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WA Human Trafficking Sting Highlights Importance of New Law

A recent human trafficking sting in Washington State led to the arrest of 12 men, all of whom are being accused of trying to sexually exploit children.

The charges include attempted child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and commercial sex abuse of a minor.

The sting, which was conducted in Pierce County by Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force, involved officers posting and responding to sexual ads online, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. The officers impersonated “preteens or parents offering their children for sex.”

Officers say they rescued two children during the latest sting. Detective Sergeant Carlos Rodriguez, who runs the task force, told the Tacoma News Tribune that suspects who unknowingly meet with undercover officers often bring along children.

The recent sting highlights the need for recently passed legislation that helps protect those who are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

In addition to experiencing inconceivable trauma, victims of sex trafficking often find themselves with criminal records after being convicted of engaging in prostitution and other crimes.

Thankfully, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation earlier this week that allows victims of sex trafficking to petition the court to vacate their convictions stemming from their time being trafficked.

The new law empowers victims of sexual exploitation to begin the arduous process of rebuilding their lives free the criminal records resulting from their time as sex slaves.

Although most Americans mistakenly assume that slavery has been eradicated in the United States and throughout most of the world, “sex trafficking in the U.S. a ‘problem of epidemic proportion,’” according to an FBI law enforcement bulletin quoted in the Washington Times.

Human trafficking victims are often prostituted or forced to participate in pornographic videos distributed online. It is believed that there exists an “inseparable link” between porn and sex slavery:

“The truth is, there is no way for [viewers of pornography] to tell if what they are watching was made illegally or if all parties are there willingly. And even if they’re there willingly, performing on camera, were they coerced or threatened into agreement? For this reason, clicking porn directly fuels the demand for sex traffickers to make money by selling video of their sex slaves to porn sites.”

Washingtonians need to be aware that human trafficking for sexual exploitation is occurring in their communities. Any progress against human trafficking in our beloved state will need to come through a concerted effort by law enforcement, legislators, and concerned citizens to prevent exploitation, punish traffickers, and protect victims.

 

Blaine Conzatti is a columnist and research fellow at the Family Policy Institute of Washington. He can be reached at Blaine@FPIW.org.

Why Defend Planned Parenthood?

To date, the Center for Medical Progress has released nine videos. The most recent was released this morning.

They’ve been called “troubling.”

After all, the videos depict the CEO of Stem Express joking about what happens when lab technicians open up a box of baby heads, show planned Parenthood employees sifting through a pile of body parts declaring, “Another boy!“, and Planned Parenthood executives negotiating the appropriate price for each body part — or “specimen.”

“Troubling” is the word we use when something looks awful but we want to give the person involved a chance to defend themselves before we rush to the gallows.

“Perhaps there’s more to the story,” we tell ourselves.

Oddly, there are many who can’t even bring themselves to call these allegations “troubling.”

The White House referred to the videos (not the content in the videos) as “fraudulent” and rejected calls to stop public funding to Planned Parenthood. The videos, they say are the work of extremists. Extremists are not those who dissect babies and sell their parts, but those who have a problem with it.

The White House did not mention the fact that in 2012, Cecile Richard, the President of Planned Parenthood, took a leave of absence from her job to campaign for President Obama full-time.

Washington’s Governor, Jay Inslee, issued an unambiguous defense of Planned Parenthood and also condemned the “extremists” who were calling for an end to taxpayer funding of their practices.

His wife, Trudi, prominently features her volunteer work for the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and Planned Parenthood on her state bio.

Even after the videos, Hillary Clinton is “proud to stand with Planned Parenthood” and cites the fact that they do other things besides kill and dissect babies. Apparently, that should make us feel better.

In every case, those defending Planned Parenthood point out that “tissue donation” programs are perfectly legal as long as the programs “recover costs” instead of generating a “profit.”

What makes one defend the indefensible?

Some consciences have been so seared that they genuinely don’t understand what the problem is. Others are so politically invested that truth just doesn’t matter.

But for millions of others, they understand the point.

It is becoming harder to deny the obvious. These are babies being killed.

The idea that babies can be killed if their mothers want them dead is not morally defensible. As those so outraged by the death of Cecil the Lion demonstrated, we all understand that just because something is legal does not make it right.

On the issue of abortion, the gap between legal and right is cavernous. That may be why more than 80% of Americans support “significant restrictions” on abortion.

Psychologically, however, there is a step between knowing the truth and admitting the truth because when we admit we are wrong, we implicate ourselves.

Fifty-percent of Americaincluding the President, still haven’t seen the videos.

We have all chosen willful ignorance at one time or another in our lives. Whether we delayed opening our college rejection letter or avoided the call from the doctor, we want to hold on to the hope that the reality we fear may not be real.

But in this case it is real. Horrible things are happening to the most innocent while millions upon millions of us are celebrating it.

