Thursday, April 21, 2005

PP not in usual upbeat mood

This article on LifeNews notes that PP's annual conference shows signs of malaise within the organization.

Jim Sedlak, executive director of STOPP International ... says he believes a lower key meeting signals troubles at PPFA. He said the event must have been a "soul-searching strategy session and not a celebration of past accomplishments looking forward to a future full of promise."

"Planned Parenthood enters this conference without a leader," Sedlak explains. That's because longtime president Gloria Feldt announced her departure in January. ... Sedlak contends Feldt was forced out.

Sedlak credits Feldt's "in-your-face promotion of abortion" for alienating moderates within the organization. He also credits the fact that many states are no longer opting to fund PP. He also notes that PP has been closing dozens of facilities despite plans to double.

"To put it bluntly, Planned Parenthood has been forced to close dozens of its facilities because they can no longer attract customers," Sedlak says.

Sedlak charts a decline in PP facilities from 922 in 1992 to 850 in 1992. Sedlack says that for the past ten years PP has been closing an average of one facility a month for the past decade.

Sedlak also notes PP's latest strategy for revival -- targeting churches that support abortion. PP hired a chaplain last year and opened centers in 2 churches in Oregon. In particular they're evidently focused on recruiting teen clients via liberal churches.

Not mentioned in the article is that PP is coming increasingly under scrutiny for failing to report statutory rape. Is this the beginning of the end for PP? What a blessing that would be for the families of America!

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