Thursday, March 23, 2017

Say what? Tidbits from the Choose Life plate bill hearing today

Today the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony on SB 163 to create a Choose Life fundraising license plate. The plate has been frequently requested by prolife citizens. Proceeds from people who wish to purchase the plate would go to a fund to be distributed to programs to help women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Bill sponsor Sen. Patrick Colbeck gave a moving testimony about raising funds to support women in crisis. This was followed by two opposing testimonies from the American Association of University Women (Michigan Chapter) and Planned Parenthood. Right to Life of Michigan provided the final testimony in support of the bill.

Testimonies from the two groups supporting abortion were quite absurd. In an apparent attack on adoption, prolife pregnancy centers were referred to as "baby-finding centers" placed near college campuses to allow infertile wealthy white people to recruit and adopt white babies from a "better genetic pool of white college women." In real life these pregnancy centers rely heavily on donations and volunteers to provide free help to women in need, many of whom are non-white.

Planned Parenthood's first line of testimony accused Right to Life of Michigan of "standing in the way of reducing abortions in Michigan." Yeah, you read that right.

It's funny until you realize that Planned Parenthood performs more than 320,000 abortions in America every year. They perform 160 abortions for every adoption referral they do. They can't seem to decide between saying they want to reduce abortions or saying they are proud of them as a vital part of their mission. If abortion is a point of pride as your mission, why reduce it?

Here's the real irony: Planned Parenthood opposes prolife citizens from voluntarily sending money to organizations that help women, but they demand profile citizens be forced to give them money.

 A committee vote on the bill is expected next week.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gorsuch will bring fairness to the Supreme Court

It’s been clear from the beginning of his nomination process that Judge Neil Gorsuch is well-qualified to fill the shoes of Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. The American Bar Association agrees, giving him their highest rating: “well qualified.” The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Gorsuch to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006.

Several groups are opposing his nomination, including abortion supporters like Planned Parenthood. It’s clear their fears have nothing to do with Gorsuch’s judicial experience or his personal views; they fear him because he’s fair-minded.

In his writings and public statements, Gorsuch has made it clear he believes the role of judges is to rule based on what the law says. Simple enough, right? Not for abortion supporters. For years, they have relied on judges to rig the system in their favor.

A biased court system has significantly reduced trust in our democratic process. Millions of Americans of all political persuasions have come to believe established power players are willing to ignore or even subvert their choices in our democratic process. They aren’t wrong.

On November 7, 1972, 60 percent of Michigan voters took to the polls to keep our state’s law respecting the rights of the unborn child. A version of that law has been in effect since 1846, maintained by generations of voters and elected representatives and coexisting for more than a century with the U.S. Constitution.

None of this mattered when Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were handed down several weeks later on January 22, 1973. Seven judges who personally supported abortion discovered that the Constitution requires abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Unable to directly cite any text in the Constitution to support their personal views, the judges asserted they can be found in the penumbras formed by emanations created by zones.

Those seven judges privileged their own personal views over those of voter and duly elected representatives.

Prolife groups aren’t expecting Gorsuch to impose our agenda through legal magic tricks. All we want is to restore a fair democratic process so our voices have an opportunity to be heard. Based on his record, Gorsuch is a fair-minded judge who lets voters and legislators exercise their proper roles in our government.

The U.S. Senate must consider Judge Gorsuch with all due diligence, but his record indicates those who seek fairness have nothing to fear.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Girl Scout cookies: does your money go to abortion?

It’s that time of year: Girls Scout cookie season. Though many love Girl Scout cookies and the tradition that they bring, there is a history behind them that is not always talked about. Maybe this year you should hold off buying these cookies until you know a little more about the organization that you would be supporting.

Do the Girl Scouts support abortion and Planned Parenthood?

Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) is a dues-paying affiliate of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). WAGGGS has participated in several international conferences and United Nations events that support a pro-abortion agenda. At these events they have been joined by groups that provide or support abortion such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International and the United Nations Population Fund. There are also other numerous concerns about GSUSA activities.

On their website, GSUSA explains that direct sales from Girl Scout cookies stay with the local councils that sell them. If you ask them about where they stand on the issue, they will tell you the same thing, often making the argument that money raised through local cookie sales stays local. There are two problems with that.

First, several local councils have relationships with Planned Parenthood. Yours might be one of those.

Second, their website states that GSUSA collects royalty fees from bakers they license to make the cookies, and those fees are based on their gross annual sales. Therefore very cookie you buy means GSUSA gets more money, some of which will go to supporting abortion.

Before you shell out $4 for a box of thin mints, think twice about the organization that you are supporting. Is that few minutes of satisfaction worth helping supporting organizations that support abortion-on-demand and population control?

Girl Scouts and Abortion flyer
More information at

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Prolife sidewalk counselor 1, MI abortion clinic 0

A prolife sidewalk counselor in Michigan has won a victory in court against one of the most notorious abortion clinic chains in Michigan.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has ruled against Northland Family Planning Clinic in the case of Thames v. City of Westland.

The ruling stated that Kimberley Thames was falsely imprisoned and arrested after peacefully praying in front of the abortion clinic. It found the CEO of Northland, Renee Chelian, and one of its employers were conspiring with the City of Westland to violate Kimberley’s rights. The defendants will pay Kimberley $2,000 for their wrongdoings.

Chelian made news most recently when an undercover journalist recorded her macabre joking about hauling the bodies of aborted babies up north for a bonfire.

The case came after the events on August 27, 2016 when Kimberley went to the Northland facility in Westland to be a witness for life. She silently prayed on the public sidewalks surrounding the facility. She was not violent, she did not have weapons; all she had on her was a rosary and a prolife sign.

After a while, Kimberley briefly left the area to use a nearby restroom. Upon returning, she noticed that several police cruisers had arrived at the facility. She had no idea why they were there. One of the officers approached her and asked if she told the security guard that she was going to bomb the clinic. Kimberley quickly rejected this statement. But little did she know that a Northland employee and the security guard called 911 to make a false claim that she had threatened to bomb the Northland facility.