It may be a long time before President Obama, Hillary Clinton, or Jay Inslee come around on this. They have too much invested in the tragedy.

But each day, millions of Americans are seeing the light and their hearts are changing in exactly the right way.

Those of us who are celebrating this progress must be careful we don’t stunt it with our gloating.

We have all had moments in our lives when we realized we were wrong about something. The last thing we needed at that moment was someone with their wrists on their hips tapping their toes indignantly saying, “I told you so.”

If we are pro-life, we are also pro-hope. We are hopeful that even bad decisions and difficult circumstances can have beautiful endings. Let’s be consistent.

America’s embrace of abortion will never be something to be proud of, but our collective realization that we were wrong can be.

As our friends and neighbors come to the realization of how evil the abortion industry is, may our words and actions always communicate that we understand what it means to be forgiven despite being wrong. May our kindness also lead others to repentance.

If we turn them away, they may just decide to continue defending Planned Parenthood.

Please continue to contact your legislators about these videos and about the public funding of Planned Parenthood. You can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 or you can email them here.

Be kind and respectful, but be heard.

An Open Letter to WA Governor Jay Inslee

The following letter was hand delivered to Governor Jay Inslee’s Office and read aloud on August 18, 2015, at the Olympia Women Betrayed Speak Out Day Rally. The letter is in response to the Governor’s continued steadfast support of Planned Parenthood, in spite of the recent revelations about their exploitation of women and profiting off the sale of aborted babies’ body parts.

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Danille A. Turissini

August 18, 2015

Dear Governor Inslee,

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, when the Oso landslide roared down the mountain into the valley below, ripping apart the lives and limbs of unsuspecting innocent people, you stood strong for the value of every human life entombed in that mud.

You showed up day and night to comfort the families and offer your unfettered support and assurances that you would not give up until every missing person was found.

I couldn’t have been prouder of our Governor at that moment. Your leadership was exceptional. The authenticity of your actions touched my heart. I wanted to be there to stand with you, and to help, but I couldn’t. I was comforted to have you there on our behalf.

Today, August 18, 2015, we are in the midst of yet another landslide issue. Only, this time the victims are being buried under a filthy lie, that Planned Parenthood exists to “ensure every woman has access to safe and legal reproductive health care”.

We know from the recent revelations about Planned Parenthood that they have been systematically deceiving women about their procedures and illegally profiting off the dissected body parts of their aborted human babies. Women are supposed to support each other, not sell each other out for profit.

Planned Parenthood’s own top doctor, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, admitted that Planned Parenthood alters the abortion procedure, turning the baby to a breech position, in order to get the baby body parts intact and fill the orders for the day when needed. This is a risky procedure for the mother.

All things considered, Governor Inslee, I’m writing to you today because I’m kind of confused about your continued support of Planned Parenthood.

I sincerely do not understand how you can you be so passionate about the value of every human life buried in the Oso landslide, and yet so dispassionate and incapable of seeing and acknowledging how troubling the allegations against Planned Parenthood are.

How can you in good conscience vow to stand steadfast with an organization like Planned Parenthood whose representatives have, in their own words, so clearly stated their betrayal of women?

How can we take you seriously when you talk about children being our future, for wanting to protect the environment for them and give them the best education ever, when you stand for a an organization like Planned Parenthood that views women, both born and unborn, as commodities to be marketed and sold?

How can you continue to offer your unfettered support and assurances to fund an organization like Planned Parenthood that’s been caught in the act of doing the exact opposite of what you claim to support them for?

Governor Inslee, I have seen your contempt in the face of what you deem unjust and your sincere compassion in extraordinary situations. Women facing unplanned pregnancies need genuine support and empowerment. There are 8,000 federally funded Community Health Centers and thousands of pregnancy resource centers that offer free support and resources to pregnant women in need.

It’s time to DEFUND Planned Parenthood and invest our Washington State tax dollars in real healthcare for women.

I’m sincerely praying you will have the courage to do the right thing.

When you do, I will be here to stand with you, and to help, but I can’t until you are standing for what’s truly in the best interest of women.

Respectfully yours,

 

Danille Turissini

 

 

 

Inlsee Stands with Planned Parenthood, Condemns “Extremist” Critics

It has been a bad month for Planned Parenthood. With the release of their fourth video today, the Center for Medical Progress continues to expose the reality of what the abortion industry is.

But one friend they have not lost is Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee.

In response to a request from seven state legislators calling on him to stop public funding to Planned Parenthood, Governor Inslee released the following statement:

“Planned Parenthood provides millions of women across the country access to a full range of affordable health care and family planning services. National extremist organizations are engaged in a concerted effort to discredit, and ultimately eliminate, an organization that so many women rely on.

“Here in Washington State, where we have long fought to protect women’s access to family planning services, Planned Parenthood is on the front lines of women’s health care. I stand with them in their efforts to ensure every woman needing access to safe and legal reproductive health care can get it.”

