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2017 KC Royals scoreboard ad for Pro-life group, subject of petition

Under the heading, “Kansas City Royals, stop lying about abortion,” an online petition group, Ultraviolet, is currently urging its followers to contact the baseball team to “cut ties with the Vitae Foundation” for “promoting extreme anti-choice propaganda” to women and children.

This pro-abortion campaign comes on the heels of a successful campaign to censor pro-life ads on a local radio station at the behest of Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

But, as usual, it is the pro-abortionists doing the bullying who are untruthful.

First, about the Kansas City Royals. …

On Friday, the Kansas City Star covered a petition against the Royals, and described the source as “a national women’s advocacy group,” Ultraviolet.

Ultraviolet is actually an online petition group supporting abortion among a variety of liberal causes. The group began in 2015 and is guided by former staff from MoveOn.org.

The Vitae Foundation, on the other hand, is a highly respected, Kansas City area non-profit, formed 25 years ago to “encourage a culture of life through research-based messaging and mass media.” The mission of Vitae (the Latin term “for Life”) is to “encourage dialog in a non-threatening manner.”

Ultraviolet’s outrage is aimed at radio ad buys during Royals’ broadcasts, and a sponsorship that allows an announcement about Vitae Foundation and a foundation logo shown on the scoreboard.

The ‘offending’ electronic scoreboard on the Ultraviolet website petition is last year’s image, which is as subtle and inoffensive as the new one. The 2017 display is a photo of a mom gazing at a baby with this message: “VITAE Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary of Life-Saving Media /A Real Game Changer.”

What exactly is the dangerous propaganda in that display which is unfit for baseball fans?

“Vitae has similar [promotional] agreements with other sports properties and media outlets,” the Royals’ spokesman told the Star.

The Star, referencing an Ultraviolet press release (not found online at press time) also cited another of Vitae’s supposed offenses– sponsorship of a pro-life essay contest with the winners receiving Royals’ tickets.

Baseball tickets as an incentive? Insert faux shudder.

Vitae issued a statement Friday on the controversy: “If a woman in a difficult pregnancy makes the courageous decision to bring her child into the world, Vitae believes she should have meaningful support in making that decision.”

But abortion supporters cannot tolerate support for a “choice” for life in the public venue of a sports arena.

Advice & Aid Pregnancy Center with Planned Parenthood in background

ANOTHER ANTI-LIFE CAMPAIGN
The campaign to end advertisements for the pro-life Vitae Foundation follows Planned Parenthood’s unfortunately successful censoring of low-key ads for  Advice & Aid Pregnancy Center on the alternative radio station “96.5 the Buzz.” According to the Sentinel, the station had sought out Advice and Aid to become a sponsor and contracted for 328 ads. This was the ad:

“Feeling scared? Depressed? Vulnerable? Is pregnancy making you feel that life is over? Advice and Aid Pregnancy Centers will help you regardless of your struggle. You have access to a 24-hour hotline, pregnancy tests, sonograms, peer counseling and STI testing, all free of charge. Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers is here to support you as you make your decision. Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers — serving families facing pregnancy before, during and after with compassion.”

Only two ads were run, on May 12 & 13, before the campaign was suddenly ended.

“Before the campaign had even gotten off the ground, a local Planned Parenthood affiliate, part of the nation’s largest abortion provider, objected,” according to the Sentinel. “Its staffers took to social media asking the radio station to pull the ads.”

The radio station’s turnaround came after Planned Parenthood Great Plains posted this on its Facebook page:

“Advice and Aid, an anti-choice extremist group that operates under the guise of a health center, is now advertising on 96.5 The Buzz, KC’s alternative radio station. Let’s help The Buzz understand why Advice & Aid is dangerous for their listeners. Tell the radio station to reject these advertising dollars.”

Advice and Aid executive director Ruth Tisdale told the Sentinel that from the outset, the radio station sales reps were clearly aware of the center’s operation and the abundant medical staff. The sales reps visited the center, “knew our website inside and out,” and “were thrilled that we would advertise on the station.” However “the campaign was ultimately removed, and the contract abruptly canceled.”

The Sentinel added that Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Communications Director, “was interviewed by Buzz on-air personality Lazlo, host of “The Church of Lazlo,” for a podcast. The nine-minute segment was chock full of factual errors about Advice & Aid and contained the typical inaccurate list of talking points perpetrated by Planned Parenthood whenever they attempt to discredit the work of pregnancy resource centers. The only accurate fact Lee-Gilmore stated was that the two businesses are next door to each other.”

