An Interesting Week in the Pro-Life Movement

April 6, 2018 09:00 AM

Planned Parenthood in Springfield, Missouri, was denied an abortion license by the state this week. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services denied its application for an abortion facility license reportedly because it could not get two OB/GYNs to agree to be on call 24 hours per day in the event of abortion complications. As Operation Rescue points out, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, which operates the Springfield facility, also operates a high-volume abortion facility in St. Louis that is known as the most dangerous abortion facility in the country. Operation Rescue documents 69 medical emergencies requiring emergency transport to hospitals at the St. Louis facility.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would NOT hear two cases brought by pro-lifers (one by David Daleiden and the other by Troy Newman) that sought to overturn a lower court’s injunction. That injunction prohibits the release of any more baby body parts videos concerning Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation. The injunction was ordered by Judge Orrick in California while a legal case proceeds there. The Supreme Court decision means the videos will not be released while the case goes on—and maybe never.

This week, Cecile Richards released her memoir entitled Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead—My Life Story. It is the story of a community organizer and a political activist. Maybe I missed it, but there was not a single thing in the 302 pages that explained how she was qualified to run a healthcare organization. Her experience had nothing to do with providing healthcare for women and everything to do about political organizing and running election campaigns. The results of her 12 years at the helm of Planned Parenthood demonstrated this reality. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood’s annual customer count went down by 700,000. All of the organization’s major healthcare services declined. Richards didn’t even have the acumen to buy some mammogram machines, train her employees, and put the machines in its clinics around the country to provide women with real breast cancer detection instead of just a rudimentary manual breast exam. But, boy could she raise money and win election campaigns, except, of course, the most important one—the 2016 presidential election.

At a fundraising event this week, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas revealed that it received an anonymous $9 million donation to build new abortion facilities in West Texas. Planned Parenthood explained that it expects to build two new facilities with the money. STOPP has worked on the ground in Texas for decades and we will be active in helping local pro-lifers prevent the opening of these killing centers.

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