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Even a $47 million cut doesn’t slow down wealthy Texas Planned Parenthood

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By Susan Michelle Tyrrell

December 6, 2011 ( - The recent revelation that Planned Parenthood of North Texas (PPNT) was simultaneously shuttering many clinics as it plans to open a new abortion supercenter leaves us with questions about the finances of this organization. Even as Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund has been lamenting to its followers that it’s been the most difficult year in the organization’s history, citing, among other things, increased regulations on abortion and cuts in funding, it seems the Dallas/Fort Worth area is thriving.

Texas has cut $47 million from Planned Parenthood this year. But lest even pro-choicers feel sorry for the abortion giant, we have to look at what its own representative at PPNT said last week:

[D]espite the devastating funding cuts after the 2011 Texas Legislative session, Planned Parenthood continues to move forward with its capital campaign. We have made various changes to adapt to the loss of government funding, and with the help of our generous supporters and the funds raised through the capital campaign, Planned Parenthood of North Texas is looking forward to a bright and strong future. The new facility in Fort Worth has not been impacted by the decisions made by Texas legislators this year. (Source: Email to potential donor)

Indeed, PPNT seems to be a goldmine in a land of economic distress. In fact, as the culture has become increasingly pro-life, PPNT has increased its profits anyway. According to its 2009 IRS Form 990, which tax-exempt businesses must file, PPNT’s total revenue that year was $22,974,898; however, this past year it was $26,179,377. Its total assets saw the same type of increase. In 2009 it reported $13,692,109, which jumped to $17,768,791 for 2010. You can get a summary of PPNT’s 2010 return here, and you can access the entire 2009 here.

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According to IRS regulations, PPNT is what is known as a “charitable organization,” which is how it is tax exempt (as are most Planned Parenthoods). It pays no taxes on that huge income, but it pays its employees well. James T Roderick, the CEO of PPNT, made a reported income of $324,381 in 2009, with additional compensation (which typically includes things such as benefits and allowances) of $47,640. As a point of comparison, according to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in 2009 was $50,599; in Texas, for a family of four, the median 2009 income was $59,808. Other top pay in PPNT goes to its senior vice presidents of finance and community relations, who come in at $124,334 and $122,490, respectively, with other compensation at $13,210 and $21,041.

In other words, the top level leaders of the organization planning a huge new abortion center, complete with surgical facilities so they can do abortions as late as Texas law allows, are raking in hefty incomes. Not having to pay taxes, since it’s a charitable organization, PPNT seems to be able to pay its employees very well.

Its list of directors and offices includes two licensed ministers - one from the Episcopal church (retired) and one from a Unitarian one, both of whose church denominations are supporters of “reproductive choice” on a national level.

But how can PPNT keep giving so much to its employees and embark on a $21.5 million capital campaign for its new supercenter and say with confidence that even state funding cuts have not hurt the plans to go ahead? PPNT has a lot of community support for one. Take a look here at its workplace giving page. If you are like me and annually hear how important it is to give to the United Way through a workplace program then maybe you have given. While not all United Ways give to all Planned Parenthoods, some in the Dallas/Fort Worth area some do, and Planned Parenthood is happy to tell you how.

Likewise, if you shop at Tom Thumb stores or Kroger in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you can also give:

Give while you shop! ink Planned Parenthood of North Texas to your Tom Thumb Reward Card or your Kroger Reward Card, and we will receive donations for a percentage of your grocery purchases. Our Tom Thumb number is 2996.  To link to the Kroger card, have the cashier scan this letter.

These ways don’t even include the big bucks stuff such as stocks, fundraising dinners, corporate giving, estate giving, and the list goes on. It’s no wonder that PPNT can so confidently say that even a $21.5 million building program can continue without blinking an eye at state cuts. In fact, Medicare/Medicaid funds are small beans to them. In 2009, PPNT received $2,810,440 from Medicare/Medicaid payments; as you can see, in light of their other financial assets, this isn’t enough to stop them from their mission to help abort the babies of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

People often ask how Planned Parenthood can have so much money if even the government cuts them off. One answer is that Planned Parenthood all over the nation has many other methods to get money. And sadly, one of them is through you and me. As we shop, as we give to charities like United Way, as we buy things from companies that support Planned Parenthood, every bit we do makes a difference.

And Planned Parenthood is very thankful for it. Its finances clearly show us the American public is its best customer.

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Today’s chuckle: Rubio, Fiorina and Carson pardon a Thanksgiving turkey

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A little bit of humour now and then is a good thing.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers.

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BREAKING: Europe’s top human rights court slaps down German ban on pro-life leafletting

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By Lianne Laurence

STRASBOURG, France, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that a German regional court violated a pro-life activist’s freedom of expression when it barred him from leafleting in front of an abortion center.

It further ruled the German court’s order that Klaus Gunter Annen not list the names of two abortion doctors on his website likewise violated the 64-year-old pro-life advocate’s right to freedom of expression.

The court’s November 26 decision is “a real moral victory,” says Gregor Puppinck, director of the Strasbourg-based European Center for Law and Justice, which intervened in Annen’s case. “It really upholds the freedom of speech for pro-life activists in Europe.”

Annen, a father of two from Weinam, a mid-sized city in the Rhine-Neckar triangle, has appealed to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights at least two times before, Puppinck told LifeSiteNews.

