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Planned Parenthood official resigns over racist statements

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By Jill Stanek
Melissa Flourney

Any distrust Women of Color felt toward Planned Parenthood was kept out of the public eye until July 28, when the abortion giant blew any remaining shreds of good will.

It was on that day a story Planned Parenthood shopped to the New York Times was published, within which Planned Parenthood failed to give WOC credit for the concept of “reproductive justice” and submitted names of only white female leaders of the abortion lobby to interview – seven to be exact – but no WOC.

Enter into the fracas Melissa Flourney, pictured right, Louisiana State Director for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast – until August 15, that is, when she was forced to resign.

PPGC already had problems fending off three Medicaid fraud lawsuits as well as pro-lifers battling its plan to open an abortion clinic in New Orleans, where the population is 67% minority.

So Flournoy threw gas over a few fires on August 13 when she attended a screening of We Always Resist: Trust Black Women and took over the discussion afterward, telling WOC they needed to drop what they were doing and get behind Planned Parenthood’s political agenda and also telling a black leader she needed to kick a black Democrat pro-life representative’s a*s.

Kris Ford of Women’s Health And Justice Initiative detailed Flourney’s ghastly behavior in an open letter to Flournoy and PPGC. The entire letter is well worth the read. Here are excerpts (bold emphases theirs):Planned Parenthood official disses women of color on abortion, pro-choice

You felt that last night’s discussions should have centered on how organizations like Women With A Vision, the communities they serve, and women of color as a whole could “show up” for Planned Parenthood’s pro-choice fight….

The pro-choice/pro-life framework that Planned Parenthood supports and fuels largely leaves marginalized women behind. We gain nothing from joining your parade or lending our faces or our children’s faces to your billboards.

You, Melissa Flournoy, are a perfect example of the schism in work around reproductive rights. Your refusal to listen, your insistence on centering the conversation on your personal wants, and your flippant disregard for the work that organizations led by women of color have done. Worse, the huge organization that supports you is guilty of the same.

Part of why I’m wary of Planned Parenthood is that I lead an intersectional life by default…. You push us to the front of one charge after another so that you can wave your diversity banners. We fall first and are left bleeding every time….

Trust Black Women… [is] produced by Sister Song, the same organization whose member Monica Simpson wrote an open letter to Planned Parenthood on August 5th. Monica’s letter details the ways that Planned Parenthood consistently omits the intersectional work of grassroots organizations on reproductive issues….

Monica published her letter barely two weeks ago, and yet here I am publishing this one today because of your appalling behavior last night….

There was a feeling of reverence for the heaviness of the topics we’d discussed. Out of the three seconds of silence, your hand went up and the whole meeting went off the tracks. You started by introducing yourself as the Louisiana State director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. After that, you proceeded to ask Deon what she could “do about Katrina.” Though you didn’t pause to give context, you were talking about Katrina Jackson, the state representative out of Monroe, Louisiana who penned HB388. The bill effectively shuts down some of the abortion providers here in Louisiana. You complained about the representative’s unwillingness to hear your pleas, and jokingly said that you wanted to “put (Deon) into a ring and let you kick her ass!” Didn’t we JUST get done talking about how hurtful it is for black women to constantly be profiled as dangerous? Violent? Subhuman? How is this helpful? Deon had told us about the police reports she sees where police officers describe black women as primarily “big,” “black,” and “angry.” YOU TURNED AROUND AND DID THE SAME THING. Deon stated that she’s not going to go fight any other black women. She’s not doing this work to go be the black person who can tame other black people for you. None of us are. It was clear that you weren’t getting the answers or feedback that you wanted. I’m sure you were aware of the people expressing their dismay in the background as you charged on to talk at length about how what we REALLY need to just focus on less race stuff and more political stuff. According to you, the solution lies in pressuring elected officials and voting the bad eggs out of office. You asked question after question, made statement after statement, and barely paused for Deon or anyone else to answer. When she was able to sneak a word in edgewise, you cut her off again! This went round and around. You interrupted most of the people who spoke last night, including me. I explained that I rejected the Pro Choice vs. Pro Life framework because it leaves behind many of the communities represented in that room. I stated that while I was glad you came, I didn’t want this entire conversation to become us simply focused on and responding to you. I also said that when you ask questions of people like Deon, like Paris, like the many activists and organizers in that room who have exactly the kind of analysis that your organization sorely lacks, you need to shut up and listen. You didn’t. In fact, you cut me off before I could finish talking. Here’s more of what I want to say:

