Film documents Planned Parenthood’s history of Black genocide, eugenics

Posted in Maafa21 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by saynsumthn

By  |  Reprinted from Live Action News

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As the nation celebrates Black History Month, it is worthwhile to share a documentary revealing how the eugenics and population control agenda — aided and abetted by Planned Parenthood and other organizations — has systematically been used to reduce Black births. Produced by Life Dynamics, a pro-life organization in Denton, Texas, Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America, is eye-opening. Maafa is a Swahili word meaning “a terrible tragedy,” and referring to the time of the middle passage during the slave trade. The “21” in the title refers to the 21st century, because, in reality, the “Maafa” has not ended. It is still being carried out today.

The back cover of the film sets the stage:

They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known…. The wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not going to be particular about how it might be done. What you are about to see is that the secret plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today.

In this documentary, this hidden racial agenda is dragged out of the shadows and into the light. Before the next two hours is up, you will know things that America’s politicians and power brokers never intended for you to know and you will see things that the media was never going to show you.

According to Life Dynamics, Maafa 21 unmasks the ties between the Nazis, the American eugenics movement, and today’s “family planning” cartel, and is “about elitism, secret agendas, treachery and corruption at the highest levels of political and corporate America.”

The film begins with the horrors of slavery and reveals how eugenics was introduced as a solution for what some had deemed the “Negro problem” in America. Eugenics opened the flood gates of forced sterilizations, led by crusaders like American Eugenics Society member, Margaret Sanger, who later founded Planned Parenthood.

Mark Crutcher, President of Life Dynamics, points out in the film:

These ties between eugenics and Planned Parenthood’s founder were so well established that Sanger, who was a long standing member of the American Eugenics Society, once pursued a plan to merge the American Birth Control League, or Planned Parenthood as it was later called, with the American Eugenics Society.

Live Action News has documented that, despite the claims of Planned Parenthood’s supporters, not only did founder Margaret Sanger have a strong belief in eugenics, she made certain that eugenics movers and shakers were deeply embedded in her organization — and even spoke to the Ku Klux Klan. Below is a sample list of American Eugenics Society founders, leaders, or members who were a part of Margaret Sanger’s board or organizations (chart from Maafa21):

American Eugenics Society members on Margaret Sanger's Board (image credit Maafa21)

And listed among American Eugenics Society members in the film is Sanger herself:

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger a member of the American Eugenics Society (image credit Maafa21)

According to Crutcher, “The relationship between Sanger and these eugenics elitists was basically a marriage of convenience. In order to advance their common agenda, they needed a front man and she needed money. And the whole thing would be held together with this bizarre obsession with race and class. The result was that the American Birth Control League became the driving force behind the American eugenics movement. Eugenics would no longer be just a philosophy. Sanger, and others like her, were going the put it into practice.”

Maafa 21 not only documents the eugenics movement dating all the way back to the days of slavery, but also contains interviews with notable Black leaders such as Reverends Johnny Hunter and Cleaned Childress, along with Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Image: Black leaders interviewed in Maafa21

Black Leaders in Maafa21 film speak about eugenics and Planned Parenthood

Elaine Riddick, who was forcefully sterilized by the State of North Carolina, was also interviewed for the documentary. Tragically, Riddick’s story was not isolated. It is estimated that 60,000 men and women were eugenically sterilized against their will in the United States, many of whom were minorities. Today, Riddick is outspoken against population control, abortion, and Planned Parenthood, which she believes has a eugenics agenda.

Image of Elaine Riddick from Maafa21

Elaine Riddick speaks about eugenic sterilization in Maafa21

Maafa 21 unveils for viewers who was behind the evil eugenics ideology, who funded it, and who was targeted. It then points out that as the courts began to rule that forced eugenic sterilization was unconstitutional, a new approach was being devised by the purveyors of eugenics. That strategy was the legalization of abortion, led by the largest chain of abortion facilities in America — Planned Parenthood.

Crutcher states in the film:

 … [F]rom the beginning, this idea that man could reinvent the world through eugenics was an elitist philosophy espoused by those who considered themselves not only financially superior, but intellectually superior to everyone else. And Planned Parenthood became the golden child of these people because they are the ones who figured out how to make eugenics work. That is what birth control, and especially abortion, are all about. And the reason Planned Parenthood has been so successful is because, unlike other eugenics organizations, they have always been able to keep their agenda hidden from the public.

Image: Mark Crutcher from Maafa21

Mark Crutcher producer Maafa21 film about eugenics and abortion

In the days leading up to the legalization of abortion, there were many prominent Black civil rights leaders, including Jesse JacksonSamuel YetteFannie Lou HamerWhitney Young, and more who were suspicious of programs that pushed “family planning,” especially those that were placed within Black communities. In reality, Alan Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood’s own former president and also vice president of the American Eugenics Society, admitted that there might be some members of Planned Parenthood’s board who “had the political objective attributed to the organization by [Black] civil rights leaders.”

Believe it or not, Jesse Jackson believed that the Black community was being targeted with birth control, writing in 1971:

Birth Control as a National policy will simply marshal sophisticated methods to remove (and control when not remove) the weak, the poor – quite likely the black and other minorities whose relative increase in population threatens the white caste in this nation. Contraceptives will become a form of drug warfare against the helpless in this nation. Those who we could not get rid of in the rice paddies of Viet-Nam we now propose to exterminate, if necessary, eliminate if possible, in the OB wards and gynecology clinics of our urban hospitals. The direct extension of the old “man-in-the-house” rule against public aid recipients can be detected in the drive for birth control….

Image: Rev. Jesse Jackson from Maafa21

Rev. Jesse Jackson opposed abortion and birth control as Black Genocide

In 1974, Roy Innis, National Director of The Congress of Racial Equality, told Ebony Magazine that he was alarmed by the high concentration of birth control centers and abortion facilities in black neighborhoods, “It was not until the mid ’60s that Blacks began to realize that what was called urban renewal was, in fact, what one city planner labeled, ‘Negro removal.’ … We are alarmed by the high concentration of birth control centers and abortion clinics in Black neighborhoods as well as more exotic proposals such as adding anti-fertility drugs to drinking water, as suggested by a famous Chicago economist.”

