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Planned Parenthood promised to train workers to help sexual abuse victims. They lied.

Posted in Former Planned Parenthood Employee, Lila Rose, Live Action, Planned Parenthood Employee Testifies against them, Planned Parenthood ex employee, Planned Parenthood fails to report rape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2018 by saynsumthn

Image: Sex Abuse coverup at Planned Parenthood report Aiding Abusers

Next in Live Action’s multi-part docuseries showing irrefutable evidence of a decades-long sexual abuse cover-up at Planned Parenthood is an interview that will reveal how the taxpayer-funded organization lied when they told the American people and the media that they were “retraining” staffers. The interview originally aired last year; however, in this current climate of the TimesUp and MeToo movements as well as a growing intolerance for enablers of abuse, it is imperative that the American people know the kind of organization they are being forced to fund through Title X, Medicaid and other state and federal tax dollars.

“Despite Planned Parenthood’s public rhetoric as well as laws requiring it to report suspected abuse, its failure to report has been deliberate and widespread,” Live Action president and founder Lila Rose stated in her group’s initial press release.

READ: Former Planned Parenthood manager exposes abortion industry’s treatment of women

“Time and again, rather than reporting abuse to authorities, Planned Parenthood has repeatedly looked the other way and committed abortions on victims as young as 12 years old. These girls deserved advocacy but instead Planned Parenthood staff ignored their abuse and returned them to the waiting arms of their abusers.” (See the video on the recorded cases in which Planned Parenthood covered up sexual abuse here.)

“Live Action is releasing this report as the TimesUp movement is exposing both sexual abusers and those who help them cover up their crimes — the people who knew about the abuse but stayed silent,” Rose added.

The Aiding Abusers report, according to Rose, “includes numerous court cases, multiple news media reports, official police reports, state health department records, manager testimonials admitting a failure to report, and statements of underage sex abuse victims saying they were returned to their abusers after forced abortions.”

The next video release of the docuseries reveals how Planned Parenthood lied after being caught on film in an undercover Live Action investigation, displaying a willingness to turn a blind eye to child sex trafficking.

Image: CNN Planned Parenthood to retrain

CNN Planned Parenthood to retrain after covering sexual abuse

As Live Action News has previously reported, in 2011, Live Action investigators exposed eight Planned Parenthood staffers at seven different Planned Parenthood facilities willing to aid and abet child sex traffickers by suggesting how to get abortions and birth control for their 14- and 15-year-old victims. After Live Action released the undercover footage exposing Planned Parenthood, the abortion chain informed the media that it would retrain thousands of staff members across the country to properly report suspected sexual abuse of minors to authorities.

Proof of those “claims” can be seen in this Live Action News report.

Image: Planned Parenthood lied about retraining staffers on sexual abuse

Planned Parenthood lied about retraining staffers on sexual abuse

Ramona Treviño, who was employed as a Planned Parenthood manager in Sherman, Texas, when these so-called retraining sessions were to have occurred, revealed that these “retraining sessions” actually instructed staff how to identify undercover journalists and whether they were being recorded instead of helping employees identify and report potential abuse.

“Planned Parenthood Federation of America went out publicly saying that they would retrain all of their staff on how they reported abuse,” Treviño states in the video interview below:

The alleged retraining was pitched to the media as a way to ensure that Planned Parenthood staffers knew how to identify victims of child sexual abuse or sex trafficking. And, of course, as Live Action News had previously documented, the media accepted Planned Parenthood’s words with zero follow-up.

Treviño, who attended the “retraining,” describes it instead as a training on how to detect if employees were being recorded.

“And, when we were called into this meeting, I – um – went in really believing that Planned Parenthood could redeem themselves. They are going to prove that they really do care about women and  this is something that really concerns them,” Treviño tells Rose in the video.

Image: Ramona Trevino said Planned Parenthood lied about retraining staff to identify sexual abuse

Ramona Trevino said Planned Parenthood lied about retraining staff to identify sexual abuse

The former Planned Parenthood manager continued:

I walk into the room and it’s dark – we sign in – and there’s a projector screen pulled down. And, they begin to play all of the previous undercover investigations that had been put out about Planned Parenthood. And I became very perplexed. I thought, you know, what’s going on here? Are we showing these things because they’re trying to show us, you know, what not to do? You know, the things that are wrong- that we don’t do these things?

… I raised my hand and I said, “I’m confused. Like, when are we going to actually begin the retraining? What can I do, as a manager, to take this information back to my staff and… enforce policies and procedures that would help protect women who are experiencing either sex trafficking or abuse, sexual abuse in any way?” Because, that’s a difficult subject to talk about, if you ever have a patient come in who expresses that. And so, I really wanted to know how we dealt with that.

