by Steven Ertelt
October 25, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Planned Parenthood Federation, the nation’s largest abortion business, has released a new memo revealing its upcoming national strategy. The memo focuses mostly on the efforts of pro-life advocates to counter the abortion business and it laments the amount of time Planned Parenthood devotes to responding.
Cecile Richards, who became the new president of the pro-abortion outfit earlier this year, writes the memo and bases it on her observations during her nine months as president.
Richards says that the strategy was developed to answer the question, "What do we have to do differently to achieve our goals more quickly and more effectively?"
Jim Sedlack of STOPP International, a group that monitors Planned Parenthood, has analyzed the memo’s contents.
"The thing that hits you about A Strategy for Moving Forward is that Richards believes that pro-life forces have been very effective in our battle against Planned Parenthood," he explained. "She says that Planned Parenthood is on the ‘defensive.’"
"The entire tone of this document reveals a Planned Parenthood leader who feels the organization is under siege," Sedlack adds. "She continually talks about Planned Parenthood needing to take the lead in explaining the things it is for, rather than defending what it does."
Richards says she wants Planned Parenthood to do more to tout contraception and how it supposedly prevents abortions and to promote the non-abortion women’s health services it does as a method of reshaping its image as an abortion business.
But Sedlack said that would paint a false portrait of Planned Parenthood since it does more than 20 percent of all abortions in the United States annually.
Richards encourages Planned Parenthood affiliates to get on the offense and speak in terms that resonate with pro-life Americans in the
The memo calls on Planned Parenthood heads to pass legislation in their states and in Congress that promotes contraception, including the morning after pills. The bill would force taxpayer funding of the Plan B drugs and require insurance companies to pay for birth control — a step leading to payment for abortions.
Ultimately, Richards tells the abortion business’ leadership that Throughout our 90-year history, litigation has always been one of Planned Parenthood’s most powerful tools for defending women’s rights and overcoming efforts to constrain our freedom. It’s still true today.”
She encourages affiliates and local groups to use litigation to stop pro-life laws and to use the courts to get its way.
"Those familiar with Planned Parenthood will note that there is nothing really new in this strategy," Sedlack concludes. "Everything Richards is calling for is exactly what Planned Parenthood has been trying to accomplish for years."
"What is new in the document is the implicit admission that Planned Parenthood is having a harder and harder time achieving its goals and that it really feels it is on the defensive. This should be an encouragement to all who daily fight this insidious organization," Sedlack said.