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    The Advocate released its Winter quarter issue with the feature story on Planned Parenthood's racist ties, past and present. Video along with audio and transcripts from Live Action's investigation into Planned Parenthood's racism are now available. Students at UCLA are also beginning to campaign and petition to ban Planned Parenthood from campus. If you would like to help, please e-mail laadvocate@gmail.com. Check the site for updates!


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    Response to caller 'a serious mistake,' says Planned Parenthood of Idaho

    They also criticized The Advocate for trying to discredit employees with recorded phone calls

    Planned Parenthood of Idaho officials apologized Wednesday for what they called an employee's "serious mistake" in encouraging a donation aimed at aborting black babies.

    They also criticized The Advocate, a right-to-life student magazine at the University of California-Los Angeles, for trying to discredit Planned Parenthood employees in seven states in a series of tape-recorded phone calls last summer.
    The call to Idaho came in July to Autumn Kersey, vice president of development and marketing for Planned Parenthood of Idaho.
    On the recording provided by The Advocate, an actor portraying a donor said he wanted his money used to eliminate black unborn children because "the less black kids out there the better."
    Kersey laughed nervously and said: "Understandable, understandable. ... Excuse my hesitation, this is the first time I've had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I'm excited and want to make sure I don't leave anything out."
    On Tuesday, The Advocate released transcripts and audio recordings of this phone call and another to fundraising representatives in Ohio.
    The student editor-in-chief of The Advocate said she's not surprised by Planned Parenthood's response and that the unedited recordings speak for themselves. The activist students think Planned Parenthood targets minorities and minority neighborhoods.
    On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood of Idaho "firmly and unequivocally" denounced racial bias, admitted making a mistake and said the group had taken corrective action.
    "A fundraising employee violated the organization's principles and practices when she appeared to be willing to accept a racially motivated donation," said CEO Rebecca Poedy in a written statement. "We apologize for the manner in which this offensive call was handled. We take full responsibility for the actions of the fundraising staff member who created the impression that racism of any form would be tolerated at Planned Parenthood. We took swift action to ensure that each of our employees understands their responsibility to communicate clearly with donors about the fact that we believe in helping all individuals, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation, make informed decisions about their reproductive health care."
    A spokeswoman for the organization would not say whether further disciplinary action was taken against Kersey, saying that was a personnel matter.
    A longtime anti-abortion activist and conservative lobbyist - Idaho Values Alliance Executive Director Bryan Fischer - called Kersey's response in July reprehensible and said she should have been fired.
    "It turns out that blatant racism is alive and well in Idaho, but it's not coming from the Aryan Nation types - it's coming from way-left organizations like Idaho's own Planned Parenthood," Fischer said. "They should have stridently rebuked that donor for being a racist and a bigot and refused to take that money."
    The national Planned Parenthood office did not return phone calls Wednesday, but local officials denounced the editor of The Advocate as "a known anti-choice extremist."
    "While the actions of our staff member were unacceptable, it's also unacceptable for opponents of abortion to use racist, deceptive tactics to smear Planned Parenthood," Poedy said. "The race-baiting tactics on display in this case are not news 'exposes,' but rather the product of the most cynical form of politicking."
    Lila Rose, the UCLA student who led the Planned Parenthood investigation as The Advocate's editor-in-chief, said it is sad that the organization would focus on what the students did.
    "They do not change their ways," Rose said. "They attack the whistleblower."
    Nationwide, Planned Parenthood received about $902 million in revenue in 2005-06, according to its annual report. Private donations made up about 24 percent, or $212 million.
    "It is unacceptable for a nonprofit to accept donations that target specific races," Rose said.
    The Advocate is waiting for responses from Idaho and Ohio before releasing recordings from Planned Parenthood organizations in several other states, she said. In the meantime, the magazine is calling for UCLA to cut its ties with Planned Parenthood. It is legal in Idaho for someone who makes a phone call to secretly tape it.

    Response to caller 'a serious mistake,' says Planned Parenthood of Idaho | News Updates | Idaho Statesman

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    oh noes, one employee did something bad and got canned for it.

    Shit, that must mean the ENTIRE ORGANIZATION IS RUN BY THE KKK!!! OH NOES!!
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    ^^^Oh Jesus, you get racists in every walk of life, in the same way that you'll find homophobics and sexists. The actions of one person do not represent an entire organisation that consists of thousands.

    Margaret Sanger was racist, yes. As i've said before: she was a turn of the century white woman. Show me one that WASN'T racist in some way and i'll show you an oddity (for those times). The Planned Parenthood of today is no more racist than the Volkswagon of today is National Socialist (because you know, the Nazis invented those, better boycott! Oh, and Hitler was vegetarian, so logically: all vegetarians = sympathetic to Hitler!!!!).

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    ^actually, some vegetarians can be nazis...

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    People seeking abortions are often highly racist. My mother, a clinic counselor, says many white patients tell her that they do not believe in abortion and do not think it should be used as birth control, but because the baby is going to be half-black they have to get rid of it. After all, what would they tell people?

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    ^^^Nah, we vegetarians are, by and large, more on the commie side of the scale... ;p

    I've worked in a clinic, and while i've not directly encountered racism as a reason for abortion, i have heard from stories from other staff about white, and black and asian women aborting mixed race fetuses because of such attitudes.

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    Black, white, whatever the color....if you can't pay for the child yourself then you should get rid of it.

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    THIS IS SO STUPID.
    and silly! im so sick of mis-information out there like this! this is just a ruse to stop financial support for a wonderful program like planned parenthood! they helped me in my time of great need where I couldn't have gone anywhere else for it and they've helped a lot of young women like me. I wish religious fundies and their bullshit would die a fucking death in this country already and stay outta my body you fuck-wits!!!

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    ^I'm glad Planned Parenthood was able to help you. I can't stand seeing them vilified over the actions of one person. Racism is alive and rampant in all walks of life. Sometimes minorities are racist too. Sometimes self-deprecating people are racist against certain people of their own heritage. It's ignorant and arcaic, but that's a sad fact of life.

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    I stand behind Planned parenthood 100%. They have helped a lot of woman, and to ruin them because of some asshole, will you can kiss my ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    I stand behind Planned parenthood 100%. They have helped a lot of woman, and to ruin them because of some asshole, will you can kiss my ass.
    Well put! I was also helped by Planned Parenthood when the asshole Catholic hospital ER in my neighborhood wouldn't give me the morning after pill. Sumbitches! Thanks for looking out for women regardless of the actions of one racist fuckwad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    Black, white, whatever the color....if you can't pay for the child yourself then you should get rid of it.
    agree.
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