Image: Planned Parenthood staffers aid sex traffickers (Image Credit: Live Action)

Planned Parenthood staffers aid sex traffickers (Image Credit: Live Action)

However, despite Treviño’s continued questions, the former Planned Parenthood worker claims she was simply shot down.

… She immediately shot me down, and she said, “We’re not here to talk about that, Ramona. We’re here to teach you how to identify if you’re being videotaped or recorded or entrapped in any way.”

At that moment, my heart just sunk. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I couldn’t believe that we were actually, um, there to train on how to identify if we’re being recorded. Again, it goes back to…do we have something to hide? Why, why is this an issue for us?

“That experience for me left me so disgusted that I couldn’t see how Planned Parenthood could ever redeem themselves after that,” Treviño adds.

This first hand account of that alleged “retraining” has been virtually dismissed by members of the mainstream media, which is regularly rewarded by Planned Parenthood for its silent complicity. Live Action’s Aiding Abusers docuseries and investigative report come on the heels of new proposed rules from The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which would require recipients of federal Title X dollars to report sexual abuse.

Image: Planned Parenthood rewards journalists that ignore fact that PP covers sexual abuse

Planned Parenthood rewards journalists that ignore fact that PP covers sexual abuse

In addition to one former Planned Parenthood worker testifying to systemic sexual abuse cover-ups at Planned Parenthood, Live Action previously released video testimony from other former workers, corroborating Live Action’s claims.

“Because of flagrant violations like these, the proposed Title X rule tightening on reporting abuse is absolutely necessary,” Lila Rose stated in the aforementioned press release.

She then called for Planned Parenthood to be investigated and defunded immediately:

“Planned Parenthood has proven that its priority is selling abortions, not caring for the most vulnerable of girls. Planned Parenthood’s culture of cover-up must end, the cycle of abuse of innocent children must end, and Planned Parenthood’s half a billion dollars in annual federal funding must end. Taxpayers cannot be forced to subsidize these abuses of children.”

Rose has also called for the TimesUp movement to join Live Action in exposing Planned Parenthood for decades of enabling sexual abusers.

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

Pro-abortion media can’t be trusted to report truth about Planned Parenthood

Posted in Planned Parenthood Employee, Pro-choice Hypocrisy, RH Reality Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2018 by saynsumthn

abortion, Planned Parenthood

The media has remained silent about Live Action’s investigative report and docuseries, Aiding Abusers, which documents the decades-long child sexual abuse cover-up by taxpayer funded Planned Parenthood. The horrific criminal cases, civil lawsuits, and health department records alone — some recently uncovered by Live Action and some published previously by other pro-life organizations — are, in and of themselves, substantial evidence showing Planned Parenthood’s disregard for victims of child sexual abuse. Add to that Live Action’s undercover investigations, along with testimonies from former Planned Parenthood staffers who witnessed Planned Parenthood’s complicity in failing to report suspicion of abuse, and the proof is overwhelming.

In addition to the Planned Parenthood-supportive media, organizations and individuals who praised the MeToo and TimesUp movements are also silent.  An obvious example can be seen in an article published by pro-abortion Rewire News, which claims its goal is to “[…] foster public knowledge and enlightenment through high-quality evidence-based news, analysis, commentary, and investigative reporting….”

Image: Rewire News fails sexual abuse victims taken to Planned Parenthood

Rewire News fails sexual abuse victims taken to Planned Parenthood (Image credit: Twitter)

However, while one might expect a level of bias from Rewire News, author Katelyn Burns exhibited not a hint of true journalism in her piece, “Republicans Coordinate With Discredited Anti-Choice Group to Call for Planned Parenthood Investigation.” As I read Burns’ piece, I wrongly anticipated that Burns might mention, with some level of empathy, the victims of sexual abuse, some as young as twelve years old, taken by their abusers to Planned Parenthood and then returned back to the abusers for additional suffering. I assumed Rewire might issue some level of rebuke, token of disdain or outrage regarding theses horrific cases. I assumed Burns might conclude that something is wrong at Planned Parenthood, and side, not with the big corporation, but with actual sexual abuse victims.

I was wrong.

Instead of examining all the evidence presented by Live Action, Burns was hyper-focused on the two undercover investigations conducted by Live Action, which (according to media reports) resulted in the firing of at least twoPlanned Parenthood staffers and one being put on probation by their state’s Department of Health. Without citing any evidence, except a lazy link to a Huffington Post article which made a false claim about a completely separate Live Action investigation, Burns called the undercover stings “discredited and extensively edited ‘sting’ footage.” Burns was so unable to see through her bias that she failed to even acknowledge more than two-thirds of Live Action’s evidence. In so doing, Burns completely disregarded sexual abuse victims like Denise Fairbanks, who, as Live Action detailed, was forced by her rapist to have an abortion. Denise’s cries for help were then — according to the victim, not Live Action — ignored by Planned Parenthood.

