With new spokeswoman, 40 Days for Life rolls out plans to defund Planned Parenthood locally
During a Monday night telecast for listeners around the world, the anti-choice group 40 Days For Life revealed its much-hyped plans for its next initiative in the spring, and introduced a mystery guest to serve as the face of its renewed challenge to local Planned Parenthood centers.
Like Abby Johnson before her, Planned Parenthood manager-turned-40 Days for Life activist Sue Thayer offered her “conversion story” to listeners of the telecast.
In her time as a center manager in Storm Lake, Iowa, Thayer said the so-called “dirty little secret” of Planned Parenthood was that, rather than doing all they could to prevent abortions, they were driven by profit and forced to meet abortion quotas.
“Abortion became a number or a goal,” she said, explaining the increase in telemed abortions as motivated by keeping “little overhead.”
Fayer said she was eventually terminated from her position during center downsizing, though she said it was a concealed effort to get rid of her after she expressed her views. As a 40 Days activist, Fayer returned to protest at the same center she once managed.
The group, noted for its controversial nationwide campaigns with vigils and protests outside abortion clinics, followed Fayer’s conversation by outlining its strategies to defund Planned Parenthood locally. It’s a move the group described as one of their “biggest steps forward” since their launch in 2007.
David Bereit, 40 Days for Life’s national director, used Texas as an example of the group’s success in cutting Planned Parenthood’s funding.
The group hopes to systematically remove every revenue stream going into Planned Parenthood centers, limiting not just local taxes, but corporate and individual donations as well.
As the Texas Independent has reported, state funds were already prohibited from being spent on abortions, so 40 Days went after programs funding Planned Parenthood’s other activities — $34 million cut from the state’s family planning program, and $74 from the Department of State Health Services’ funding for women’s health care clinics.
Bereit took credit for the cancellation of some Planned Parenthood fundraising events, too. “Boy, it’s been fun to talk to Abby [Johnson] about how frustrating it was to cancel those fundraising events,” said Bereit.
It is estimated that 300,000 women, mostly low-income, will be left without basic reproductive health care, and that 20,000 more unplanned pregnancies may result from Texas’ family planning cuts.
More than 8,000 listeners from small towns in the Midwest to cities in Australia and England heard the group’s announcements Monday night, including other initiatives like building the group’s prayer presence and increasing donations.
Campaign director Shawn Carney encouraged listeners to make tax-deductible one-time donations that would be doubled by a matching challenge, up to $101,200, from an anonymous donor until late November.
The group, which originated in Bryan and College Station, claims credit for having saved 732 lives, causing 61 abortion workers to quit their jobs and helping to shut down 16 facilities since 2007.
Before its spring campaign, running from Feb. 22 to April 1, the organization says it is ramping up its mobilization, education and technology efforts, and Bereit said they hope to expand to “hundreds of other cities,” while keeping their community activism running for the “long haul.”
An earlier version of this story misidentified the new 40 Days for Life spokeswoman. Her last name is Thayer, not Fayer.
Her name is Susan Thayer and she was an informant of ours at Operation Rescue when we broke the news nationally about telemed abortions in March of 2010. We just couldn’t use her name. I’m glad she can now come forward and publicly tell her story.
what does Ms. Sullenger know about Dr. Tiller’s murder? Are known domestic terrorists allowed to post here?
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Cheryl sullenger. Did you adopt or foster (free of charge) any of the thousands of neglected, abused, abandoned, children yet? I doubt it! Ignorant cow!
Once again a Senator grossly manatuliping facts for their own misguided self-interest. In this case it is unjust to thousands of woman who can not afford health care insurance and see planned parenthood as their only option. Shame and disgust are your only friends Senator. Google it first before you speak. Really
FUCK YOU TO HELL, pro-lifers.
“It is estimated that 300,000 women, mostly low-income, will be left without basic reproductive health care, and that 20,000 more unplanned pregnancies may result from Texas’ family planning cuts.”
Since this group 40 Days to Life is claiming to be directly responsible for denying low-income women health care (a large percentage of which are married women with children, FYI). I hope that 40 Days to Life will also take financial responsibility for the care of these low-income women in preventing unplanned pregnancies and preventing life-threatening conditions such as cervical cancer That’s why the vast majority of women are going to Planned Parenthood – not to obtain an abortion, but to protect their health and the economic health of their family by preventing pregnancy and getting cancer screenings.
I guess their idea of Christianity is really different from mine, because mine includes helping the poor and not inflicting more unwanted pregnancies and cancer on already stressed families.
this is the law:
ABORTION IS A CIVIL AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT SUPPORTED BY THE RIGHTS TO PRIVACY, THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE OF 14TH AMENDMENT, AND THE 13TH AMENDMENT.
no human has a right to life or any due process rights by the 14th amendment to use another human’s body or body parts AGAINST their will, civil and constitutional rights: that’s why you are not force to donate your kidney—the human fetus is no exception; this is protected by the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.
consensual sex =/= a legal, binding contract for an unwanted fetus to live.
ALL THE REPUBLICANS ARE PRO-LIFE, SCHIZOPHRENIC FASCISTS WHO SUPPORTS REPRODUCTIVE SLAVERY OF AMERICAN FEMALE CITIZENS, WHICH IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THE 13TH AMENDMENT.
So, all you wonderful life-loving “Christians,” I HAVE A BIG QUESTION– while you are busy out there taking away women’s access to repro healthcare, contraceptives and other critical services, and supposedly protecting the “unborn” Texas has THE HIGHEST RATE OF CHILD DEATHS DUE TO NEGLECT AND ABUSE IN THE U.S. IN FACT, AMERICA HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF CHILD DEATH BY ABUSE/NEGLECT in the developed world. ALL ABOUT IT HERE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15288865. So, what are YOU DOING TO PROTECT THE LIFE THAT’S ALREADY HERE? NOTHING. BECAUSE YOU ARE A BUNCH OF IDIOTIC HYPOCRITES pretending to care about life when really it’s only about imposing your ignorant backward belieifs on everyone.