At the scene of the alleged crime there was also a nun present. Officers were able to interview her and use her as an eyewitness. The nun explained that Kimberley never made any threats and that the guard was lying. However, the officers ignored what the nun had to say. The officers took Ms. Thames into custody, telling her that she was “under arrest for making terrorist threats.” The officers placed Ms. Thames in handcuffs, put her in a police cruiser, and brought her to the Westland police station, where she was detailed for nearly three days.

As just a peaceful protester, Kimberley had her rights taken from her. Thankfully the courts were able to defend the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly to provide justice for Kimberley.

If you have any questions one what your rights are when it comes to prolife picketing, check out our brochure on it.

Cree Erwin cause of death confirmed: abortion

Cree Erwin was a young Michigan woman who died in Battle Creek on the Fourth of July in 2016. She had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo a few days before her death. For months we were left to assume that the abortion played the major role in her death, and after finally obtaining the autopsy report for Ms. Erwin, we can confirm that.

The Calhoun County medical examiner found that Erwin died of a blood clot in her uterus that traveled to her lung. The immediate cause of the blood clot was a perforated uterus following a vacuum aspiration abortion and IUD placement.

Her death certificate now officially reads: “Complications of intrauterine pregnancy, including pulmonary emboli related to uterine vein thrombosis and uterine perforation status post early vacuum aspiration and intrauterine contraceptive device placement.”

Left behind in the wake of this abortion is Cree Erwin’s young son and a grieving family.

The autopsy is heavily redacted in the sections pertaining to the perforated uterus, which can be caused by an abortion or an IUD placement. The autopsy describes the perforation happening “post” Erwin’s abortion, rather than during it. It also mentioned methadone use (a painkiller) contributed to her death.

The redacted autopsy still leaves many important unanswered questions. Our hope is more details will be available soon.

It’s important to note that this information comes not from a go-getting reporter in the news media but a prolife citizen journalist, Lynn Mills, who has been doggedly pursuing this case. It’s because of this research that we can know where Ms. Erwin’s abortion took place.

Planned Parenthood has issued no statement on the matter.

Autopsy report
Death certificate
Police report and 911 call
First trimester vacuum aspiration abortion description

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Planned Parenthood: abortion trumps everything

Recently President Trump made an informal proposal to Planned Parenthood: they could continue getting federal funding if they decided to stop performing abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards fired back, proving what prolife people already knew about Planned Parenthood: abortion is too central to their mission to ever abandon. Taking to Twitter, Richards said that they are "proud" to provide abortions, which are "a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer screenings." Planned Parenthood and the tax dollars they receive are inseparable from their abortion mission.

We know that Planned Parenthood lies about the services that they provide. For example, they don’t provide mammograms, most locations don’t provide prenatal care and they also refuse to provide women with ultrasounds unless they are getting abortions. Their 3 percent gimmick is designed to mislead people when convenient for them to downplay abortion.

So how many women are using Planned Parenthood? In 2015 Planned Parenthood reported seeing 2.5 million clients. In the United States there is about 62 million women of reproductive age (ages 15 to 44). This means that only 4 percent of women who are of reproductive age will go to a Planned Parenthood in a given year. Many of those women are only going for services involving Planned Parenthood's vital abortion mission.

The 4% figure gets even smaller when you look at how many total women there are living in the United States. In 2014 there were 125.9 million women. Less than 2 percent of them used a Planned Parenthood during the calendar year.

Roughly half of women are prolife, and are forced to support an organization whose core mission includes abortion. Why should we force those women to violate their most deeply held beliefs in order to provide care to 2 percent of women—especially when there are much more numerous and comprehensive alternatives available? The only mission of these alternatives is caring for patients.

It is past time to stop coercing American taxpayers into helping Planned Parenthood advance their abortion mission.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Remembering Roe: Norma McCorvey passes at age 69

Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe in the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, passed away on Saturday from heart failure at age 69. Though she will forever be known by the Supreme Court case that bears her name, after years of personal struggles, Norma dedicated the rest of her life to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Norma had an unstable childhood. She grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother. At just 16 she married Woody McCorvey and gave birth to her first child quickly after that. Not long into her marriage she left her husband after he began to abuse her.

In 1969 Norma found herself pregnant for the third time. At her age and situation, Norma knew she could not provide a stable household for her child, and so she sought an abortion. Texas law, however, protected unborn children in law. Someone told Norma about a young, ambitious lawyer named Sarah Weddington who was looking for pregnant women to serve as plaintiffs in abortion cases.

Norma was the perfect candidate for the young lawyer: she was a young single mom, she had one child being raised by her estranged mother, she had given her second child up for adoption and was now expecting a third child. Her young life had been overrun with drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Despite this, Norma said she made up a story about being raped to further defend getting an abortion.

While her case was making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1970 Norma gave birth to a healthy baby girl who was adopted by a family in Texas. Norma never had an abortion. Rather than abortion being the end, Norma's daughter's story likely continues today, maybe even with children of her own. Norma's daughter is oblivious to the fact that her life was the subject of a unjust decision which has led to the deaths of 57 million other unborn children.

On January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided and abortion-on-demand was forced on all 50 states (the Doe of Doe v. Bolton, Sandra Cano, also vocally opposed abortion until her death in 2014). Sarah Weddington had won her case using the story of Norma McCorvey’s hardships.

A few years after the decision Norma came out as the face of "Roe." She attended pro-abortion marches and even began working at an abortion clinic herself. It wasn’t until 1994 when the prolife protest group Operation Rescue moved in to the building next to her abortion clinic that Norma's life changed course. The story of how she came to see abortion for what it truly was is told in an autobiographical book, Won By Love.

After those years of personal struggles Norma became vocally and actively prolife. She converted to Christianity and then joined the Catholic Church 1998. She testified to Congress that she was going to dedicate her life to overturning the decision that bears her name. Both her and Sandra Cano asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, but tragically the justices had no need for their stories anymore after using them to achieve their intended desires.

Norma’s story is one that a lot of people sympathize with: a young addict with a rough upbringing, unable to provide for herself. When she went to look for an abortion, what she was really looking for was help. If someone would have been willing to interject and help her, rather than send her to ambitious pro-abortion lawyers, how different would Norma's life had been? How different would the life of millions of women have been if they were offered something more meaningful than a trip to an assembly-line abortion clinic?

