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When Planned Parenthood tried to bully a corporate donor… and lost

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure would have done well to look back at Planned Parenthood’s history of nasty break-ups to get a better handle on what was ahead.

Back in the pre-Internet dinosaur days 22 years ago, Planned Parenthood’s tactics may have been different, but its assault was just as grand when it learned AT&T was planning to disconnect its service.

The backdrop, from the Seattle Times, April 13, 1990:

AT&T announced April 2 that it would no longer provide money for the teen educational programs of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America because of the organization’s increasingly public stand on abortion.

Planned Parenthood had been a recipient of AT&T funding for 25 years. Last year the organization received $50,000 from AT&T, [Walt] Greenwood [AT&T’s public relations director] said.

Planned Parenthood immediately accused the company of “corporate cowardice” for caving in to the demands of a small group of anti-abortionists.

Recently, AT&T had been the focus of a letter-writing campaign and threatened boycott by the Christian Action Council of Falls Church, Va.

Reynold Levy, corporate vice president of the AT&T Foundation, the firm’s philanthropic arm, said despite the fact that AT&T gifts were aimed at helping families and teen-age parents, it had proven impossible to pursue such ends through Planned Parenthood without being identified in the public mind with Planned Parenthood’s political activity.

He said he had been told late yesterday that AT&T officials in New York had no intention of reversing the company’s stand.

Bear in mind the amount AT&T was rescinding: $50,000 per year. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood proceeded to take out full page ads, for $40,000 each, in Investor’s Daily, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and USA Today.

Here for the first time is a screen shot of that ad on the Internet, courtesy of Doug Scott, president of Life Decisions International, who spent hours going through files to find it…

Note the familiar talking points, that AT&T had “caved in to anti-choice extremists” and “bullying tactics” and had “decided to leave teens at risk,” identical in so many words to its charges two decades later, including that Komen was leaving women at risk.

Also note the two coupons, one to go to AT&T in protest, and the other to go to PP with a donation. Of course, PP also launched a fundraising effort when assaulting Komen.

Faye Wattleton was Planned Parenthood’s president at the time. Wattleton took to the airwaves to pressure AT&T, appearing on NBC Today, the CBS Morning News, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, to name some.

PP enlisted the help of its friends in Congress, one of whom it also enlisted for help in its battle against Komen: Barbara Boxer, who at the time was a congresswoman and is now a senator.

With the Komen debacle so fresh in our minds, we may think we have a little understanding of the tremendous pressure PP placed on AT&T.

But that public battle went on for three years. Pro-Planned Parenthood AT&T shareholders proposed resolutions in support of the abortion giant at the annual shareholders meeting in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. When in 1993 they again failed to get a vote, PP finally moved on.

In an enlightening commentary in the Milwaukee Journal, Wattleton explained PP’s rationale for attacking AT&T:

There was no other option to take – and let me explain to you why. We had been in conversation with AT&T for a number of months – as a matter of fact, more than a year, about the concerns they had about the opposition….

We said to them, “you can’t avoid this by defunding. This is an issue that will not go away – it will only give life and strength to people who think that they can push you around….

In other words, Planned Parenthood simply could not let pro-lifers win.

But that time we did.

Why? In his book, Bad Choices: A Look Inside Planned Parenthood, Doug Scott wrote:

Despite the expensive and volatile media campaign launched by Planned Parenthood, AT&T held firm. Its spokesmen were eloquent in explaining the company position.

Komen’s leadership obviously did not hold firm. And Komen CEO Nancy Brinker fumbled and waffled.

Reprinted with permission from JillStanek.com

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Pro-life billboard towers over Planned Parenthood – for one day

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Jackson Right to Life, in Michigan, followed all the rules when renting billboard space next to the Jackson Planned Parenthood.

For one glorious day a pro-life billboard towered over Planned Parenthood’s pathetic little abortion feeder with the simple but powerful message, “Choose Life = No Regrets.”

There was only one problem: The billboard was on Planned Parenthood’s property. Adams Outdoor Advertising had leased the billboard space but forgotten about Planned Parenthood’s addendum forbidding any pro-life messaging.

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So just as quickly as the billboard went up, on June 9, it came down the next day. Adams is offering Jackson RTL other locations, and on the advice of attorneys Jackson RTL is accepting Adams’ offer and moving on.