Image: Maafa21 Black Genocide and abortion

Blacks opposed abortion as Black Genocide Maafa21

As Live Action News has previously documented, in 1971, comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory penned a controversial op-ed entitled, “My Answer to Genocide,” published in Ebony Magazine. Gregory stated in part:

There is ample evidence that government programs designed for poor black folks emphasize birth control and abortion availability, both measures obviously designed to limit Black population.

Ironically, within days after the release of Maafa 21’s first edition, U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was being interviewed by a reporter for The New York Times and made this astounding admission when asked about Roe v. Wade – the decision that legalized abortion: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

Shockingly, Maafa 21 viewers also hear undercover phone calls from a Live Action investigation in which Planned Parenthood expresses willingness to accept donations to fund abortions for Black women.

Today, Planned Parenthood receives half a billion in government dollars every year to promote their agenda. And, as Live Action News has documented already, not only is the Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortions increasing, but nationally, Black abortions are at frighteningly high levels as well.

According to Crutcher, Maafa 21 is changing hearts and minds about abortion. Since release of the film in 2009, Crutcher says a number of Black activists have joined the pro-life movement. One reviewer of the film wrote:

Maafa21 shows, without exception, how African-Americans are the targets of the social elite. In the film, you will learn that civil rights leaders in the 1960’s gave a clear warning that abortion and population control was a tool of Black Genocide. You will see the links between racism, eugenics, and Planned Parenthood’s effort to market abortion to the African American Community.

Maafa21 is loaded with historical references from slavery, the Nazi take over of Germany and the Civil Rights movement within the United States, and will educate young and old alike on the causes of Black Genocide in the modern age.

Maafa21 has been viewed online hundreds of thousands of times and for years, the film has been shown during Black History Month on college campuses, at community centers, theaters, churches, libraries, and more.

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Maafa21 Life Fest Award

Shortly after its release by Life Dynamics in 2009, Maafa21 was shown in the Capitol Visitor Center Theater in Washington on two occasions. In addition, it was selected as the featured film in the March 2010 Jubilee Film Festival in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the right to vote and remember the historic “Bloody Sunday” anniversary of the Bridge Crossing Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Maafa21 was also featured in the 2010 Real Life Film Festival in Sudbury, Ontario, and the 2011 Life Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles, California.

To watch the film in full or order a copy of the DVD, go to www.maafa21.com.

This is reprinted with permission from Live Action News – the original article can be viewed here.

 Abortion patients leave poor reviews of late-term abortion facility in Dallas

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortion Clinic Reviews, Abortionist, Curtis Boyd with tags , , , , , , on February 16, 2018 by saynsumthn

Southwestern Women's Options late-term abortion facility Dallas.

There appears to be a bad run for late-term abortion facilities receiving poor reviews online from clients. Live Action News recently highlighted comments published against Warren Hern’s Colorado facility with alleged clients claiming the abortionist “speaks aggressively” and was “very condescending and suspicious”. Alleged patients who sought abortions at a late-term facility located in the nation’s capital, operated by abortionist Cesare Santangelo, called his Washington Surgi-Clinic the “Worst place ever” describing it as “a meat market”.

Now, reviews published about a later term abortion facility in Dallas, Texas is also receiving poor reviews from alleged clients. Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) is one of a handful of abortion facilities in the nation which commits late-term abortions. It is owned and operated by Curtis Wayne Boyd, which has facilities in both Albuquerque, New Mexico where they commit abortions through 28 weeks of pregnancy as well as Dallas where they end the lives of preborn children up to 21 weeks.

Late-term abortion abortionist Curtis Boyd

Curtis Boyd commits late-term abortions.

Boyd employs a number of abortion doctors, some who were mentioned in reviews Live Action News uncovered.

Boyd’s Dallas facility received several critical Google reviews, with many comments alleging long wait times at SWO. But, some were complimentary, like this one which began, “I called planned parenthood first, the lady who answered was very short with me when I asked prices and said ‘thank you for calling’ and hung up right away.  When I called here, I spoke to Melinda and she was so nice to me and answered all my questions and more.”

Many published reviews of the Dallas abortion facility were very critical.

Two months ago, alleged SWO patient, Gabriel, wrote, “Do not recommend! Southwestern Women’s Surgery just care about money.”

Another woman wrote, “The staff was evil.”

Still, others called SWO’s staff, “rude and inconsiderate.”

SWO late-term abortion review.

Alleged patient Princess claimed the staff’s slowness was costing her extra money:

SWO late-term abortion review.

Although Boyd brags online that he is, “recognized for his expertise in pain management and minimizing surgery risk” and also claims that he helped establish “the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and is a founding member of the Federation’s Board of Directors” reviews left on Google indicate his facility’s ability to manage pain may not be as good as he claims.

One alleged patient complained that, “The part that i dont like is that I see,heard,and feel everything….i feel a lot a pain…”

In 2006, a patient at Boyd’s New Mexico facility filed a lawsuit against him after she suffered severe pain which “caused her to move about on the table, forcing the doctor to stop the procedure several times,” and because the clinic could not find an anesthesiologist they suggested the abortion patient go to a hospital to finish the procedure. According to the lawsuit, “Dr. [Thomas] Hall advised Plaintiff that one option was to find a doctor at a hospital who would perform the procedure.  Although no hospital in New Mexico takes patients directly for elective abortions, Dr. Hall informed Plaintiff that the University of New Mexico Hospital allows for exceptions, such as referral of patients with complications.” As a result, in an attempt to finish what SWO started, that physician, “unknowingly extracted Plaintiff’s right ureter, the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder.”

Pain during abortion is not uncommon and neither are complications.

In fact, nine months ago, another alleged patient at the Dallas SWO abortion facility, also accused the abortion facility of leaving her with an incomplete abortion, she wrote in part, “At southwestern, I felt it. It hurt. Briefly, it only lasted two minutes and they had me out the door. A few weeks later I go to the hospital for unrelated reasons and they tell me I’m pregnant. I said it was a mistake, I had a surgical abortion. They did a sonó and there is still tissue in me causing me to read as pregnant even though I’ve had my menstral. This is potentially life threatening and I will be contacting an attorney. Please make sure you get an experienced doctor. This could potentially leave me barren.”

SWO late-term abortion review.