It was not the abortion industry and their lofty pro-woman rhetoric that won Norma with their love, but a team of controversial prolife activists. More specifically, it was a budding seven-year-old prolife activist Emily and her little sister Chelsey who were willing to befriend Jane Roe. As Norma wrote in Won By Love:

"I put on my sunglasses so Emily and Chelsey couldn't see the tears welling up in my eyes. What happened? It was the first time abortion had been personalized for me. I no longer saw abortion as a convenient way of dealing with 'products of conception' or 'missed periods.' Instead abortion represented the 'legal right' to end the life of a child as precious as Emily. This beautiful girl could have been killed without penalty, I thought—and it was all my fault."

Without Norma, those seven judges would have found another Jane Roe. Norma's story is that a young, misguided woman looking for help was used as a pawn in the biggest court case in the history of our country. Her story mirrors the tens of millions of women who have since been sold abortions from revolving-door "clinics."

Let the story of "Jane Roe" inspire you to help women in a crisis pregnancy. Let it inspire you to see the value in every life and every child.

Just as it did for Miss Norma. R.I.P.

Friday, February 17, 2017

House passes H.J. Res. 43 to overturn last minute Obama administration rule

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted 230-188 on House Joint Resolution 43, which would nullify a last-minute regulation created in the final days of President Obama’s tenure. This regulation prevented states from redirecting their Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics, making states unable to defund Planned Parenthood.

This last minute rule change poses a huge problem; many states had already elected to redirect their Title X funding to different health clinics throughout their respective states. Every state and community has different needs, and many states and communities do not want their tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood or other clinics that perform abortions. The resolution the U.S. House approved would allow states to make their own decisions.

The $300 million in funding for Title X comes from the federal government and Medicaid. Like Medicaid Title X is jointly administered by states and the federal government. It was enacted in 1970 by President Richard Nixon, before Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided in 1973. The program is designed to provide several services to low-income women including birth control, sexually-transmitted disease tests, cancer screenings, pregnancy tests, etc. For every Planned Parenthood office in America there are 20-times the number of community health centers that provide those services, and some offer services that Planned Parenthood does not like mammograms.

This resolution is now headed to the Senate for a vote. Please contact our Michigan Senators, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, and tell them: "Please vote YES on H.J. Res. 43 to rescind the Obama rule preventing states from redirecting Title X funds away from groups like Planned Parenthood."

MI Congressman Tim Walberg testified in favor of the resolution
MI Congressman John Moolenaar released a statement supporting the resolution

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

House to vote on stripping lame duck Obama rule to protect Planned Parenthood

In the closing days of the Obama Administration pro-abortion regulators created a rule that stops states from defunding Planned Parenthood. The U.S. House will vote on a House joint resolution (H.J. Res.) Thursday to rescind this rule.

 Please call your representatives now and send them this message: "Please vote YES on H.J. Res. 43 to rescind the Obama rule preventing states from redirecting Title X funds away from groups like Planned Parenthood." 

Contact information for MI members of Congress

Similar to Medicaid, Title X (Title 10) family planning funding is jointly administered by states. Several states have sought to prevent Title X funding from going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics. They passed rules to redirect the money to uncontroversial clinics. As a staunch servant of the abortion industry, President Obama sought to stop these states.

Obama's rule change took effect on January 18, with two days left in his presidency. When originally crafting the rule, he expected Hillary Clinton to be the abortion-friendly president administering it.

H.J. Res. 43 is one among several efforts to end taxpayer funding of the abortion industry. On January 23, President Trump re-enacted the Mexico City Policy. On January 24, the U.S. House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Efforts to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood continue to be planned.

 During the Obama Administration prolife people had few opportunities to lobby Congress on legislation. During the Trump Administration you will have many opportunities to lobby in favor of meaningful prolife legislation. Thank you for your continued efforts to speak out in defense of unborn children!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February is Black History Month

Michigan’s own, President Gerald Ford was the first president to federally recognize Black History Month as part of the United States Bicentennial in 1976. Originally it was celebrated as Black History week, always around February 12, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. This annual observance serves as a time to remember the important people and events in history that Black people have contributed to.

We can't overlook the darker part of history in the United States for Black Americans. We all know about the horrific events of slavery and the civil rights movement. But there is still a great injustice in our midst, one that leads to the loss of 900 Black babies every day.

Abortion has taken more Black American lives than every other cause of death combined since 1973. Totaling over 19 million, abortion has taken more Black lives than violent crime, car accidents, cancer, heart disease and AIDS combined.

Throughout the history of abortion there has been a disparate number of black abortions happening in the United States. The Guttmacher Institute reports 926,200 abortions in the U.S. in 2014. According to the most recent CDC data, 35.6 percent of abortions are done on Black women. Only 12.6 percent of the U.S population is Black. These numbers show that Black communities are the targets for the abortion industry.

The current population in the city of Detroit is 688,701. There were an estimated 329,727 abortions done on Black women in 2014. That's almost half of the population of Detroit. The numbers only get worse when you look at Michigan. Black women make up only about 14% of Michigan's female population, yet they had 49.7% of all abortions recorded in the state in 2015. Black women had 12,925 of 27,151 total reported abortions in Michigan in 2015.

These statistics show an alarming fact, one that rarely is addressed in the public square. With almost half of the abortions in Michigan coming from Black women, we need to help educate women on their options. Abortion-on-demand is being taught to these women as a normal part of life.

The same language that was used to discriminate against them and many others in the past is used to today to discriminate against unborn babies. The unborn are as much a part of our human family as every other person. Often the word “abortion” is never used by abortion advocates. Words and phrases like “choice” or “reproductive health” are used to sanitize the gruesome reality of abortion. Attempts to present factual information often leads to accusations of waging a “War on Women.”

This Black History Month, lets stand up for all black women and men, born and unborn.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch; deserves fair hearing

Last night President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia.


