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2017 KC Royals scoreboard ad for Pro-life group, Vitae

Baseball fans at Royals Stadium last Tuesday may have noticed a small plane overhead dragging a mystifying message: ROYALS FANS DESERVE TRUTH — DROP VITAE.

Fans who could recollect no player on the team roster named “Vitae” didn’t give it a second thought.

The banner was fielded by radical pro-abortionists schooled at MoveOn.org calling themselves “UltraViolet.”   It was meant to piggyback on the Kansas City Star report about UltraViolet’s online petition opposing the Royals’ ad contract with the Missouri-based Vitae Foundation.

Vitae (pronounced vee’tay) means “for Life.” The Vitae Foundation has been dedicated to using mass media to build a culture of life and encourage women to utilize pregnancy assistance centers. The Royals scoreboard last week showed a mother and baby with the Vitae group logo.

But that was too much of a threat for UltraViolet. It alleges that Vitae “manipulates the public by spreading extreme, deceptive anti-choice propaganda not only to those seeking reproductive health care options, but also to young children.”

Really? That statement appears to have about as much credibility as the book by Christopher Hitchens vilifying Mother Teresa.

UltraViolet is long on vitriol and short on specific details as to Vitae’s alleged “lies”– despite the fact that plenty of Vitae’s life-affirming messages have been in circulation for 25 years.

Here’s part of Vitae’s press statement — information that never made it into the Star or USA Today– about their activities designed to empower women:

” 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. Pregnancy centers provide that support, and the Vitae Foundation is privileged to work with those pregnancy centers as they support women in making a decision they can live with.”

In fact, Kansas and Missouri have a plethora of “no charge”assistance centers to help women lacking support for delivering their babies.

No local furor has erupted against the Royals’ ad contract with the Vitae Foundation. In fact, most commenters to the local news story echoed these sample sentiments:

Mark M: “Future babies mean future fans. Torn up and killed babies will not be buying tickets or going to games.”

Andy B: “Seeing these pro-abort groups stoop to these levels shows how threatened they are by our message.”

Jeannette K: “Thank you Royals for taking a stand for the unborn with no voice.”

David H: “Royals made the correct CHOICE.”

The Vitae Foundation has developed public service campaigns directing women to real assistance centers where solutions don’t involve abortion.

Now that’s a home run.

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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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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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