Around that same timeframe, Lauren claims the staff tried to pressure her into an abortion. She gave this scathing review, “Disgusting place pushes abortion on anyone regardless of whether we think our pregnancy is a gift or not. This is a person. That is so sick that for basic screenings they would push a political viewpoint on me. I am glad I am having a baby and even if I did not want her I would give her to someone else.”

Alleged patient Anil warned, “Please avoid this clinic. Long wait and not at all helpful.”

 

SWO late-term abortion review.

In 2013, Live Action released undercover video from their, Inhuman investigative series which exposed abortion doctors at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque revealing disturbing aspects of the facility’s protocol, including the practice of leaving women alone in hotel rooms to deliver their dead children.

An unnamed counselor at the facility advises Live Action’s 27-week-pregnant investigator:

If we can’t catch it [delivery of the dead baby – the final stage of the abortion procedure] early enough, which has happened … then you’ll want to unlock the door to the hotel room, get your cell phone, and just sit on the toilet.  You don’t have to look at anything … you can stay on the phone with us until the doctor and nurse get there[.]

SWO abortion doctor Carmen Landau echoed this advice, telling the Live Action investigator to “sit on the toilet” and “unlock the hotel room.”

“Just sit there,” Landau says, “and you would not move until we come and get you.”

Staff at the New Mexico facility have been recorded expressing a willingness to abort a child at 30 weeks because of the mother’s “stress,” and were recorded offering to abort a 37-week-old preborn baby for $17,000. In addition, the New Mexico facility was recently in the news after the death of one of their abortion patients was blamed on pregnancy complications.

Live Action News published a report detailing how Boyd and his late-term abortion facility have been mired in controversy on a national level since coming under fire by a congressional committee for his work with the University of New Mexico, where the abortionist serves as adjunct faculty. In 2016, Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, issued a subpoena against SWO in NM, relating to charges that abortion and Planned Parenthood facilities are selling aborted baby body parts for research. Late last year, a patient of SWO filed a lawsuit against owner Curtis Boyd and abortionists Carmen Landau and Shelley Sella, for failing to detail the clinic’s collaboration with the University of New Mexico, the sole recipient of fetal parts where Boyd works.

Whether abortion facilities receive good or poor reviews, all abortions take the lives of innocent preborn children and sometimes their mothers as well. This is something Southwester’s founder Boyd is well aware of having admitted once that, “Yes, I am” killing.

 This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News

‘They never told me’: Women testify of being deceived by the abortion industry

Posted in Abortion Regret, child predator, Planned Parenthood Teens with tags , , , , on February 15, 2018 by saynsumthn
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Abortion has been sold to the public by Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry, and its friends in the media as a “right” for women, and as a marker of women’s empowerment. But in reality, many abortion patients say the experience was not the least bit empowering, testifying how they were given almost no information regarding the potential physical and emotional effects of the procedure, or regarding facts about the development of their babies. Beyond this, it is clear that teens who have abortions are at particular risk, as Planned Parenthood and other facilities do little to protect them, asking few questions and failing to report potential sexual abuse.

Below are statements from several women, including many minors, who suffered at the hands of the abortion industry, submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which the Court decided in favor of the plaintiff, an abortion conglomerate with an extensive list of health and safety violations over several years. These women state that informed consent was not a part of their abortion experiences:

Mary K. S., age 13
I was thirteen, having a “forced” abortion by my parents…. Nobody told me what really happens to the baby…. I was traumatized because I wanted to keep the baby…. The doctor had only aborted half the baby…. THE OTHER HALF WAS STILL IN ME!…

Aishaq M., age 13
No. I was only 13 years old. Nobody ever explained to me what would be happening to me. They explained it to my father. However no one spoke directly to me. I was not given an option…. I was pregnant as a result of rape….

Nika, age 14
No. I was fourteen. This child was a product of rape. I was not given any other options, told my baby was a glob of tissue and was given no aftercare. Told absolutely nothing about what could happen during as a complication or what can happen after, nor of the emotional toll this would take on my life.

Karin, age 15 
No. I was only 15 and was NOT given a choice – I did NOT want to have this done. I screamed at the doctors to stop but I was a minor and my parents made the choice for me….

Jennifer M., age 15
No. I was not informed on any facts on abortion during or before my abortion…. I was 15 years old…. My boyfriend’s sister who was 18 took me there. She called and asked beforehand if they would ask for proof of age. They said “no”….

Angela M., age 15
No. I was only 15 and I was so unaware of the consequences of my actions. My parents thought it would make the problem “go away” and everything would be back to normal…. I struggle even saying the word. I had nightmares, I began using drugs and drinking heavily and I struggled getting pregnant when I was married and ready…. My self-esteem is unrecoverable…. I have anxiety and depression.

Nicole P., age 15
No. I was 15 yrs. old. The procedure was never explained to me in any way. My parents did not know – only my boyfriend who drove me there. I was given no other option such as adoption…. I was scared as I laid there and the pain was intense as was the bleeding…. I contemplated suicide!

Shadia, age 15
No. I was 15 years old. I was directly told by the abortion saleswoman that my pregnancy was simply a blob of meaningless tissue. I was not asked if I wanted an ultrasound. I was never told I was killing a child. I was told if I hurried up and scheduled it before I reach 12 weeks, I’d save $150. No consequences…. Less than six months after the abortion, I became suicidal….

Julie E., age 16 
When I went to Planned Parenthood for the free pregnancy test, the counselor came back in the room with the news that I was indeed pregnant. I was in shock and heartbroken. I was 16. I had no support and no help. She never explained the procedure. She never told me options. It was presented as the only option but the procedure wasn’t explained….

Lisa C., age 16
I was 16 and scared. I was told halfway through the procedure that I was further along than they suspected and they had to switch the larger diameter instruments. I realized then it had to be a baby and that it was already too late to save it. I laid in bed and endured the worst psychological and physical pain I have ever felt….

Vickie E., age 16
No. I was not informed about the risks, the procedure performed or what exactly was going on. I was only 16 years old and was treated with no respect and seemingly disdain from the doctor, nurses and office staff. I was not even minimally informed of any adverse effects.