Judge Neil Gorsuch currently serves on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court. That appointment drew unanimous support from the U.S. Senate. Gorsuch has degrees from Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford. He teaches antitrust law and legal ethics at the University of Colorado. He is highly regarded by the legal community.

Right to Life of Michigan is calling on U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to allow an up-or-down vote for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “Judge Neil Gorsuch has a sterling record, and is well qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Like every other new addition to the Supreme Court before him, he deserves a fair hearing from the U.S. Senate, not a filibuster.”

President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia just before the 2016 election. The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate opted to let the voters decide the nomination through the election results. Voters kept Republican control of the Senate and elected President Donald Trump.

Listing said, “The voters have spoken regarding this nomination. Both Senator Debbie Stabenow, who will be facing re-election in 2018, and Senator Gary Peters should listen to the voice of their Michigan voters who helped elect President Trump in November.”

Judge Gorsuch has been compared favorably with Antonin Scalia by many, both in judicial philosophy and writing style. During his acceptance speech on January 31, Gorsuch mirrored Scalia in pointing out that judges should follow the rule of law. Voters and their representatives write the laws, not judges using their personal bias.

Gorsuch has had several rulings dealing with prolife issues. He ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor, two cases involving the Obamacare HHS Mandate. He dissented against attempts by other judges to block Utah from defunding Planned Parenthood. He has also authored a book on the ethics of doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia.

Listing said, “President Trump fulfilled one of his biggest campaign promises in nominating a judge in the mold of Antonin Scalia. We need more judges who will respect the will of voters and their representatives rather than making it up as they go."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

US House votes to permanently ban taxpayer-funded abortions

Yesterday the US House voted 238-183 to pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The bill would permanently ban federal dollars from paying for abortion-on-demand. The Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds to directly pay for most abortions, has been debated yearly on the floor of the House to be included in the annual appropriations bills since 1976. H.R. 7 would make Hyde a permanent and government-wide law.

The Hyde Amendment went to the Supreme Court in 1980 with the case Harris v. McRae. The ruling held that the funding restrictions created in Hyde did not violate the Constitution. It also said that those who participated in Medicaid were not required to fund abortions.

With the passage of Obamacare in 2010, there was a new threat of taxpayer funded abortions. Under Obamacare, federal tax subsidies were created to assist millions of Americans' purchase private health plans, even ones that cover abortion. H.R. 7 would not allow those plans that cover abortions to qualify for federal subsidies. Michigan opted-out of abortion insurance plans through Obamacare in 2013, but many states have not.

Rep. Bill Huizenga's statement in support of H.R. 7

Rep. Tim Walberg's statement in support of H.R. 7

Rep. John Moolenaar's floor speech in support of H.R. 7:

A woman responds to the Women's March

Thank you to Kay Scott for sharing her writing with us

The following is a young child’s response to protest signs at the Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017. The signs were real. The child is imaginary, yet represents millions. For anyone who has had an abortion, may your heart be free and whole. This is not an indictment of you. Rather, it is a look to the future. The hidden voice speaks: "Listen, for I have worthy things to say."

I am the human growing inside you. Please don’t silence me.

I am the human growing inside you. Abortion is not safe for me.

I am the human growing inside you. Will you be kind to me?

I am the human growing inside you. With my own arms and my own legs, My own head and heart, Your body is not my body. And, my body is not yours.

I am the human growing inside you. Will you protect my right to reproduce someday?

I am the human growing inside you. Isn’t my right to live as basic as yours? And, as fundamental as anyone else’s?

I am the human growing inside you. Accept us all, except for me?

I am the human growing inside you. Do you have compassion for me?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#10 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: conscience rights

Throughout the series we've covered numerous problems plaguing Planned Parenthood on an institutional level: fraud, misrepresenting their services, staff failing to report sexual abuse, women injured, etc.

The most important reason prolife people want to defund Planned Parenthood, however, is protecting our conscience rights. Conscience rights have a long history in America. Though we disagree on the specifics, the idea that conscience rights are worth protecting on some level is almost a universally-held value in America. Look no further than the recent election.

Prolife people object to abortion. Abortion takes the life of innocent children; what else could be more objectionable than taking lives? Many abortion supporters don't truly understand this, often because Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations will mislead their own supporters about what motivates prolife people. They say we hate women (even though we're mostly led by women). They say we hate poor people. Sometimes we'll get at least some credit for not being monsters when we are accused of only caring about babies before they are born.

The scale of life taken by abortion is almost beyond compare. Since 1973, more than 57 million unborn children have had their lives taken from them. Prolife people strive every day to end this devastation, and we refuse to simply sit down and be forced to support the organization that leads the abortion movement.

Planned Parenthood performs more than 320,000 abortions a year. That is a scale we can understand and compare things to, to understand why prolife people object to being forced to support their organization:

  • Planned Parenthood does more abortions in a year than women who die of cancer (320,000 vs. 270,000).
  • For every single gun homicide in America in 2014, Planned Parenthood did 29 abortions. 
  • In 2014, there were 5,479 hate crimes in America, according to the FBI. For every hate crime, Planned Parenthood did 59 abortions.
  • MIT estimates that air pollution leads to the earlier deaths of 200,000 people a year, compared to the 320,000 abortions Planned Parenthood performs every year.

To begin to wrap your mind around the greater cost of abortion, listen to this short video that uses a tin can and BBs to put the conscience of prolife people into perspective:

Monday, January 23, 2017

An action alert, a win, and some more action today

Today is a great day to be a prolifer! The theme today is taxpayer support for abortion, and there's three important items:

#1: ACTION ALERT - Lobbying needed TODAY on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act 

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment is annual legislation attached to the budget which prevents your tax dollars from paying directly for most abortions. The legislation could see a vote in the House as soon as tomorrow, January 24. ACTION NEEDED: Contact your U.S. House representative now and tell them: "Please vote YES on H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. A majority of Americans oppose our tax dollars being used to pay for abortions."

MI Congressional Contact Information

#2: President Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy 

This morning President Trump signed an order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which stops your tax dollars from going to groups overseas that provide and promote abortion. The rule was first instituted through executive order by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The order has been rescinded and reinstated by pro-abortion and pro-life presidents since then. Abortion will no longer be an American export!