Aye, there’s the rub. Advice and Aid is right there when women drive up to Planned Parenthood in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.

The for-profit abortion business is desperate to squash the option for life that they see every day out their window.

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Ruth Tisdale, Advice & Aid (left) and Donna Kelsey, Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic (right) with KFL's lobbyist, Jeanne Gawdun

SCR 1606 conferees Ruth Tisdale, Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers Inc.(left) and Donna Kelsey, Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic (right) with KFL’s lobbyist, Jeanne Gawdun

Moving through the Kansas legislative process this week were two measures combating abortion coercion: the Pro-Life Protections Act and SCR 1606, a resolution commending pregnancy maintenance resource centers (also known as crisis pregnancy centers).

SCR 1606 was adopted by the Senate (fittingly) on Jan. 22 and recognizes the valuable contribution of such centers nationally, as well as the 71 Kansas centers officially found in the state informed consent registry. The resolution was sent to the House Health & Human Services Committee, which on Wednesday heard presentations of the work done at these centers– work the Kansas Catholic Conference testimony described as the “front lines of the Pro-Life movement” where “caring individuals offer the material and emotional assistance that changes lives, and even saves them”.

But how stunning to hear that 95% of the women at one center were headed for an abortion due to the unborn child’s father! The center’s director described their task as helping the woman “own” her pregnancy decision and providing her with true medical information about her baby. Although the media did not attend this committee hearing, would they have filed the story of rampant abortion coercion had they been there?  You know the answer.

The media description of the Pro-Life Protections Act, HB 2253, likewise, overlooks how the bill addresses abortion coercion. HB 2253 passed out favorably from the House Federal & State Affairs committee on Thursday and was reported as a “sweeping regulatory” bill, viewed “by opponents as the biggest threat to access”.

The press angle is all too predictable—how are abortionists being harmed and how are abortion-seeking women interfered with by the state? Never a politically incorrect story about protecting women from systematic victimization by the abortion industry.

Nevertheless, not only the wonderful pregnancy maintenance centers, but pro-life legislation aims at helping abortion-vulnerable woman who feel the lack of support for giving birth. Women who may be coerced into abortion are addressed in at least four ways by HB 2253, which:

  • strengthens a state-produced anti-coercion warning which abortion clinics must post inside the premises;
  • empowers a pregnant women by insuring she has access to scientific risks that meet the legal standard of information relevant to her pregnancy decision;
  • requires abortion businesses to link to the entire state’s “Woman’s Right to Know” website with 4-D ultrasound presentations on gestational development;
  • adds new services for women diagnosed with “medically challenging” pregnancies.

The last bullet point addresses the fact that abortion has been promoted, not only as a solution to unborn children diagnosed with serious and lethal conditions, but even for those with Down Syndrome. In HB 2253, a national perinatal (pre- and post- birth) Hospice registry becomes part of state information, as well as a mandate that the state health department co-ordinate and provide support systems for Down syndrome and other prenatally and postnatally diagnosed conditions.

This new mandate to strengthen the information available to help families face challenging medical outcomes is modeled after the Brownback-Kennedy federal bill which—while passed—never was properly funded. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback sponsored the bill as U.S. Senator, noting that, 90% of children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.

That percentage is similar for children prenatally diagnosed with other conditions such as spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, and dwarfism.

Rep. Steve Brunk (R-Wichita) told the Federal & State Affairs committee of his daughter’s spina bifida condition, and the lack of resources which propelled him to create, and lead for ten years, the Spina Bifida Association group in Kansas.

So these are some of the “sweeping” provisions of Kansas pro-life legislation that are never deemed “newsworthy”.

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When these billboards went up last November, it was hoped they’d bring an increase in clients at the Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers.  (located in the Kansas City suburbs of Shawnee and Overland Park).

“It’s really exciting that God has been bringing in the type of client that we’ve been praying for– those at risk for abortion,”said Barb Gosa, the center’s director.

“We’ve had more women come to us with abortions already scheduled than we’ve ever seen!”  she added.  Some may have been trying to find a place for a cheaper abortion but some are calling because somewhere deep inside there is something stirring in their heart and they are having second guesses.

The number of hotline calls increased by 64 %, the number of sonograms by 212 % and the number of pregnancy tests by 43%.

Advise and Aid staff were surprised by another (more…)

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