Posts tagged "Planned Parenthood"

Today, crass anti-choice extremist shitstain Dana Loesch is bullying #Rally4MOWomen attendees for simply exercising their 1st Amendment right to express their opinions on how extreme anti-abortion policies being proposed are affecting Missouri women.

Typical from someone who is a habitual disgrace to women in this country.

Michelle Malkin’s propaganda hive Twitchy piles on, which Loesch retweeted:

You, Dana, are an ignorant bully.

It’s people like you that want to take away the right to make the choice to have an abortion.

(cross-posted from

Image Credit: Planned Parenthood Action’s Facebook Page. [ ppaction ]

I proudly stand with the women who use birth control, NOT Hobby Lobby.

h/t: Katie McDonough at

Right-wing media figures, led by Fox News, have launched a campaign against the Girl Scouts accusing the group of indoctrinating young girls into liberal politics. The accusation has been propped up by misleading claims, ludicrous oversimplifications, and frequently repeated myths about the organization, which focuses on empowering girls.


Fact: Girl Scouts of America Is Not Affiliated With Planned Parenthood

Girl Scouts Of America: “No, Girl Scouts Of The USA Does Not Have A Relationship With Planned Parenthood.” The myth that the Girl Scouts of America are affiliated with Planned Parenthood has been so persistent that the organization responded to the accusation on its website, explicitly stating that it has no relationship with Planned Parenthood and responding to “numerous Internet stories and blogs that were factually inaccurate and troubling” that attempted to manufacture a connection:

Q: Does GSUSA have a relationship with Planned Parenthood?

A: No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.

Q: Did GSUSA distribute a Planned Parenthood brochure at a United Nations event?

A: No, we did not. In 2010, GSUSA took part in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Our participation in that conference was the subject of numerous Internet stories and blogs that were factually inaccurate and troubling. Girl Scouts had no knowledge of the brochure in question and played no role in distributing it. [Girl Scouts of America, accessed 2/24/14]


Myth: The Girl Scouts Of America Promote Left-Leaning Politics

Fox’s Elisabeth Hasselback Asks If Girl Scouts Of America Are “Trying To Convince America’s Girls To Lean Left.” On the February 24 edition of Fox News’Fox & Friends, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked if Girl Scouts of America is “trying to convince America’s girls to lean left” by supporting Democratic politicians. Hasselbeck interviewed Penny Nance from the conservative group Concerned Women for America, introducing the interview by claiming “this isn’t the non-political Girl Scouts that a lot of parents were promised.” [Fox News,Fox & Friends2/24/14

Fact: The Girl Scouts Of America Have Connections To Both Political Parties

Daily Beast: Conservative Critics “Have Completely Overlooked The Group’s Connections To The Republican Party.” In a Daily Beast article about the conservative-led boycott of Girl Scout cookies, Emily Shire pointed out that critics of the Scouts have based their accusations on selectively highlighting prominent liberal women who are affiliated with the organization and ignoring that the Scouts also have “connections to the Republican Party and conservative politicians”:

Meanwhile, what the pro-lifers fail to mention is that they have completely overlooked the group’s connections to the Republican Party and conservative politicians. The organization’s list of famous alumni includes Elizabeth Dole, Laura Bush, and Nancy Kassebaum, a Republican and the first woman elected to the Senate without her husband previously holding a Congressional seat.

The Girl Scouts also runs Troop Capitol Hill, a bipartisan organization of former and honorary Girl Scout politicians. It is currently chaired by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). [The Daily Beast2/7/14]

Wash. Post’s McCartney: All First Ladies Are Honorary Presidents Of Girl Scouts, Including Republicans. In a February 22, 2012, post, Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney responded to an Indiana politician’s claim that Michelle Obama serving as honorary president of the organization was indicative of the Girl Scouts’ politics by noting that Republican first ladies have also been honorary presidents:

Another over-the-top critic is Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris (R), who achieved instant notoriety Saturday for a letter condemning the Girl Scouts as a “radicalized” organization that promotes homosexuality. He said he was putting his two daughters in American Heritage Girls.

