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January 2012: Life Matters

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Planned Parenthood Purchases New $35M National HQ in NYC

Fact: Girl Scouts Have Documented Ties to Planned Parenthood

Pro-Life “State of the Unborn” Released Before Obama Speech

Pro-Lifers: Use New Media to Protest March for Life Blackout

“Don’t like Abortion? Don’t have one.” The Pro-Life Response

Planned Parenthood Sees 28% Decline in Private Donations

Commentary: 'Pro-Choice' Feminist Explains Her Rationale That Brought Her to Advocacy for Right to Life

STUDY: Children Are Kinder When Grandma and Grandpa Are Involved in Their Lives

Survivors of Abortion Are Changing Hearts and Minds

Christmas Time is a Celebration of Human Worth and Dignity

Michigan and Wisconsin Cut Some Planned Parenthood Funding

Planned Parenthood Texting Sex Info to Young People

Planned Parenthood Helps Fewer Pregnant Woman, Adoptions Drop

Planned Parenthood Report: $1B Group Gets 46% From Tax Money

New Year's Resolution: 10 Pro-Life Things You Can Do in 2012…

Planned Parenthood Purchases New $35M National HQ in NYC

The nation’s biggest abortion business has purchased a new building in New York City that will become its national headquarters. New city records reveal Planned Parenthood purchased a commercial condo unit at 424 West 33rd Street for $34.8 million.

According to The Real Deal, a New York City real estate news web site, Planned Parenthood originally signed a 20-year lease for 104,000 square feet of the 200,000-square-foot former industrial building that was converted into an office and condo building in 2002. The building had rented at about $35 per square foot until the abortion business purchased the commercial condo from Vectra Management Group, a real estate firm that had owned the building since 2000.

The web site indicates Planned Parenthood had been considering purchasing the building since it began leasing the space, because an option in its rental contract gave it the option to purchase, legal documents filed with the city show.

“The two parties had originally agreed to draft a sale contract shortly after the lease was signed, but their inability to come to an agreement on the terms of the deal led to seven years of negotiations, followed by legal proceedings, the legal documents said,” according to TRD. “Planned Parenthood left its longtime home at 810 Seventh Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd streets, to relocate to West 33rd Street about 10 years ago.”
For the remainder of this article, visit — http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/25/planned-parenthood-purchases-new-35m-national-hq-in-nyc/

Fact: Girl Scouts Have Documented Ties to Planned Parenthood
I recently opined in the Washington Times that people should forgo the Thin Mints this year because of the far-left sociopolitical agenda pushed by Girl Scouts HQ. Others, too, have sounded the alarm. Feathers have been ruffled.

While their transgressions are sundry (forcing troops to admit cross-dressing boys being just one example), Girl Scout executives and their apologists seem most eager to defend the Scouts’ supposed “official neutrality” on abortion and “official non-partnership” with the nation’s abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.

Here are just five facts for the skeptic to consider:
For remainder of article, visit — http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/25/fact-girls-scouts-have-documented-ties-to-planned-parenthood/

Pro-Life “State of the Unborn” Released Before Obama Speech
 One of the top pro-life groups in Washington has released a “State of the Unborn” address as pro-abortion President Barack Obama prepares for his State of the Union address.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser delivered her second-annual video address nearly forty years after the Roe v. Wade decision. Dannenfelser hailed the groundswell of support for pro-life policies in Congress and among the Republican presidential candidates, who are united in their fight against “the most committed ideologically pro-abortion president in history.”

“All candidates in the Republican primary field have reacted AGAINST the most committed ideologically pro-abortion President in history by uniting in support of three prolife policies,” she said.

For remainder of article and link to video, visit — http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/24/pro-life-state-of-the-unborn-released-before-obama-speech/

Pro-Lifers: Use New Media to Protest March for Life Blackout
This past Saturday, January 21, in Dallas, several thousand people gathered downtown to march to the federal building for a public rally. I was one of them. Road blocks were set up. Half the city center was shut down. Thirty-three police and one helicopter escorted what police unofficially estimated to be 8,000 people through the heart of the city and back.

For remainder of article, visit — http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/25/pro-lifers-use-new-media-to-protest-march-for-life-blackout/

“Don’t like Abortion? Don’t have one” … The Pro-Life Response
This is more than likely going to be shouted at you by a pro-abortion activists at some point, so I feel it’s good to have an answer to this that can stop them in their tracks.
My favorite response is this:
“What if Abraham Lincoln had told the North – ‘Don’t like Slavery? Don’t own slaves.’?”