Kimberly V. D. L., age 16
No. The procedure was explained as terminating a pregnancy…. Medically, I had intense bleeding after procedure and there was no one to call or to turn to but my school nurse. I was not offered any counseling concerning the emotional aftermath. No one asked about the father, who was 21 and I was 16, no one told me he had committed a crime pressuring me into sex.

C.C., age 16
No… I was never told about what my other options were and where to seek help if I wasn’t sure about my decision (which I wasn’t). I remember asking advice from the woman who had just explained the procedure to us, about whether or not I should go through with it or not. She told me, “Look, I’m not a counselor or anything but you seem like a smart girl to me. I don’t think you wanna ruin your life by having a baby right now…. At sixteen years old, frightened and alone, you can imagine the impact that these words had on me…. I was treated like a number and not a person…. As long as I was able to pay, nothing else mattered.

K.H., age 16
No. I was not told anything. I was only 16 years old and I was being forced into having the abortion by my mother…. The nurse never spoke to me about anything that would go on, what was going on, or what would happen later other than not to get pregnant again. They spoke to my mother but never to me.

P.S.J.M., age 17
No. I was 17, scared and didn’t know what to expect, what the consequences would be, how I would feel. They did it so often that they didn’t even bother to explain anything to me. I just followed the instructions.

Patricia L., age 17
No. As a 17 yr. old victim of rape I was told nothing. In fact, I was made to feel as if the rape was deserved because I knew the person. I was treated as if I had been asking for it. I was treated as if there were no other choices but abortion. I was told that no one would believe I was raped so there was no reason to report it either. I was told nothing except that if I didn’t have it then I was choosing to destroy my own life.

Cynthia C., age 19
No. I was not told how the abortion would be done or of any complications or side effects that could occur. I was not told that there was a possibility of not being able to get pregnant in the future or of any of the psychological effects. I was 19 and I was pressured into it by my fiancé….

Jeanene B., teen
No. I was a teenager that was kept in the dark about the whole thing. My parent paid for the abortion. My parent told the medical personnel to not tell me as much as possible….

K.R., age not given
No. The Planned Parenthood counselor told me my baby was only the size of the head of a pin. Later research showed that my baby was developed enough to suck its thumb.

R.W., age not given
No… I became pregnant because I had been raped…. All I knew was that the baby would be taken from me, that it didn’t have a heartbeat, that it was just a blob of tissue…. I was not told about the physical pain – and believe me – it DOES hurt!!… As the doctor was doing the procedure (taking my baby’s life) I couldn’t stop crying, and all he could do was scream at me that “if you don’t shut up, I’m going to knock you out.”

T.P., age not given
No. I visited Planned Parenthood…. Going to the abortion clinic was like going to a doctor for a cold. Very cold, matter of fact, and no, no one told me of any health or emotional consequences.

Gail H., age not given
No. I went to Planned Parenthood… live birth was not even mentioned…. Looking back on this, I feel I was pushed into my abortion…. No other options were even presented to me. I was given no information on what the negative physical, mental and emotional problems could and would occur….

Nicki, age not given
No. I was forced to have this abortion by my ex-husband, an Army officer, who felt another child would adversely affect his military career. I had no idea of the mental, emotional and physical toll it would take on my life.

Lianne, age not given
No. Planned Parenthood staff said it was good to have the abortion early because “it wasn’t a baby yet – only a blob of tissue.” Didn’t inform me of any physical pain, consequences or emotional ramifications. I was not given any information on amount of bleeding, physical pain or other consequences….

Rachele F., age not given
No…. Planned Parenthood told me that my baby was a blob of tissue. They said it was not a baby. I was completely awake during my abortion and felt everything….

Abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood has been caught lying to women about abortion risks as well as fetal development:

The fact is, the abortion industry knowingly deceives women, as attested to by former Planned Parenthood managers.  The women listed above, and millions like them, deserve to be heard. Women — and their babies — deserve better than abortion.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News

Planned Parenthood, sexual abuse enabler, joins #MeToo against Trump

Posted in Cecile Richards, MeToo, Planned Parenthood CEO, Tarana Burke with tags , , , , , , on February 14, 2018 by saynsumthn

Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion National Organization for Women (NOW) were among the top sponsors of this month’s State of Our Union response, which included a speech from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. Planned Parenthood is America’s number one abortion provider, and Richards has been at the helm for the past decade. She recently announced that she will be stepping down from that position this year. Richards is a political organizer who presumes to speak as the voice for all women. But the very idea of speaking for all women is ridiculous, given the changing culture on abortion and the virtual army of pro-life women opposing Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood and NOW sponsor State of Our Union

To date, Richards is responsible for presiding over the deaths of millions of preborn babies. She has led Planned Parenthood through scandal after scandal, including the deliberate cover-up of child sexual abuse, Medicaid fraud accusations, failing to protect the privacy of patients, and harvesting aborted baby body parts for “compensation,” to name a few.

On the day of President’s Trump 2018 State of the Union Address, Richards joined Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Alicia Garza, cofounder of #BlackLivesMatter, and others at an event they dubbed “The State of Our Union,” (SOOU), to organize against the president and the Republican majority. The press release, published by The People’s Action, read in part:

While President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, leading women activists from throughout the country are hosting an alternative event in Washington, D.C. – The State of Our Union – to provide our voice and vision for the country, and to address and defeat persistent gender inequality and racism.

People’s Action is joining other national leaders including Ai-jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance), Tarana Burke (Girls for Gender Equity and ‘MeToo’ movement), Mónica Ramirez (National Farmworker Women’s Alliance), Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner of MomsRising, Arisha Hatch of Color of Change, along with Congressional champions like Pramila Jayapal, to lift up the stories and voices of our communities.

Organizers boldly praised Planned Parenthood, ignoring the fact that it was founded by Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist who once bragged about her meeting with members of the Klu Klux Klan. To date, Planned Parenthood “honors” Sanger, calling her a hero. Some Planned Parenthood centers still proudly wear Sanger’s name. In addition, Planned Parenthood’s top award is named after Margaret Sanger.

Live Action News has repeatedly documented how Planned Parenthood had direct ties to the eugenics movement, sharing board members between the organizations, and even receiving free rent from eugenics organizations.

Prior to the State of Our Union event, Richards appeared on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell show to discuss efforts to  resist president Trump — specifically, his pro-life policies. Richards, who receives a million dollar salary from Planned Parenthood, has now set her sights on the 2018 Congressional elections.

