Planned Parenthood Minds Its Ps and LGBTQs
Imagine how upset you’d be to find out that your tax dollars were funding radical sexual propaganda targeted at your kids. Well, thanks to Planned Parenthood, you already are. Apparently, the nation’s biggest abortion business isn’t content with destroying innocent lives anymore. Now it wants to undermine your moral values too.
Of course, Americans got a whiff of this back in 2016, when then-president Cecile Richards surprised people by saying, “Planned Parenthood believes that reproductive rights are deeply connected to LGBTQ rights…” In an announcement that raised more than a few eyebrows, because there is no obvious connection, she made it clear that the organization was quickly becoming one-stop shopping for the Left’s social agenda. “[Our] affiliates now provide hormone treatments for transgender people in 26 centers across 10 states.”
Now, the group that enjoys more than a half-billion of your hard-earned tax dollars a year is already wrapping its tentacles around another hot-button topic: the transgender debate. And based on the firestorm in Sarasota, Florida, Planned Parenthood is off to a flying start. Its idea of a sex education video — men groping women and same-sex couples making out — made parents hit the fan.
Despite the backlash in Florida, the group is back at it this week with a special project for “Trans Awareness Week.” In partnership with the LGBT activists at GLAAD, Planned Parenthood has taken it upon themselves to teach people to be less offensive to men who identify as women and vice-versa. The campaign, called “Beyond the Binary,” includes a new vocabulary list that makes the abortion group the newest members of the politically-correct language police.
Among other things, Breitbart points out, the “linguistic guide” scraps the terms “boys and girls” for the more generic “children.” “His” or “her” should be “their” — which is not only ridiculous, but grammatically incorrect. Apparently, science isn’t the only casualty of the Left’s gender-free march. If activists get their way, English will be the next to go. Group salutations like “guys” are supposed to give way to “folks.” “‘Brothers and sisters,’ should simply be ‘siblings,’ while ‘ladies and gentlemen’ should be ‘distinguished guests.’” All of this, Williams goes on, with a backdrop of rainbow birth control. “With its cheery backdrop of multi-colored condoms, one could almost forget that Planned Parenthood’s chief business is killing little children in their mothers’ wombs.”
Although LGBT activism can’t be as lucrative as the group’s biggest moneymaker — abortion — it certainly diversifies their already fanatical portfolio. And with Planned Parenthood’s latest hire, Dr. Sara Flowers, the organization shows no signs of slowing down. Flowers may not be a household name — but she’s about to become a household presence, now that the former director at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis has just been put in charge of Planned Parenthood’s “education” efforts. And, as far as she’s concerned, sex ed is “more than learning about birth control and sexually-transmitted infections. Ideally, sex education should address… gender identity and sexual orientation…” If you think the public-school indoctrination is bad now, just wait. Planned Parenthood has unlimited access to more than 1.5 million kids through sex education. Is yours one of them? Make sure you contact your local district office and find out.
Meanwhile, when the group isn’t busy brainwashing children (or aborting them), it’s spreading plenty of misinformation online. In new videos targeting moms and dads (no doubt also funded by unwilling taxpayers), Planned Parenthood has disturbing answers to questions like “How do I know if my kid is transgender?” Children, they insist without a scrap of science to back it up, can know their gender identity by age three, the group suggests. And, “there’s nothing you as a parent can do to change [it].” Some little kids, the narrator says, “may understand that the gender that everyone says they are is not who they really know they are inside. And that’s the definition of transgender.” If you want to try counseling, the videos urge, talk with someone who’s “supportive of transgender identities.” Forcing them into a gender box, Planned Parenthood warns, will hurt them. That’s hardly the advice of the real experts at the American College of Pediatricians, who insist this kind of guidance is “child abuse.”