Gov. Inslee can’t even bring himself to acknowledge that the allegations are troubling.

No statement about the need to wait for all the facts to come in before rushing to judgment. Just an unambiguous defense.

He insults the intelligence of every woman in America by acting as if they are unable to distinguish between real women’s health care and financially profiting from the organs of babies that have been recently killed.

He is not outraged by what the videos reveal but by the fact that they were ever made.

One video at a time, the Center for Medical Progress is shocking the nation’s conscience. They are exposing the cavalier way in which Planned Parenthood executives negotiate the sale of body parts.

But some of us may no longer have a conscience.

In the video released today, one Planned Parenthood medical assistant declared, “And, another boy!” while sifting through the remains to assess the usefulness of the babies’ organs.

Not even Planned Parenthood is able to defend themselves. Their response to the videos has been to tell their friends in the media not to share the videos.

That’s not how you behave if you’re proud of what you do.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and sponsor of numerous abortion bills resorted to the “but it’s legal” defense. She said, “Planned Parenthood is actually allowed, is my understanding, for scientific research, to use fetal tissue and that is not illegal”.

If your best defense of your behavior is “it’s not illegal” you’re admitting that it’s wrong.

In an environment when many of the most pro-abortion leaders in the country can’t bring themselves to defend the indefensible, Governor Inslee walks out onto the fringe of the fringe by making an unqualified defense of Planned Parenthood and his desire to send them more of your money.

And he thinks you’re the extremist.

If you would like to share your thoughts with Governor Inslee on this issue, you can call him at 360-902-4111 or email him by clicking here.

You can email your legislators and tell them to stop public funding of Planned Parenthood by clicking here.

After you’ve done that, please share this with friends who want to be part of the solution. We are the solution.

Silence in the face of evil is evil. – Deitrich Bonhoeffer.

Legislators Ask Attorney General to Investigate Planned Parenthood

Last week, seven legislators sent a letter to Governor Inslee demanding that Washington State stop funding Planned Parenthood. Since then, 34 legislators have sent a letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson requesting him to investigate whether Planned Parenthood in Washington has been selling organs from aborted babies for financial gain.  You can read the letter and see who signed it below.

If your legislators signed this letter, let them know you appreciate their efforts to investigate Planned Parenthood. If your legislators did not sign the letter, call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 or email them here and ask them to join their colleagues in compelling the Governor and Attorney General to investigate and stop funding Planned Parenthood.

Then call Attorney General Ferguson’s office at 360-753-6200 and ask him to investigate Planned Parenthood. Be respectful, but please be heard.


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3 Ways to Help Defund Planned Parenthood

In the last two weeks, Center for Medical Progress released two videos online showing Planned Parenthood staff members discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies. The videos were filmed undercover and have since received over 3 million views (combined views for both videos). The videos include Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts (click here to watch the unedited version) and Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Method (click here to watch the unedited version).

Since being released, these videos have ignited a national debate about the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. In response to the videos, some states have defunded Planned Parenthood and others have launched investigations into Planned Parenthood. Washington State is not one of them.

Here are three things you can do to help the effort to stop public funding of Planned Parenthood:

1.  Attend a rally Tuesday the 28th to defund Planned Parenthood

A series of “Women Betrayed Rallies” are being formed across the nation in order to send a very loud and clear message to lawmakers, both on a state and federal level, that we do not want our tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood. In Washington State, Women Betrayed Rallies will be held this TUESDAY, JULY 28, at the following locations and times:

SEATTLE
Noon-1pm
Planned Parenthood Office
2001 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122
Contact: latkins@studentsforlife.org

VANCOUVER
12:45pm-1:15pm
Esther Short Park
Downtown Vancouver
Contact: amakar1@gmail.com

Use these flyers to invite pro-life friends and family to attend the rally with you (Seattle rally & Vancouver rally).

2.  Ask your legislators not to send tax dollars to Planned Parenthood

To date, only seven Washington State Lawmakers have called upon Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to pull funding from Planned Parenthood. Is your legislator one of the seven who has made that call? If so, thank each for their efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding in Washington State.

Please also call, email, or visit your state legislators who aren’t among these seven, and ask them to join their colleagues in compelling Governor Inslee to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood (if you need talking points, click here). Please contact grassroots@fpiw.org if you need assistance with reaching out to your legislators.

3.  Tell Governor Inslee to stop public funding of Planned Parenthood

It’s true that Governor Inslee has been a strong ally of the abortion industry.  But a flood of messages from citizens respectfully asking him to stop sending their money to organizations that harvest the organs of babies will touch the conscience if nothing else.  Remember, if they don’t hear from you, they think you don’t care.  So call the Governor’s Office at 360-902-4111 or send him a message here.

But only call if you can be respectful.  Otherwise, we hurt the effort by creating more hostility.  When it comes to life, this is one area in which love really does win.