Image: Denise told Planned Parenthood she was raped and they did NOTHING (Image credit: Live Action Twitter page)

Denise told Planned Parenthood she was raped and they did NOTHING (Image credit: Live Action Twitter page)

Burns also disregarded the sexual abuse victim of predator George Savanah, who, according to the criminal caseagainst him, brought his young victim to Planned Parenthood not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions, and each time it appears that Planned Parenthood returned her to her abuser.

Image: George Savanah impregnates daughter three times and takes her to Planned Parenthood

George Savanah impregnates daughter three times and takes her to Planned Parenthood

The cases in Live Action’s report are horrific and are most likely the reason Burns selectively left them out and made a deliberate decision to be a propagandist for Planned Parenthood rather than a true investigative journalist. Another reason might be because on the Rewire News board of directors is none other than Bryan Howard, CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. Live Action conducted two of undercover stings in Arizona, and Live Action’s report contains details of a criminal case involving Planned Parenthood in Arizona.

Image: Planned Parenthood CEO on board of Rewire News (Image credit: screen grab from Rewire News blog)

Planned Parenthood CEO on board of Rewire News (Image credit: screen grab from Rewire News blog)

 

In that case, Planned Parenthood allegedly told a 15-year-old rape victim it wasn’t worth the “hassle” for them to report her rape to police, then also allegedly miscoded the incident as “consensual” sex.

Image: Image taken from Tyler Kost police report

Image taken from Tyler Kost police report

OOPS!

I guess Burns saw no need to reveal this conflict of interest.

We have seen this kind of selective reporting before, when NBC News squashed Ronan Farrow’s initial report regarding the predatory behavior of Harvey Weinstein. Last month, Farrow told Recode Decode, “The fact that there was a veil of silence around the Harvey Weinstein story for decades is not accidental, and there were a variety of systems that kept it silent…. The question of the complicity of the media and the role the media played in keeping this quiet for as long as it was quiet, are important ones.” He added:

I think one reason why I structured those stories… around systems rather than individuals, is because the systems still have a long way to go…. This was a story about the abuse of power and the way in which the most powerful people in this country can manipulate the press, manipulate the judicial and legal process…. These are systems that are still be used every day.

Now, Planned Parenthood’s complicity of silence is shamefully doing the exact same thing, but just as in the Weinsteincase and other abuse cases, truth cannot be silenced. It will eventually come out.

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

Media narrative on feminism is pro-abortion and disregards pro-life opposition

Posted in Betty Friedan, Feminism, Lader, National Organization for (Some) Women, National Organization for Women, NOW, Planned Parenthood abortion plank, Subverted with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2018 by saynsumthn

Sorry, pro-abortion media: Pro-life feminism isn’t going away

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On the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUP movements came International Women’s Day, a date set to celebrate the accomplishments of women and look upon ways to improve their lives. However, the media predictably seems to have chosen to seek out the voices of abortion supporters with regard to feminism, again largely neglecting the thoughts of pro-life feminists.

Yahoo! asked simply, “What is feminism in 2018?” but failed to publish the remarks of a “conservative [female] campus leader” alongside the remarks of other feminists; Yahoo! reserved her thoughts for a completely separate article, essentially segregating her comments from the overall discussion of feminism.

And while USA Today quoted some conservative and pro-life women in a piece they published, asking, “Can you be a Conservative feminist?” the publication failed to point out that pro-life feminism used to be the standard. Early feminist leaders like Susan B. Anthony referred to abortion as “child murder” and viewed it as a means of exploiting both women and children. They demonstrated that true feminism was pro-motherhood, pro-woman, and pro-child.

The fact that conservative feminism was questioned to begin with reveals a deeper problem.

 

Some mainstream media articles on International Women’s Day included interviews with the head of an abortion rights organization, but failed to give equal time to pro-life leaders. The author of the Yahoo! article, for instance, managed to include the thoughts and statements of NARAL abortion lobby group president Ilyse Hogue but failed to publish remarks from female leaders of national pro-life organizations. Perhaps this was a simple error… or perhaps it wasn’t; after all, pro-life women do not fit into the modern day feminist image or the pro-abortion media narrative on feminism.