But the snafu was all worth it for the amazing photo op, eh?

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Planned Parenthood CEO’s annual salary now exceeds $500,000

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Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards 2012-13 salary now exceeds $500k
According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2012 IRS Form 990, CEO Cecile Richards made over one-half million dollars – $523,616, to be exact – for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.

That’s a lot of money to pay the CEO of a nonprofit organization, particularly one that claims to cater to low-income women.

“Planned Parenthood works to make health care accessible and affordable,” boasts Planned Parenthood

Really? How much more affordable would Planned Parenthood’s services be were not its corporate bosses and affiliate CEOs making big bucks? For that 2012 reporting period, PPFA’s 12-member executive team tallied a combined income of $3.87 million.

When questioned by The Daily Caller in October 2012 about what was thought at the time to be an “almost $400,000 salary,” Richards responded, “None of my salary is paid for by the federal government.” 

But if “[n]early half of Planned Parenthood patients rely on Medicaid coverage,” as Planned Parenthood states, does Richards really think she’d be making the same coin were government funding – to the tune of $540.6 million in FY 2012-13 – removed from Planned Parenthood’s total revenue of $1.210 billion?

And actually, The Daily Caller was well over $100,000 off on Richards’ salary.

Turns out Richards made $583,323 during Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). This represented a whopping 39% pay increase from the year before that, when she “only” made $420,153.

Cecile Richards campaigns Barack ObamaSo, actually, Richards’ 2012 salary of $523,616 represented a 10% pay cut.

But this was because she took time off from Planned Parenthood to campaign for President Obama’s reelection – which paid off for Planned Parenthood handsomely via windfall income via Obamacare and other government funding streams, only kept flowing by Obama and other pro-abortion politicians.

This sort of financial cushion then frees up Planned Parenthood to raise and spend money to elect pro-abortion candidates, who then return the favor.

See how the circle of loot works?

And where are the liberals – the Occupy Wall Street types – who supposedly despise such top-heavy income? They oppose Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Finance. But Big Abortion? Not on your life, or rather, not on the lives of innocent little babies.

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South by Southwest: Pro-life laws eradicating abortion clinics

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There is a mesmerizing time-lapse video at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, that in four minutes shows the North’s four-year takeover of the South during the Civil War (screen shots above – view a video clip here).

I was reminded of that video when viewing this GIF from Planned Parenthood. Click on the image to launch…

Planned Parenthood 5-1-14-Abortion-Disappearing-In-South-Map

The correlation between slavery and abortion makes it poignant that legal abortion is first being wiped out in the South, although the area also encompasses some of the Southwest, including Texas and Oklahoma….

Headlines: Abortion disappearing in the South

While many different types of pro-life laws are being enacted, such as late-term abortion bans, waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, and parental involvement, those having the greatest impact are what the abortion industry calls “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws” – abortion clinic regulations and requirements that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges.

The sudden proliferation of “TRAP” laws most certainly can be tied to the discovery in 2010 of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors and Gosnell’s subsequent conviction in 2013 of first degree murder in the deaths of three abortion surviving infants and involuntary manslaughter of a patient.

Whether the Gosnell case emboldened pro-life politicians, or frightened them into trying to avert the discovery of another Gosnell in their state, it doesn’t matter.

The result is both a physical and political win, physical in that these laws save the lives of children and mothers, and political in that they expose the abortion industry as medically substandard.

The Associated Press describes the toll on the abortion industry in the South/Southwest:

The [admitting privileges] requirements are already in effect in Texas and Tennessee….

If the law there is upheld, Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic would have to close….

After judges allowed Texas’ privileges law to take effect earlier this year, 19 of 33 abortion clinics closed….

In Alabama, operators of three of five abortion clinics testified last week during a trial challenging the law that they use out-of-town doctors who wouldn’t be able to admit patients to local hospitals. They said they’d have to close….

In Louisiana, opponents said the Louisiana law would close three of the state’s five abortion clinics….

Of course, states in many other areas of the country are enacting pro-life legislation, but there is a concentration in the South/Southwest that “could see an entire region of the nation with little or no access to safe abortion,” warns Planned Parenthood.

Legal sure, but “safe,” no. At least one woman a month dies from a legal abortion in the U.S.

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