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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, March 24, the director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida sent an e- mail to advocates for the abortion operation telling them how to “express your appreciation” to Florida Republican senators who split with the GOP leadership by voting against a bill intended to save Terri Schiavo. The message listed the names and contact information for the six senators.

“Apparently Planned Parenthood isn’t content with killing 244,628 innocent children in the last year through abortion. Now the harmful organization is telling its advocates how to thank elected officials for voting against a measure aimed at saving the life of Terri Schiavo,” said David Bereit, national director of American Life League’s STOPP International.

In a Wednesday, March 30, phone conversation with Bereit, the Planned Parenthood executive admitted to sending the e-mail and said, “We just felt that it was pretty courageous of them (the six senators) to do what they did, and it’s always a good idea to thank legislators when they do something you like.”

When asked by Bereit about the specifics of the measure, the abortion clinic employee admitted, “I really am not sure exactly what the legislation said,” but explained that she sent out the e-mail because, “I think probably the majority of our supporters feel that there should not be government intrusion, that the court should be the ones handling this issue, as it has, and so that’s why I did it.”

“It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Planned Parenthood and its supporters think the courts should ultimately decide who lives and who dies in America,” Bereit explained. “After all, it was the courts that forced abortion upon America, giving Planned Parenthood the ability to make over $100 million a year by terminating innocent children.”

Bereit added, “This is just one more example of why people across America are uniting to oppose Planned Parenthood and its destructive agenda.”

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