The Roe effect manifested

A picture is worth a thousand words… first we have this photo courtesy of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Facebook page. It is a photo of a celebration of Roe v. Wade that PPWI held in Madison:

Notice the audience… old white-haired women who look rather sad, actually.

There is a theory called the Roe Effect. Put simply, this theory holds that:

  1. Those who favor legal abortion are much more likely to get one than those who oppose it.
  2. Children usually follow their parents’ political leanings.
  3. Therefore, pro-choice parents will have more abortions and, hence, fewer children.
  4. Therefore, the pro-choice population gradually shrinks in proportion to the pro-life population.
  5. Therefore, support for legal abortions will decline over time.

In comparison to the throngs of young, vibrant, enthusiastic pro-lifers who crowded the streets of Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. See also our related post on “about” 65 people attending a PPWI event in Milwaukee.

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“About” 65 people attended Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin celebration of abortion

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin held a celebration of abortion — aka commemoration of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade — on Tuesday, January 24. Fittingly enough, at a place called the Jackalope Lounj.

In an interview, PPWI spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson admitted that “about” 65 people attended (translation: she rounded up, included staff who attended, and she expected a lot more.)

Ife: Was this the first year that you held an event in Milwaukee like this in honor of the Roe v. Wade decision?

Stephanie: We hold celebratory events for the Roe anniversary each year to hightly the importance of women’s access to health care.

Ife: What was the purpose of the night’s event (i.e. awareness, increase activism, recruit)?

Stephanie: We wanted to bring our friends and supporters together to celebrate the monumental decision that changed women’s health care.  We want to make people aware of not only the anniversary, but of the fights we’re still fighting in Wisconsin, and get them engaged in our work.

Ife:  Was it well attended?

Stephanie:  Yes, we had about 65 people there.

This, in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of pro-life youth who swarmed Washington, D.C. this past weekend. This, in comparison to the 100 people we drew to a single Empty Manger Christmas Caroling event in Milwaukee on a Friday morning.

Abortion isn’t popular, and it’s on the way out. Legalized abortion will end in our lifetime.

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Vigil for Life marks one-year anniversary of daily witness outside Madison Planned Parenthood

On January 3, Vigil for Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Dane County affiliate, celebrated the one-year anniversary of its 365 for Life initiative, which has brought prayer warriors and sidewalk counselors to Madison’s Planned Parenthood abortion facility on a daily basis.

“Five 40 Days for Life vigils showed us the power of prayer and peaceful witness at Planned Parenthood and convinced us that 40 or 80 days a year aren’t enough,” said Vigil for Life President Laura Karlen. “We realized we need to be there every day abortions take place.”

In 2009 and 2010, Vigil for Life helped lead the successful statewide campaign to end late-term abortion plans at the Madison Surgery Center. But after victory was secured, Karlen set her sights on a new goal.

“We wanted to make sure that any woman who comes to Planned Parenthood has a chance of benefiting from the prayers and counseling of our vigil participants,” Karlen said. “With 365 for Life, we’ve accomplished that goal, talking with and praying for countless abortion and contraception-vulnerable women.”

Organizers weren’t initially sure how a year-round vigil would go, but they placed their trust in the Lord and forged ahead, even launching the campaign in the midst of winter. Since then, the fruits of Vigil for Life’s efforts have been abundant. Consider a story from this past November: Will Goodman and Elise Rose — two seasoned sidewalk counselors — struggled to communicate with an abortion-minded woman who didn’t speak English. They got Karlen, who is fluent in Spanish, on the phone. After talking with Karlen, the young woman made the decision to leave Planned Parenthood.

“It’s a challenging apostolate, and the winter months make the hours difficult to fill at times,” Karlen said. “But with the Lord’s grace, we’ll be out here until abortion is ended!”

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PolitiFact Wisconsin confirms: Rep. Gwen Moore wrong; Gov. Walker did not end cancer screenings for low-income women

We posted last week about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s acknowledgement that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin never provided mammograms; when Gov. Scott Walker recently ended PPWI’s eligibility to participate in a state program that provided cancer screenings to low-income women, mainstream media erupted, predictably.