But Yahoo News cannot be totally faulted for this way of thinking, since history teaches us that the association of abortion and feminism was by design. National Organization for Women (NOW) founder Betty Friedan, the “mother of the women’s movement” in the 1960s, was herself complicit in silencing pro-life women and allowing them to be systematically pushed out of NOW for one single reason: they opposed abortion. Despite this, NOW was inaccurately dubbed the largest “women’s organization” in the nation, even though the group philosophically discriminated against pro-life members, and a major pro-life women’s group far outnumbered them. While many pro-life feminists in the 1960s and 70s were in agreement with fighting inequality and abuse of women on all fronts, they spoke against NOW’s insertion of abortion into their plank in the late 1960s.

The idea of inserting abortion into NOW’s plank came not from Friedan, but from two men: Larry Lader and Bernard Nathanson. These men were obsessed with decriminalizing abortion as was Planned Parenthood’s then-president, Alan Guttmacher, a former vice president of the American Eugenics Society. Lader, who had known Friedan for many years, authored a biography of Planned Parenthood’s eugenicist founder, Margaret Sanger, and called himself “her disciple.”

Image: Larry Lader and Bernard Nathanson. Nathanson became pro-life.

Larry Lader and Bernard Nathanson — two men behind the original abortion industry in the U.S.

Once these men were successful in convincing Friedan to make abortion a part of NOW’s plank, the group, along with the mostly male-dominated media at that time, deliberately chose to link feminism directly with one issue: abortion. They redefined being a “feminist” and made it so that such a term became synonymous with asserting a woman’s dominance over her preborn child instead of with fighting inequality or fighting abuse, for example. This caused a deep rift between pro-life and pro-abortion feminists — a rift that remains to this day.

Today, we see the effects of this way of thinking, as many women remain silent in the face of real abuses against other women, as in the case of Harvey Weinstein, in which notable female Hollywood actresses failed to speak out to warn vulnerable women in the industry. This was never the intention of true feminism. True feminism spoke up for women as well as those weaker than themselves: their children.

Many of the same Hollywood actors and media outlets that were silent on the Weinstein scandal are equally silent on the fact that Planned Parenthood covers up child sexual abuse, often returning underaged victims of rape and sexual assault into the arms of sexual abusers. This has been documented again and again, but thanks to modern day feminism’s allegiance to abortion, Planned Parenthood remains government-funded, protected, and unaccountable while child victims are left to fend for themselves.

When the media discusses feminism, any perceived threat to “reproductive rights” (another term for “abortion rights”) is always front and center, again making it seem as if all women and all feminists find this to the be the most pressing issue for women, and synonymous with feminism, which is untrue.

A large number of women in the U.S. oppose abortion, at least on some level, and many oppose it altogether. Many women who have experienced abortion come to regret it deeply. Not all women think alike on the issue of abortion.  Unfortunately, because of pro-life feminists’ view that the preborn child in the womb is deserving of equal protection as a human person, their voices are dismissed.

Yahoo! quotes NARAL’s president as stating, “To me, it just seems like a basic, fundamental understanding — it’s cliché at this point: Feminism is the radical notion that women are equal. Period. Full stop.”

Of course women are equal to men. The problem is that pro-abortion feminists don’t believe women are equal to men without abortion. And if this idea about feminism is so “basic,” then why the bias against pro-life feminists? Aren’t they also of the mindset that women are equal to men?

It’s time to end the deliberate sabotaging and outright silencing of pro-life female voices (and importantly, pro-life women of color) in the arena of public debate. It is time for the media to stop pandering to the radical abortion lobby and open the door to female voices from a wider range of thought.

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

Pro-life response to New York Times call to censor anti-abortion message

Posted in Media Bias, Media Matters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2017 by saynsumthn

New York Times writer calls for Facebook to censor pro-life message

New York Times (NYT) writer Rossalyn Warren is calling for Facebook to censor pro-life news sites like Live Action News and Life News. In an opinion piece entitled, “Facebook Is Ignoring Anti-Abortion Fake News,” Warren failed to publish any credible research which would rebut a single story published by these two entities, but still thinks they need to be censored, based on her own personal bias.

The NYT describes Warren as a “journalist” but in this case, it is obvious that her pro-abortion bias has overruled everything else. Warren writes, “So far, Facebook and the public have focused almost solely on politics and Russian interference in the United States election. What they haven’t addressed is the vast amount of misinformation and evidenced stories about reproductive rights, science and health.”

To clarify, what Warren means by “reproductive rights” is abortion; what she means by “science and health” is not the truth about when life begins, when a preborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, or any actual science about the development of the baby or the harm effects of abortion on women. No, that is conveniently ignored by pro-abortion apologists like Warren. Apparently, in an opinion piece, one doesn’t have to any present facts.