How dare you, Melissa? How dare you show up to an event by and for women of color, then go ahead to tell us that we’re not focusing on YOUR organization enough? That we aren’t showing up for YOU enough? We afforded you every opportunity last night to get a feel for where women of color are coming from on this issue. The answers to why we aren’t as common as we could be among the Planned Parenthood ranks was staring you in the face, and you turned away every time. You heard it from black women, you heard it from black men, you heard it from faith leaders and scholars and activists and average folks walking down the street. You even heard it from Laura McTighe, a white ally who was so upset by your behavior that she stepped forward to name that you had effectively derailed the entire conversation and wrapped it around yourself, and that it was inappropriate of you to ask women of color why they weren’t doing more for YOU. Did you listen to her? Did you listen when she said that she felt the more appropriate question to ask was how you, your organization, and white people in general could show up and be better allies for US?

I don’t think you did. What you did was talk over people, take up too much space emotionally and physically in the room. I knew you weren’t really engaged with us because people were standing uncomfortably in the back of the room while you sprawled across two chairs of your own…

If the Louisiana State director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast can listen to the lived experiences of women of color and then try to mock us and disrupt our meetings, then what hope is there for Planned Parenthood to work in an anti-racist framework? Why should I bother with trusting or investing in any of your political ventures if you can’t see the merit in my community based activism?

Black women’s bodies are the scapegoat here. No matter how you turn it, when we view ourselves on your terms, the jokes fly about how we should go fight people for you. We are damned for having children, damned for having abortions, damned for refusing to navigate our bodies within your framework, and then chastised for not showing up for you….

Rather than resist the urge to stack oppressions like a playground contest, you tossed out you’re a lesbian from Shreveport and that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I think I judged you appropriately. I think I had you figured out when I reluctantly had to lump you in with the rest of the big money non-profits that just want to hijack our stories for convenient marketing. I think I had you right when I assumed that you wouldn’t be able to simply be a member of the community that night. I think I was correct in assuming that you and the organization that you represent have a long way to go. If you commonly behave this way professionally, expect to alienate more and more people.

Well, wow. I’ve certainly been impressed by the depth and insight of these open letters. I may disagree with the bottom line of these particular WOC, who believe they need abortion in their equation, but I certainly come away with a better understanding of where they are coming from. It is also clear there is unbridled animus against Planned Parenthood. added:Planned Parenthood women of color abortion

This is Deon Haywood… 

So naturally, telling a room full of people that you’d like to put Katrina Jackson in a ring with her so she could kick Jackson’s ass isn’t going to go over all that well.

By the next day the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast issued an open letter apologizing for Flournoy.

By August 15 Flourney had posted news of her resignation on Facebook (now private)…


While it relieves me to see WOC “wary” of Planned Parenthood for using them to further its political agenda, this is only the display of a deeper insidious agenda, which is to profit from their woes. WOC must know by now they have a disproportionate share of abortions. This is because Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry target them.

The roots of the abortion industry are in the eugenics movement, which became popular in America after blacks were freed from slavery and no longer needed or wanted.


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See the horrifying abortion video House Democrats tried to strike from the record

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By Kristi Burton Brown

October 12, 2015 (LiveActionNews) -- At the congressional hearing Thursday on Planned Parenthood, House Democrats vehemently objected to a video, and struck it from the record for about five minutes. Dr. Anthony Levatino – a former abortionist who became pro-life when his own daughter died in his arms – showed the video from Live Action during his testimony.

The video reveals the truth about the abortion industry and later-term abortions in general, demonstrating that abortion clinics fail to actually care for women and leave possibly living babies to die in toilets – all while charging thousands of dollars to do it.


“Congratulations! You just performed a D&E abortion. You just affirmed your right to choose.”Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, describes the violence of abortion in this moving testimony before Congress. Watch as Dr. Levatino shares what really happens during a D&E abortion procedure, as he pairs his testimony with an investigation from Live Action.

Posted by Lila Rose on Friday, October 9, 2015

When it was Representative David Cicilline’s (D-RI) turn to ask questions for five minutes, he turned his fury on Dr. Levatino’s video. Declaring that it was not relevant to the hearing, Rep. Cicilline demanded a vote to strike the video from the Congressional record.

