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A Joint Statement by National Pro-Life Leaders

Defeating Planned Parenthood: A National Pro-Life Strategy

Whereas, Planned Parenthood operates the nation's largest abortion chain, reporting 289,750 abortions in 2006, 24% of the national total; and

Whereas, Planned Parenthood targets adolescents with a message that divests human sexuality of any moral character, encourages unsafe, irresponsible sexual behavior, and undermines the relationship between parents and their children; and

Whereas, Planned Parenthood has a well-documented history of shielding child predators by failing to comply with mandatory reporting laws regarding child and statutory rape; and

Whereas, Planned Parenthood, founded by eugenics advocate Margaret Sanger, continues to pursue racist business practices, by targeting abortions disproportionately to minority women; and

Whereas, Planned Parenthood has embarked on a major nationwide expansion effort, building massive new abortion centers in major metropolitan areas, skirting local zoning regulations, and attempting to lure more affluent clients with a new "upscale" image; and

Whereas, Planned Parenthood is assisted in their anti-child, anti-family agenda by the infusion of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars annually—a third of their billion-dollar national budget;

Therefore, we, the undersigned pro-life leaders from across the nation, hereby pledge to coordinate our efforts in a bold, new, national campaign to defend American families from Planned Parenthood.

Together, we will put Planned Parenthood out of business by implementing proven strategies across the nation, to achieve the following goals:

To mobilize massive grassroots opposition to all new and proposed Planned Parenthood construction projects: close scrutiny of permits and applications, community advocacy, legal action and multi-faceted demonstrations; and

To eliminate Planned Parenthood's government funding at the local, state and federal levels; and

To drastically reduce corporate funding of Planned Parenthood; and

To utilize all media, both traditional and alternative, to expose Planned Parenthood's attack on women, children and families; and

To deprive Planned Parenthood of business and save unborn babies from abortion by expanding the pro-life presence at Planned Parenthood facilities; and

To safeguard the health and innocence of children by empowering parents and teachers to remove Planned Parenthood programs from their communities; and

To hold public officials accountable for enforcing all applicable laws, such as parental involvement and mandatory reporting of statutory rape; and

To call upon all people of faith and conscience to unite in prayer for an end to Planned Parenthood and its detrimental programs and policies.

Signed this 18th day of September, 2008:

Patricia Bainbridge

Life Decisions International

Bill Beckman

Illinois Right to Life

David Bereit

40 Days for Life

Thomas Brejcha, Esq.

Thomas More Society

Steven Brody

Dubuque County Right to Life, Inc.

Al Carlson

Citizens for Life, Rapid City, SD

Shawn Carney

Coalition for Life

Dr. Brian Clowes

Human Life International

Day Gardner

National Black Pro-Life Union

Lorraine Gariboldi

Life Center of Long Island

Jennifer Giroux

Women Influencing the Nation

Kristan Hawkins

Students for Life of America

John Jansen

Generations for Life

Joe Langfeld

Human Life Alliance

Keith Mason

Personhood USA

Janet Morana

Priests for Life

Steve Peroutka

National Pro-Life Action Center

Ray Ruddy

Gerard Health Foundation

Lila Rose

Live Action

Eric Scheidler

Families Against Planned Parenthood

Joe Scheidler

Pro-Life Action League

Doug Scott

Life Decisions International

Jim Sedlak

American Life League

Mary Strom

The Women's Centers

Jill Stanek

Kathleen Sullivan

Project Reality

Fr. Norman Weslin

Gabriel's Corner

Erik Whittington

Rock for Life

Kyleen Wright

Texans for Life Coalition

In addition, the following pro-life leaders and organizations have signed on to this Joint Statement subsequent to the initial September 18 signing:

Lawson Lipford-Cruz

Black Students for Life

Troy Newman

Operation Rescue

Ruben Obregon

No Room for Contraception

Dr. Peggy Elliot

Dr. Peggy Elliot Ministries

Kim Lehman

Iowa Right to Life

Steve Mosher

Population Research Institute

Mary Maschmeier

Defenders of the Unborn

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