Planned Parenthood Enables Forced Abortions As it Denounces Them

May 23, 2012

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Abortion Giant’s Cover-Up of Child Abuse, Sex Trafficking Belies Public Stance

Washington, D.C. – Today, Live Action slammed Planned Parenthood for its double-speak on coercive abortions, offering faint praise for Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng’s campaign against forced abortions while it has flouted laws against coercive abortions.

The abortion giant on Monday issued a statement lauding the activist and condemning the “scourge of coercive reproductive policies,” claiming that, “reproductive self-determination — free from coercion — is essential to strong and healthy families and, more broadly, our global society.”
There is mounting evidence that Planned Parenthood has been a key part of fostering this culture.  As Live Action has previously uncovered, Planned Parenthood has helped enable sex trafficking. In a video sting in New Jersey, a Planned Parenthood manager was caught coaching a man and a woman posing as sex traffickers on how to obtain secret abortions, STD testing, and contraception for their female underage sex slaves, and make their whole operation “look as legit as possible.”
“Planned Parenthood claims to be against coerced abortions, but the abortion group’s institutional cover up of sexual abuse and sex trafficking reveals the opposite. Young girls are often coerced by their abusers and brought to Planned Parenthood abortion clinics–instead of reporting the abuse, Planned Parenthood partners with the abuser,” said Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action. “Despite any peppy words they can put out in a press release, Planned Parenthood’s cover up of sexual abuse and trafficking enables the victimization and coercion of vulnerable young girls.”

A recent report by Americans United for Life noted that, “Substantial and still-developing evidence indicates that many Planned Parenthood clinics fail to report all instances of suspected abuse, and instead advise minors and their abusers on how to circumvent the mandatory reporting laws.

Live Action is a youth led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending the human rights injustice of abortion.  They use new media to educate the public about the humanity of the unborn and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless.  More information at

For further information, please contact Dan Wilson or Jameson Cunningham with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920.


China’s Forced Abortion Policy in International Spotlight

May 7, 2012

CONTACT: Jameson Cunningham
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
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Live Action’s Lila Rose Applauds Chen Guangcheng’s Courageous Effort to Expose China’s One-Child Policy

Washington, D.C. – Today, Live Action praised human rights activist Chen Guangcheng whose escape from house arrest and call to the United States has put the spotlight on his home country’s one-child policy which has led to women being forced into abortions, usually under great duress.  The group called on China, in light of recent events, to reverse course on its policy.

“The brave actions of Chen Guangcheng have revealed to the world the disturbing practices that are going on in China– including forced and sex-selective abortions,” said Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action. “China’s one-child policy has had devastating effects on their country and is a direct attack on the dignity of the human person and the dignity of women.  Women are pressured to abort their little girls and if they refuse, they are forced to have an abortion or can be forcibly sterilized.

“We cannot allow this violation of human rights and violence against women to continue.  The United States and the international community must pressure China to stop its assault on women and their unborn children.”

Chen Guangcheng is a blind Chinese human rights activist who has been harassed by the Chinese government for more than seven years for his outspoken criticism of China’s one-child policy and the subsequent forcing of women to have abortions by the government.  Following his escape from house arrest this week to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, and subsequent return to Chinese custody, China and the United States have been negotiating for him and his family to travel to the United States.  He recently called into a hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives asking for United States diplomatic help for the safety his family and protection from Chinese authorities.

Live Action is a youth led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending the human rights injustice of abortion.  They use new media to educate the public about the humanity of the unborn and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless.  More information at

For more information, please contact Jameson Cunningham with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at [email protected] or (703) 739-5920.


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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Common Myths about the HHS Mandate

The Contraceptive Mandate from the Department of HHS is actually both a contraceptive and an abortion mandate, since it includes abortion and sterilizations too. It has been a big blow to religious liberties, especially to the Catholic Church, and others who oppose contraceptives and abortion.

Nancy Frazier from the Catholic News Service explained in an article recently a couple of these myths. One of them is that the term “self insurance” is a type of insurance mainly used by church organizations to avoid paying for abortion and contraceptives. However, Frazier points out from the Congressional Research Service and the Kaiser Family Foundation that the percentage of Americans on self-insured plans was 44 percent in 1999 to 60 percent in 2011, and it is unclear as to what percentage of those are affiliated with a Church. She also pointed out that 96% of those who work in large companies, with over 5,000 workers, were on a self insured plan.

Read more Common Myths about the HHS Mandate

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.

Fr. Sammie Maletta Presents How the Obama Administation is “Waging War on the Catholic Church”

A couple weeks ago, St. John the Evangelist Parish in Indiana received a provocative sermon from their priest, Fr. Sammie Maletta. This ten-minute homily elucidates exactly what Obama has done to our country; it tells of the promises he made and broke concerning the safeguard of conscience-protection laws in ObamaCare. Fr. Maletta explains what the Church has done for medical care in America and how that will be halted by the mandate. Perhaps most importantly, he shows how the HHS mandate fills the pockets of government officials and places the reins of medicare into the hands of the State, instead of the people, where it belongs.

Fr. Maletta is also a civil lawyer and familiar with the ins and outs of the elusive words of the HHS mandate. He translates, into common terms, what the mandate means and what it will do to us, the people.

Please listen to this video. It’s ten minutes well-spent.

Pro-Lifers Need to Defend Their Views Too

Don’t you hate it when pro-choice advocates refuse to defend their views past one or two levels of argument?  This has happened to me many times, and it’s aggravating because the topic of abortion is so serious.  Lives are literally on the line, yet some people are too intellectually lazy to spend more than two minutes attempting to ground their views in something deeper than bumper sticker slogans.

Yet for some reason, I’m more annoyed when pro-lifers do the same thing.

