Protesting PP: what you need to know about the 8/22/15 event

CAM00575 - CopyThe upcoming nationwide #PPSellsBabyParts Day of Protest has been covered well elsewhere…so let me guide you elsewhere, just this once.


Date and time: August 22, 2015, from 9 to 11 a.m. Eastern time. The time varies in a few locations, but Manchester, New Hampshire is following the national schedule. Peaceful demonstrations are expected at several new Hampshire locations.

The national organizers and the reason they’re doing this: Go to protestpp.com. “ProtestPP is a coalition of pro-life groups calling for a National Day of Protest on August 22, 2015 at Planned Parenthood facilities all across America. Our goal is to raise awareness of the heartless and even illegal activities of Planned Parenthood by going to where the killing and harvesting of body parts from aborted children takes place. The four main sponsors are: Created Equal, the Pro-Life Action League, 40 Days for Life, and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.”

New Hampshire’s link to the action: New Hampshire Right to Life has a dedicated page for the event, and a group planning to be at the Manchester PP facility has a Facebook event page. I plan to cover the Manchester event.

The videos: if you haven’t yet viewed the Center for Medical Progress videos that have dragged PP’s parts business into public view, do so. The CMP site offers edited (12 minutes or less) and unedited versions of their video reports, along with transcripts.

The financials: Don’t have time to look up PP’s national numbers? Content yourself with the local affiliate’s financial report for 2014, which was included in its recent contract bid to the Executive Council. It’s a 5-megabyte PDF, but you can head straight to pages 174-178 for some pertinent data. PP of Northern New England spent a million and a half bucks on public policy in 2014 (not including its lobbyist’s $100k+ salary, which is an administrative expense), and yet it’s telling the Executive Council and anyone else who will listen that thousands of women are at risk of losing health care because the Council denied PP a two-year $638,900 contract. Even if you refuse to acknowledge the videos – or of you see the videos and say “so what; it’s legal” – try looking at the math. Any denial of service will come from a business decision by PP, not a political decision by any Councilor. And PP still wants public money.

Expect opposition: At least one Facebook post from a PP defender (not local) indicates an effort to mount counter-demonstrations. Make sure your phone’s camera is working. Commit to peace in the face of provocation.

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image courtesy of protestpp.com