How do we know this? Well, STOPP’s Jim Sedlak was in the hotel in Washington, DC, last week when Planned Parenthood Federation of America conducted its 2019 Annual Conference. It was attended by PP executives from all across the country. Although Jim was kept out of any formal meetings and even out of the area of the hotel where PP’s conference was held, he was able this year, as in the past, to listen to conversations in restaurants, night spots, and lobbies of the hotel. When people socialize, they talk. And when Planned Parenthood people talk, Jim listens.
The volunteer problem is very straightforward—many affiliates can’t find enough. Planned Parenthood has always relied on volunteers to perform a number of activities. Clinic escorts (or death escorts, as they are better known in the pro-life community) is an obvious example of volunteers performing what Planned Parenthood sees as a vital role. Abby Johnson’s upcoming film, UNPLANNED, (release date March 29) documents that this is how she began her association with Planned Parenthood. Escorts are just one of the many activities within Planned Parenthood where volunteers are needed (peer recruitment, organize pizza parties, attend public forums, plan fundraisers, etc.). A number of PP executives lamented that they can’t find enough volunteers. Although they did discuss how to better attract volunteers, they did not identify why they have this problem.We would speculate that it has to do with the baby-body-parts videos as well as the decline in Planned Parenthood’s favorable ratings with the general public. Whatever the reason, the problem is real and widespread.
Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a live talk show on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.
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