This happened to me recently in a debate that was bizarre on several levels, and there’s a few lessons I’d like to draw from it for the benefit of my friends and colleagues.  Even though this debate took place publicly on Facebook, I’m going to protect the person’s identity and just refer to her as “J.”  Her comments are only adjusted for spelling and grammatical accuracy. I’ll tell the story and end with a few lessons of application.

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How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement

David Pomerantz

On March 13, in Dallas, TX, an organization you’ve probably never heard of is going to revolutionize the pro-life movement.

It starts with a kid from Philly, a bus in New York, and an idea that brought him quite by accident to the city where Roe v. Wade started — the city where he hopes abortion will finally meet its match.

David Pomerantz, 23, does not look like a pro-lifer or a practicing Christian. He looks like a vegan hipster with emo hair. As a matter of fact, he sort of is a vegan hipster with emo hair. If you visit his loft apartment in an industrial section of downtown Dallas, he will offer you fermented tea with organic honey. You can lounge in a beanbag chair and talk about art while he surfs his Macbook and plays indie music and talks about Jesus.

A polite, friendly young man with a laconic kid-from-nowhere accent and a direct blue gaze, David Pomerantz — “Dave” to his friends — does not jibe with the stereotypical image of the angry activist holding signs outside a clinic. And he doesn’t mind, because that’s not the kind of pro-life activist Dave is.

He hails from Philadelphia, but he was attending Word of Life, a two-year Bible institute in New York, when he met Chris Slattery and Julie Beyel of EMC (Expectant Mother Care), a Manhattan pregnancy resource center. He was astonished to find that EMC had formulated a “new model” for approaching women outside abortion clinics.

EMC had a bus equipped with a sonogram machine. By approaching women outside the clinic with the offer of free help, with no mention of a pro-life ideology, they were able to see a staggering success rate. In fact, by their estimate, about 70% of women who got on the bus for a sonogram decided not to abort. In one day, they saw nine women decide on life for their children.

They did some simple math, and realized that if this success continued, 15 to 25 women a week, or about 800 a year, would choose life.

Excited by the possibilities inherent in this new approach, Dave contacted his friend and mentor Joe Baker, who flew in from Philly to see the results firsthand. Equally impressed, the two began to ferment the idea that would become Save the Storks.

Dave was already planning on attending Southwestern Theological Seminary in Dallas, so he headed down south. With Joe Baker developing the art and marketing, and the generous help of Dallas-based organization Get Involved for Life and other private donors to bring to life a sleeker, smaller, more mobile ultrasound vehicle, they were off and running.

Save the Storks was born. Or, if you prefer, flown in through the window.

Read more How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement

Celebrate Women’s History Month with America’s Original Feminists

Many view Roe vs. Wade as the court decision that gave women in the United States more rights. In reality, it was verdict that stripped human beings of the basic right to life, and lead women into a future of unfathomable exploitation. If today you are against abortion, you are thought to be against feminism and against women. But America’s first feminists were strong women standing up for equal rights, even for the unborn. March is Women’s History Month, which provides us with the perfect opportunity to teach our daughters about these women who have fought not only for the rights of women, but for the rights of the unborn as well.

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) campaigned across the country for the anti-slavery movement, and the rights of women to vote, to work and to own property. Throughout her life, she worked as an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society, as the president of the Workingwomen’s Central Association, and as the president of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association (NWSA). She founded the voice of the NWSA, called The Revolution. Anthony was anti-abortion.

 “All the articles on this subject (abortion) that I have read have been from men. They denounce women as alone guilty, and never include man in any plans for the remedy. . . Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed (abortion). It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!”

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China Attempts to Make One Child Policy More Palatable

China has undertaken a project to make their “slogans” for the One Child Policy sound better to the ear.  Well, at least that’s their goal.  According to the BBC News, China’s Communist Party conducted research on the slogans found around China concerning the policy.

Research by China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, published in the People’s Daily, concluded that a quarter of slogans posted in furtherance of its policies had been crude and harsh in the past. It described some as spine-chilling.

Among the examples it cited were, “Kill all your family if you don’t follow the rule” and, “If you escape (sterilisation), we’ll hunt you down; if you want to hang yourself, we’ll give you the rope”.

The research said milder expressions should be used to “avoid offending the public and stoking social tensions”.

Of course, the Chinese media—which is the government’s media—blamed officials in local areas for the unpalatable slogans.  They also ensured that everyone knows the One Child Policy will go nowhere.  According to those in power in China, the policy is there to stay.  Read more China Attempts to Make One Child Policy More Palatable

A Pro-life Reading List

As Pro-lifers, I think it’s important to be well informed. We should have a good idea of what exactly we’re fighting against, and have a good knowledge that will better equip us to fight it. That’s probably the reason why you’re reading anything on this website in the first place. The more we know about the issue, the more informed we are, the better we can explain it to the rest of our nation and our world. The following are a number of Pro-life books that I’ve enjoyed and found very helpful.

Read more A Pro-life Reading List

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Force Georgetown Law to Subsidize Sandra Fluke’s Promiscuity

Pro-abortion, anti-liberty zealot Rep. Nancy Pelosi has inadvertently done the pro-life cause a favor. On Monday the House Minority Leader held a congressional hearing on the cost of birth control, and the testimony of her witness, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, put the narcissism and disingenuousness of her cause on full display:

Without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary. Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling financially as a result of this policy. One told us of how embarrassed and powerless she felt when she was standing at the pharmacy counter, learning for the first time that contraception wasn’t covered, and had to walk away because she couldn’t afford it. Students like her have no choice but to go without contraception. Read more Nancy Pelosi Wants to Force Georgetown Law to Subsidize Sandra Fluke’s Promiscuity