Exposing Planned Parenthood in your community: Getting the clergy involved

Exposing PP in your community is a weekly feature of the Wednesday Stopp Report (WSR), written by Rita Diller, STOPP’s national director and former diocesan director of Respect Life Ministries for the Amarillo Diocese. Rita and Bishop John W. Yanta conducted a focused 12-year prayer and education campaign in the Amarillo area, which culminated in the closure of 18 PP facilities and the disaffiliation of the remaining two from Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

When I talk about the 20 PP centers that folded in the Texas Panhandle under the weight of truth, people tend to think that was accomplished only because we had an outspoken, passionately pro-life bishop.

I point out that while involvement of clergy is critical, it is the job of the laity to bring the clergy into the mix. Bishop Yanta always said, “If the people will lead, the leaders will follow.” He should know; he was led into pro-life activism by a lay- person.

Before Bishop Yanta was a bishop, he was a parish priest in San Antonio, Texas. He tells the story often of how he was visited on a regular basis by a layperson, who just kept inviting him to come with him to pray at the abortion mill. This layman knew that he was fighting the epic battle of good vs. evil, and he needed spiritual leaders by his side. And this particular layperson that kept asking this priest to help him was not even Catholic.

He told Fr. Yanta his war stories and kept asking for his help. Eventually, no longer able to say no, the priest decided to step out in faith, if only to get the guy off his back.

He went out to pray at the abortion center, and the rest is history. Once he had stepped into the battle, he became passionately pro-life. So much so that he was arrested for defending the preborn. So much so, that when he became Bishop of Amarillo, he incorporated the precious feet of a preborn baby into his crest and took the motto, “Bear Witness to the Truth.” He did, and he never looked back.

Please, never give up in trying to get clergy to join you at Planned Parenthood. Befriend them, tell them your war stories, and emphasize that they are vital to the success of your endeavor. The most important part of the last sentence is the first part: befriend them. You need them like the grass needs the rain.

There are two things we don’t have the liberty to do, when millions of innocent children are being slain at our feet and our children are being sexually exploited and abused: we can’t stop fighting for their lives and souls and we can never stop trying to befriend clergy and bring them into the battle.

You never know how much difference one spiritual leader will make in the epic battle of good vs. evil.

Rita Diller is eager to assist you in your local fight against PP. You can contact her by email: rdiller@all.org.

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Study links Susan B. Komen affiliates to Planned Parenthood

STAFFORD, VA, April 10, 2008

(LifeSiteNews.com) – In light of the continuing controversy over whether or not Catholics should support the Susan B. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization, STOPP, a project of the American Life League dedicated to shutting down Planned Parenthood (PP), released a report Wednesday detailing the $711,485 in funding various Komen affiliates contributed to PP branches across the nation from April 2005-April 2006. 

The STOPP report pinpoints 21 different Komen affiliates that have given significant sums of money to 26 different PP facilities.

The report also suggests that Komen’s support for the abortion and contraceptive behemoth PP “does not make sense, since not only is there a direct connection between abortion and breast cancer, but scientific studies show that there is a direct connection between chemical contraception and breast cancer as well.”

“The fact that Komen Affiliates give money to PP contradicts Komen’s claim that it works to end breast cancer,” adds the report.

STOPP is encouraging donors to end Komen support “until this organization repents and stops giving money to Planned Parenthood, an organization that kills babies, exploits women, corrupts youth and increases the likelihood of breast cancer by promoting contraception and abortion.”

As LifeSiteNews.com reported in March, Komen has dismissed outright the scientifically supported connection between breast cancer and abortion.

(see http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/mar/08033108.html)

Concerning the connection between breast cancer and the oral contraceptive pill, an important 1989 study “found that nulliparous women (i.e. women who have not had children) who took OCPs had a significantly higher rate of breast cell division than nulliparous women who did not take them. This was especially important because it is known that in general, cells that divide more rapidly are more vulnerable to carcinogens (i.e. cancer producing agents) and thus more likely to become cancerous,” stated the Polycarp Research Institute.

Subsequent studies have confirmed the results of the 1989 research (seehttp://www.polycarp.org/overviewbreastcanceroralcontraceptiv…).

After discouraging Komen funding in February, the Little Rock Diocese in March issued an apology and retraction of their initial position.  Following Little Rock’s policy reversal, however, both the St. Louis and Lafayette dioceses reaffirmed their opposition to Komen support.

Both St. Louis and Lafayette encouraged readers to support local hospitals engaged in breast cancer research and treatment, rather than Komen.

See previous related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Two U.S. Dioceses Continue to Discourage Support for Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Catholic Diocese of Little Rock Flip Flops – Now Okays Funding Group which Supports Planned Parenthood

Major U.S. Study Shows Oral Contraceptives Increase Breast Cancer Risk 44 %

Read the STOPP report:

Read the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer’s praise for Lafayette’s statement (with important links on the abortion/breast cancer connection)

Read alarming facts about Komen’s connection to PP:

Contact the Little Rock Respect Life Office by visiting its website:

Submitted by Nancy W.