The Desperation Tactics of Planned Parenthood

The Desperation Tactics of Planned Parenthood

The Desperation Tactics of Planned Parenthood

As the ongoing debate to defund Planned Parenthood heated up once again, a friend of mine received an e-mail from the giant abortion provider. He was informed that there was nothing more important he could do that day than call his senator to support Planned Parenthood.

He was directed to a link in which he could enter his phone number, state and zip code. His phone number would then be connected directly to the phone number of his senator’s office. A call script was then provided for him to use in which he could tell his senator not to leave countless women “without access to birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and other basic care.”

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After the call, he received a text message asking if the connection was successful and if not, he would be given another chance to call again.

The e-mail my colleague received is an image of all that is wrong with this hollow Leviathan that is losing the battle for acceptance by public opinion. Its message is as phony as its phone campaign. Its presentation is as canned as its call script. Its methods are as mechanical and lifeless as its customized e-mail sending software.

The super-sophisticated e-mail and text messaging reflect something of the desperation of Planned Parenthood as it fights for its political life.

Too Big to Fail

Indeed, it makes sense that the tax-supported abortion giant would invest in a high-tech system to save itself. It faces three insurmountable problems that have no real solutions.

First, Planned Parenthood’s biggest problem is that it is big—too big. It is a monolithic structure that conveys a cold, mechanical and artificial image. It has no real human face save that of its president Cecile Richards. Planned Parenthood is “too big to fail.” If it goes under, most of the abortion industry will go under. All its eggs are in the same basket. There is no plan B. Hence the desperation tactics.

In this sense, it is unlike the pro-life movement that is not concentrated in one effort but hundreds. If one pro-life organization fails, two or three more will spring up in its place. Pro-lifers have been able to convey a warm, organic and human image that draws people to their cause and allows them to frame the debate.

No Social Capital

Planned Parenthood’s second problem is that it is not a grassroots organization. It caters to decadent, fake elites—Hollywood stars and media personalities—who attend its gala dinners and fund its activities. Its supporters are a who’s who of the liberal establishment increasingly detached from the everyday life of most Americans.

Thus, Planned Parenthood does not have what sociologists call social capital. That is to say, it is not supported by those intense networks of reciprocal human relationships that validate and make it part of a community. It is always a barricaded intruder that cannot integrate itself into a locality.

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Sociologist Robert Putnam in his landmark book, Bowling Alone, put it this way:

“The pro-life ground war (like the civil rights ground war before it) is adapted for a ‘social capital rich’ environment with dense preexisting social networks of reciprocity, while the pro-choice air war is adapted to a ‘social capital poor’ environment. In the latter case, the existence of a well-developed national social movement organization using ‘air war’ techniques is a sign not of the presence of grassroots engagement, but of its absence.”

The pro-abortion movement lost the social capital war. This can be seen by comparing the way the two opposing currents operate. Instead of restricted gala banquets, pro-lifers hold potluck dinners. Pro-lifers have vibrant networks of activists and volunteers while pro-aborts resort to working with their e-mail lists and sophisticated messaging systems.

Losing Control of the Narrative

The third problem is Planned Parenthood’s failure to control the narrative around the abortion issue. After Roe v. Wade, abortion was supposed to be a women’s issue that would gradually gain acceptance. All resistance to it was supposed to fade away.

And yet the contrary happened. The pro-lifers soon framed the debate on their own terms. The cover of Time Magazine of January 14, 2013, said it best: “Forty years ago, abortion rights activists won an epic victory with Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since.”

The pro-life movement forced Planned Parenthood into a moral battle that it is ill-equipped to fight. Every ruse to disguise the killing of the unborn has been unmasked especially in light of recently released videos. One by one, pro-lifers have closed abortion clinics and made them unwelcome in their communities.

Pro-abortion activists are forced to admit the grisly nature of abortion. Worse yet its activists embrace now ever more radical stands in defense of abortion, even to the point of expressing pride for their abortions. In this debate, they cannot persuade but only polarize.