Slavery was the defining issue of the day during that time period, and there were many citizens in America who truly believed that an African American was not a person, but a belonging, a piece of property to be disposed of as their owners saw fit. The Supreme Court of the United States had even ruled in the Dred Scott case that they were property and not citizens.

The Supreme Court chose to uphold slavery, and claimed Constitutional authority in their decision.
[1/25/12, Deanna Candler writes for Live Action blog; For remainder of article, visit — http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/25/%E2%80%9Cdon%E2%80%99t-like-abortion-don%E2%80%99t-have-one-the-pro-life-response/]

 

 

 

 

Planned Parenthood Sees 28% Decline in Private Donations
Last week the 2009-2010 Planned Parenthood annual report was released and it shows that the leading abortion group had suffered a significant decline in private contributions. In 2009 they reported 308 million in private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations yet in 2010 they saw that number fall to 223.8 million.

While it is unknown what exactly caused the decline in financial support, Planned Parenthood has come under increased criticism in recent years after getting caught willing to cover-up the child sexual abuse and accepting funds specifically for the purpose of aborting black babies.

To view a chart that illustrates the drop-off, visit — http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/04/planned-parenthood-sees-28-decline-in-private-donations/

 

 

Commentary: Why This Pro-Choice Feminist is Now a Pro-Life Activist

How does it happen that a pro-choice feminist ends up changing her mind and working full-time in the pro-life movement?

While I cannot speak for every woman who’s done an about-face on the issue of abortion, I think my experience can be helpful in understanding how it can be that so many women who were once solidly in favor of the “right to an abortion” now passionately advocate for the right to life of the child in the womb.

I came to embrace the pro-choice philosophy based on the twin pillars of reasonability and convenience. I thought it was entirely reasonable that a woman should not be expected to bear a child she didn’t want. I also viewed it as terribly inconvenient to be pregnant when that had not been a woman’s desire. Abortions would happen anyway, I reasoned; therefore, they might as well be legal.

It is a curious paradox that, even though I viewed myself as well-informed on abortion (I became a part-time journalist during college and covered the abortion issue often), I was lacking many basic facts.

Prompted by a pro-life friend, I began perusing right-to-life literature. I was shocked. I had not known, for instance, that a heart starts beating 24 days after conception, or that brain waves can be detected 43 days after the unification of egg and sperm.

I was to the point of tears when I learned that, at 49 days post-conception, a preborn child resembles a little doll, with fingers, toes and ears. (This was not dissimilar to the “Aha” moment experienced by the main character in the film “Juno” when she learns that her unborn child has fingernails. The humanity of the preborn baby is a powerful argument against abortion.)

As a reporter, I had been led to believe by a spokeswoman from the abortion advocacy group NARAL that late-term abortions occurred only when the life of the mother was at stake. I subsequently learned that the real reasons behind partial-birth abortions could be far less convincing.

For instance, a 1995 letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the National Abortion Federation stated that late-term abortions were sought by “very young teenagers who have not recognized the signs of their pregnancies until too late.”

A study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, showed that 48 percent of the women who sought abortions after 16 weeks did so because they “found it hard to make arrangements.” Not exactly a life-or-death reason.

As a pro-life advocate, I want to defend the right of the unborn child to experience life. But I also advocate for the right of women to be free from the documented dangers of abortion: sterility, a perforated uterus, depression, subsequent drug and alcohol abuse. These hazards have been written about in studies published in well-established medical journals.

I also have looked into the eyes of women who deeply regret their abortions and who speak openly and poignantly about the pain that abortion has caused in their lives. The testimony of such women speaks volumes about the dark side of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

Reason led me to the pro-life movement; careful analytical thinking keeps me there. Estimates based on figures from the Guttmacher Institute indicate more than 54 million unborn children have lost their lives after Roe v. Wade and countless women have been harmed by the aftermath. Logic demands that we as a nation take a second look at Roe v. Wade — for ourselves, and for the sake of our grandchildren.

LifeNews.com Note: Maria Vitale is an opinion columnist for LifeNews.com. She is the Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.
[Maria Vitale Gallagher | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/6/12,  http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/06/why-this-pro-choice-feminist-is-now-a-pro-life-activist/]

 

 

 

Children Are Kinder When Grandma and Grandpa Are Involved in Their Lives

Grandparents love to boast about their grandkids’ accomplishments, and now a new study gives them credit for helping their young grandchildren be a little kinder and – in some cases – a little smarter.

Scholars from Brigham Young University interviewed grandchildren ages 10-14 about their relationship with their grandparents. One year later, the researchers again contacted the 408 adolescents to gather information about their emotional development.