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Prior to the final vote, Chairman Trent Franks (R-AZ) turned to Rep. Cicilline: “I wonder if we’ll be able to strike the video from your memory?” He asked, if relevance was the issue, did Rep. Cicilline want a vote to strike his Democrat colleague’s testimony about gun control from the record? Naturally, Cicilline only wanted a vote on the video.

Because few Republicans were in the room during the vote, the video was stricken from the record by a 9-7 party-line vote.

Minutes later, though, a Republican Congressman made a motion to reintroduce the video back into the record. As more Republicans had returned by that point, and a number of the Democrats had left, the motion easily passed.

Alliance Defending Freedom’s senior counsel, Casey Mattox, tweeted: “Whenever a PP video is shown to Dems they flip out. Its comical.”

And indeed, at one of the last hearings on Planned Parenthood, Democrat Representatives refused to even watch a CMP video, speaking out angrily against it. Now, with your own eyes, watch the video the House Democrats were so terrified of, they wanted it struck from the record. (The video shown by Dr. Levatino combined clips from these two videos.)

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Whoopi slams Kelsey Grammer’s pro-life t-shirt: men can’t talk about abortion

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By Katie Yoder

Oct. 12, 2015 (Newsbusters) - Despite its many panelists, ABC’s The View has always pushed one view, and it certainly has never been conservative or pro-life.

So imagine how the ladies at the liberal talk show reacted when actor Kelsey Grammer posted a photo of himself wearing a pro-life shirt to his Instagram account last week. The ensuing confusion over a Hollywood elite having a different view than their own left the panel dumbfounded Monday.

The t-shirt Grammer wore was designed by pro-life advocacy group Abort73, and compared abortion violence to gun violence by asking, “Would it bother us more if we used guns?”


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The shirt prompted a discussion on The View where the crew slammed the male actor for getting between a “choice between [a woman] and her God.”

Whoopi Goldberg introduced the segment by highlighting that Grammer was “causing a lot of controversy” by wearing an “anti-abortion shirt.”

“Should abortion be equated with gun violence?” she asked. “I'm not sure I understood the quote.”

While co-host Michelle Collins quipped that Abort 73 sounded “like a sci-fi movie,” co-host Paula Faris offered an explanation of Grammer’s shirt.

“They're saying when children are affected by gun violence -- that gets our attention -- but when children are aborted it doesn't seem like we care,” she explained. “Because they will say that 3,000 children are killed each year by gun violence but over 700,000 children are killed via abortions.”

While the numbers on gun violence and abortion vary depending on the source, Whoopi dismissed Paula’s fatality-count comparison entirely. 

“To some people,” Whoopi responded. “That’s some people’s opinions.”

Whoopi continued to rant in favor of “choice” – accompanied by applause.

But if you're a woman who has found that she needs to go get an abortion, isn't that her choice between her and her God?” she asked. “If you go into a school and you shoot up 5 and 6 and 7-year-olds, children who have lived with you, grown with you, that you have put all your love and attention into, you know, I think there's a big difference.”

Yes, because lack of “love and attention” make an unborn baby’s death A-OK.

Besides that, Grammer is a male, which disqualifies him from speaking out on abortion, according to Whoopi.

“I think most of these folks who make those kind of comparisons,” she pressed, “I need you to be more [sic] women so we can have this conversation because you guys will never have to make this decision. Ever.” 

If that wasn’t enough, Michelle took issue next with Grammer’s smile in the picture.

“Can you imagine if Frasier had worn this shirt?” she asked about Grammer’s TV character. “Ruins the show, first of all.”

Whoopi concluded by revealing the unsurprising crew’s view on guns and abortion: “You can’t equate the two.”

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Abortion clinic owner: Planned Parenthood makes ‘tons of money,’ should be defunded

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By Sarah Terzo

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October 12, 2015 (LiveActionNews) -- Diane Derzis, owner of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, was on “The Alan Colmes Show” defending abortion and complaining about laws requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges. She says many interesting things in the video, some of which I’ll address in future articles.