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Thus, Planned Parenthood suffers from a schizophrenic malady. On the one hand, it must portray itself as a women’s health organization. On the other, it must cater to its radical base that openly and proudly embraces abortion and the culture of death.

 The Lonely Monster

Thus the Planned Parenthood debate rages.

It is a moral battle that liberals cannot afford to lose. At stake is not just Planned Parenthood, but the whole edifice of the sexual revolution.

The problem is that liberals have built a monster to champion their cause. It is gigantic, isolated and bipolar. It frightens people. It cannot curb its voracious appetite for tax dollars.

That is why they have resorted to desperation tactics to save the lonely monster. Liberal courts have reinstated its fundind. Media come to its defense at every opportunity. It is given privileges that few private organizations are given. Legislators are pressured to keep its artificial life support system going.

It remains to be seen if Congress will have the courage to cut off Planned Parenthood particularly in this moment of its desperate weakness. The record is not encouraging. As the abortion giant sends out its e-mails, pro-lifers also need to ramp up their pressure. But they especially need to petition God in heaven for aid in this titanic fight.

  • Marlene

    “On ward Christian soldiers!”

  • pat duran

    The pro-lifers are the true leaders of this social issue.

  • Maria
  • MaryB435

    I call them “Damned Barrenhood”.

    • DLL

      They are the National government approved of and tax funded, politically,correct, endorsed, unfortunately, ABORTION Facility. Not in any form are they associated with any sort of planned parenthood, as to plan an actual parenting, is to educate a pregnant one, with their spouse, as how to care for and love their expectant, newborn child.

  • Virginia

    Why oh why is it acceptable to allow women to suffer? It is always women. It is no joke to be too young, too old or simply in no position to bring up a child. We inflict loneliness, pain and penury on them.
    It would be kinder to ensure that unwanted pregnancies never begin, that all women are encouraged to use any of many means to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

    • Bannaghar

      Perhaps your mother berated you throughout your childhood with her woes of what a burden you were. Not mine! I and my brothers were the greatest joy she ever experienced in life.
      And now, as a mother of three, I completely agree with her.
      Except for those suffering from psychiatric issues or on too many or a deadly combination of prescription drugs or who imbibe illegal drugs, I have never met a woman who hated her mother, who wished her children or herself dead, whether they were filthy rich or poverty stricken.
      For you to conflate the control of birth and in essence, sex without responsibility, as the only logical path to happiness for a woman and that abortion is the key to that happiness is, frankly, pure sophism and insane.
      Anyone who believes that it is sex that is the focus of one’s life, that is the greatest goal of every human life has to be an extremely shallow and boring individual.
      Obviously, you project onto poor women your idea that they are less than you, too stupid to have the self respect and self control you lack and need prophylactic aid because you’re too uninformwd

    • Vapor Trails

      The way to ensure that unwanted pregnancy never begins is to go back to basic, moral training in our children. Of course there are always exceptions, but the CHOICE in pro-choice becomes clear – make the choice to not have relations. Is it really so hard to say “NO” to our bodily desires? Are we no more than animals that MUST act on instinct, to act as if we MUST have relations, consequences be damned? If one is too young, too old, or in no position to raise a child, one must make the RIGHT choice to say no to the act that may cause that result. God gave us the ability to make decisions, choices. Can we not make the right choice in matters such as these? Is it not better to deny a momentary bodily desire than to have to make a decision to kill the child that results from that bad decision? If we cannot make that choice, in the right way, then we, as a society, are indeed doomed.

      • Evermyrtle

        Oh yes, learn a tad of self control! There are many things that we can do to get into trouble, only one of them will make you pregnant!!

