Planned Parenthood Teams Up With Girls Inc For Pro-Abortion Workshops
by Steven Ertelt
July 17, 2008
Billings, MT (LifeNews.com) — Girls Inc. is back in the news over abortion and now the group for young women is teaming up with Planned Parenthood. The organization, which has come under fire for adopting a pro-abortion position, is conducting workshops in Montana with the nation’s largest abortion business.
The girls group came under fire in 2005 for adopting a statement saying it backs abortion and supports the Roe v. Wade decision that ushered in an era of approximately 50 million abortions.
At the time, pro-life groups called for a boycott of the American Girl doll because the company making them teamed up with Girls Inc. for a promotional.
Now, Jim Sedlak of STOPP International, a Planned Parenthood watchdog, says the pro-abortion groups are teaming up for a workshop for high school girls at the Planned Parenthood Heights Clinic in Billings, Montana.
"As parents, we need to be very careful about what types of programs and activities we allow our children to participate in," he said.
"A program with a name such as "Girls, Inc." doesn’t sound bad, does it? Actually, Girls, Inc. is a pro-abortion group and one of many pro-death groups that are listed on [pro-life boycott lists]," he added.
Planned Parenthood has teamed up with Girls, Inc. in the past for events so Sedlak says the partnership is nothing new.
He said the workshop will be held from July 28 through August 1 and he says local pro-life advocates will be there to protest it.
Sedlak also urged pro-life people to engage in other activities to make people aware of the problems.
"Write letters to the editor and inform your community as to why Planned Parenthood and Girls, Inc. are not to be trusted," he said.
"On the outside, a group for young girls is presented positively to lure in new members, but after you do some research, you may find that these types of groups are linked to abortion and Planned Parenthood," he said.
At the time of the American Girl and Girls Inc. boycott, Joyce Roche, the president of Girls Inc., told AP her group had never been a target of a boycott.
"We were taken aback," she said. "Our programs are well-respected. We’re all about helping girls see possibilities and dream big dreams."
About its abortion advocacy, Roche said, "Our philosophy is that women should have the right to make decisions about themselves."
"Girl’s Incorporated supports a woman’s freedom of choice, a constitutional right established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 in Roe vs. Wade," the group says on its web site.
ACTION: Contact Girl’s Inc and encourage the group to back away from its pro-abortion position. Contact: Girls Incorporated, 120 Wall Street, New York, NY, 10005-3902, (p) 800-374-4475, (e) firstname.lastname@example.org
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