Planned Parenthood Caught in a Big Lie

Jun 12, 2019

Planned Parenthood's poor reputation for truth-telling took another well-deserved hit recently when the Washington Post caught the abortion giant in what the Post called a "four-Pinocchio whopper."

Because we're defending pro-life champion Sandra Merritt against a $16 million Planned Parenthood civil lawsuit, we're all-too-familiar with PPH's slippery grasp on the truth. In fact, we're now preparing for a critical July 17 summary judgment hearing before a federal district court judge in San Francisco.

Planned Parenthood is doing everything possible to silence and crush Sandra. That's why your financial support in this important case is so needed. Please consider a gift to help us defend Sandra and fight for religious liberty, life and the family in courts across America.

Read about Planned Parenthood's brazen lie below —Mat.

It shocked us a few days ago to see the Washington Post—a member in good standing of the liberal media establishment—blow the whistle on Planned Parenthood for lying. But the lie was that bad. And it was made repeatedly.

Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, insisted at least three times between March and May of this year that "thousands of women died every year pre-Roe." Not true. Not even close.

That claim is 50-year-old pro-abortion propaganda fabricated to sway public opinion. Back then, abortion pioneer Bernard Nathanson and others used when he later admitted were "totally false" claims about thousands of deaths from abortion.

Here are some facts: There were 260 maternal deaths nationwide from abortion in 1957, as Planned Parenthood’s own medical director reported in the late 1950s. And in 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade, the Centers for Disease Control reported 53 maternal deaths from abortion. Not thousands.

+  +  "Prove it."

There’s a great line in the movie Unplanned which tells the amazing true story of ex-Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson. After Abby quit the abortion chain, Planned Parenthood retaliated, suing her and making false allegations.

That didn’t faze her attorney who told Abby the two most powerful words to use in court are: “Prove it.”

That’s where we are now with Planned Parenthood. The $1.7 billion abortion business filed a retaliatory, 15-count civil suit against Sandra Merritt. They are demanding $16 million from Sandra who, as you know, exposed Planned Parenthood’s shocking commerce in human organs harvested from unborn children.

Now we’re at the “put up or shut up moment” for Planned Parenthood in this case. And the abortion giant has a problem. As we told a federal district judge in a brief, Planned Parenthood “cannot prove any of the essential elements of the numerous claims they have brought.”

And because they “cannot ‘put up’ the evidence to back up their fanciful claims,” we’re urging the judge to issue a summary judgment which will mark the end of the road for Planned Parenthood’s retaliatory lawsuit.

In addition, Liberty Counsel has presented evidence that Planned Parenthood has no standing, no damages, and no legal basis for the suit, which is only designed to squash Merritt’s First Amendment rights.

+  +  Desperate attempt to silence Sandra...

The abortion giant is obviously abusing the law in a desperate attempt to silence Sandra and protect the hideous business of selling baby body parts.

There is no question that this lawsuit should be dismissed. The motions for summary judgment hearing is July 17 in San Francisco. And the full trial, if it takes place, will start in late September and go on for weeks.

Your generosity now is crucial as we prepare for mid-July hearing.

We are also defending Sandra against criminal felony charges brought by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has taken in thousands in campaign donations from the abortion provider.

Both California and Planned Parenthood have put a huge target on Sandra's back.

I cannot begin to tell you how consuming these cases are for our staff. Liberty Counsel lawyers have already taken part in some 40 depositions in these cases, each requiring the direct involvement of our legal team. Planned Parenthood attorneys, for example, deposed Sandra for 11 hours!

The pace of litigation in both cases is accelerating with both cases moving closer to trial this year. We are fighting in hostile territory (San Francisco), but we must defend Sandra who did nothing wrong.

+  +  Legal expenses are skyrocketing.

Because our legal team must travel to California—and stay there for extended periods—we face soaring airfare, hotel and car rental expenses. And to all that the hefty cost to transcribe voluminous depositions and other related expenses. Together, all this is imposing a huge financial burden on Liberty Counsel's budget.

That's why I'm asking for your much-needed gift now to 25, 75, even 250 dollars to help us take on the combined might of the state of California and Planned Parenthood--a huge corporation which makes abortions its "core mission."

And I have great news! Because of a $100,000 Challenge Grant for our online supporters, your gift now will be effectively doubled in its impact.

Please take advantage of this opportunity—make your gift now to help us defend Sandra and do all our other legal work on behalf of life, family and freedom.

Thank you for your support and your prayers!


Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman

P.S. Costs are mounting as we defend Sandra Merritt and do all our other work to defend life, family and freedom. Please make your gift today! And, remember, your support is effectively doubled thanks to the $100,000 Challenge Grant.