#3: Don't forget day 9 of our Top 10 reasons to defund Planned Parenthood

Going with today's theme, don't forget to share information on how Planned Parenthood utilizes tax-funding to expand their abortion services.

Reason #9: More tax dollars and fewer services

#9 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: more tax dollars and fewer services

Planned Parenthood wants you to believe that defunding them will leave millions of women without vital care. In reality, they are a small section of the health care industry, and other community health centers could easily pick up their slack. Not only that, their own annual reports show that they don't actually increase services when receiving new taxpayer funding.

Can community health centers survive being overrun with Planned Parenthood's patients?

Would you call a clinic seeing one additional patient a day an impossible feat? Defunding Planned Parenthood won't completely end Planned Parenthood. They served the same amount of clients (2.5 million) back in 1999, with $360 million fewer taxpayer dollars. Let's assume they completely vanish, however. In 2014 there were 8,801 federally-funded health centers locations in America; those locations would have to serve Parenthood's 2.2 million non-abortion clients, using Planned Parenthood's $553 million in tax dollars. That's 250 clients per center, less than one more a day. That's $250 for each client to pay for an STD test, a pregnancy test or birth control. Those numbers are hardly overwhelming for centers that already serve more than 24 million people.

How does Planned Parenthood spend the money they do get?

In the last decade with CEO Cecile Richards at their helm, Planned Parenthood has dramatically increased their tax funding. They've cut clients and the services they frequently tout, however, while dramatically increasing their abortion services. Planned Parenthood instituted a rule in 2013 requiring every affiliate to operate an abortion clinic.

When Planned Parenthood gets more tax dollars, it frees up money in their budget they've already committed to current expenses. In a budget, one dollar is as good as the next, so whatever extra money they get is practically going to whatever new services they are going to provide.

Think about it this way, if we offered to cover 100% of your grocery budget, now the money you were spending to feed yourself has been freed up. What will you do with it? Buy groceries that are twice as expensive? Eat twice as much? Probably not. The more likely scenario is that you'll use your old grocery money to buy that TV you've been eyeing in the store, or invest it, or give it away: whatever it is you value or prioritize the most.

What does today's Planned Parenthood truly value? Breast exams? Contraception? Serving more women? That's what they talk about all the time. Their growth and spending priorities show what it is they value the most, however, not their media spin.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Shocking congressional report on fetal organ selling

The House Select Investigative Panel of the House Energy & Commerce Committee issued a 471-page report on January 4 detailing the shocking and illegal activities of abortion providers and fetal organ trafficking (“procurement”) companies. The panel was established after the 2015 release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials dickering over the amount of money they would receive for handing over organs and tissues from the unborn babies they kill.

The final report, which also references more than 3,400 additional pages of exhibits and evidence, documents not only the illegal and unethical practices between abortion clinics and organ traffickers, but also the stonewalling and outright contempt of Congress that most of these entities demonstrated in response to the panel’s request for information. It is clear they all have something to hide.

The panel’s most substantial findings and actions include:

  • The panel made 13 criminal referrals to the U.S. Justice Department or state’s attorneys general for activities discovered that appear to have violated federal law. In short, Congress is asking for criminal investigations. Some the findings that follow are among those criminal actions that require investigating.
  • Planned Parenthood engaged with companies like StemExpress, DV Biologics and Advance Bioscience Resources to illegally buy and sell fetal organs and tissue. The money exchanged went far beyond paying a nominal “processing fee” or other “legitimate cost” for allowing access to the tissue.
  • The lucrative nature of organ/tissue trafficking drove abortionists to alter the way they perform abortions to maximize available organs, pushing them to prefer late-term abortions and to perform illegal partial-birth abortions.
  • Planned Parenthood and the procurement companies violated patient privacy (HIPPA) laws, engaged in deceptive informed consent practices and created incentives for women to donate organs/tissue that violate medical ethics standards.
  • A late-term abortion clinic in New Mexico engaged in illegal quid pro quo arrangements with University of New Mexico to provide organs/tissue, including clinic abortionists being given “faculty privileges” at UNM without ever having to teach classes or provide academic services.
  • StemExpress worked so closely with Planned Parenthood to obtain organs/tissues, that StemExpress employees essentially "set up shop" inside the PP clinics. StemExpress also thwarted the panel’s investigation by refusing to turn over requested documents, including financial records that would likely expose their illegal activities.
  • The panel noted, “Virtually every entity and individual from whom the Panel sought documents did not fully comply…”

The panel concluded that all that their investigation found--including a history of Planned Parenthood falsely billing the government for Medicaid and other services to the tune of $132 million--warrants the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#8 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: their political involvement

Involvement in the political process is very important. We firmly believe this as an organization. But what about organizations that receive half of their budgets from taxpayers? At what point are taxpayer dollars subsidizing electioneering and lobbying? Why should millions of taxpayers be forced to contribute to an organization that works directly to oppose their most deeply-held beliefs? When is the line crossed between participation and public corruption and influence peddling?

Planned Parenthood throws a lot of money around

According to their most recent annual report, in their 2014-2015 fiscal year Planned Parenthood spent $39.3 million on "public policy." In addition to that $39.3 million, Planned Parenthood also lists other activities in their annual report that sound related to politics. They spent $22.8 million on "engaging communities" and $23.7 million on "building advocacy capacity." We'd like to be able to explain what those categories mean exactly, and the taxpayers footing half of their bills deserve answers, but Planned Parenthood isn't forthcoming. They believe they are entitled to the billions of taxpayer dollars they receive and should be beyond questioning.

In the 2016 election cycle Planned Parenthood gave $3,042,948 to candidates and their affiliated political action committees spent $14,318,545, according to OpenSecrets ranks Planned Parenthood's candidate contributions in the top 1 percent of organizations, and their PAC spending ranks 23 out of 203. Not only is Planned Parenthood heavily involved in politics, they are one of the most major players. Taxpayers help them do this by paying for nearly half of their budget, freeing up their staff and resources to focus on opposing the views of many of those taxpayers.