Then, Rep. Gwen Moore (she of Ramen noodle fame) weighed in on Twitter.

From PolitiFact Wisconsin:

Twice on Dec. 27, 2011, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., accused Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of eliminating a cancer-screening program for low-income women.

“Scott Walker cuts cancer screenings for uninsured women, offers no alternatives,” read Moore’s first statement on Twitter, the online messaging site that has some 200 million account holders.

“Walker kills women’s cancer screening program for political gain,” her second tweet claimed.

So did Walker kill a cancer-screening program for poor women?

In a word: No.

1. The contract in question was for helping women sign up for and get the screenings, not the screenings themselves. The screenings are separate. Some are done by Planned Parenthood, but they also are done by other health care providers.

2. Walker’s administration did end Planned Parenthood’s contract — but neither the assistance Planned Parenthood provided, nor the screenings themselves, ever ended. Indeed, the change put the four counties on par with how the program is handled in most of the rest of the state.

When we asked Moore spokeswoman Nicole Williams if she had additional evidence to back Moore’s charges against Walker, she provided a news release from Planned Parenthood. But that release made clear both the assistance and the screenings would continue.

So let’s see how Moore, who counts Planned Parenthood as an ally, got it all wrong.

That last line is a pretty strong statement from a newspaper who publicly wished PPWI a “Happy75th Birthday” and claims aborted fetal tissue research is necessary for our state’s economy.

Unfortunately, mainstream media swirls around in a liberal abyss. Journalists are (finally, perhaps?) starting to recognize that not every single word uttered by Planned Parenthood is accurate. But because abortion is perceived as such a necessity — for the poor, for those conceived in rape, for those diagnosed with a fetal abnormality, or, for those who believe the lie that a baby would derail their plans for the future — the MJS again proves that liberals are able to hold their noses and look the other way when it comes to abortion providers and abortion supporters.

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Sex abuse coverup by Milwaukee abortion facilities not a new story

Monday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features an article about a case of sex abuse from the 1990s. A 16-year-old female high school had a two-year affair with her high school teacher. The student revealed the relationship to a school counselor, who in turn — in violation of state law — did not reveal the case to authorities.

Of note:

“Many people in the school knew that there was a sexual relationship or at least some kind of relationship going on between this teacher and this student,” said then-U.S. District Judge John Reynolds, according to a transcript. “And whether or not these people had a duty under (federal law), that is the counselors, whether or not the school district, what their duty was to supervise the teacher’s conduct, that will be decided at trial.”

The case never got that far.

Instead, the two sides settled out of court a month after Reynolds issued his ruling.

But first, they entered hundreds of records, including two years’ worth of graphic love letters, school records, psychological evaluations, the criminal complaint and confirmation of an abortion the student had because of the affair – in addition to numerous depositions.

This case is a sad example of a young girl’s affections being taken advantage of.

Sadly (but not surprisingly), there is no mention of the abortion facility notifying the authorities of an underage pregnancy.

As we saw  in Milwaukee in November, a pattern exists of abortion facilities knowingly and willingly covering up the pregnancies of underage girls.

Since the 1990s, the girls have gotten even younger — the girl in the MJS article was 16 at the time; the young teen forced into Affiliated Medical Services in November was all of 13.

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2011 “unprecedented” in attacks against Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

Teri Huyck, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, sent an end-of-year email on behalf of PPWI. Letter, here.

As we begin this New Year with high hopes for good health and a change of priorities, I would like to take a minute to reflect on the last year and the unprecedented attack on women’s health care access which has been unlike anything I have ever seen in my lifetime.

We are in the greatest economic recession since the Great Depression and while Wisconsin citizens are doing their best to weather decreased wages, lost jobs and health insurance fee hikes and coverage reductions, state legislative leadership has instead, been focused on advancing their personal social agendas. This year alone, eight legislative proposals seeking to limit access to essential health care services and information have been introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature. The Legislature premiered their agenda on women’s health by eliminating $1 million dollars in state funds directed to the essential preventative care of women seen at Planned Parenthood.