As you can see in this video of Colmes’ radio show, he is a very sympathetic interviewer. He lobs Derzis softball question after softball question, setting her up to spout the typical pro-abortion rhetoric. For example, Colmes makes sure to maneuver Derzis into saying that regulations requiring clinics to meet basic health standards and hire abortionists with admitting privileges have nothing to do with women’s health – it’s just those nasty, evil anti-choicers trying to take women’s rights away. And, of course, he makes sure to bring up the horrors of self-induced and illegal back alley abortions that were allegedly rampant before Roe v. Wade (even though much of that has been debunked and, in fact, the former medical director of Planned Parenthood wrote in 1960 that the 90% of all illegal abortions were performed by “licensed physicians… in good standing” and that “abortion, whether therapeutic or illegal, is in the main no longer dangerous”).

Yet despite the fact that Colmes handles Derzis with kid gloves, there is one major surprise in the interview. Things get strange when the subject turns to Planned Parenthood.

Colmes: Are there Planned Parenthood facilities where you are? Do they exist in Mississippi? What is their relationship to clinics like yours?”

Derzis: The Planned Parenthood in Mississippi does not do abortions. They do – we actually do not have a relationship.…

This prompts Colmes to launch into the typical defense of Planned Parenthood that we’ve all heard so many times:

Colmes: I see. So most of what Planned Parenthood does is not abortion, with Republicans, this is a cause célèbre, they want to defund it, when in fact, the Planned Parenthood in Mississippi doesn’t go anywhere near what you do.

Then Derzis says is something that shocks Colmes and probably all of the program’s pro-choice listeners as well.

Derzis: I agree that Planned Parenthood should be defunded. Absolutely. They actually do more abortions than anyone in the country, even though they talk about doing only 3%, that’s not quite accurate – they do more than anyone in the country. And they are the Wal-Mart of abortion. I’m not a Planned Parenthood defender here.

Colmes: I guess I’m surprised to hear that.

Derzis: I know it, because everyone else goes along with the, what we’re supposed to say, and the PC thing, and I’m just-

Colmes: All right.

Derzis: Not like that.

So here we have an admission that Planned Parenthood is mostly about abortion – something that pro-lifers have been saying all along. We already know statistically that they do the majority of abortions in the US (around 40%), now we have it straight from the mouth of another abortion provider. Planned Parenthood, according to Derzis, is all about abortion.

Derzis is not the only abortion provider to compare abortion to Walmart.

In her 2007 book Safe, Legal and Unavailable? Abortion Politics in the United States Pro-choice author Melody Rose writes: 

For example, Peter Bours, a physician in Oregon, reports that new Planned Parenthood franchises in his area are making one of his offices financially untenable; whereas he has once provided 100 or more abortions per month in his Portland office, he now performs around 20. Referring to Planned Parenthood as “the Wal-Mart of abortion clinics,” Bours contends that the larger providers offer inferior services, and that as a result women are being poorly served by the expansion of the organization in abortion provision.

Although very competitive in terms of price, Bours maintains that their level of care is lower, and that patients often see clinicians with less training than physicians at smaller facilities might have.

One gets an idea of mass-produced products; substandard abortion procedures and clinics which process woman after woman, giving them abortions and sending them on the way.

Faltering, Colmes tries to get the interview back on familiar ground, attempting again to defend Planned Parenthood.

Colmes: But as I understand it, because of the Hyde Amendment, they can’t, federal dollars don’t go to Planned Parenthood for abortions.

Derzis: Well it’s… That is exactly what they say, but it, I will tell you now, that Planned Parenthood has done remarkably well through this fiasco, even though they drug the rest of us through the mud … They had done remarkably well.

Colmes: But what I don’t understand is, in many communities, Planned Parenthood is the only place women have to go, why would you want money taken away from them since many women –

Derzis: Alan, they make tons of money. That’s what I’m telling you here. They make so much money – check out what the CEO makes a year, and I’ll tell you that it’s right under $500,000. [In fact, CEO Cecile Richards makes over $500,000. Her income in 2012 was $523,616.]

In just a few minutes, Derzis has blown a hole through all of the propaganda surrounding Planned Parenthood. Her candor shows that:

1. Planned Parenthood is all about abortion.

2. The 3% statistic is misleading, and

3. Planned Parenthood doesn’t need public funding.

Pro-lifers knew this all along, of course. But it’s nice to see the facts verified by an unexpected source.

And, just in case there are any doubts about Derzis’ pro-abortion credentials (doubts which would seem impossible to have after seeing the video) she says:

I thank God every day I had an abortion. I am not ashamed of that. I have no problem talking about it.

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