Image: Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards discusses abortion during State of the Union speech (Image: MSNBC)

“I think it is really important not to forget, as we’re discussing the way forward, is that there’s a whole other branch of Government – that’s the US Congress, that we have to focus on. The things that they have already pledged to do – you know. Paul Ryan, practically the first day, saying that they were going to defund Planned Parenthood….”

After hearing from several women, many who recounted emotional stories, the group at the SOOU welcomed Cecile Richards to give the “women’s response.”

Image: Cecile Richards State of Our Union event

Cecile Richards State of Our Union event

Richards began her speech by claiming that the Trump administration “wants to divide us.” She proclaimed, “It’s not that women haven’t been speaking out… but now, we have found a new frequency and folks are finally listening — alright — and we are not giving it up.”

That “new frequency” is due in part to voices from the #MeToo movement, arising to denounce sexual abuse and harassment. Richards wasted little time inserting herself into that movement to push Planned Parenthood’s political agenda, despite the abortion corporation’s own repeated history of covering up sexual abuse.

Despite numerous criminal cases documenting how sexual assault victims were not protected by Planned Parenthood but instead were returned to sexual predators, some women aren’t listening. The “State of Our Union” event was organized in part by #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke, who recently received an awardfrom Planned Parenthood. And what did Burke have to say about the event? “I could not be more excited and proud to…be a part of this evening…Standing in solidarity with these women, and organizations that are represented tonight.” As for the scandals of Planned Parenthood’s continued victimization of sexual abuse victims: silence.

MeToo founder awarded by Planned Parenthood (Image: Twitter)

Image: Tarana Burke awarded by Planned Parenthood

MeToo founder, Tarana Burke receives award from Planned Parenthood 2018.png

Burke said the event was organized as a deliberate effort to not attend the president’s speech at the Capitol building.  Burke claimed women’s voices have not been heard. She spoke of a “systemic dismantling of so many issues that affect women,” describing the “collective power” of women to work across “industries and issues.”

She then went on to tout the “power” of Planned Parenthood, which receives over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers. “What does it look like when you activate the power of the Women’s March and Planned Parenthood in the fight for low wage earners?” Burke asked.

Image: Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke toutes power of Planned Parenthood

Burke noted the fight against sexual harassment and violence, stating passionately that the “trauma of sexual violence is probably one of the most devastating things a person can experience,” yet, she failed to call out Planned Parenthood for its systemic enabling of child sexual abuse.

“My name is Tarana Burke and I believe in our union. And, I pledge to stand for survivors of sexual violence from all walks of life. For the rest of my life,” Burke vowed.

But, sadly, Planned Parenthood Action Fund was one of the group’s host committee members and according to the MC, “has been working so hard to make sure this event was a success.”

Planned Parenthood Action Fund hosts State of Our Union event

Planned Parenthood Action Fund hosts State of Our Union event

Richards told the group that “Women have beaten the odds,” in part because “Planned Parenthood’s doors are open all across the United States of America.”

But in truth, Planned Parenthood has been losing patients for years, and has been closing centers in record numbers. In 2016, Planned Parenthood claims to have served 2.4 million patients — a near 23 percent drop from the 3.1 million they boasted just ten years ago in 2006. And, while Planned Parenthood’s patients are steadily declining, federally funded health centers, as identified by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, served nearly 26 million patients in 2016 alone.

But while Planned Parenthood is still receiving the full funding of the government despite its plummeting patients, Richards blamed Trump and Congress for allegedly limiting women’s access to “cancer screenings and birth control.” It’s just not true: According to Planned Parenthood’s own reports, Planned Parenthood is the one reducing those services for women, not Trump or Congress.

Cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood have plunged 67 percent since 2006, from 2,007,371 screenings to just 660,777 in 2016. Even contraceptive services there have dropped by more than 32 percent (3,989,474 in 2006 to 2,701,866 in 2016). And this decline occurred all while government funding for Planned Parenthood was skyrocketing. These are Planned Parenthood’s own reported numbers. But apparently Richards is counting on the idea that women will believe whatever lies she tells them.

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Cecile Richards State of Our Union event with MeToo founder

During her speech, Richards touted the right to abortion. “You know what,” Richards said, “If the Government won’t change – we will change the Government,” Richards added, as if this were her first attempt to use her taxpayer-funded organization’s power in politics. In fact, Richards vocally and enthusiastically supported Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 run for President and some believe it failed due to Richard’s support.

“Women are the most powerful political force in this country,” Richards said, knowing that the vast majority of women support abortion restrictions, unlike Planned Parenthood. Richards then obliviously claimed that she was joining the group of women to transform the nation into a place where “everyone has the freedom and opportunity to live their best life.”

Tragically, not all women are free to life their best life, and that’s thanks to Richards and her friends in the abortion industry. They target millions of preborn females for wholesale slaughter in the womb. In addition, there are numerous women scarred from the effects of abortion, including some who have died after their so-called “safe and legal” abortions at Planned Parenthood.

These are a few of the forgotten women Richards left out.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News

Four Black pro-life women who spoke against abortion as ‘Black genocide

Posted in Black Conservative, Black Genocide, Black History Month, Black pro-life leaders, Black Women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2018 by saynsumthn

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Black pro-life leader Mildred Jefferson

In the early 1960s and 70s, organizations seeking to liberalize abortion laws, like the National Organization for Women (NOW), attempted to convince the nation that women wanted legalized abortion on demand. Many women actually opposed liberalized abortion laws, and those women’s voices were silenced by NOW (who was influenced by men seeking to profit from abortion) and NOW’s friends in the (at that time, majority male-led) media.

During that time, many pro-life women spoke out against the liberalization of abortion laws, including many women in the Black community, who saw abortion as “Black genocide.” Four of them are listed below:

Fannie Lou Hamer 

Hamer was a civil rights activist who helped to found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. In 1964, she ran for Congress. Hamer was also a victim of eugenic sterilization, a program which Planned Parenthood’s founder (as well as those on her board) advocated.

Fannie Lou Hamer pro-life women

Fannie Lou Hamer

Ethyl Payne said Hamer called abortion “black genocide,” writing in The Afro-American, “She was a delegate to the White House Conference on Food and Nutrition…. There she spoke out strongly of abortion as a means of genocide of blacks….”

