Planned Parenthood, ACLU create front organization to defeat pro-life legislation in Mississippi
JACKSON, September 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The organization “Mississippians for Healthy Families” is simply a front organization for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, who are attempting to prevent a pro-life amendment from being added to the state constitution, according to a state pro-life organization.
The pro-life organization sponsoring the proposed amendment, Yes on 26, recently erected a website exposing the fact that the deeply pro-abortion organizations are behind what, judging by its name, might at first glance appear to be a pro-family organization.
Yes on 26 obtained a copy of the Mississippians for Healthy Families’ Statement of Organization for a Political Committee from the Secretary of State’s office, which lists Nsombi Lambright, Kay Scott, and Barry Chase as the organization’s officers.
Lambright is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Mississippi; Scott is the CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, which covers Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi; and Chase is the President of Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood in Tennessee.
Chase’s clinic was the target of a Live Action sting operation that made headlines in 2009 when one of his employees coached a woman posing as a 14-year-old girl to lie about the age of her boyfriend, who the girl said was 31.
A space on the form which requests a description of the purpose of the Committee and the identification of “affiliated or connected organizations” is left blank.
Lambright is listed as the director and Scott as the treasurer, but the contact person is Stan Flint, a professional lobbyist with the United States Strategy Group.
Comments on the Yes on 26 website about the nature of Mississippians for Healthy Families draw attention to the financial investment that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has in the campaign.
“Abortion, to put it plainly, is a very lucrative business, and this has been true from the beginning. By last count, Planned Parenthood (a tax-exempt organization!) has $951 million in total assets,” the website notes. “Kay Scott and her partners in the abortion industry have a very good reason to make sure Amendment 26 doesn’t bring an end to their payday in Mississippi.”
The website notes that the ACLU has a financial stake in the abortion business as well: “John Powell, the ACLU’s national legal director, says he considers abortion to be the ACLU’s number one priority; the defense of the First Amendment, (the alleged heart and soul of the ACLU’s mission), was listed third, after civil rights. Why? Simply follow the money. Defending abortion ‘rights’ is a much more lucrative venture than defending free-speech.”
“Mississipians for Healthy Families” added a response to Yes on 26’s exposé to its own website, accusing the pro-life organization of the “dirty campaign trick” of setting up a “fake website” (Yes on 26s website had used the url mississippiansforhealthyfamilies.com.)
Aside from this, the “Mississippians for Healthy Families” website contains a statement opposing the amendment, downloadable fliers, and a way for visitors to donate, but contains no information about officers or the identity of any “coalition partners.”
As Yes on 26 notes, this is not the first time that Planned Parenthood has resorted to deception in its effort to oppose the Mississippi Personhood Amendment.
A Planned Parenthood chaplain created a stir last month when he identified himself as a “Southern Baptist Minister” at the Secretary of State’s Personhood Amendment Hearing, a claim which the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board later repudiated.
The current controversy comes at a time when the battle over the proposed amendment is heating up in the state. The Mississippi Supreme Court rejected an attempt to keep the amendment off the November ballot earlier this month, choosing instead to allow the state’s voters to decide whether to add the pro-life amendment to the state constitution.
If passed, the amendment will define a person as “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”