland, they were performing abortions during the first trimester. But unfortunately, this past summer they have expanded into doing abortions into the second trimester.

Prayer for the Hopeless Unborn

Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.

Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood. Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image – as well as theirs – made for eternal life. Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother alone can give.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen

 

Update: On December 21–the second day that this PP site was open–a baby was saved through the efforts of sidewalk counseling (according to Brian Gibson at Pro-Life Action ministries). Hallelujah!

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5 Things We Must Do To End Abortion

October 11, 2011

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Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson

I had the honor of listening to Abbey Johnson recently. She was the guest speaker for the Pro-Life Action Ministries’ banquet. Perhaps you’ve heard of her; she has authored a book called Unplanned, which reveals why she left her job as a director at a Planned Parenthood in Texas and is now helping to destroy the culture of death. Here’s what she said we must do to eradicate abortion worldwide (My comments are in parentheses):

 

1) Pray

“We need to be more prayerful and to pray unceasingly. We should go outside of our homes where we are uncomfortable, and pray on the sidewalks near the abortion clinics. These places feel dark, but God fills us so that we can help babies!” (Locally, Pro-Life Action Ministries [PLAM] has saved over 2,500 babies through its sidewalk counseling efforts since 1981! Yahoo…Way to go! Can you tell I used to be a cheerleader?)

2) Repent

“We  need to repent for what we have done and for what we have failed to do–as individuals and as a nation. Apathy–[the lack of interest, or the fact that people were indifferent]–has made abortion legal. Killing the unborn is at the root of our moral decay; crime has gone up since abortion was legalized in 1973. We are fighting a spiritual battle.” (According to MCCL, more than 50 million babies have been aborted in America since Roe v. Wade made it legal 38 years ago.)

3) Have Courageous Clergy

“It is imperative that we hear our church leaders speak out– it is estimated that 72% of women having abortions are church-going.” (Abbey stated that she went to services on Sundays while she was working in the abortuary. However, she never heard any of her ministers speak about the atrocities of abortion.)

4) Vote Pro-Life

“The right to life is at the core of every issue; it trumps everything else on that ticket! We need to be strong pro-life voices to encourage people to do the right thing.” (Visit Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life at http://www.mccl.org or Minnesota Catholic Conference at http://www.mncc.org for a plethora of information.)

5) Be Loud

“Born and unborn babies deserve the best and we need to stand up for EVERY single life. Our stories can save a life. We need strong male voices, because this is not just a woman’s issue–only one woman got pregnant without the help of a man!” (I agree that we need to get more men involved. This is one of the reasons I bring all nine of my children outside of the Planned Parenthoods to pray–they are very noisy, and six of them are young men!)

(NOTE: I will give a review of Abby Johnson’s informative book in a future post. Thanks for embracing life and stay tuned!)

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2010 abortion report: Good news and bad news

July 27, 2011

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Yesterday’s release of the 2010 abortion report by the Minnesota Department of Health contained both good news and bad news.

First, the good news:

From 2009 to 2010, there was a 7.1 percent drop in the number of abortions performed in our state, from 12,388 to 11,505 — the biggest one-year decline since 1993, according to Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

The 2010 number is the lowest yearly number of abortions since 1975 and the lowest rate of abortion — 10.1 per 1,000 females ages 15-44 — ever reported.

Furthermore, abortions performed on minors fell 16.8 percent to 482, the lowest number since 1975, when statistics for minors were begun, according to MCCL. Minor abortions peaked in 1980 at 2,327 and have been pretty much in steady decline since then.

What accounts for this decline? Regarding abortions performed on minors, MCCL credits Minnesota’s 1981 parental notification law, which requires that both parents be notified at least 48 hours before an abortion is performed on their child (although the law includes a judicial bypass option).

More broadly, MCCL credits the state’s Woman’s Right to Know law, signed in 2003, which provides mothers with medically accurate information about fetal development, abortion procedures and alternatives to abortion. MCCL also points to the 2005 Positive Alternatives law that provides resources and support to pregnant women in need.

In addition to such laws, education is also crucial, and MCCL as well as other groups — including local parishes — remain important sources of information and support for building the culture of life.

So what’s the bad news regarding the 2010 report?

Planned Parenthood performed more abortions than ever in 2010, even in light of the 7 percent decrease. PP now performs 35 percent of all abortions in the state — its highest percentage ever, according to MCCL.

Fischbach noted in a press release:

“Planned Parenthood officials need to stop claiming they want to reduce abortions in Minnesota, because the statistics don’t lie. With its massive new abortion clinic under construction in St. Paul, which will be the nation’s third largest, Planned Parenthood is poised to further expand its already bloated business of killing the unborn in record numbers.”

Also, chemical abortions rose to 20.7 percent of all abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions climbed to 33.8 percent of all abortions — the highest number since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for such funding in 1995. Complications as the result of an abortion — such as a perforated uterus or incomplete abortion — rose from 88 in 2009 to 164 in 2010.

Despite some of the good news, it’s obvious there is plenty of work that still needs to be done by the pro-life community to change hearts and minds on the issue of abortion.

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