Rossalyn Warren wants to censor pro-life news (image: Twitter)

The only reasoning Warren offers for censoring pro-life outlets is the fact that Live Action recently ran a series of articles on the documentary film Hush, made by pro-choice filmmaker Punam Kumar Gill, who refused to blindly believe what she was told about the harmful effects of abortion; instead, the film documents her investigation of the claims about a link between abortion and breast cancer. Warren failed to dispute in any way the film’s research, which was heavily sourced.

To Warren, Gill’s research is “fake news” — yet Warren offers absolutely no proof whatsoever for her conclusion. Yet, ironically, in her piece, Warren criticizes a 2016 blog story on late-term abortions for “failing to cite any sources or studies.”

Warren believes pro-life news sites (already being censored by Twitter) should now be censored by Facebook because they are ideologically driven (as if her views are not):

However, the incentive for the people who write content for anti-abortion news sites and Facebook pages is ideological, not financial. Anti-abortion, anti-science content isn’t being written by spammers hoping to make money, but by ordinary people who are driven by religious or political beliefs. Their aim isn’t to profit from ads. It’s to convince readers of their viewpoint: that abortion is morally wrong….

Well, it’s hard not to view this as morally wrong, once you’ve seen it:

Warren’s use of the term “anti-abortion” is interesting, and reveals Warren’s own ideology herself — as does her Facebook page

Here is Warren “lov[ing]” Polish women who strike against their country’s abortion ban:

Rossalyn Warren loves women who support abortion (image: Facebook)

And here is Warren when Victoria (in Australia) voted to limit protests outside abortion clinics, calling it “amazing news”:

Rossalyn Warren favors limiting abortion protests

To Warren, it’s a “big deal for access to abortion”:

Rossalyn Warren favors abortion rights

Here is Warren sharing a post from ideologically driven Think Progress, a left-wing news site that is radically in support of abortion. Warren clearly takes the pro-abortion position. (No calls from Warren for Facebook to censor Think Progress, by the way.)

Rossalyn Warren shares ThinkProgress’ pro-abortion post

And finally, Warren seems to think “more people need to see” an image of a woman who supports the nation’s largest abortion corporation, Planned Parenthood.

Rossalyn Warren supporting Planned Parenthood (image: Facebook)

Warren, while failing to state her own pro-abortion bias, wants readers to think she is actually concerned about “fake news.” But she gives herself away when she explains why she thinks Facebook should censor pro-life speech. It’s because, as she says, pro-life sites “dominate the conversation about reproductive rights on Facebook” with what she calls “dodgy studies and scaremongering” which she believes is “drowning out people’s access to credible, researched reporting on abortion.”

“Credible, researched reporting” on abortion? Apparently only groups that agree with Warren are considered credible — groups that promote abortion and are absolutely ideologically driven (though they agree with her). If Warren is truly concerned about ideologically driven “fake news,” as she calls it, then surely she should urge Facebook to censor other ideologically driven sites like Media Matters (where her sources originate), Think Progress, Rewire, or Guttmacher — a former “special affiliate” to abortion corporation Planned Parenthood. If we’re going to censor ideologically driven outlets, we may be censoring almost everything.

Warren insists, “These [pro-life] sites produce vast amounts of misinformation,” she claims, while admitting she got her information from the pro-abortion site Media Matters. She complains (emphasis added), “… stories [from pro-life sources] often generate more engagement than the content produced by mainstream news organizations, said Sharon Kann, the program director for abortion rights and reproductive health at Media Matters, a watchdog group.”

While Warren railed against pro-life news sites for using (in her words) “thinly sourced stories,” she did exactly the same thing, using a claim from pro-abortion staff member Sharon Kann at Media Matters as “evidence” of her claims. According to Kann’s LinkedIn page, the Media Matters “researcher” volunteered for two abortion facilities: Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and the Emma Goldman Clinic. So she’s hardly unbiased. But that doesn’t seem to matter to Warren.

Rossalyn Warren attacks pro-life news sites in NYT

As you can see, Warren omits the fact that the videos (and their claims) posted by Live Action were actually made by an independent filmmaker, not Live Action; she says none of this, deliberately misleading readers.

Sharon Kann volunterred at Planned Parenthood abortion clinic (image: LinkedIn)

According to Kann (the abortion facility volunteer), “People on Facebook engage with anti-abortion content more than abortion-rights content at a “disproportionate rate…” And there’s Warren’s real problem.

In the minds of people like Warren and those at Media Matters, which openly admits it is a “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” you’re only credible if you hold a favorable view of abortion.

But Media Matters, founded by David Brock, described by Politico as “the self-described reformed right-wing hitman who became a key figure in Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign,” is not impartial. Brock openly supported Hillary Clinton for president and has been described as “a prominent strategist with a web of liberal groups.” His secret meetings have included representatives from several pro-abortion groups, such as “Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, and Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice.”

