By Jim Sedlak
Planned Parenthood likes to maintain a façade of care. It tries hard to send a consistent message to the American public that it is a benevolent, caring organization that only tries to help the poor and downtrodden and provide responsible reproductive health services for women of all ages and backgrounds. It uses its tag line “Care. No Matter What” and hopes that no one will ever look behind the curtain.
Unfortunately for Planned Parenthood, the curtain does get pulled back frequently and reveals what the organization is truly all about. Many times, it’s Planned Parenthood’s own employees and supporters who do the unveiling. Over the course of the last month, there have been a large number of these occurrences. We will discuss just four of them in this two-part series.
The first event took place in Nashville, Tennessee. Although Planned Parenthood masquerades as a compassionate organization, the fact is that, when it doesn’t get its way, it is absolutely vicious in its reactions. When legislators in both the Tennessee House and Senate passed a bill Planned Parenthood opposed, its reaction was immediate . . .
Planned Parenthood burned the American flag!
On June 26, 2020, the Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood (TAPP) burned an American flag and then threw the burning flag in a trash container. The action was in response to legislators in Tennessee passing a “Heartbeat Bill” that will prevent some abortions in the state.
US Senate candidate Bill Hagerty, in a statement on his campaign’s website, condemned the act. “Nothing is more disrespectful to me than burning the American flag. Too many men and women have given their lives defending our flag and our freedoms. . . . What we need now, more than ever, is law and order. We should defund Planned Parenthood, not the police,” Hagerty said.
Hagerty was referring to the fact that Planned Parenthood receives $616.8 million a year from the American taxpayer (37 percent of its income). Yet it has no problem with its people publicly burning the symbol of our country. As I write this, more than a week after the incident, no Planned Parenthood spokesperson has spoken out against the flag burning.
The second event we bring to your attention took place over this past weekend in Brownsville, Texas, in the 2020 election campaign. Planned Parenthood has been trying unsuccessfully for years to unseat its state senator Eddie Lucio Jr. who sits in the Texas legislature. Now, in 2020, it is resorting to the tactics of every bully . . .
Planned Parenthood unleashes its racist anti-Mexican slurs in Texas!
The bishop of Brownsville, Texas, Daniel Flores, has criticized Planned Parenthood and pro-choice political organizations in the state for use of an anti-Mexican ethnic slur in its campaign against the reelection of pro-life state senator Eddie Lucio Jr. The statement came after the Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC and the Texas Freedom Network reportedly used the term “Sucio Lucio” to describe the state senator in a direct-mail campaign.
“‘Sucio’ is an unacceptable word when associated with a Mexican American family name. . . . Now more than ever it is imperative that words be used with care, with an awareness of their impact,” Flores added. Planned Parenthood has used the slur in the past against Lucio. In January, it tweeted the hashtag #SucioLucio while advertising a candidate’s forum.
State Sen. Lucio’s son, Texas state Representative Eddie Lucio III, said:
I’m truly disheartened, given all that’s happening in the world today, that Planned Parenthood . . . and others continue to disparage our family name with derogatory and racial slurs. These big special-interests groups from outside our border community should comprehend the deeper connotations behind the word “sucio” (“dirty Mexican”) and the association with a person of Hispanic descent. Mexican-Americans are hard-working, family-oriented individuals, never should the word dirty or its Spanish-language equivalent be used to describe one of us. Given current events and the social awareness on being accepting of all races and cultures, the continued use of this term is insensitive and in poor taste. We can respectfully disagree on issues without being offensive to an entire culture.
Of course, racist policies and operations are nothing new at Planned Parenthood. Minority communities have always known that the biggest threat to their existence is Planned Parenthood. One quick indication of this focus on racism by PP is California. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “39% of state residents are Latino, 37% are white, 15% are Asian American, 6% are African American, 3% are multiracial, and fewer than 1% are American Indian or Pacific Islander, according to the 2018 American Community Survey.”
At the end of 2019, Planned Parenthood operated 106 centers in California—86 percent more than its next largest state (New York). All but 10 kill preborn babies through surgical and medical abortions. Although Planned Parenthood will argue it is not targeting Latinos, the high concentration of abortion clinics, along with its public use of racial slurs against Mexicans, gives a different picture.
You can read about the third and fourth of Planned Parenthood’s revealing actions in Part II of this series here on Monday.
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.