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Planned Parenthood official resigns over racist statements

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By Jill Stanek
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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.

TheHayRide.com 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)…

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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.

[HT: @Defund_PPLifeNews.comthehayride.com]

Reprinted with permission from JillStanek.com

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Planned Parenthood deletes offensive ‘Minions’ tweet after backlash

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July 28, 2015 (JillStanek) -- As if Planned Parenthood needed any more heat, it drew fire July 24 for an ill-conceived tweet attacking pro-life undercover investigators who exposed its side business of baby parts trafficking with, of all things, a yellow creature from the children’s movie Minions.

The Washington Times laid out the groaner:

Following widespread criticism after two video clips revealed Planned Parenthood is in the business of selling the organs of aborted fetuses, the organization tweeted an encouraging message to its followers using animation from the new Universal Pictures movie, “Minions.”

“Friends who #StandWithPP: Stay Strong. The anti-abortion minions want to bully us into silence. That’s not going to happen,” the organization tweeted Friday, with and [sic] image of one of the lovable yellow “minions” dropping a microphone…

“The irony of Planned Igorhood posting a clip from a children’s movie! I guess dead conscience is a dead conscience,” one user responded….

In a blog post on Friday, Ms. [Bristol] Palin blasted Planned Parenthood asking, “How ironic is it that Planned Parenthood is using a gif of a minion to attack their critics?

“Can you imagine the folks over at Planned Parenthood, wondering how on earth they can spin themselves out of this mess? I know! Let’s use cute minions to distract people from the fact that we got caught selling dead baby parts!” Ms. Palin wrote.

The gif doesn’t make much sense, really.

Is the Minion dropping the mic supposed to be Center for Medical Progress’s David Daleiden fumbling the investigation? With five federal investigations now either launched or requested in its wake, eight state investigations, 2.6 million views of video #1, and 1 million views of video #2, I don’t think so.

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Is it supposed to represent Planned Parenthood deciding to ignore the outcry? With Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards offering her own vapid video in response (to a paltry 235k views), followed by a shaky interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, I don’t think that’s it either.

Whatever, Planned Parenthood’s rattled PR minions finally decided to abandon the ruse of bravado and quietly deleted the tweet today.

Either that or the real Minions threatened to sue.

Fortunately, however, the Wayback Machine has preserved the infamous tweet for posterity, along with some inglorious comments. Click on the link, type “https://twitter.com/PPact/status/624579796153040896″ in the search, and click on July 24, 2015.

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VIDEO: Obama thanks Planned Parenthood in midst of baby body parts scandal

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July 28, 2015 (JillStanek) -- President Obama has a long-standing, super-close relationship with Planned Parenthood, most clearly exemplified by his willingness in 2011 to shut down the federal government rather than allow the abortion giant to be defunded.

Obama hasn’t stopped with his own turf. He has also blocked state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

The quid pro quo is obvious: Planned Parenthood spends an inordinate amount of money and engages its vast grassroots network to get pro-abortion candidates elected; then they as pro-abortion legislators hand money back to Planned Parenthood, the most recent example being the Obamacare funding stream.

The symbiotic relationship between Obama and Planned Parenthood goes back to his days as Illinois state senator, when Obama conspired with Illinois Planned Parenthood CEO Pam Sutherland to block passage of both the state Partial Birth Abortion Ban and Born Alive Protection Act.

Now, in the face of the growing Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal, the potential to strip Planned Parenthood of its $528.4 million in federal funding has never been more real.

If Planned Parenthood loses that funding, which accounts for 41% of its $1.3 billion budget, it will be severely hobbled, if it doesn’t collapse altogether. It will certainly be in no position to help its political friends.

And as Planned Parenthood goes, so goes pro-abortion politicians.

So the stakes for Democrats are as high as the stakes for Planned Parenthood as the drumbeat for defunding grows louder.

Which is why, as pro-abortion Mother Jones aptly put it, “Pro-choicers are actually freaking out about these Planned Parenthood sting videos – And they should be.”

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Thus, on cue, Obama included Planned Parenthood in a July 24 video thanking enablers for keeping Obamacare afloat.

See :54 on the video:

Make no mistake, this message also served as a shot across the bow to Republicans: Obama is not backing away from Planned Parenthood one iota.

So what? This shouldn’t matter. As Todd Starnes wrote at Townhall on July 24, “If the GOP can’t muster the moral courage to defund Planned Parenthood, they don’t deserve the White House in 2016.”

More than being the politically right thing to do – as this is clearly one abortion issue that has Democrats on the run – it is the morally right thing to do.

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California Attorney General will investigate…the pro-lifers behind the Planned Parenthood videos

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July 27, 2015 (LiveActionNews) -- The Sacramento Bee reports that the California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, will investigate whether the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), based in California, broke the law in its work to expose the crimes of Planned Parenthood.

Harris and some Democratic members of the U.S. House seem to buy into the Planned Parenthood rhetoric which tries to throw the blame back on David Daleiden and his team at CMP. These Democratic representatives asked Harris for the investigation.

The newspaper reports:

Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry Nadler and Yvette Clarke cited reports that founder David Daleiden filed paperwork to create a phony entity. They also asked the state’s top law enforcement official to look into possible violations of the Invasion of Privacy Act, which bars recording people without their permission.

Harris, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, replied that she would investigate the California group.

In their letter to Harris and U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, the Representatives detail the accusations against Daleiden. In a press release posted on Schakowsky’s page, comments from each of the four congressional members proclaim the need for Planned Parenthood.

The comments sound like the same song, echoing a chorus of accusation against pro-lifers who are “harassing” the sacred cow of the abortion giant. On and on the four Representatives go, singing the praises of Planned Parenthood, without once addressing what the abortion giant has been discovered doing on video.

I believe the Center for Medical Progress may have broken the law in developing and executing this unbelievably elaborate and troubling scheme, and all Americans should have concerns about that.  I hope that Attoneys [sic] General Lynch and Harris will investigate this case. – Schakowsky

Planned Parenthood is a well-respected and important organization in my community. – Lofgren

Like the millions of women who access their broad-range of health services every day, we trust Planned Parenthood. This video is nothing more than a witch hunt – an elaborate, possibly illegal, scheme to attack Planned Parenthood, undermine their life-saving work and deny the Constitutional and moral rights of women across the country. I urge the Department of Justice and the state of California to investigate the Center for Medical Progress and determine if their activities in planning and making these videos violated state and federal laws. We need to stand up to such bullying tactics and ensure that every woman is free to make her own health care decisions. – Nadler

I am deeply concerned about the allegations that federal and state laws were violated in an attempt to attack Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides critical health care services to more than three million men and women each year, and that the attack was coordinated by conservative activists who want to discredit Planned Parenthood and its work. – Clarke

U.S. Attorney General Lynch has also said she will examine CMP’s actions to see if there is any wrongdoing, and she will act after her review.

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After only two videos, we have heard doctors discuss where to put their graspers to get the heart, kidney, and lungs. We have heard doctors discuss how to alter an abortion to make the baby come out breech – to be sure to get the head intact. We have heard doctors disclose how they use the “less crunchy” abortion technique to get an “intact specimen” (a whole and possibly living baby), rather than pieces of a baby.

The fact that some U.S. Representatives are more concerned with taping a conversation or setting up a corporation than with the horrific actions of medical professionals who have clearly broken federal laws says a lot about the manipulative power Planned Parenthood has even – and perhaps especially – on government officials.

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