Huyck goes on to list bills that are Pro-Life Wisconsin’s legislative agenda — personhood, repeal of the sex ed bill, cutting taxpayer funding to PPWI, and so on.

Surely Huyck didn’t like having her $248,819 annual salary made public.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirms: Planned Parenthood never provided mammograms

In mid-December, the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced that Planned Parenthood was no longer eligible to participate in a program that provided women with free cancer screenings.

Predictably, Planned Parenthood went ballistic, along with media sympathetic to its cause.

First, we have this Madison Capital Times article distraught over Planned Parenthood’s loss:

County governments have always had what’s known as the first right of refusal for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program funds, which the targeted four counties had always utilized in order to let the state funds flow through to Planned Parenthood’s Appleton clinic.

“In other counties, women go to a county health department, may be told to get a test, but then have to go somewhere else to have it done,” says Nicole Safar, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s public policy director. “We were able to do everything at one location.”

We thought, wait a minute… we’ve always known Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms. When PLW took out a full-page ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May, one of our points on the ad was that PPWI doesn’t actually do mammograms. We would’ve been sued for all our non-profit worth if that was false in any way.

And then along came this article in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Through the contract, the state had paid for two case workers from Planned Parenthood, which doesn’t perform the tests but instead helps low-income women sign up for and receive them.

Planned Parenthood does not do the sign-up work for cancer screenings in other counties outside the four involved in the contract in question. In most counties, including Milwaukee County, it is handled by public health departments.

This is a case of some clever wording and sympathetic reporting.

I tried to call the Appleton Planned Parenthood and the voice recording said they are temporarily closed for the day. Clearly no mammograms going on there. However, it is always a good sign when an abortion facility is closed for the day!

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Infant mortality initiative at a crawl

We have written in the past about the City of Milwaukee’s efforts to combat infant mortality — the campaign’s image of a baby sleeping with a knife stirred national debate about the use of graphic images in advertising; the pro-abortion mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, launched the campaign; and the initiative is being led by a former Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin official.

And now, according to a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, it appears the infant mortality awareness effort is having trouble getting off the ground (but there are no issues with spending the $10 million earmarked.)

Image, below, from the MJS:

We sometimes toss around the question of, “What would we do with a $1 million grant?” Imagine the pro-life possibilities.

But for the City of Milwaukee, $1 million in salaries, travel and consultants is apparently just a drop in the bucket. And even the campaign’s task force has doubts about whether it will succeed.

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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin hiring 14-year-olds

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is hiring 7 “Youth Health Educators” to promote sex to their peers.

Children as young as 14 are considered eligible for the job.

PPWI lists one job opening, but the job is also posted at UW-Milwaukee’s LGBT online resource center, which notes that despite only 1 posted job opening, there are 7 available spots.

PPWI is no stranger to educating children that they are sexual beings, as evidenced by recent seminars held on child sexuality.

In Wisconsin, early teen sexual activity, even if consensual, is against the law.  Wisconsin Statutes 948.02(2) states, “(w)hoever has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who has not attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class C felony.”  Violators, including teens, can be placed on Wisconsin’s Sex Offender Registry. It is clear that our contraception sex education programs aid and abet our children in the commission of this second degree sexual assault (statutory rape) crime.  And then we punish them as “sex offenders” when they get caught.

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Graphic Milwaukee ad of baby sleeping with knife “stirs national debate”

We’ve written in the past about the City of Milwaukee’s advertising campaign to combat the infant mortality rate due to unsafe sleeping conditions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a follow-up article on the “graphic” ad, which depicts a baby sleeping with a knife.

The article quotes Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett — a pro-abortion Catholic endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL, whom Cecile Richards held three fundraisers for in Wisconsin the summer of 2010. Not surprisingly, pro-life commentary on the ad didn’t make the article.

Barrett states, “We are trying to change behavior in a way I believe will help save babies’ lives.”

Exactly what pro-lifers believe about sidewalk counseling, 40 Days for Life, educational efforts in high schools and colleges, pro-life billboards, and so on. Too bad the Milwaukee Police Department doesn’t feel the same way, as we found out when they turned a blind eye to a preteen girl held against her will at a Milwaukee abortion facility.

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