Live Action and Lila Rose, Stand Up For Religious Freedom

For Immediate Release:

March 21st, 2012 —  Live Action will join concerned Americans across the nation on Friday March 23rd, 2012 to voice opposition to the Health and Human Services mandate under the Obama Administration. People in over 100 cities and towns across America will stand up against the HHS mandate on Friday, which is working to force religious institutions to offer contraception, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees and students.

The Rally for Religious Freedom will take place on Friday, March 23 from Noon to 1 p.m., in front of the HHS Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC. Live Action President Lila Rose will address the rally.

Live Action President Rose says, “On Friday, Americans all across the nation are standing up against an unjust attack on religious liberty, on pro-life Americans, and on the most vulnerable Americans – our unborn children. This is not only an attack on people of faith and conscience, this is an assault on every American’s freedom. Our government has already failed to protect the right to life of its most vulnerable citizens – the unborn. Now they are stripping away the freedom of born citizens, and forcing our companies to purchase insurance coverage of abortifacient drugs that kill.”

She continues, “The Obama administration is joined by a vicious abortion lobby- especially abortion giant Planned Parenthood- in this unjust attempt to force abortifacients, contraception, and sterilization coverage on all of us. This war against liberty and life must end. This mandate is an outrage and we will not comply.”

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For more information or to request an interview with Lila Rose, please contact: Kate Bryan at: media@liveaction.org or 323.454.3304

To learn more about Live Action, visit: liveaction.org

To see our investigative projects, visit: http://www.liveaction.org/projects-of-live-action

Representative Dr. Linda Halderman Blasts California Proposal to Allow Non-Doctors to Perform Surgical Abortions

California Representative Dr. Linda Halderman

This week California state representative Dr. Linda Halderman blasted Senate Bill 1501 which was introduced by Sen. Christine Kehoe, (D-San Diego). The bill will permit non-doctors such as midwives and physicians assistants to perform surgical termination procedures.  Pro-life representative Dr. Halderman shared her concerns about the bill in an almost 30 minute radio appearance on the Ray Appleton radio program. You can hear the audio here. The Ray Appleton show is one of the most listened to talk programs in central California.

Planned Parenthood Pushes Bill Forcing Mandatory Abortion Coverage on Pro-Lifers

Planned Parenthood and other abortion industry allies like NARAL are rallying behind a new Washington State bill that would require health insurance coverage for abortion if a health plan covers maternity care.

This act will force everyone, include those with pro-life values, to purchase an insurance plan that pays for elective abortion if they want an insurance plan that contains maternity coverage. Those interested in an insurance plan without abortion coverage would be banned from having their plan cover maternity care.

Pro-Life advocates gathered by the tens of thousands at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, CA held every January.

The bill is called the Reproductive Parity Act or HB 2330 and has passed the House Health Care & Wellness committee and Ways & Means committee on the back of support from Democrats. The companion Senate bill SB 6185 passed the Health & Long-Term Care committee 9 days ago and now heads to the Rules committee. The full state House and Senate have yet to hold a vote.

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest which is the political lobbying arm of Planned Parenthood of the Northwest states, “we want to make sure all insurance policies provide abortion coverage.”

Read more Planned Parenthood Pushes Bill Forcing Mandatory Abortion Coverage on Pro-Lifers

Newsweek & Michelle Goldberg Distort the Truth

NewsweekToday Newsweek senior contributing writer Michelle Goldberg presented a less-than-truthful piece on Live Action’s President Lila Rose. This of course isn’t the first time I’ve seen right-to-life opponents engage in a cherry-picking exercise to distort the record of pro-life advocates nor do I expect it to be the last.

First a bit of history on Newsweek before commencing with the fact-check. Newsweek was owned since 1961 by the Washington Post which has been and continues to be outspoken in favor of abortion. As the circulation of Newsweek fell, the Washington Post sold the magazine to Sidney Harman in 2010. Sidney Harman passed away in 2011 leaving much of the publication’s ownership to his wife Jane Harman who is a former Democratic congresswoman from California. Harman strongly supported abortion while in office including opposing a ban on the termination of human fetuses that were alive and partially born. Jane Harman now sits on the Newsweek board.

Now back to Michelle Goldberg and her piece titled, “Lila Rose: The Woman Who Sparked the Planned Parenthood Flap.” The problems with this editorial curve-ball come one after another and range from slights to major omissions.