Here is my favorite line from Morris’s letter: “The fact that the Honorary President of Girl Scouts of America is Michelle Obama, and the Obamas are radically pro-abortion . . . should give each of us reason to pause.”

Every first lady since Edith Wilson in 1917 has been honorary president of the Girl Scouts. That includes Republicans Mamie Eisenhower, Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush. [Washington Post2/22/12]

h/t: MMFA 


(KMOV) – The Planned Parenthood president wants more action from city leaders for increasingly hostile protesters intimidating patients and staff at a local facility.

“They called me baby killer. I wasn’t even there for that, I was there for a checkup,” said Erica Kalb as she walked into the facility on Forest Park Parkway.

After her appointment, she tried to leave and things, she said, got scary.

“When they started sticking their arms in my car, I had to grab my pepper spray,” she said.

Paula Gianino, President of Planned Parenthood, said patients and staff are subjected to verbal abuse, intimidation and protesters even walk across the driveway to block cars from driving in.

“Incredibly disturbing, our picketers are becoming increasingly hostile toward everyone who comes to this clinic,” said Gianino. “That’s what we see on a day in and day out basis and I can tell you we are frustrated by it.”

She said she would like to get city leaders to pass better ordinances so police can protect the driveway of any business being picketed.

“So we don’t have the potential for danger for an accident, for tensions to flair. Those kind of things will and do happen,” said Gianino.

“I shouldn’t feel intimidated whenever I go in to take care of my own body,” said Kalb.  “I was there for a women’s wellness exam and I’m getting harassed for it.”

Now Planned Parenthood hands out cards to patients who feel harassed or threatened by protesters. It urges patients to call the mayor’s office to push for a new ordinance.

Kalb said she called and was transferred four times, given a different number and was then told to simply call the police.

Planned Parenthood’s right in demanding more protection for its patients and staff from hostile fake “Christian” anti-choice harassers who are protesting outside the clinic. 


Pat Robertson: Some Planned Parenthood ‘abortion mills’ have a ‘billion dollars in cash!’ (via Raw Story )

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday lashed out at the Planned Parenthood organization, and said that some chapters had over a billion dollars in cash on hand. During Tuesday’s edition of The 700 Club, Robertson highlighted a former Indiana Planned…

Virginia Republican state delegate Bob Marshall is preparing a bid for the House seat currently held by retiring Rep. Frank Wolf, according to a Virginia-based conservative blog. This would set up a challenge to fellow right-wing state delegate and former Clinton-hunter Barbara Comstock.

Just in case you aren’t familiar with Marshall, here is a quick refresher on some of his most extreme positions:

1. Disabled Children Are God’s Punishment For Abortion

At a 2010 press conference attacking Planned Parenthood, Marshall said that “the number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically” because “when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.” He called disabled children a “special punishment” from God on women who have had abortions.

It is no wonder that Marshall sponsored a personhood bill that would ban abortion in call cases along with some forms of birth control, one of several bills he proposed that would curtail abortion rights and contraception coverage.

2. Ban Gay Service Members From The National Guard

Marshall reacted to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell by proposing legislation to prohibit “active homosexuals” from serving in the Virginia National Guard, warning that the end of the anti-gay ban would “jeopardize our alliances,” ruin the military and possibly lead to a military draft. Marshall said that if he were in the military he wouldn’t trust gay service members because they might give him a sexually transmitted infection or harass him: “It’s a distraction when I’m on the battlefield and I have to concentrate on the guy 600 yards away, am I worrying about this guy whose got eyes on me?”

3. Anti-Gay Crusade

Marshall has staunchly defended of Virginia’s unconstitutional sodomy law, successfully pushed to block the appointment of an openly gay judge and attempted to stop the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank from flying a rainbow flag, warning that LGBT equality “undermines the American economy.”