Grandparents’ involvement was related to adolescents developing a greater sense of care and concern for people outside of their immediate group of friends and family.

“The bottom line is that grandparents have a positive influence on their grandkids that is distinct from the effect of the parent-child relationship,” said lead study author Jeremy Yorgason.

None of the youth in this study lived with their grandparents, but some of the parents had received financial help from the grandparents during the study. For kids in single-parent homes, financial assistance from grandparents was associated with higher engagement in school.

“Grandparents sometimes act as the National Guard and help out in a crisis,” Yorgason said. “The kids in single-parent homes may not even know about the financial help, but it’s related to them being more engaged in school.”

The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence.

“There are only a handful of studies that have been able to link the grandparent relationship with some grandchild outcome,” Yorgason said. “This is a fairly new arena of research.”

More information on the research: http://http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00735.x/abstract
"Nonresidential Grandparents' Emotional and Financial Involvement in Relation to Early Adolescent Grandchild Outcomes",  Journal of Research on Adolescence, Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 552–558,
September 2011 (first published online 4 Mar 2011)]

Abstract
This study examined links between grandparents' involvement and grandchildrens' positive outcomes. Data were from 408 families taken from Time 1 and Time 2 (1 year later) of the Flourishing Families Project, which is a study involving families with a child between the ages of 10 and 14 at Time 1 (M age of child=11.30, 49% female, 82% Caucasian). Results suggested that grandparents' emotional involvement at Time 1 was positively related to adolescents' prosocial behaviors concurrently and longitudinally, for single- and 2-parent families, and that grandparents' financial involvement at Time 1 was positively related to adolescents' school engagement at Time 2 (for single-parent families). Discussion focuses on the unique importance of grandparents' involvement, even after controlling for parent–child attachment.

[Article provided by Brigham Young University; PhysOrg.com; 16 Nov 2011, http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-11-children-kinder-grandma-grandpa-involved.html  ; LifeSiteNews.com, 27 Dec 2011]

 

 

 

Survivors of Abortion Are Changing Hearts and Minds

I’m guessing that, based on the title of this post, you think I’m going to talk about photographs of aborted children. Nope. I’m going to talk about the living faces of aborted children. They wield an incredible power all their own.

Take Alex for example. When she was only three years old, she heard her mom talking on TV about how she had had an abortion. At her extremely young and tender age, Alex understood enough to ask her mother why she had killed her brother or sister but not her. Today, Alex and her mother are pro-life speakers who spread the message of hope, love, and life for all babies. Alex is a living face for aborted children. She is a survivor. She could have been aborted.

My own mom is another example. My grandmother has publicly stated that she became pregnant with my mom by a man who date raped her. Although she gave birth to my mom, she had an abortion with my mom’s only fully biological sibling. Later, my grandmother had two sons, my mom’s half-brothers, but aborted the child she conceived after them. Today, my grandmother regrets her abortions and donates to the pro-life cause.

My mom—and her brothers—are living faces for aborted children. It could have been them. They lost siblings to the horror that is abortion.
For remainder of article, visit — http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/survivors-of-abortion-are-changing-hearts-and-minds/

 

 

 

Christmas Time is a Celebration of Human Worth and Dignity
Reflections on the miracle of Christmas abound during this final week of preparation for the arrival of the Baby Jesus… But clearly not everyone is sincerely celebrating the miracle of life and the gift of the human being.

We live in a time of heightened threats against those who are unable to defend themselves—whether they are the single cell embryonic organism or those older human beings whose very lives depend on others who make life and death decisions about their care. Human beings, at any stage of development, are not “just a bunch of cells.”

Think, for example, about the human embryonic stem cell clinical trial begun by biopharmaceutical giant Geron and then suddenly ended. Geron researchers were to have had 10 patients involved in the trial, but shortly after the fourth entered the program the company abruptly ended it.

And then it injected a fifth patient even though the project had ended. Why? There are no clear answers, only speculation—the specter of something gone wrong at the hands of a company that consistently argued that human embryos are not themselves human beings, so therefore killing them is not unethical. But is what the organization did ethical? http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/22/christmas-time-is-a-celebration-of-human-worth-and-dignity/

Michigan and Wisconsin Cut Some Planned Parenthood Funding

Jill Stanek reports that Michigan pro-lifers recently scored a victory when the Michigan Department of Community Health cancelled a $200,000 grant to Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan, which was to be spent in 2011. The grant was slated to help finish remodeling the 17,050 square foot building purchased by the abortion giant in 2010. Its scheduled opening in mid-2011 has yet to happen.