Worse still are the implications of Planned Parenthood facing investigations for Medicaid fraud, trafficking the body parts of aborted babies, violating state health regulations, etc. Many legislators charged with oversight of this massive political and publicly-funded machine receive contributions from Planned Parenthood. Pro-abortion legislators get elected with help from Planned Parenthood, vote them more of your money, look the other way on violations of the law and public trust, and they get Planned Parenthood's campaign contributions. Rinse, and repeat.

An arm of the national Democratic Party?

As a non-partisan organization, Right to Life of Michigan laments that abortion has become a polarized party issue. That is a reality that Planned Parenthood faces as well, yet they seem to embrace it. For the second presidential election in a row, Planned Parenthood's CEO Cecile Richards addressed the Democratic National Convention in a speaking slot. Cecile Richards took a leave of absence in 2012 to work for President Barack Obama's re-election. Planned Parenthood broke with their convention to wade into the 2016 Democratic primary to endorse Hillary Clinton over an equally pro-abortion Senator Bernie Sanders, who was the victim of several questionable actions by the national Democratic Party apparatus. Why should taxpayers be forced to fund an essentially partisan organization?

Fighting the conscience of a majority of Americans

Polls routinely show a majority of Americans oppose tax-funded abortions, support laws requiring parental consent before abortions, support waiting periods, support laws that protect unborn victims of violence, oppose late-term abortions and vehemently oppose partial-birth abortions. On all of those issues Planned Parenthood has led the charge to oppose the views of a majority of Americans.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Abortion in 2014: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

On January 17 the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute released their most recent report on abortion in America.

While the Centers for Disease Control report includes abortion figures from state health departments and other official bodies, they miss data from several states, including California. The Guttmacher Institute includes numbers from all 50 states and directly polls abortion clinics. We know in the past in Michigan that some abortion clinics won't report data to the state.

The Guttmacher Institute may be closely affiliated with Planned Parenthood, but their report is the best estimate we have for abortion statistics; their trends also closely mirror those of the CDC report.

The Good:

There were 926,200 abortions performed in the U.S. in 2014. Abortions are now under one million a year, and at the lowest amount since 1974. The abortion rate, which is the number of abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age, is at the lowest level since 1973. At 14.6 per 1,000 women, that means abortion is less common today than at any point of legalized abortion in America. This is good news that your efforts are paying off in lives saved!

The Bad:

There were 926,200 abortions performed in the U.S. in 2014. Abortion dwarfs cancer and heart disease as causes of death, if the authorities counted it that way. More than 57 million unborn children have had their lives taken from them unjustly in the last 44 years. That's an amount of lives beyond comprehension.

The Ugly:

Many supporters of the nation's leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, are trying to claim that we should thank Planned Parenthood and Obamacare for this, specifically birth control and sex education. What a convenient claim given the national discussion about defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamcare! These claims are wrong for several important reasons:
  1. Planned Parenthood has been cutting birth control services and clients in the last 10 years, while expanding abortions.
  2. The long-term decline in abortion began in 1990, 20 years before Obamacare came along. 
  3. The most recent Guttmacher numbers acknowledge that a majority of women who have abortions were using birth control.
  4. The Guttmacher report acknowledges the affect of prolife legislation in the last few years.
Through prolife people roll their eyes when the number one abortion provider brags about lowering abortions, it proves one of our critical points: abortion is unpopular. For many abortion supporters it is at best a necessary evil, not a social good as abortion leaders have been trying to say lately. Planned Parenthood could end a third of U.S. abortions overnight if that's what they really wanted, but at least they are still forced to acknowledge that abortion is ugly.

#7 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: they defraud Medicaid

Planned Parenthood's main argument against defunding them is that they are just reimbursed by Medicaid for services provided. Forgetting for a moment their focus on abortion over real health services, Planned Parenthood has a terrible track record as a steward of your taxpayer dollars.

A comprehensive review finds fraud

The Charlotte Lozier Institute and Alliance Defending Freedom released an excellent and detailed report on January 4 of Planned Parenthood's numerous problems with overbilling taxpayers through Medicaid. Audits and investigations have found Planned Parenthood affiliates to be the source of at least $12.8 million in waste and fraud. One federal audit found a Planned Parenthood affiliate was billing the federal government for abortion-related procedures. New York taxpayers are forced to directly pay for abortions through the state's portion of Medicaid, but federal law dictates that no federal Medicaid dollars must go to abortion. What was done about it? Not much! Time and again we've seen that pro-abortion officials rarely treat Planned Parenthood the same as other organizations or businesses.

Settling a case of Medicaid fraud in Texas

Let's briefly focus on one case in Texas, where public officials actually held Planned Parenthood accountable for once. A Planned Parenthood staff member blew the whistle on her employer, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Allegations include falsifying medical records, billing for non-existent services, and providing unnecessary services. Planned Parenthood settled the case for $4.3 million. Texas has made efforts to kick Planned Parenthood out of their Medicaid program, but the pro-abortion Obama Administration attempted to exact revenge by holding other Medicaid patients hostage, leading to a long and convoluted fight still going on today.

How does this fraud work?

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Sue Thayer is currently in court, alleging Planned Parenthood in Iowa committed $28 million in Medicaid fraud by filing 500,000 false claims. She details how Planned Parenthood takes advantage of the system for financial benefit. Planned Parenthood would mail out packets of birth control to former clients without a request. A month's supply for one woman only cost Planned Parenthood $2.98, but Thayer alleges Planned Parenthood was paid $26.32 by Medicaid. If pills were returned to Planned Parenthood through the mail as unwanted, they would mailed out to other women and billed again to Medicaid. Thayer alleges that Planned Parenthood also doubled-dipped by asking for donations for services, then billing the same services to Medicaid.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Feminism and the prolife movement

By Natalie Collins, RLM Education & Events Coordinator

As a way to promote human rights, a group of women came up with the idea of a Women’s March on Washington. This is supposed to be a walk that represents all women, while promoting feminism. However, the march has turned into something different.