He also complained that anti-gay activists are being treated in the same way as Dred Scott.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Remember two years ago when the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation abruptly dropped its grants to a Planned Parenthood breast-cancer screening program, setting off a national outcry, and prompting the resignation of the Komen official reportedly behind the decision?

The fallout of the debacle is still hurting Komen, which recently reported a 22 percent drop in income over the past year. But the decision to cut off grants to Planned Parenthood seems to be paying off for one person: Karen Handel, the former Komen vice president who was widely reported to have been the driving force behind split.

Now running for Senate in Georgia, Handel has released a campaign video touting her role in severing Planned Parenthood from Komen and fighting back against the “left-wing groups” and “liberal media” that criticized her.


In speeches and interviews, Handel has made the Planned Parenthood showdown a centerpiece of her biography. She even paved the way for her Senate run by releasing a book calling Planned Parenthood “thugs” and “bullies.”

Whatever Handel’s motivations or role in the Komen/Planned Parenthood split, the whole episode seems to be working out pretty well for her. The decision that Handel advocated for might have left Komen struggling financially, but Handel herself now has the perfect story to prove her status as an anti-choice activist martyred by the liberal media.

h/t: Janet Reitman at Rolling Stone

Ms. King is Director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life, an order of Catholic priests who were created to fight against liberalization of abortions laws and for abortion restrictions. They also are part of the groups who harass women going into abortion clinics. The director of PFL, Fr. Frank Pavone, makes occasional appearance on Fox where he is warmly validated. But wouldn’t ya think that in commemoration of her famous uncle’s birthday, she could put aside the “pro-life” propaganda for just one day? But that was not to be on yesterday’s Fox & Friends.

After showing video of MLK talking about the “dream,” Steve Doocy asked Alveda what young people should know about MLK. She responded that King’s message was about “forgiveness and love.” (Of course, no mention of how he wanted Americans to have a guaranteed income). She expressed hope that during this MLK commemoration week, there should be “no violence towards anyone from conception in the womb until natural death.”

On cue, Doocy asked Ms. King what the President, who is an admirer of MLK, “has got right and what he can still work on.” Ms. King noted that she "challenges his policies on marriage, on life, abortion, he wants to give people free birth control and easy access to abortion, people will say has he done anything that you like.

After she spoke favorably about Obama’s Father’s Day message, she launched into the agitprop: "This thing, to say that we can help people not be poor, we can help women if we give them free birth control and easy access to abortion, I’m a mother and a grandmother, my daughters really don’t need free birth control and easy access to birth control and abortion. They need good jobs…good education." She spoke of how she would like Obama “to reverse some of that funding, all if it, where he wants to give the free birth control” and “divert that over to good education programs reducing poverty and to say the women, we’ll help you not be poor by killing your babies, I’m a little concerned about that train of thought." Doocy said "surely."

The HHS mandate ISN’T about providing free birth control, but rather coverage through a woman’s health insurance provider. King is misinformed if she thinks that there is a government funding stream because coverage is being funded through employers’ payments to health insurance providers. Alveda King speaks of money for anti-poverty programs, but doesn’t seem to realize that her right wing GOP pals aren’t exactly enamored of these programs that, in Fox/right wing terms, help the “takers.” She also doesn’t seem to understand that access to inexpensive birth control and abortion allows women to control their fertility and, as such, give them much greater economic security. Because uncle was concerned about this very issue, he received a posthumous award from Planned Parenthood.

But who needs reality when there is propaganda to push. 

From the 01.20.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

h/t: Priscilla at

h/t: Aviva Shen at Think Progress



The Supreme Court is considering a challenge to “buffer zones” for protesters around reproductive health clinics in Massachusetts—and media are downplaying the dangers of removing these buffer zones.

The New York Times and AP both profiled a grandmother anti-choice protester, framing her as “harmless.” But often when seeking help at these clinics, women face threats of violence from anti-choice protesters.