Planned Parenthood is suing the owners of the Comfort Suites hotel adjacent to the PP facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The abortion giant is attempting to block the business owners from enforcing covenant restrictions that limit the use of the Planned Parenthood property to restaurant, retail, or office use.

The owners of the Planned Parenthood property gave permission for its use as a medical office, which violates the covenant’s definition of “office,” according to the adjacent business’s attorney. “Business owners are very much on edge,” he said.

As we often point out, adjoining businesses can be key to keeping Planned Parenthood out of the community. The Planned Parenthood name carries a stigma that adjoining business owners do not want to deal with. Simply put, Planned Parenthood is bad for adjoining businesses.

If you suspect Planned Parenthood is trying to buy or lease property in your community, contact the surrounding business owners and let them know what is in their future. If Planned Parenthood is already there, let them know that the controversy that surrounds their businesses will stop as soon as Planned Parenthood is out of their neighborhood. Business owners can be among your greatest allies in keeping the abortion behemoth out of your neighborhood…

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Services recently cut $130,000 in funding from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin under the Wisconsin Well Woman program. The funding has been channeled to health care providers that are not involved in the abortion business. When Planned Parenthood challenged Governor Scott Walker about cutting Planned Parenthood from the program, he responded that the cut was due to Planned Parenthood’s controversial nature.


“There are many clinics that are not as controversial as Planned Parenthood,” Governor Walker said, “and our goal was to make sure low-income women had access to those sorts of screenings from other providers around the state that don’t carry the controversy you get with Planned Parenthood.”

Kudos to ALL Associate group Pro-Life Wisconsin for challenging Planned Parenthood at every corner and to Governor Scott Walker for taking action to cut Planned Parenthood out of the equation.

Remember, controversy is poisonous to Planned Parenthood. When we tell the truth about the abortion giant, it creates controversy, and controversy brings an end to the community, state, and federal support that keeps the abortion giant going. Visit our website today to learn more about getting Planned Parenthood out of your community.

Resources:
2010 Report on Planned Parenthood Facilities in the U.S. — http://www.stopp.org/pdfs/2010%20Survey%20of%20Planned%20Parenthood%20Facilities.pdf

Review of PP Clinical Trials, using Minor Girls — http://www.stopp.org/pdfs/2009/stopp_2009ppclinicaltrials.pdf

[ http://www.stopp.org/article.php?id=9712

 

 

Are you wondering WHY People who Affirm Life are Opposed to PP Getting Tax Dollars?
Read on…

Planned Parenthood Texting Sex Info to Young People

Parents, do you know who is texting your kids? Anyone who has seen Planned Parenthood’s disgusting websites for teens and its sex education programs will be devastated to learn that a one-on-one chat between a child and a Planned Parenthood operative is now only a text message away. The perverse, sex-belching abortion giant announced recently its “In Case You’re Curious” texting program specifically targeting Denver area youth.

Adding fuel to the fire of the “sexting” craze, Planned Parenthood stands to do more one-on-one damage to adolescents through its sex message texting service than through any form of communication it has yet bridged. Totally unchecked and readily available only to the eyes of the child and the Planned Parenthood operative texting the young person, those who should be encouraged to abstain from sex will instead be schooled by the nation’s largest abortion chain—on cell phones provided by their parents.

> > Continue reading this article here — http://www.stopp.org/article.php?id=9708
[Wednesday STOPP Report – December 21, 2011]

Planned Parenthood Helps Fewer Pregnant Woman, Adoptions Drop
A new annual report the Planned Parenthood abortion business released this week shows it helped fewer pregnant women with prenatal care and the number of pregnant women it referred for adoptions declined as well.

On December 27, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its latest Annual Report for 2009-2010. The report indicates PPFA had a total budget of $1.04 billion and an excess of revenue over expenses of 18.5 million dollars — a net profit. The new report also reveals 46 percent of the total PPFA budget comes from taxpayer dollars in the form of government funding.

The report also breaks down the “services” Planned Parenthood offers in addition to abortions. Planned Parenthood has always come under fire from pro-life groups for doing hundreds of thousands of abortions by providing little in the way of help for pregnant woman wanting to keep their baby or considering adoption. The new report shows that hasn’t changed.

The new document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010 while it provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women and referred only 841 women to adoption agencies. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/planned-parenthood-helps-fewer-pregnant-woman-adoptions-drop/

 

 

Planned Parenthood Report: $1B Group Gets 46% From Our Tax Money

Planned Parenthood has released its new annual report and the figures show the abortion business continues to make money despite its status as a nonprofit organization — and it receives almost half of its income from taxpayer dollars.