Rossalyn Warren (image: Twitter)

Brock’s strategy for defeating his foes includes pressuring Facebook and other social media outlets to “adjust its model to stem the flow of damaging fake news on its platform’s pages.” Brock’s document claims that “journalists” like Ms. Warren will “weaponize our research products to… take action against… the extremists seeking to manipulate it.”

Warren believes that you and I should not have a say in which news we choose to read. Instead, “credible articles about abortion” should only come from “reputable news outlets like the New York Times….” But the “credible” New York Times isn’t so credible. NYT, among other media outlets, reported (without question) Planned Parenthood’s deceptive claims that they would retrain staffers after they were caught offering assistance to an undercover actor posing as a sex trafficker.

It was Live Action News — not Ms. Warren or the NYT — which documented how a Planned Parenthood insider revealed that Planned Parenthood’s “retraining” never happened. And it was Live Action News which also documented how Planned Parenthood’s lied about contacting local authorities about suspected sex traffickers — while the NYT and other outlets never bothered to fact-check.

Warren’s claim that pro-life news receives a higher view rate is not sourced, but if it is true, the reason is simple: people are trending more pro-life, and Warren is bothered by that, so she and her allies resort to cries for censorship — not of their own, ideologically driven “fake news,” but of news they don’t agree with.

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

Being Black and pro-life is neither ‘rare’ nor ‘ignorant’

Posted in Black Abortion Stats, Black Conservative, Black leaders on abortion, Black Neighborhood, Black Pastor, Black pro-life leaders, Black Victims, Black Women, Blacks oppose Birth Control, Blacks protest abortionn, Media Bias with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2017 by saynsumthn

These 15 women prove that being Black and pro-life is neither ‘rare’ nor ‘ignorant’

Michael Harriot, commentator for The Root,recently claimed that being a Black pro-life woman and seeking the protection of innocent Black babies in the womb is “rare.” But is it?

Harriott was writing in response to an interaction between Rep. Steve Cohen (D – Tenn.) and Star Parker, a pro-life Black woman, in which Cohen called Parker “ignorant” after she pointed out the devastation that abortion has wrought in the Black community.

Dem Congressman calls Black women Star Parker “ignorant”

“Since Roe v. Wade was legalized 20 million humans have been killed inside the womb of Black women. And then, on Halloween, Planned Parenthood tweets out that Black women are safest if they abort their child rather than bring it to term,” Parker said during a hearing on the Heartbeat Bill.

Planned Parenthood tweet tells Black women abortion is safer than birth

Parker also exposed the eugenic beliefs of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, a known eugenicist who once gave a speech before the Ku Klux Klan. She also compared the Dred Scott decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared that Black slaves in America were not citizens, to that of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the entire country (essentially declaring that preborn humans are not persons and have no standing as such under the law).

Watch the interaction below:

Shockingly, Michael Harriot, who is also Black, chose to criticize Parker for her comments rather than research her claims about Planned Parenthood’s eugenicist beginnings. Instead, Harriot discounted Parker and other Black pro-life women, claiming that they are “rare”:

Star Parker, founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and a community activist, was asked to testify before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

Hold up, I think I made a mistake in that previous paragraph. What I meant to type was: Star Parker was asked to testify before the House subcommittee because she is one of the rare black female Republican anti-abortion-rights activists. (No, I will not use the GOP marketing phrase “pro-life.” Who’s not for people living?)

Harriot then echoed Rep. Cohen’s derogatory remarks, saying, “People were shocked to hear him go after a black woman publicly like this, but here is the thing: She is kinda ignorant, though.” (Side note: Imagine for one moment what would happen if Parker were pro-choice and… oh, I don’t know… a white Republican male had called her “ignorant.” Media and social media — and likely Harriot himself — would explode with outrage.)

But Harriot’s claim about the rarity of pro-life Black females is simply wrong. The following Black pro-life women (in both the past and the present) are worth noting (and they weren’t all Republicans, Mr. Harriot):

1) Dr. Mildred Jefferson was the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and was co-founder of the National Right to Life Committee. She once stated:

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxefrRccsbI

2) Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist who helped 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

Ethyl Payne quoted Hamer as calling 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 being vehemently against abortion. “Once Black women were bought as slaves because they were good breeders,” Hamer said. “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.”

Elaine Riddick

3) Elaine Riddick is a staunch pro-life advocate and vocal critic of Planned Parenthood. She was a victim of eugenic sterilization who led a successful crusade in North Carolina to gain reparations for the men and women (mostly Black) who were forcefully sterilized.