“This is the first time he made it,” he said, noting that this time around, Annen had support from the ECLJ and Alliance Defense Fund and the German Pro-life Federation (BVL). “I think he got more support, better arguments and so I think this helped.”

The court also ordered the German government to pay Annen costs of 13,696.87 EUR, or 14,530 USD.

Annen started distributing pamphlets outside a German abortion center ten years ago, ECLJ stated in a press release.

His leaflets contained the names and addresses of the two abortionists at the center, declared they were doing “unlawful abortions,” and stated in smaller print that, “the abortions were allowed by the German legislators and were not subject to criminal liability.”

Annen’s leaflets also stated that, “The murder of human beings in Auschwitz was unlawful, but the morally degraded NS State allowed the murder of innocent people and did not make it subject to criminal liability.” They referred to Annen’s website,, which listed a number of abortionists, including the two at the site he was leafleting.

In 2007, a German regional court barred Annen from pamphleteering in the vicinity of the abortion center, and ordered him to drop the name of the two abortion doctors from his website.

But the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the German courts had "failed to strike a fair balance between [Annen’s] right to freedom of expression and the doctor’s personality rights.”

The Court stated that, “there can be no doubt as to the acute sensitivity of the moral and ethical issues raised by the question of abortion or as to the importance of the public interest at stake.”

That means, stated ECLJ, that “freedom of expression in regard to abortion shall enjoy a full protection.”

ECLJ stated that the court noted Annen’s leaflets “made clear that the abortions performed in the clinic were not subject to criminal liability. Therefore, the statement that ‘unlawful abortions’ were being performed in the clinic was correct from a legal point of view.”

As for the Holocaust reference, the court stated that, “the applicant did not – at least not explicitly – equate abortion with the Holocaust.”  Rather, the reference was “a way of creating awareness of the more general fact that law might diverge from morality.”

The November 26 decision “is a quite good level of protection of freedom of speech for pro-life people,” observed Puppinck.

First, the European Court of Human Rights has permitted leafleting “in the direct proximate vicinity of the clinic, so there is no issue of zoning,” he told LifeSiteNews. “And second, the leaflets were mentioning the names of the doctors, and moreover, were mentioning the issue of the Holocaust, which made them quite strong leaflets.”

“And the court protected that.”

Annen has persevered in his pro-life awareness campaign through the years despite the restraints on his freedom.

“He did continue, and he did adapt,” Puppinck told LifeSiteNews. “He kept his freedom of speech as much as he could, but he continued to be sanctioned by the German authorities, and each time he went to the court of human rights. And this time, he won.”

ECLJ’s statement notes that “any party” has three months to appeal the November 26 decision.

However, as it stands, the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling affects “all the national courts,” noted Puppinck, and these will now “have to protect freedom of speech, recognize the freedom of speech for pro-lifers.”

“In the past, the courts have not always been very supportive of the freedom of speech of pro-life,” he said, so the ruling is “significant.”

As for Annen’s pro-life ministry, Pubbinck added: “He can continue to go and do, and I’m sure that he does, because he always did.”  

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‘Soft racism’: German Bishops’ website attributes African Catholics’ strong faith to simplemindedness

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GERMANY, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) --  The only reason the Catholic Church is growing in Africa is because the people have a “rather low level” of education and accept “simple answers to difficult questions” involving marriage and sexuality, posited an article on the official website of the German Bishops' Conference posted yesterday. The article targeted particularly Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and ardent defender of Catholic tradition.

First Things blogger Leroy Huizenga, who translated a portion of the article, criticized the article's view as “soft racism.”

In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” editor Björn Odendahl writes: 

So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.

Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website. 

“We all know that the German Bishops' Conference is one of the most progressive in the world. But it nevertheless beggars belief that such a statement would appear on the Conference's official website, with its lazy slander of African Christians and priests as poor and uneducated (Odendahl might as well have added ‘easy to command’) and its gratuitous swipe at Cardinal Sarah,” he wrote. 

“Natürlich progressives could never be guilty of such a sin and crime, but these words sure do suggest soft racism, the racism of elite white Western paternalism,” he added. 

African prelates have gained a solid reputation for being strong defenders of Catholic sexual morality because of their unwavering orthodox input into the recently concluded Synod on the Family in Rome. 

At one point during the Synod, Cardinal Robert Sarah urged Catholic leaders to recognize as the greatest modern enemies of the family what he called the twin “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” and “Islamic fundamentalism.”

STORY: Cardinal Danneels warns African bishops to avoid ‘triumphalism’

“What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today,” he said during his speech at the Synod last month. 

But African prelates’ adherence to orthodoxy has earned them enemies, especially from the camp of Western prelates bent on forming the Catholic Church in their own image and likeness, not according to Scripture, tradition, and the teaching magisterium of the Church. 

During last year’s Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper went as far as stating that the voice of African Catholics in the area of Church teaching on homosexuality should simply be dismissed.

African cardinals “should not tell us too much what we have to do,” he said in an October 2014 interview with ZENIT, adding that African countries are "very different, especially about gays.” 

Earlier this month Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, instead of praising Africa for its vibrant and flourishing Catholicism, said that African prelates will one day have to look to Europe to get what he called “useful tips” on how to deal with “secularization” and “individualism.” 

The statement was criticized by one pro-family advocate as “patronizing of the worst kind” in light of the facts that numerous European churches are practically empty, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are stagnant, and the Catholic faith in Europe, especially in Belgium, is overall in decline.

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