On December 27, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its latest Annual Report for 2009-2010. The report indicates PPFA had a total budget of $1.04 billion and an excess of revenue over expenses of 18.5 million dollars — a net profit.

The abortion business reports $513 million in current assets and $570 million in property, equipment and an endowment while showing $184 million in liabilities for buildings and other debts.

The new report also reveals 46 percent of the total PPFA budget comes from taxpayer dollars in the form of government funding.

At the same time, just 21 percent of the income the abortion business brings in comes from private donors (it lists 528,000 active donors) while 31 percent of its revenue is derived from abortions “non-government health services revenue.”
For remainder of article, visit — http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/planned-parenthood-report-1b-group-gets-46-from-tax-money/

New Year’s Resolution: 10 Pro-Life Things You Can Do in 2012

Every year, people make New Year’s resolutions for things – like quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising more, eating right…and so on.

While I certainly support all of these types of resolutions (even if they are not kept), I wanted to challenge everyone to some resolutions that can help end the abortion holocaust.

Top Ten  – I know there are many more ideas; I just wanted to give you’re a kick-start on being more active this year.

10.  VOTE! This being an election year, we can do so much by voting and encouraging everyone we know to vote pro-life.  Check out www.bemyvote.com to see how you can help be the change that saves lives.

9.  Pro-life Social Networking is a great way to spread pro-life facts and information to millions of people.  Stand True and Priests for Life are constantly posting great pro-life information that you can copy and paste onto your Facebook, blog, or social networking site.  Please visit and “Like” the Priests for Life, and Stand True Facebook fan pages to get the latest news and updates you can help spread.

– http://www.facebook.com/standtrueforlife
– http://www.facebook.com/priestsforlife.org

8.  Organize a diaper drive for your local Pregnancy Resource Center.  Contact your local CPC to see if anyone is already doing a drive you can join in on, and if not, volunteer to do one yourself.   E-mail [email protected] for more information on how to run a diaper drive.

7.  Educate yourself on all aspects of the pro-life movement.  One important thing you can do is sign up for e-mail updates from your favorite pro-life organizations on most of their websites.  Each organization has different information, so it pays to sign up for a few and just read what you can.  There are also great educational resources online at priestsforlife.org, standtrue.com, hh76.com, and abort73.com.

6.  Wear pro-life t-shirts and clothing.  You can reach thousands of people a day wearing a pro-life t-shirt.  My favorite place to wear mine is the airport; I think I get maximum visibility there.  School is also a great place to wear a pro-life t-shirt – if your school gives you trouble, you can always contact the Alliance Defense Fund at 1-800-tell-adf. You can order great pro-life t-shirts at Pro-life World:  www.prolifeworld.com

5.  Donate regularly to a pro-life organization of your choice; these organizations operate solely from generous donations from people like you.  There are many great organizations that I can list that deserve your support, but seeming as I work for Priests for Life and Stand True I will suggest these two.  Simply go to priestsforlife.org or standtrue.org and make an online donation, or find out how to get on their mailing lists.

4.  Volunteer at your local Pregnancy Resource Center or Home for Unwed Mothers.  These ministries always need help – whether it is answering phones, cleaning, yard work, or other duties.  Look up Abortion Alternatives in the phone book.

3.  Distribute pro-life literature wherever you go.  It is important that we are always prepared to pr

esent a knowledgeable and strong pro-life message at any time.  I suggest visiting sites like priestsforlife.org and hh76.org, and ordering pro-life literature to keep with you at all times.

2.  Sidewalk counseling is one of the most effective ways of outreach in saving unborn children.  Being in front of the abortion clinic and standing in the gap for the children is vital, and has proven to save countless lives.  If you would like more information about effective and compassionate sidewalk counseling, please contact Elizabeth McClung at austincoalitionforlife.com

1.  Prayer is our most powerful weapon and something we can do every day.  I recommend putting something next to your bed or on your dresser that will remind you to pray daily; a fetal model or baby toy are great reminders.

BONUS IDEA
– Can you start 2012 with a special Kick Off donation to Stand True [or any pro-life group]?   This is the beginning of the 40th year; that means one full generation has now survived the abortion holocaust.  Please help us to make sure that we do not let this holocaust continue for another generation.
[Bryan Kemper, Washington, DC, 12/30/11,  http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/new-years-resolution-10-pro-life-things-you-can-do-in-2012/