  • In 2012, Ralph Lang traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to threaten to kill people at a Planned Parenthood clinic, but was “arrested after allegedly firing his gun in a motel room while practicing drawing it.”
  • In 2012, Bobby Joe Rogers was indicted for allegedly using a Molotov cocktail to set a women’s health clinic on fire in Florida.
  • In 2012, Danny Mower was sentenced to five years in prison for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Planned Parenthood clinic in California. he left a note that said, “Let’s see if you can burn just as well as your victims.”
  • In 2011, someone threw a Molotov cocktail at a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinnery, Texas.
  • In 2011, Justin Carl Moose was sentenced to prison for giving an undercover FBI informant bomb-making instructions, who he thought was going to attack a women’s health clinic in North Carolina.
  • Scott Roeder was sentenced to life in prison for assassinating a women’s reproductive healthy physician in Kansas. 
  • In 2010, the FBI arrested Erlydon Lo for threatening to commit violent acts against a women’s clinic in Texas. He had filed a court document saying, “if I must use deadly force to defend the innocent life of another human being, I will.” 
  • In 2009, Matthew Lee Derosia was sentenced for intentionally driving a truck into a Minnesota Planned Parenthood clinic on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The media needs to stop whitewashing this threat to women’s health and choice. 


This week, the Supreme Court will debate whether anti-choice protesters should have the right to get up close to harass women outside abortion clinics. 

This graphic from the New York Times shows an example of a current buffer zone (the orange area on the map) designed to protect patients.  Seems pretty reasonable to us. #ProtectTheZone

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and the group’s senior fellow Cathy Ruse dedicated a segment of Washington Watch on Friday to attacking the Girl Scouts over a Twitter “scandal.” In December, the Girl Scouts tweeted a link to a HuffPost Women article called, “These Incredible Ladies Should Be Women Of The Year For 2013.”

The article included a HuffPost Live video in which panelists mentioned Malala Yousafzai, Beyoncé Knowles and Wendy Davis as their picks for Woman of the Year. The mention of Davis, the Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate who gained international attention for her filibuster of a bill curtailing abortion rights, infuriated anti-choice activists, who then attacked the Girl Scouts for linking to the post.

Such criticisms are nothing new from the Right. The FRC frequently lambasts and even prays against the Girl Scouts. In 2012, the group launched a boycott of Girl Scout cookies

Ruse alleged to Perkins that the leadership of the Girl Scouts is encouraging promiscuity and abortion and that the group’s decision to let a transgender girl join a Brownie troop amounted to “child abuse.”

To them abortion and sex-ed and promiscuity for very young girls is a good thing. They just have a very different mindset but they do not share the values of most American parents and the values of most people who are in the Girl Scouts. So when the Girl Scout membership begins to learn about this they find it scandalous. There’s a reason why membership is down in the Girl Scouts, there’s a reason why cookie sales are down, because all of these things are scandalous. You know, Girl Scouts now admit cross-dressing boys as little Brownie girls; it’s child abuse, frankly.

Look at what the organization at the head wants to do with your girls and where it’s taking the organization and then people can decide what they should do. You’ve got a cross-dresser in the front office, you’ve got little boys admitted as little girls and those poor little girls in those troops have to pretend this is a girl? That’s child abuse in some people’s estimation.

Perkins also revived the myth that the Girl Scouts circulated a Planned Parenthood pamphlet at an event in 2010. He argued that Planned Parenthood seeks to “encourage promiscuity and behavior that would lead [Girl Scouts] into Planned Parenthood clinics.”

Perkins: We’re talking about the agenda that’s really behind the Girl Scouts. I guess Cathy I can understand, it makes sense for Planned Parenthood to want to be teamed up with the Girl Scouts because that’s a client base for them if they can get this information into their hands to encourage promiscuity and behavior that would lead them into Planned Parenthood clinics.

Ruse: Absolutely, it’s logical isn’t it.

From the 01.10.2014 edition of FRC’s Washington Watch:

h/t: MMFA