Journalist Samuel Yette also noted Mrs. Hamer’s views in The Afro American – Apr 2, 1977, quoting her as saying, “It is still a society in which an injured man must show his ability to pay before getting hospital services, but his daughter or wife can be aborted or fed birth control pills, at public expense….” Yette then recounted how Hamer blasted conference organizers: “She responded with shock and outrage at the deception. ‘I didn’t come to talk about birth control,’ she protested. ‘I came here to get some food to feed poor, hungry people. Where are they carrying on that kind of talk?’”

A 1969 article published by the Free-Lance Star quotes Hamer as denouncing voluntary abortion as “legalized murder,” saying she “made it clear that she ‘regards it part of a comprehensive white man’s plot to exterminate the black population of the United States.’”

Author Kay Mills quoted Hamer in her book as saying, “Once Black women were bought as slaves because they were good breeders. Now they talk about birth control and abortion for blacks. If they’d been talking that way when my mother was bearing children, I wouldn’t be here now.”

Dr. Mildred F. Jefferson

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Mildred Jefferson (Image: Schlesinger Library)

Dr. Mildred Jefferson was the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and the first woman employed as a general surgeon at Boston University Medical Center. She was ardently pro-life, and was the co-founder of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and Massachusetts Citizens for Life. She served as NRLC president from 1975-1978.

Dr. Jefferson was committed to defending human life from, as she described it, “conception to natural death.”

She first became active in 1970 when, as she recalled to the New York Times, “the American Medical Association first considered bending its founding principles in such a way that a doctor would not be considered unethical” if he or she committed an abortion.

She once described why she became a physician, “I became a physician in order to help save lives. I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live.”

Dr. Jefferson also warned that abortion would target the Black community, and in 1977, she stated, “Blacks suffer more from abortion because what looks like help is actually striking against them. Blacks are fewer. They will disappear sooner….” She insisted that “[a]bortion is class war against the poor,” and told the Pittsburgh Press in 1977, “Abortionists argue, ‘Let the poor have abortions like the rich can.’ Then abortionists should make a list of the other things rich women have that they’re going to give to poor women.”

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Mildred Jefferson: Abortion is Black genocide

At a press conference in 1989, Dr. Jefferson noted how the abortion lobby uses the poor to maintain abortion access. At that press conference, Dr. Jefferson joined with other pro-life women to release a declaration supporting life, stating that abortion is “not only genocide” but “national suicide.”

“It implies a fascist solution that now they call ‘liberal,’ to keep down the costs of caring for the poor. They get rid of those who are going to run up the costs,” she stated, adding:

Every women’s organization in this country has got to deal with these issues a little more forthrightly than has been possible in the past.  Because, for most of the organizations, of the general women’s organizations that support that point of view [abortion] there has never been any kind of real in depth discussion of such issues…

We have an idea that N.O.W., the National Organization of Some Women, in alliance with the other alphabet organizations — ACLU, PP, NARAL — are in deadly collusion to obtain the private right to kill all having the direct objective of establishing a socialist order, to replace our Democratic Republic.”

In a 1976 article with the New York Times, Dr. Jefferson summarized efforts of the pro-life movement as “dedication.” She went on to say, “It’s a simple matter that our people believe if they fail, other people will die. Today the unborn, tomorrow the elderly.”

READ: Bishops and pastors gather at Missouri Planned Parenthood to condemn Black genocide

Iowa Rep. June Franklin

Rep. June Franklin was one of many Black women who opposed abortion.

Rep. June Franklin (Image: Maafa21)

In 1971, one of the most convincing arguments against legalizing abortion in Iowa came from a Black female representative in the State’s legislature: June Franklin. According to a report published by the Burlington Hawk Eye, Rep. A. June Franklin, a Democrat from Des Moines, was joined in her opposition to abortion by another female Congresswoman, Hallie Sargisson, (D-Salix).

Rep. Franklin was the only African-American representative in the Iowa legislature, and saw liberalized abortion as a way to target the Black community. “Proponents… have argued this bill is for Blacks and the poor who want abortions and can’t afford one. This is the phoniest and most preposterous argument of all,” Franklin said. “Because I represent the inner-city where the majority of Blacks and poor live and I challenge anyone here to show me a waiting line of either Blacks or poor whites who are wanting an abortion.”

In July of 1972, she defended her vote to the Des Moines Register, saying, “Most of the people I’ve heard from are strongly opposed to legalizing abortion, and most of these people are not Catholics.”

The Des Moines Register later quoted the female lawmaker as being proud that her vote overturned the measure. “It would have led to genocide and euthanasia. God gave us life and only God can take it away,” Franklin said.

Erma Clardy Craven

Erma Clardy Craven was one of several Black women who opposed abortion.

Erma Clardy Craven

Erma Craven served on the board of the National Right to Life Committee and NRLC’s state affiliate, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. She was also a social human rights activist and chairman of the Minnesota Human Rights Commission and African-Americans Against Abortion.

In 1972, just prior to the Roe v. Wade decision, Craven wrote a piece titled “Abortion, Poverty and Black Genocide– Gifts to the poor?” and called abortion Black genocide:

Throughout the course of American history, the quality of human life has always been improved at the expense of the weak and oppressed…. It takes little imagination to see that the unborn Black baby is the real object of many abortionists….

The quality of life for the poor, the Black and the oppressed will not be served by destroying their children….

[T]he womb of the poor Black woman is seen as the latest battleground for oppression. In times past the Blacks couldn’t grow kids fast enough for their “masters” to harvest; now that power is near, the “masters” want us to call a moratorium on having babies. When looked at in context, this whole mess adds up to blatant genocide….

Government family planning programs designed for poor Blacks will emphasize birth control and abortion with the intent of limiting the Black population is genocide. The deliberate killing of Black babies in abortion is genocide- perhaps the most overt form of all…. The prevalent Black attitude toward birth control and abortion is distinctly in opposition!

