On Monday, April 15th, Students for Life of America began a two-week bus tour exposing Planned Parenthood’s agenda in their most targeted areas: college campuses. “The Planned Parenthood Project” vision is to educate students on Planned Parenthood’s real agenda and where people can go for real help.
Their tour began at the University of Cincinnati where 915 “Planned Parenthood pink” crosses were lined up to represent the 915 innocent, pre-born lives lost at the hands of Planned Parenthood every day. Pro-life students have gathered at each of the eight campuses selected for this tour to explain the display and hand out information on Planned Parenthood’s plans for students.
Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins explained the purpose of ‘The Planned Parenthood Project’ bus tour with the following statement:
According to our research, 59 percent of 18-24 year olds do not know that Planned Parenthood commits abortions, but that their negativity towards the abortion Goliath increases when they find out the truth. We need to expose the fact that Planned Parenthood is the number one abortion business in the United States, performing almost 335,000 abortions annually.
While receiving $542 million in taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood made over $150 million in revenue from the 333,965 abortions they performed in just the 2011-2012 fiscal year alone. They are an abortion business, plain and simple. The sad truth is that 44 percent of abortions are performed on women 18-24 years old, so Planned Parenthood has a financial interest in marketing to their best customers. Planned Parenthood targets students with almost 80 percent of their facilities located within 5 miles of a college or university campus. We need to reach these students and inform them of Planned Parenthood’s dirty practices before Planned Parenthood can lure them in.
With the late-term abortionist/infant serial killer Kermit Gosnell trial happening right now in Philadelphia, ‘The Planned Parenthood Project’ is especially relevant. The gruesome crimes of Gosnell are not an isolated incident. Planned Parenthood, which holds itself up as a clean, safe, women-friendly environment, engages in the same disgusting practices.
Hawkins went on to report that just a few weeks ago, a Planned Parenthood center in Delaware that has sent 5 women to the emergency room since January was forced to stop performing abortions because of unsafe and unsanitary conditions similar to the ones found at Gosnell’s abortion center. One nurse of this center said of the operating room, “It’s not washed down, it’s not even cleaned off. It has bloody drainage on it.” She was quoted as saying patients “could be at risk of getting hepatitis, even AIDS.”
And Hawkins further informed us that again, a few weeks ago, a Planned Parenthood official from Florida testified that a baby born alive during an abortion should be allowed to be killed. The Planned Parenthood official went on to say, “We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.” Gosnell routinely killed babies born alive after an abortion by cutting their spinal cords. Evidently that is a decision Planned Parenthood supports a “physician” like Gosnell making.
Phil Yoo, a development coordinator for SFLA contacted our local Birmingham pro-life groups to let us know that The Planned Parenthood Project was coming to our local campus, The University of Alabama-Birmingham. We waited in expectation to see this project on display and today I released a held breath as I saw the crosses lined up for all to see on our campus in the city. The red signs were like banners standing high above the crosses spelling out for all who would look the infrastructure and statistics of Planned Parenthood. Seeing all the facts hanging there in the air was a first for me. I have seen so many different displays of pro-life projects but this display of red and white with pink crosses gave a different blow. It was the blow of real facts and information. It was seeing the numbers of babies in mass before you. There were no bloody pictures like that of the Gosnell case, no photographs of the babies we abort every day in America. It was raw, unrelenting fact. Truth being heralded by the written word and a universal sign that all people understand– a cross in the ground.
Facts like this left a stinging my mind:
“Planned Parenthood provides poor quality, faulty birth control. In 2005, their condoms were ranked amongst the lowest quality on the market by Consumer Reports.”
“Planned Parenthood encourages a daily regimen of birth control, which have dangerous side effects, such as increased risk of cancer and even death.”
“When the birth control fails, Planned Parenthood’s ‘options counseling’ has been used to steer women towards abortion (which they profit from) instead of adoption or parenting (which they don’t get paid for) according to former employees.
“Planned Parenthood makes an estimated $150.6 million in revenue per year from abortions.”
“In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood received more than $542 million in US taxpayer funding.” Yep, that is your money from your pocket.
“In 2011, Planned Parenthood facilities performed 333,964 abortions, their largest annual total ever.”
“Planned Parenthood commits 915 abortions every day.”
“92% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services were abortions in 2011.”
And because Students for Life of America is an organization of hope, they offered information for where people can go for real help:
“There are over 8,000 federally funded Community Health Centers across America that provide all the same services as Planned Parenthood, but don’t sell abortions. Services such as STD testing/treatment pregnancy tests, and routine gynecological exams.”
“Go here to locate one: www.nachc.com/findahealthcenter.cfm ”
“There are over 3,000 not-for-profit pregnancy help centers across America that provide free pregnancy tests, confidential counseling, free ultrasounds, parenting classes, and material support for young mothers and couples. Go here to locate one of these centers: www.optionline.org or call them at 1-800-712-HELP.”
I am faced daily with the reality that babies die every day simply because people lack the knowledge that would cause them to act. Where there is no knowledge, people perish. I am praying that on the campuses where our young generations are being taught and trained for their vocations, they will have see this project, pause, learn, and take in the revelation of Life. Pray with me for the college campuses of America to be blessed with the revelation of knowledge and wisdom in the sanctity of human life.
“My people perish from a lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6