April 23, 2018—Spring Valley, NY. On April 28, a pro-life rally will be held at the Planned Parenthood facility on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley, starting at 11 a.m. This rally is one of more than 100 taking place outside Planned Parenthood centers across the United States, marking the third annual National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood.
This nationwide day of prayer and protest is being coordinated by #ProtestPP, a coalition of more than 75 national, state and local pro-life organizations, in response to Planned Parenthood’s aggressive new agenda. In February, Planned Parenthood executive vice president Dawn Laguens declared that the organization is “going on the offense,” pursuing abortion expansion plans in “all 50 states.” This month, Planned Parenthood announced their participation in the “Win Justice” project, devoting $30 million to advancing their agenda in the November elections.
“Planned Parenthood is on the warpath,” said Eileen Peterson, the local coordinator for the event, “but too few Rockland County residents know the truth about this controversial organization. Planned Parenthood claims American women rely on them for healthcare, but in reality, four out of five women will never set foot in one of their centers. Planned Parenthood provides less than 1% of annual pap tests and zero mammograms, but they’ve cornered 35% of the U.S. abortion market. They’ve also been caught shielding child predators, defrauding Medicaid, and harvesting fetal tissue for profit.”
The protests to be held April 28 will also call on federal authorities to stop Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding. The effort to fully defund the organization of all federal tax dollars—about $430 million annually—has stalled in Congress. But an effort is now underway to revise Title X family planning rules to block Planned Parenthood as a recipient, and deprive them of some $60-80 million annually.
Peterson emphasizes that every dollar taken from Planned Parenthood would be redirected to healthcare providers that are not involved in abortion. “The effort to defund Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with taking healthcare away from poor women and families. It’s about taking tax dollars away from the nation’s largest abortion chain,” she explained.
#ProtestPP is a coalition of more than 75 local, state and national pro-life groups, headed by three national pro-life activist organizations: Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, and the Pro-Life Action League.
Thankfully, the New York State Senate and Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, June 21, without taking up three anti-life measures. The bills had all been referred to various committees and progressed no further, with no committee votes or floor votes being taken.
A.3693 (S.159) — Additional funding to Planned Parenthood
A.6959A (S. 17A) — Allowing payment to surrogate mothers
A.02383 (S.03151) — Allowing assisted suicide (medical doctors to prescribe drugs to help patients end their lives)
While we’re relieved that none of these bills were passed into law during this session, it’s quite likely they will all be reintroduced next year. There’s even a possibility that the legislature may reconvene over the summer and might take up any of these. So please stay vigilant, informed, and let your state legislators know what you think about these issues.
(Correction: There is an error in this memo. The NY State Senate version of the bill is S00159, not 158.)
Yesterday, Pres. Donald Trump signed a bill (H.J. Res. 43) that reversed a “last-minute” law from the departing Obama administration which prevented states from denying funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers under Title X.
Assoc. Justice of Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch
With this new legislation, states will be able to direct taxpayer dollars to comprehensive healthcare clinics that better serve women and do not do abortions.
All three of the legislators who represent Rockland in Congress voted against this bill: Rep. Nita Lowey, and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
This was the second prolife victory this week, the first being the swearing in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Prolifers at the White Plains Defund Planned Parenthood rally on Rt. 119.
In Spring Valley and White Plains yesterday prolifers gathered at Planned Parenthood offices to be part of the nationwide “Defund Planned Parenthood” rally. There were 200 such rallies in cities and towns across America.
On Perlman Drive in Spring Valley
In Rockland 22 people came to the prayer site on Perlman Drive to pray for the closure of PP in the Pascack Plaza mall and elsewhere. Fifty-two attended the rally in White Plains.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America receives $353.5 million from taxpayers. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in America. According to the #ProtestPP Coalition, this is more than 300,000 abortions a year, 30% of the total.
GET involved with #ProtestPP at the link above for updates on the congressional defunding effort and urgent calls to action.
On Sept. 30, the 40 Days for Life Bus Tour came to Newburgh, N.Y., stopping before the Planned Parenthood office on Lake Street for a 30 minute prayer service.
A group of fifteen 40 Days Life for volunteers were there and about 20 people from Planned Parenthood (wearing pink in the photo).
“The bus kept driving slowly between us ” said a 40 Days participant. “The PP people pretty much stayed quiet the whole time.”
The tour is making stops in more than 125 cities to hold rallies and prayer vigils across all 50 states. Its purpose is to share its prolife message with the public and encourage the local volunteers who have taken up the challenge to pray for 40 days outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood offices. Continue reading
Prolifers gather on Perlman Dr. in Spring Valley for the opening day of the 40 Days for Life. Rev. Tom Kunnel, pastor of St. John the Baptist in Piermont, led the prayers.
Yesterday Rockland prolifers embarked on another massive campaign to end abortion — the 40 Days for Life.
This event will bring together people across all 50 states to pray, fast, and publicly stand for life from Sept. 28 to Nov. 6.
In Rockland the peaceful 40-day vigil will be held daily from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley (on public property near the Planned Parenthood office) and will continue overnight from 6 pm until 9 am at the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville.
Planned Parenthood was chosen as the vigil site because that organization is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing more than 300,000 abortions every year, Planned Parenthood is now under investigation for trafficking and selling baby body parts. They’ve been defunded by many states across the country and have lost millions in donations as a result of scandals.
If you would like to come and pray as part of the largest national prolife mobilization ever, please email RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709. A lot of people are needed to provide a 24/7 presence of prayer for 40 Days. It is peaceful and nonconfrontational.
The vote to override President Obama’s veto of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood fell short of the two-thirds margin required to pass. The House of Representatives voted 241 (in favor of overriding) to 186 (against).
The “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” (H.R. 3762) would have denied Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, funding from Medicaid. Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions and received $553.7 million from taxpayers in 2014 alone, according to its most recent annual report. (LifeSite News).
Assemblyman Steve Katz (R-Yorktown) has introduced legislation that would prohibit state funding of Planned Parenthood in New York. The bill was moved to the Assembly Health Committee last week.
The bill (A09061) memo states “Using taxpayer dollars to support procedures residents may or may not support is an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars. At a time when New York is desperately trying to revive its economy there are much better areas for hard earned taxpayer dollars to be used.”
In a 52-47 vote, the U.S. Senate approved H.R. 3762, a bill that will block 89% ($400 million) of federal funding to Planned Parenthood next year.
The “Restoring America’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” also dismantled several provisions of Obamacare. All senatorial presidential contenders, Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rand Paul (Ky.). Lyndsey Graham (S.C.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) voted for passage of the bill.
The two senators for New York, democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, voted against the bill.
President Obama has already stated his intention to veto the Act. For more on this story, click here.