By Jim Sedlak
Planned Parenthood has always seen California as the center of its abortion empire. Although Planned Parenthood Federation of America has its executive offices in New York City and a major lobbying office in Washington, DC, its abortion business is very much centered in California.
In 2020, Planned Parenthood had 563 medical centers across the country, but 107 (19 percent) were in California. Of the 563 centers, 387 committed surgical or abortion pill abortions. Of those 387, an even 100 (26 percent) were located in the state of California.
As you know, this year has brought many potential changes in abortion throughout the United States. First there was the new Biden administration—the most adamantly pro-abortion administration in our nation’s history. This fact led to a record number of states pushing numerous efforts to regulate abortion. Then came September 1, 2021, when the unique Heartbeat Bill—a law that allows ordinary citizens to sue abortionists and all who helped facilitate most abortions after a heartbeat is detected—went into effect in Texas. Add to this the fact that SCOTUS allowed the Texas law to go into effect and agreed to hear an abortion case concerning an abortion regulation law in Mississippi, and those who kill babies for a living began having conniption fits.
So, what does Planned Parenthood do? In early September, right after SCOTUS allowed the Texas law to go into effect, the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates) began working in earnest with other pro-abortion groups and formed the California Future of Abortion Council. According to information on the California Planned Parenthood Action website, “The CA FAB Council will work in collaboration with researchers, advocates, policy makers, providers, patients, and key constituents to determine potential challenges in the state and recommend solutions that will continue to provide stability and sanctuary for both Californians and those who may seek services here from out of state.”
In other words, CA FAB is working to keep abortion facilities open in California and to expand abortion access in the state.
The Los Angeles Times took note of this new group and ran an article this week headlined “California Makes Plans to Be the Nation’s Abortion Provider in a Post-‘Roe’ World.” The article referred to the creation of CA FAB, saying, “In September, Planned Parenthood and groups such as Black Women for Wellness convened the California Future of Abortion Council with backing from influential Democratic leaders including [Governor] Newsom, state Senate leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood).”
There is no guarantee, of course, that the Supreme Court is going to overturn Roe v. Wade. But, in the end, that is not going to matter to Planned Parenthood. It is hard at work making sure that even if, as predicted, half of the states ban abortions, Planned Parenthood killing centers will be churning out the bodies of aborted babies in California.
You may recall that pro-life heroes David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt recorded Planned Parenthood employees breaking the law and selling aborted baby body parts in California. The government in California is so corrupt that, instead of prosecuting Planned Parenthood for its crimes, the state attorney general Kamala Harris (now vice president of the United States) went after Daleiden instead. Her successor as attorney general, Xavier Becerra (now Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services), continued the persecution.
The Supreme Court of the United States can put an end to this, but it must do much more than just overturn Roe v. Wade. What SCOTUS must do is declare what the entire country, indeed the entire world, knows to be true—that a preborn human being is a unique member of the human family and is entitled to all the rights enumerated in federal and state constitutions—including the right to life.
Until that happens, Planned Parenthood is working hard to ensure that California will always be the nation’s abortionist—killing preborn human beings, selling their parts, and getting paid to do it.
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.