Over the weekend there was clamoring because one of the sponsors of the event was prolife. According to the organizers of the march, their group is based on "intersectional feminism" and they were going to also be protesting for women’s health care and abortion access. This prolife group, New Wave Feminists, did not align with their message and organizers effectively ended their sponsorship.

While claiming to include everyone, they are willing to exclude prolifers.

If you don't know what intersectional feminism is, a simple search tells you that intersectional feminism comes from a type of sociological study to look at the different types of relationships among different dimensions. The term is further supposed to represent women who are feeling oppression to varying degrees.

Well, a lot of women might be feeling oppressed because they are told that they can’t go to the Women’s March because they are prolife. That's kind of ironic because that organization is claiming to stand up for the rights of all women. In reality they are ignoring statistically half of all women.

Maybe people would be more upset if the march organizers said that all people with brown hair can’t come to the march because they don’t want them representing their organization. People with brown hair account for a lot of women. So why is excluding someone because they are prolife any different?

You could go even further and make the argument that they are oppressing the rights of unborn women. It seems like this Women’s March might not actually represent all women.

Contrary to popular opinion, you can be a feminist and prolife. According to Merriam-Webster, a feminist is someone who supports the political, economic and social equality of the sexes; it doesn’t say anything about having to promote abortion. So according to that definition, if you want to stand up for women’s empowerment and promote legislation that helps make men and women equal, you are a feminist.

Unfortunately though, in real life the minute you step out and say that you are also prolife, other feminists will tell you that you can’t be a feminist. This being said, the main question still remains: why can’t a women be prolife and a feminist? We are supposed to be living in a society that is more inclusive. In reality, we are living in a time when it is okay to ban people from attending a free speech march because they want to defend the lives of the unborn; a march where it is okay to discriminate against someone because of their level of development.

The annual March for Life in Washington, DC will be taking place on January 27th. If you are unable to attend the march in Washington, find events in your area where you can make your voice heard. Coming together for equality and the empowerment of all women, born or unborn, is something we can all walk towards.

#6 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: they fail to report sexual abuse

Planned Parenthood has essentially a "no questions asked policy" when it comes to abortion. Whether born of ideology or business convenience, that policy hurts women who are being coerced into having abortions, especially rape victims and women who are being sex-trafficked.

Planned Parenthood looks the other way

The prolife organization Live Action has done two undercover video investigations showing many cases of Planned Parenthood staff willing to ignore mandatory reporting laws regarding statutory rape, and help sex traffickers keep their women on the street. One case involved a staff member giving tips on how underage trafficking victims can get back to sex work immediately following an abortion. Another involved a staff member advising the undercover journalist to lie to a judge to cover up her age. The investigations resulted in multiple Planned Parenthood staff members being fired. Did you hear about these videos? Doesn't covering up multiple instances of rape at a taxpayer-funded institution have some consequences?

This isn't just about video stings, but real women who have been sacrificed

An inspection by the Alabama Department of Public Health found that the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Mobile, AL had failed to report the rape of a 14-year-old girl—twice. Alabama state law requires any health organizations dealing with children to be mandatory reporters. Just four months after the 14-year-old girl came in for an abortion, Planned Parenthood staff failed again to report the sexual abuse and gave her a second abortion. Should Planned Parenthood's slogan be "Care. No Matter What," or "Abortion. No Matter What"?

Planned Parenthood opposes parental consent laws

If you are a parent of a minor girl, Planned Parenthood believes you have no right to know if she has an abortion. In fact, they believe the U.S. Constitution requires parents to be kept in the dark (strange, we must have all slept through that part in civics class). In Michigan it's illegal for a tattoo shop to give a minor girl a tattoo without permission, but Planned Parenthood is OK with performing surgery on her without anyone knowing. Thankfully Michigan has a parental consent law, but we know that in the past abortion clinics in the state have directed girls to friendly or apathetic judges who rubber-stamp a judicial bypass to shut the parents out of the process. Parental consent laws exist not only as a matter of a parent's right to raise their child, but also to protect against the sexual abuse that Planned Parenthood staff have looked the other way on.

Monday, January 16, 2017

#5 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: they sold baby body parts

 Planned Parenthood used many tools in their media arsenal to deceive their own supporters into believing they never sold the organs and tissues of aborted babies.

No, the undercover videos are not fake or heavily edited

The Center for Medical Progress' undercover video series exposing the practices of fetal organ harvesting are completely genuine. All they did was have a few actors pose as a company wishing to purchase the baby body parts, and Planned Parenthood and other members of the usually secretive abortion industry happily let them into their inner world. The videos are simply Planned Parenthood leaders and others talking on camera. In addition to the highlight clips released, full footage of every encounter was released. Even Planned Parenthood's own video review was forced to acknowledge there was no tampering involved. This paid report claims everything is out of context (it's not) and was designed simply to give a sound byte for supporters (essentially none of whom will ever read the actual report) to believe and rally around.

It's illegal to traffic fetal organs but nobody cares in the Obama Administration

If it's illegal to buy and sell baby body parts, how did Planned Parenthood get away with it? The law involved allows compensation for donations. In other words, those receiving the organs can cover any costs Planned Parenthood incurred while harvesting them. Because the law is vague, Planned Parenthood can claim whatever they want involving costs. As the videos showed, however, Planned Parenthood staff would do no actual additional work. They let the organ buyers into their office to speak with women (HIPAA violations?), and then pick through the corpses of the aborted babies like vultures for any profitable organs they could find. Unfortunately with a staunch ally in the White House with President Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood knew a pro-abortion justice department would never go after them.

Another legal problem was Planned Parenthood admitted to changing abortion procedures in order to harvest fresher body parts for sale. Any deviations in the procedure are supposed to be solely for the benefit of a patient, not for financial benefit. Again, pro-abortion officials means the abortion industry won't be held accountable.

The value of human life

Beyond the legality of organ trafficking, the harvesting of dead babies for spare parts touches the human conscience on many levels. As the videos show, Planned Parenthood was keenly worried about the public learning about their practices. Because of the impact of the videos, Planned Parenthood claims they will no longer sell fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood and others often claim the baby is just a blob of tissue, or a ball of cells, or some other dehumanizing epithet. These clumps of cells, however, were generating intact livers, glands, brains, hearts, etc. for Planned Parenthood to sell. In one video we hear a clinic working marveling at the intricacies of the human spine, a spine that belonged to a fully-formed baby ripped limb from limb several minutes prior.