That NC eugenics program was supported by Margaret Sanger’s financier, Clarence Gamble, a director of Sanger’s American Birth Control League (which later changed its name to Planned Parenthood).

In 1947, Gamble called for the expansion of North Carolina’s state sterilization program, saying that for every feeble minded person sterilized, 40 more were polluting and degrading the bloodlines of future generation with their defective genes.

Research from North Carolina’s Winston-Salem Journal reveals a long history of abuses in that state’s sterilization program — abuses that Gamble consistently glossed over. According to the Journal, “Gamble wanted sterilizations to increase rather than decrease, and increase they did.”

Riddick testified before the North Carolina State Legislature about her experience, tearfully saying, “They cut me open like I was a hog.” She told lawmakers that her only crime was being poor, Black, and from a bad home environment. Riddick’s horrific story was recounted in the documentary Maafa21, which chronicles the history of eugenics and the founding of Planned Parenthood:

4) Dr. Alveda King is the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life:

5) LaVern Tolbert is a former Board member of Planned Parenthood who now opposes their agenda:

7) Day Gardner is president of the National Black Pro-Life Union:

8) Judge Cheryl Allen is a Superior Court judge for the state of Pennsylvania. She has said, “Most people tend to believe that Planned Parenthood is in the African American Community to help, but they are not there to help, they are there to make abortion more accessible to black people….” (Source: Interview on His Place TV)

Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen

9) Rep. Mia Love is the first Black Republican female elected to the U.S. Congress from the state of Utah:

10)Barbara Howard is the Florida State chairwoman for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). She has stated,.  “Recently, some black preachers finally came out not against abortion per se, but merely against the location of Planned Parenthood centers in black communities. It seems the murder of blacks is only a consideration for black preachers or other leaders when they are killed by white or Hispanic cops…. So who will stop the cold-blooded murder of millions of unborn black children?”

Barbara Howard

11) Rep. June Franklin (D-Iowa) is the only African American representative in the Iowa legislature, and said in 1971, “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. 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.”

Rep. June Franklin (image Maafa21)

12) Dr Ashley Harrell of Black People Against Abortion:

13) Catherine Davis is a founding member of the National Black Prolife Coalition:

14) Dr. Freda M. Bush is an OBGYN and president of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health:

15) Obianuju Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa:

All the Black pro-life women from both political parties would make an exceedingly long list — and the truth is that the pro-abortion media makes little effort to highlight them.

Tragically, the real “ignorance” here is not found in those who denounce abortion’s impact on the Black community. It is found among members of the media who imply that Black pro-life women are “rare.” It just simply is not true.

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

Media undercover vid not scrutinized because it didn’t expose Planned Parenthood

Posted in Center for Medical Progress, Media Bias with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2016 by saynsumthn

Despite media outrage on how the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) used undercover tactics to expose the way Planned Parenthood was selling aborted baby body parts, a journalist with a leading media outlet has used their own form of undercover videos to expose the “fundraising tactics of members of Congress” with little criticism. The piece published in April by 60 Minutes and anchored by correspondent Norah O’Donnell has been given a pass from the same media that slammed CMP for their secretly taped footage of high ranking Planned Parenthood officials bartering over the price of various body parts of children they had aborted.

Nora ODonnell 60 Minutes 2

In her 60 Minutes report, O’Donnell appears to be motivated by what she believes was a waste of taxpayer money and time after learning how members of Congress were allegedly pressured to spend 30 hours a week inside “call centers” to bring in funds for party leaders. O’Donnell and the 60 Minutes team set out to investigate the accusation. But, there was a snag in their plan, because the call centers were off limits to the public and their initial attempt to gain access was abruptly turned down.

From 60 Minutes:

    Unable to find pictures or footage from inside the call centers, 60 Minutes asked to film in them, but the team was turned down. They decided to film inside one anyway. “If lawmakers who are paid by the American taxpayers are spending a majority of their time raising money on the phone, I think it’s an important part of our story to see what those offices look like and take our viewers behind the scenes, in this case, with a hidden camera,” O’Donnell says.

60 Minutes producer Pat Shevlin admitted on camera that they asked if they could go inside and shoot but were told “no.” She called the eventual decision to film undercover “justified” in this case, “We were pretty scrupulous about it. Everyone is worried about hidden camera. I mean it’s not something you take lightly when you do it,” she said bragging that the 60 Minutes team has a number of ways to “hide cameras.”