After its baby body parts sales, overbilling scandals, sexual abuse cover-ups, gender targeting, unsanitary clinic conditions, botched abortions, falsified medical information, and political campaigns, Planned Parenthood didn’t have a lot of credibility to fall back on. Now, with this stampede into LGBT activism, whatever shred of credibility Planned Parenthood had in claiming to be a “health care provider” should be put to rest. This is all the more reason for Congress to finish the job it started last fall and cut off Planned Parenthood’s funding at the source: the federal government.
Originally published here.
ICE Queen: Harris Compares Immigration Workers to KKK
A normal job interview is stressful, but one before the U.S. Senate? Democrats can make that downright painful. A parade of President Trump’s nominees — from the budget office to Supreme Court — have had to endure character assassination, ridicule, faith smears, and now, comparisons to the Ku Klux Klan.
As the migrant caravan inches closer to the U.S. border, Senate leaders are trying to make sure a key component is in place if and when they arrive: a new chief for the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under the circumstances, anyone in the running for the office has to be made of tough stuff. With the immigration debate at a fever pitch — and Democrats doing everything they can to undermine the administration’s work — any nominee would have their hands full.
But for Ronald Vitiello, his confirmation hearing was good practice for the kinds of attacks he’ll face for enforcing the law. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who could have another job as a professional agitator after the latest string of nomination hearings, decided to take a shot at everyone working to secure America. “Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels [with the KKK]?,” she asked a stunned Vitiello.
“I do not see a parallel,” he fired back, “between what is constitutionally mandated as it relates to the law” and a white supremacist group. Undeterred, Harris pushed on. “No, I’m very specific about what I’m asking you. Are you aware of a perception that the way–” “I see no perception that puts ICE in the same category as the KKK. Is that what you’re asking me?” a visibly offended Vitiello replied. “I’m not finished,” Harris snapped. “I see none,” he said again. “I’m not finished,” she told him angrily. “Are you aware that there’s a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants — and specifically immigrants from Mexico and Central America…?
"I do not see a parallel,” he said again, “between the power and authority ICE has to do its job and the agents who do it professionally and excellently with lots of compassion– ” Interrupting him, Harris demanded to know how he could “be the head of an agency and be unaware of how your agency is perceived by certainly communities?” To his credit Vitiello looked her straight in the eye and said there are a “lot of perceptions in the media and the public that are incorrect…”
The clip of Harris infuriated the man Vitiello would be replacing, Thomas Homan, who retired this summer. “I wanted to throw up,” he told Fox News’s Shannon Bream. “[We] disagree on a lot of things… [but] what she did today was disgusting. She put her political ambitions to be the president ahead of truth and ahead of the dignity of the men and women who serve this country.” Others piled on, calling out Harris for slurring the thousands of brave men and women working to protect America’s border. “Like lazy trolls who call cops Nazis, it is grossly irresponsible to compare anything other than violent racist terrorists to the #KKK. @KamalaHarris is way too savvy to be so intellectually lazy. She should apologize to #ICE agents now.” GOP spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany also took deep offense on behalf of the brave people in uniform. “What utter, complete & horrifying disrespect for our law enforcement officers. I get she’s auditioning for 2020, but come on.”
To a lot of liberals, ICE represents what Democrats have come to despise: the rule of law. Whether it’s abortion, religious liberty, or immigration, extremists are having trouble adjusting to an administration that respects the democratic process. That’s quite a contrast to Barack Obama, who treated U.S. immigration policy with the same disregard he had for every law that hindered his makeover of America. “We’ve arrived,” Jonathan Tobin argues in National Review, “at a point when the law and policy arguments about how best to enforce it have become irrelevant.” When ICE agents are refashioned as fascists and illegal aliens become default martyrs then “there is no more middle ground.”
In the end, it’s nothing personal. ICE is just one in a long line of institutions the Left would like to abolish in its pursuit of complete and utter anarchy. Their vision is a world where laws are like gender: whatever you want them to be.
Originally published here.
This is a publication of the Family Research Council. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.