May 6, 2011
Planned Parenthood of the
Heartland (operating in Iowa and Nebraska) recently announced its intention
to open offices in five Nebraska communities: Fremont, Norfolk, Grand
Island, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte. This is deeply alarming news
coming from our nation’s largest purveyor and apologist of abortion.
Planned Parenthood (PP) has been promoting its
degrading, hedonistic view of human sexuality for decades out of its offices
in Omaha and Lincoln. In the mid 1990s, PP opened an abortion center in
Lincoln and has since killed about 10,000 unborn babies in that one
Nationally, PP abortion centers kill more than
300,000 unborn babies each year. In 2009, PP killed 332,278 unborn babies
(more than 25% of U.S. abortions) and that number has been steadily rising
for at least the last five years. And it will certainly continue rising as
PP announced last year that it intends to increase the number of abortion
centers in its franchise.
Unfortunately, many Americans (and Nebraskans) do
not know about this dark side of PP because it has done a masterful job of
portraying itself as a women’s health provider. Planned Parenthood does
provide some health services (e.g. cancer screenings, STD testing and
treatment), but by conservative estimates, more than one-third of its annual
revenues come from abortion. Unfortunately, another third of its revenue
comes from our tax dollars.
Planned Parenthood’s intention to open offices in
five Nebraska communities is particularly troubling given the likelihood
that it will provide chemical abortions at those sites via web cam (e.g.
Skype). Planned Parenthood has been doing this in Iowa for the last few
In a web cam abortion the abortionist is in one
city and the woman seeking an abortion is in another city. The abortionist
speaks to the woman through an internet video connection. After obtaining
the woman’s consent the abortionist uses the "mouse" on his/her computer to
remotely open a drawer containing the chemical abortion regimen called
A bill (LB 521) has been introduced in the
Nebraska Legislature this year to prohibit web cam abortions. This bill,
however, remains in the Judiciary Committee having failed to get the five
votes needed to advance to consideration by the entire Legislature.
Committee members who voted for LB 521 are
Senators Steve Lathrop, Scott Lautenbaugh, Colby Coash and Tyson Larson.
Senators Brad Ashford, Brenda Council, and Amanda McGill voted against the
bill. Sen. Burke Harr abstained from voting.
I and other pro-life lobbyists have been working
with Sen. Harr and Sen. Ashford to address concerns they have expressed
about the bill. I am still hopeful that we can sufficiently address their
concerns and convince one or both of them to vote this bill out of
committee. There is likely ample bi-partisan support for LB 521 in the full
In addition to working for LB 521, the pro-life
movement in Nebraska is mobilizing statewide and in the five communities to
fiercely oppose Planned Parenthood’s expansion. The level of concern and
mobilization I’ve seen so far indicates that PP’s announcement has awakened
a sleeping pro-life giant.
Citizens in those communities (and throughout our
state) will be informed about PP’s abortion advocacy and its deplorable view
(and programs) of human sexuality. And every possible resource will be
marshaled against PP’s expansion in Nebraska. Anyone in those five
communities (or any Nebraskan) wishing to join in this effort can contact my
office or local pro-life representatives.
In his column in this week’s West Nebraska Register, Most Reverend
William Dendinger, Bishop of Grand Island, expressed a simple, yet powerful
response to Planned Parenthood’s intention to expand in Nebraska: "WE DON’T
WANT YOU." To this, I and many Nebraskans say: DITTO!
You can contact Greg at The Nebraska
Catholic Conference, 215 Centennial Mall South Suite 310, Lincoln, NE 68508;