Craven pointed to two studies showing that Blacks — and specifically, Black women — opposed abortion:

In a study conducted by the Bowman Gray Medical School on poverty-level Blacks, 79% of 776 poverty-level Black females, 86% of 500 of their sex partners, and 70% of 215 low-middle-income Black females were found to be “not in favor of abortions under any circumstances.”  Similarly, when 990 urban Black females were studied, 77% were found to be opposed to abortion under any circumstances, and this opposition was found to be manifest in their actions of carrying their children to term…”

In 1975, Craven told a Pennsylvania federal panel that abortion amounted to a “wholesale marketing of human flesh.”

In 1985, Craven described why she opposed abortion. “Having served women on welfare, I feel that the pro-choice movement is a male cop out,” she said. “I vowed on my dear grandmother’s grave that as long as there is breath in my body I shall fight for the right of the Black child to exist.”

Hamer, Jefferson, Franklin, and Craven were adamant in their belief that abortion was being used by those in power to cull the Black population. Planned Parenthood’s own founder, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist whose “Negro Project” had the goal of reducing population growth in the Black community. Even today, Planned Parenthood has been caught in controversy, as an undercover Live Action investigation found the organization willing to accept donations to abort specifically Black babies:

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News

Planned Parenthood’s 2016 annual report shows women don’t need the abortion corporation

Posted in Planned Parenthood abortion stats, Planned Parenthood Annual Report, Planned Parenthood Decreasing Services with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2018 by saynsumthn
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Planned Parenthood released its 2016-2017 annual report over the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend. In a nutshell, contraception services, cervical cancer screenings, and other legitimate health services offered by the abortion corporation have all decreased again, along with a very slight decrease in abortions (two percent drop). It is clear from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report that women don’t really need the organization, and are finding legitimate health care elsewhere.

From 2006 to 2016, abortions at Planned Parenthood increased nearly 11 percent, averaging more than 320,000 abortions per year. Despite the fact that figures indicate abortions are on a steady decline nationally, in 2016, Planned Parenthood reported ending the lives of 321,384 preborn children (down from more than 328,000 the previous year), maintaining the organization’s nearly 35 percent nationwide market share of abortions.

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards (who is a political organizer with no background in health care) once proclaimed, “We aim to be the largest kick-butt political organization.” And indeed, Planned Parenthood is highly political, using its pro-abortion friends in Congress and the media to increase its bottom line and pay its staff (and especially its CEO) extremely high salaries. As previously documented, a former top executive for Planned Parenthood once admitted that the abortion corporation’s “success” was linked to power and money, and he showed that taxpayer dollars are what enable the abortion corporation to recruit, hire and pay its top staffers six-digit salaries.

2016 was no exception to the previous years.

Despite promises from many in Congress to defund the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood’s 2016-2017 annual report reveals that taxpayer funding barely dropped at all — less than 2 percent — from $554.6 million in 2015 to $543.7 million in 2016. This mere sliver of a decrease cannot even begin to counter the astronomical 61 percent increase in taxpayer funding to the organization between 2006 and 2016, from $336.7 million to $543.7 million.

Planned Parenthood 2016 annual report excess revenue and Government funds

While taxpayers sent half a billion dollars in state and federal dollars to Planned Parenthood, the abortion corporation managed to increase its excess revenue from $77.5 million in 2015 to a whopping $98.5 million in 2016. That’s right: this nonprofit organization pocketed a profit of $98.5 million last year alone.

This means that despite all the hyperventilating abortion apologists’ claims that defunding Planned Parenthood would shutter the abortion business, Planned Parenthood’s excess revenue over spending increased by 27 percent in just one year. And almost every year since 2000, Planned Parenthood’s revenue has exceeded its expenses by tens of millions of dollars (yearly surpluses range from $12.2 million in 2001 to a high of $155.5 million in 2010) — all while actual health services and patients declined.

In 2016, Planned Parenthood’s decreasing services continued as demonstrated below…

Patients

In 2016, Planned Parenthood claims to have served 2.4 million patients, dropping nearly 23 percent from the 3.1 million they boasted just ten years ago in 2006. And, while Planned Parenthood’s patients are steadily declining, federally funded health centers, as identified by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, served nearly 26 million patients in 2016 alone.

Cancer Screenings

Although breast exams rose nearly five percent (336,614) from 2015 numbers (321,700), overall, they have declined nearly 62 percent since 2006, when Planned Parenthood performed 882,961 breast exams.

Pap tests at Planned Parenthood have decreased nearly 74 percent in the past years falling from 1,070,449 in 2006 to 281,063 in 2016. In 2016, Planned Parenthood performed 4.33 percent fewer Pap tests than they recorded in 2015.

While all cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood declined less than one percent between 2015 and 2016, overall they have plummeted 67 percent, from 2,007,371 in 2006 to 660,777 in 2016.

Contraception

Contraception services continued to drop in 2016, falling nearly four percent (2,701,866) from 2015 (2,808,815) and over 48 percent from a high of 4,009,549 in 2009. Since 2006, contraception services at Planned Parenthood have declined by over 32 percent (3,989,474 in 2006 to 2,701,866 in 2016), despite telling the media following President Donald Trump’s election that IUD requests at Planned Parenthood rose by 900 percent.

Planned Parenthood 2016 annual report Contraception

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception (EC) distributed by Planned Parenthood decreased by nearly five percent (from 767,830 in 2015 to 730,329 in 2016).

Live Action News previously documented that in some cases EC can act to prevent the implantation of a newly-fertilized human being into the uterine wall. Since life scientifically begins at fertilization, intentionally ending the life of a new, unique individual after fertilization has occurred is an abortion, and any type of birth control that has the potential to end the life of a new human being can be considered an abortifacient. There is no way to know for certain if or when this occurs when a woman takes EC, and therefore, these cases cannot be calculated into the total abortion numbers.

Prenatal Care 

Prenatal care services have also plummeted at Planned Parenthood.

In 2016, Planned Parenthood record only 7,762 prenatal care services, a decline of nearly 18 percent from 2015, when they reported 9,419. In the past ten years, prenatal care at the abortion corporation has declined nearly 30 percent from a high of 11,058 in 2006.

Despite years of claiming that Planned Parenthood offers prenatal care to women, Live Action investigators exposed the fact that almost no Planned Parenthood centers offer prenatal care. When undercover callers spoke to Planned Parenthood staffers, the reason most often given by staff as to why no prenatal care was available is because Planned Parenthood offers abortions instead. The backlash from Live Action’s investigation was swift, and the abortion corporation had to purge its website of the claim that they offered “prenatal services.”