In all fairness to 60 Minutes, producer Shevlin claimed they could “never lie about who we are or why we are someplace” in order to conduct an undercover investigation. “If challenged you cannot give a false reason why you are there,” she added. As if hidden cameras after they were forbidden from access to the center is somehow truthful, but, we should take them at their word, right? Perhaps or perhaps not. Maybe instead, we could demand that 100% of the video footage the media outlet took be made public (like was demanded of CMP) so we can hear what was said for ourselves. Then it can be analyzed to determine if in fact, the footage is “unedited.” Perhaps local authorities could raid O’Donnell’s home, like has been done to CMP’s lead investigator David Daleiden in the chance that there was something untruthful or illegal on the way the media news magazine obtained their footage.

Now, I am not seeking to debate the topic exposed by 60 Minutes in their piece, but to show the complete hypocrisy the media has over the use of deceptive tactics by journalists when they expose Planned Parenthood instead of a Republican “call center” of sorts. And, I am not the only one to observe this hypocrisy. Leah Jessen over at the Daily Signal saw the contradiction in February when she contrasted the use of hidden cameras and deception between CMP with a 60 Minutes piece by correspondent Steven Kroft, writing:

    Its investigation was designed to raise red flags for the lawyers by revealing an intent to move questionable funds in the United States through purchases and other ways that would be concealed from law enforcement, Global Witness officials told Kroft.

    Of 16 lawyers secretly recorded by the undercover investigator, only one outright declined to participate. The others suggested ways to help move the funds without compromising the true source, Kroft reported.

    It was a familiar scenario. Only so far no one appears to be calling for Global Witness to be punished for surreptitiously trying to expose unethical or illegal activity.

Screen grab of Salon Magazine says David Daleiden is not a journalist while running donate adds for Planned Parenthood

Screen grab of Salon Magazine says David Daleiden is not a journalist while running donate adds for Planned Parenthood

Last year, in a piece I penned for Live Action News, I published examples on the use of undercover video and hidden cameras used by journalists dating back years. And, I am not alone in my observations either. A 1996 editorial written by, Richard Harwood in the Star News described plenty of deceptive tactics used by journalists and detailed several by CBS, writing, “Leslie Stahl dons a black wig and poses as a prospective client to expose the practices of a Romanian adoption agency. Ed Bradley goes to China posing as a businessman in order to expose the abuse of prison labor. A sound man poses as a cancer patient to infiltrate a cancer clinic in California.”

CBS is not the only culprit in the use of deception to expose the greater good. NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” on Dateline raised concern of ethics after they in essence entrapped child sex predators to show up at the alleged home of children after they were enticed by fake online profiles. Other media giants are not innocent to deceptive tactics either. Bob Steele, of the Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values criticized the way ABC used deceptive tactics to expose a grocery store chain for allegedly selling spoiled meat, writing:

    Hidden cameras and any form of deception should be used judiciously and rarely. They should be reserved for those exceptional stories of great public interest involving great harm to individuals or system failure at the highest levels. Furthermore, deception and hidden cameras should be used only as a reporting tool of last resort, after all other approaches to obtaining the same vital information have been exhausted or appropriately ruled out. And, news organizations that choose to use deception and hidden cameras have an obligation to assure their work meets the highest professional standards.

It was a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against ABC in the above case that caused many within the media to scale back their use of deception. But, that did not stop Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine Ken Silverstein, who described his reasons for his use of deception in a Los Angelas Times editorial:

    “Yes, undercover reporting should be used sparingly, and there are legitimate arguments to be had about when it is fair or appropriate. But I’m confident my use of it in this case was legitimate. There was a significant public interest involved…”

Journalist Code of Ethics Seek Truth

Whether the end justifies the means or not, the truth is that when it comes to exposing Planned Parenthood, the main steam media regularly turns a blind eye to any unethical or illegal accusation against the abortion giant chain. While Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion in tax payer monies annually the media conveniently fails to question anything they do forcing citizen journalists like Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress among others to conduct the hard work of investigating for them. In all their talk about ethics in journalism, the media has forgotten the number one ethic: Seek Truth and Report It.

Guttmacher’s delusion of “independence” from Planned Parenthood

Posted in Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood and Guttmacher with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2016 by saynsumthn

The Guttmacher Institute – which supports and promotes the full agenda of Planned Parenthood, even taking its name from one of the abortion giant’s former presidents – has been successful in convincing the media that they are the most credible source on all things family planning and abortion. In turn, the media has happily presented Guttmacher as an impartial research organization.

But are they? Archived news articles document that in the early years of the Guttmacher Institute, the mainstream media correctly referred to them as the “research arm of Planned Parenthood.” In fact, past references from the media and others of the Guttmacher Institute also included the title “division of Planned Parenthood” and “special affiliate.”

While the organization states it became independent from Planned Parenthood in 1977, the two groups’ agendas appear to have remained the same.

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