Read more Newsweek & Michelle Goldberg Distort the Truth

Lila Rose Statement on Komen/Planned Parenthood Funding Controversy

Lila Rose
Live Action President Lila Rose

“In the wake of the efforts by Komen to ensure grant money goes only to affiliates that actually perform mammograms (Planned Parenthood does not), the last few days have revealed the ugly extent that abortion giant Planned Parenthood and their allies will go to exert control over anyone who threatens their funding and image.

We continue to urge Komen to remain steadfast and stop funding Planned Parenthood, as they are the largest abortion provider in the US, under both federal and state investigation, provides no mammography services at any of their clinics, and have been documented covering up child sexual abuse and sex trafficking. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the most  influential breast cancer foundation in America and should distance themselves from an organization that cares more about abortion than women’s health and well-being.”

BREAKING: New statement from Komen

Tom Benning at the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Komen for the Cure has  released the following statement from Nancy Brinker and the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors:

We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

Live Action Applauds Komen Defunding of Planned Parenthood; Cites Investigations

In response to the news today that the Susan G Komen foundation has ended their financial grant contributions of nearly $700,000 annually to abortion chain Planned Parenthood, Live Action President Lila Rose made the following statement:

“We applaud Susan G. Komen for its pro-woman decision to end their financial support of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion chain. After a slew of scandals at Planned Parenthood, and the opening of a Congressional investigation, Komen is wise to distance itself from the corrupt abortion giant. In just the last year, Live Action’s undercover footage revealed Planned Parenthood workers in 7 clinics aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of young girls, and Planned Parenthood falsely claiming they provide mammograms to women. In reality, our undercover investigation revealed that not a single Planned Parenthood clinic even has the equipment to do a mammogram. Komen realizes that their money to detect, prevent, and cure breast cancer is better spent elsewhere.

“Planned Parenthood misleads women and the public about the services they provide; but it is clear that behind a thin veneer of “preventative services,” their real focus is abortion. In just the last year, Planned Parenthood was the leading abortion chain in the world, committing over 300,000 abortions, which now account for over 40% of its clinic revenue. Together, we stand with Komen and reject Planned Parenthood’s corruption and extreme abortion-first ideology.”

To see the video exposing the false mammogram claim made by Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, visit:
http://liveaction.org/blog/planned-parenthood-ceos-false-mammogram-claim-exposed/

To see the videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s cover-up of child sex-trafficking, visit:
http://liveaction.org/traffick

To learn more about Live Action, visit: liveaction.org

To interview Lila Rose, please contact: Kate Bryan, (323) 454-3304, media@liveaction.org

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Not a joke… Planned Parenthood wants to be “your sexual fantasy”

Brought to you by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England which says they are running this new ad campaign online, on buses, and in local newspapers…

Jill Stanek has more on this in her post, “Planned Parenthood’s “cheeky” new ad campaign” which includes photos of some of the other ads like “we’re your friend with benefits” and “we’re your private area.”

Illinois Health Dept. Says Abortion Clinics Don’t Always Report All of Their Numbers

The following paragraph appeared in the Chicago Sun Times. The most significant part is emphasized.

Tom Schafer, deputy director of the state’s Office of Health Promotion, said Guttmacher has more time and leeway when an abortion provider is unresponsive. “I don’t want to question the accuracy of their numbers, but we don’t have the ability to estimate,” Schafer said. “We count actual procedures as reported to us.” He said the state counts abortions performed at about 26 facilities, in addition to those performed by between 95 and 140 individual physicians. He acknowledged that providers don’t always report all of their numbers.

This should be a reminder to all of us that often the controls and requirements for abortion reporting in the United States and elsewhere in the world ranges from mediocre to very poor.

They Have No Argument

Attacking Dog

Why is Planned Parenthood losing public support and funding? Well, instead of making a logical case for their receipt of taxpayer money, they are choosing to engage in a despicable attack on right-to-life advocates. Just four days ago Planned Parenthood affiliate chairman Richard Solomon wrote a piece filled with false stereotypes and accusations:

“The fight, then, isn’t really about abortion. It’s about controlling the sexuality of poor and middle-class women by punishing them if they dare to be sexually active and find themselves with an unintended pregnancy.”

How bizarre is that?

The reason why we speak up for the unborn children and want to defund Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the U.S. is because we want to control the sexuality of poor people? Are you kidding me? If this is the great argument that they choose to wield against us then they are in a lot of trouble.

Planned Parenthood refuses to debate the justification of the actual act of abortion because they know they would lose. Instead they try to win with underhanded attacks on the motives and character of their opponents. It is despicable and dishonest tactic.

NOTE: Richard Solomon is chairman of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties, Inc.