Adoptions

Planned Parenthood claims to have done 3,889 adoption referrals. In order to be eligible to receive federal Title X funds, the abortion corporation must offer information on all pregnancy options, including adoption. According to former Planned Parenthood manager Crystal Eldridge, the adoption option is presented in the form of mere lip service (“You know your choices, right? You can keep it, abort it, or put it up for adoption,”), and former manager Sue Thayer says Planned Parenthood merely puts a small packet in front of women on their pregnancy options which the women did not have to accept, with no discussion on the actual options themselves:

Last year, Live Action exposed the way Planned Parenthood handled adoption referrals, which might account for why this number rose from the previous year (2,889 in 2015 to 3,889 in 2016). Live Action investigators contacted various Planned Parenthood facilities, some of which receive tax dollars from Title X. According to requirements under Title X, projects that are funded must offer pregnant women several options regarding their pregnancies, including prenatal care and adoption.

What you will hear in the video below is how Planned Parenthood fails to offer Live Action’s investigators any of this — no adoption counseling, no adoption referrals, no list of adoption agencies, and no chance to speak with any so-called “specially trained staff” about the adoption option, despite online statements to the contrary:

In 2016, Planned Parenthood killed nearly 82 times as many preborn children with abortion as they referred for adoption. In fact, the highest number of adoptions Planned Parenthood has ever referred in a year was just 4,912 (2007).

Planned Parenthood’s adoption referral numbers dropped nearly 21 percent from 2007 to 2016.

Total Services

Although Planned Parenthood’s total “services” rose by about half a percent in 2016 (9,537,592) from 2015 (9,494,977), the organization’s services have decreased nearly 10 percent (10,588,360) since 2006.

New Categories

Last year, Planned Parenthood added new subcategories under “Other Women’s Health Services” — “Miscarriage Care” and “Well-Women Exams.” While “Miscarriage Care” declined slightly in 2016 (no details on what “miscarriage care” entails), “Well-Women Exams” rose four percent.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood also introduced the subcategory “Other Contraception Services” to the Contraception category.  This “Other” subcategory, which the abortion corporation does not define, increased nearly 13 percent from 2015 to 2016. What is interesting is that adding these additional categories keeps Planned Parenthood’s abortion services conveniently at 3 percent of the organization’s overall services. Live Action has previously shown, however, that this three percent figure is complete nonsense, and is arrived at through a great deal of manipulation. The Washington Post even called this statistic “misleading,” awarding it three Pinocchios, and Slate called it “the most meaningless abortion statistic ever.”

Planned Parenthood once operated 900 facilities, yet today, states on its website that it now operates “more than 600 health centers,” a further decline of nearly 8 percent from what they published on their website last year.

Between 2007 and 2017, the organization shuttered more than 280 facilities.

While these kinds of decreases are good news, the tragedy is that one in every seven patients at Planned Parenthood has an abortion. Money is fungible and can be used to pay for facilities and staff who commit abortion. And while Congress fails to defund Planned Parenthood, taxpayers are forced to continue to monetarily support an abortion business that takes the lives of approximately 881 preborn children per day. The time to defund is now.

Editor’s Note: This report has been corrected. An earlier version incorrectly reported 2014-15 patient numbers instead of 2015-16.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News

Meet Lucas, the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome

Posted in Down Syndrome with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2018 by saynsumthn
Image: Gerber selects first Baby with Down Syndrome in photo contest

Lucas Warren, an adorable baby with Down syndrome, has been selected as the newest Gerber Spokesbaby. The announcement came this morning on the TODAY Show and, according to the NBC show, “The 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia, is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby since the contest’s start more than ninety years ago.”

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Lucas Warren, Gerber Spokesbaby

The iconic charcoal-sketched logo on Gerber’s packaging was originally a sketch of Ann Turner Cook at four months old. She became a Gerber baby in 1928, according to Inside Edition, and in 2016, Cook turned 90 years old. According to the baby food company, for the past several years, Gerber has held the annual photo contest where a panel of judges review entries to find, “children from birth to preschool age whose photos displayed expressiveness and consistency with Gerber’s heritage. Since the inception of Photo Search seven years ago, Gerber has awarded eight (twins in 2013) tiny tots the Photo Search crown.”

Image: Original Gerber Baby Ann Turner Cook

Original Gerber, Baby Ann Turner Cook

This year’s winning photo was submitted by the infant’s mother, Cortney Warren, who, according to the TODAY Show, “entered the Gerber contest on a whim, after a relative pointed out an ad seeking submissions. After posting a photo of Lucas on Instagram using the contest’s hashtag, Cortney and her husband, Jason, received the news that their son had been chosen from more than 140,000 entries to be the 2018 Gerber Spokesbaby.”

“He’s always been such a good baby. I’ve never met anyone to come into contact with Lucas and not smile,” Lucas’ proud mother said, “We didn’t actually find out he had Down syndrome until he was born…It’s never once changed how we felt about him, he was always our son.”

“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” Cortney added. “He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child… we’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”

Image: Lucas Warren Gerber Spokesbaby

Lucas Warren, Gerber Spokesbaby

It was Lucas’ joy and his smile that convinced his parents to submit his photo. “I finally just decided to do it on a whim. I thought he was adorable and I felt well, maybe the world might,” Courtney said.

Lucas has won $50,000 that the family said will be used for his education, something that makes his father especially proud. “As a father, seeing your child exceed in life and go to school is something I’m looking forward to,” Jason said. “I just want him to look back and say…look at everything that I did.”

Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber, told TODAY that Lucas’s smile and happy expression captured the hearts of the Gerber team. “Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” said Partyka. “This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”

“We’re hoping this will impact everyone — that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and help more individuals with special needs be accepted and not limited,” dad Jason Warren said. “They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”

Image: Gerber baby Lucas along with his parents on Today Show

Gerber baby Lucas along with his parents on Today Show

Lucas’ parents are hopeful that this will encourage the disability community to know they are just as valuable as everyone else.

“We are hoping Lucas looks back on it and feels proud,” said Courtney, “I hope it shines light to the special needs community showing that they are just like you and me. They should be accepted not based on their looks, but based on who they are.”

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News