Monday, April 20, 2009

Right to Life of Holland Area finds alternative way to spread the prolife message

For 25 years, Right to Life of Holland Area used a prolife float to share the prolife message during the city of Holland’s annual Tulip Time parades. This year their application for entry was denied but they’ve continued in their efforts to affirm the right to life at Tulip Time with the “Red Rose Campaign.”

The following is a statement from Right to Life of Holland Area:
Right to Life of Holland Area is deeply grateful and encouraged by the outcry and support from the community.

As you are aware the original application for our float to be in the Wednesday and Saturday Tulip Time parades was denied. We consequently offered to enter our float under the name of Right to Life of Michigan Education Fund which has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status because it is solely educational. We also suggested that any float that had a long record of participation could be grandfathered in and new entries would be held to the revised guideline.

On April 9, we were notified that the Tulip Time board had “affirmed its recent decision and will be taking no further action.” Regretfully, Right to Life of Holland Area has accepted their decision.

Consequently, the time has come to put controversy behind us and focus on ways to spread life-affirming messages. Right to Life of Holland Area chooses not to promote boycotts of Tulip Time activities. We choose to continue our 25-year history of being a positive part of Tulip Time.

We are pleased to announce that our float will be on display during Tulip Time at 1 Graves Place in Holland, just east of Centennial Park. We are also pleased to announce the “Red Rose Campaign.”

The red rose has long been the symbol of life. We have designed a special T-shirt with a red rose and the words “Life a Precious Gift,” which we encourage our supporters to wear during Tulip Time festivities. More details will be made available soon.

We have also been contacted by many parade participants asking how they can show their support for life. We suggest that they wear an arm band of a one-inch red ribbon on their left arm.

Our hope and prayer is that those who have phoned with words of encouragement, written letters to the editor, signed the online petition, made helpful suggestions, etc., will join us by participating in our “Red Rose Campaign” at the Tulip Time festival.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Providing and Promoting Abortion: What you should know about Planned Parenthood

The updated text of the flier Providing and Promoting Abortion: What you should know about Planned Parenthood has been posted on Right to Life of Michigan's web site. This flier discusses Planned Parenthood's real plan, how they are a "profitable" non-profit and the money they spend on lobbying.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

More than 300,000 abortions performed at Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood’s 2007-2008 Annual Report again shows how America’s leading abortion provider continues to increase its share of the abortion market. The number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood facilities rose more than 5% to 305,310 abortions in 2007 from the previous record high of 289,750 abortions in 2006. Approximately, 1 in 4 abortions performed in the United States are now performed at Planned Parenthood facilities. The number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood continue to increase despite the national decrease in the number of abortions in recent years.

While the number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood grew, the number of prenatal clients decreased to 10,914. Planned Parenthood now commits approximately 28 abortions for every pregnant prenatal client it sees and commits 62 abortions for every adoption referral. Abortion is clearly the number #1 choice for Planned Parenthood.

Increasing their annual total of abortions also didn’t hurt Planned Parenthood’s checkbook. Their annual revenues were again above the $1 billion dollar mark and their profits (revenue over expenses) totaled a staggering $85 million. Planned Parenthood’s net assets totaled more than $1 billion dollars.