    • REM

      I agree that woman should use any method of anticonception if they are not ready for whatever reason to become a mother. People need to understand and specially women that abortion is NOT one of these methods. Abortion plain and simple is the murdering of a living being. We have no right to decide if that life continues or not even if it’s our body. We do have the right to prevent it. Killing our children because we were careless is not acceptable. We have the right to say no to our partner if he doesn’t want to use protection. We have the tools to avoid pregnancy. But we do not have the right to end it.

      • Evermyrtle

        People need to learn, at a very young age, what causes babies to get started, “losing self control” and then what they do or don’t do after that!

        The source of pregnancy is the same, that it has been since the beginning of time, nothing new there, caring and being responsible is our actions is what has changed! Is our young weaker, untrained, unloved, just follow the crowd and giving in or something else! It is so easy to blame all sorts of things for the disaster of baby murder, but we need to find where the problems lie to stop it!! GOD does no make babies to be available for murder!!

      • Prolifedem6M

        Artificial contraception is not the answer. It is devastating to women with long-term effects, either playing around with your endocrine system or putting a foreign object into your body. The pill is a known carcinogen on the World Health Organization’s list along with tobacco, asbestos and radiation.
        Look into self-mastery through abstinence for the unmarried and Natural Family Planning.for the married.
        Self-mastery was once a goal sought by spiritual teachers of many disciplines. Today, it is sneered at and considered a sign off an unrealized life. As so many are commenting here, there is so much more to life than sexual satisfaction.

        • REM

          I agree 100% with you. For the ones that don’t I think the pill is better than anortion.

    • MaryB435

      Are you forgetting the enormous suffering CAUSED by abortion? Many women grieve for the rest of their lives regretting their abortions. There are also tremendous physical costs to abortion. When Damned Barrenhood makes the claim that “abortion is safer than childbirth”, it’s just another of their many lies. They care about the money most of all, and don’t care who they have to destroy to get it.
      Regarding thinking of contraception as a “solution”: When I worked in the maternity department as a nurse, HALF of the women delivering there had been using some type of contraceptive. And not only are there moral problems with the contraceptives, but many physical side-effects, too.

    • RubbLe1

      Virginia, sadly a culture that will not practice sexual restraint will have unwanted pregnancies. Sex is safest for adults and children when kept within the protective boundaries of marriage. To require adults to live with the consequences of their decisions to engage in extra marital sexual relations is not cruel, but a learning process to better ourselves.

  • Bannaghar

    Since abortion is legal, why does Planned Parenthood need to exist? Why aren’t abortions a typical procedure in a hospital and subject to all normal rules followed there?
    Isn’t it because the industry is hiding all the horrors committed against women and children? Aren’t they exempted from blame when the hemorraging woman is rushed to the emergency room after a botched PP ( Planned Parenthood) abortion? When and if the woman dies, isn’t botched abortion not mentioned– only perforated uterus or bowels or organs?
    Hospitals are where surgery to save lives is performed.
    Planned Parenthood clinics are where you go to find butchers with no respect for any woman, any child, any nurse, any human being.
    Supporting Planned Parenthood is just like funding Aushwitz.

  • Michelle

    Let’s erect billboards with the truth about abortion- “Abortion is a human sacrifice to the pagan god called Choice”

  • Evermyrtle

    The most evil things in the universe today are anti-GOD, anti-CHRIST, and anti-baby, we cannot do any harm to GOD and JESUS, except turn people away from them, who are willing to be turned away, but we are murdering the babies that they make by the million

    • Vapor Trails

      Brings to mind a few of Biblical truths – one, Thou shalt not kill – pretty self explanatory; two – whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me – no need for further explanation there; three – “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb…”. I guess I’m preaching to the choir here, but I do not see how one can claim to believe in Christ & think that abortion is ok, yet there are those who do. May God have mercy on their souls.

  • REM

    If feminist equals abortion then count me out. Since when did abortion become an equal right. I don’t see men killing their children. They don’t have that blessing of caring a child in their womb. Killing your child is not feminist, it’s not safe, it’s not right. Open your eyes to the truth.