Throughout the videos, you hear that livers and thymus glands are the hot commodity in the baby parts market. Just what were they being used for? Many Planned Parenthood supporters have been led to believe that they will be used in transplantation for other babies in need. That's half true; the perfectly functioning liver/thymus pair is popular because it can be transplanted, but into mice, not people. The mice will then have a pseudo-human immune system that can be further experimented on. We also learned that the intact brains of some aborted babies ended up in a summer science camp for kids to play with.

These were lives with intrinsic value, and after being ripped apart—one limb at a time—the indignity was complete. These aborted babies were developed and human enough to be used as science experiments, but not human enough to be included in the human family in the eyes of Planned Parenthood.

Friday, January 13, 2017

#4 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: fails to uphold basic safety standards

Independent abortion clinics justifiably have a reputation of being the worst of the worst when it comes to patient safety and care, but Planned Parenthood also has many of these problems which are an epidemic in the abortion industry. Because of abortion's unique political status, abortion clinics often skate with violations that would shutter fast food restaurants or dental clinics.

Planned Parenthood's "meat market-style" abortion clinic in Delaware

We're not sure if Planned Parenthood was selling the body parts of aborted babies in their Delaware abortion clinics (to make them literal meat markets), but those are the words former Planned Parenthood staff used to describe the conditions. Delaware doesn't inspect abortion clinics regularly, leaving Planned Parenthood to regulate itself. Here's two staff whistle-blowers describing it in their own words:

"He didn't wear gloves."
"They were using instruments on patients that were not sterile."
 "It's not washed down, it's not even cleaned off. It has bloody drainage on it."

The faster abortions can be completed, the more income an abortion clinic can make.

Cree Erwin's death in 2016 in Battle Creek

The most recent woman to die following an abortion in Michigan had it performed at the Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo. Cree Erwin, 24, had an abortion on June 30, 2016, and passed away at some point late in the evening of July 3, roughly 24 hours after visiting a nearby emergency room complaining of abdominal pain. Her mother found her unresponsive and "cold as ice," and emergency responders pronounced her dead at the scene in the early morning hours of July 4, Independence Day.

Planned Parenthood's slogan is: "Care. No Matter What." What sort of care did Erwin receive? What about her young son, left without a mother? Two lives have been taken, and Erwin's family is left to pick up the pieces. Just prior to Erwin's death, Planned Parenthood in Michigan announced that they were thinking about challenging Michigan's abortion clinic regulation in court as too restrictive. They've said nothing more since.

$2 million settlement in the death of Tonya Reeves

A recent example we have more details about is the death of Tonya Reeves, 24, from an abortion at a Planned Parenthood office in Chicago. She died of massive hemorrhaging following a second-trimester dismemberment abortion. She had multiple abortions throughout the day as Planned Parenthood and hospital staff struggled to deal with her condition. Her uterus had been perforated at Planned Parenthood, leading to an uncontrollable bleed and Reeves died during emergency surgery at the hospital. Following a lawsuit by Reeves' family, Planned Parenthood settled the case for $2 million to help Reeves' young son. No action was taken against the abortionist who caused Reeve's death, Mandy Gittler.

As far as we can tell, Mandy Gittler was the abortionist on staff in Kalamazoo the day Cree Erwin had her abortion.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

#3 reason to defund Planned Parenthood: they deny the effects of abortion

Planned Parenthood has a financial interest in abortion. They have an incentive to routinely deny that abortion has any effects on women’s health, be it physical, emotional, or otherwise.

Planned Parenthood ignores the stories of post-abortive women

There are countless women who have expressed turmoil from past abortions. Rather than accept these women’s stories, in a publication titled, "The emotional effects of induced abortion," Planned Parenthood begins it by flatly stating that, "For more than 30 years, substantive research studies have shown that legally induced abortion does not pose mental health problems for women." Are women who express their depression and anguish after abortion not experiencing mental health problems?

Many studies have shown that abortion is related to an increased risk for several mental health problems: mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, etc. Abortion is associated with an increased risk of mental problems in 13 of 36 studies between 1995-2011. No difference between abortion and childbirth is found in five of the studies, and only one found worse outcomes for giving birth. To Planned Parenthood, the only "substantive" studies and experiences are those that validate their commitment to abortion.

Planned Parenthood ignores evidence about abortion and breast cancer 

Their publication entitled, “Myths about abortion and breast cancer,” is pretty clear on their position. The majority of worldwide studies done on the issue have shown a correlation between abortion and breast cancer. Planned Parenthood’s primary evidence refuting these numerous studies is a 2003 workshop hosted by the National Cancer Institute that declared there is no risk. One of the workshop's organizers, Dr. Louise Brinton, later went on to co-author a study listing abortion as one of several "known and suspected breast cancer risk factors." The study shows abortion is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Let's compare abortion to alcohol consumption, which is a widely accepted risk factor. The breast cancer odds ratio for women who have abortions compared to those who don’t in Brinton’s study was 1.4. It was only 1.1 for women who have three or more drinks a week compared to those who had none (1.0 meaning no change in risk). Women deserve to be informed that dozens of studies have shown a link between abortion and breast cancer, not a flat denial from researchers who publish data that contradict their own conclusions.

Planned Parenthood opposes a woman's right to know

In 2014-2015, Planned Parenthood received $553.7 million in taxpayer dollars, and spent $39.3 million lobbying elected officials according to their annual report. Planned Parenthood spends that lobbying money to oppose essentially any regulation on abortion, including requirements to inform women about abortion procedures and any potential risks. Until 1992 it was unconstitutional in America to require informed consent before abortion procedures. Planned Parenthood lost on that particular issue in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992. Planned Parenthood continues to oppose informed consent and laws requiring them to offer women the option to see their own ultrasound scans (imagine a doctor who won't let you see your own x-ray?). They should at least respect the right of their own clients to be informed about issues regarding their health.