Planned Parenthood's 10 Most Feared Enemies in 2012
While the abortion wars have raged for decades, new issues in recent years have heated up the debate again. And at the center of the controversy: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).
Under heavy scrutiny both in the public eye and among some politicians, Marget Sanger's organization has long profited off the generous coffers of our federal treasury. But with more Americans adopting pro-life views and more citizens realizing our government has no money, more people question if Planned Parenthood deserves our hard-earned tax dollars.
In the last few months PPFA's named appeared in the news for many controversies ranging from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Girl Scouts, contraception and religious freedom, federal funding, and individual state laws seeking to lower abortion numbers. Considering Planned Parenthood makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year as the top abortion provider in America, you can bet they have an enemies list in these battles. And below you will find their top ten most feared enemies for this big election year.
What you will see in the list below may surprise you. The media often portrays pro-lifers as old white men, but you will discover many women and young people on this list. Also, many of the top ten focus on getting more and more information to women.
Let's get to it:
10. Steven Ertelt and LifeNews.com
Every political struggle relies on the effective spread of information. Many of Planned Parenthood's methods for success center on spinning information out through media, politicians, and others to try to only show their side.
Where do pro-lifers go to get information on everything happening with the abortion debate? LifeNews.com.
The founder and editor of LifeNews.com is Steven Ertelt. He has provided news on pro-life issues via the internet since the early days of 1993. An active leader in pro-life groups for years, Ertelt's impact comes through his site. According to their own figures, over 500,000 people get information from LifeNews.com weekly.
The press has long served as a vital partner to pro-choice groups. One of the founders of NARAL once admitted to promoting false information to the press because "anything within reason that had to be done was permissible." Marvin Olasky has written a history on the close relationship between pro-choice groups and the press. He claims that for over 60 years the media has "set a pro-abortion agenda" and has been "used by those setting agendas." And Abby Johnson (whom you will see later on this list), former Planned Parenthood worker, has written on how she learned to spin information to the media
I asked Dr. Charmaine Yoest (whom you will also see later) what tactics PPFA uses for defeating their enemies. She responded:
Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions a year. They don’t want to talk about that and they don’t want people to know about it. Their entire empire is built on falsehood, diversionary tactics and aggressive, pre-emptive smear campaigns. They specialize in sanctimony and disinformation.
Planned Parenthood has learned to blackball LifeNews.com from interviews. They don't want to share any information with them. Ertelt told me in an interview:
Their staff normally won’t talk to us on the phone in times when we’ve called to do interviews or find out more information as soon as any of their local affiliates know who we are when we identify ourselves.
The LifeNews.com founder also underscores that getting out the truth is vital in the battle over abortion:
Getting correct info out about the abortion industry is vitally important. There are lots of lies and misinformation out there but the truth is on our side – whether it concerns the development of the unborn child, how abortion hurts women, or the devastating effects abortion has had on society.
The next enemy is also on this list for providing information that contradicts Planned Parenthood, but also for a major role she may play in helping to defeat Obama's reelection.