Mayor Vernon Parker Writes Letter To Planned Parenthood CEO

Requests meeting of open and honest dialogue in the best interest for the state.

PHOENIX, AZ – January 7, 2010 – After receiving numerous letters from supporters, Mayor Vernon Parker wrote a letter to Bryan Howard, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona opposing Jan Brewer attending the home of a prominent Planned Parenthood leader and requesting a meeting for open, honest dialog in the best interests for Arizona. The text of the letter follows:

Bryan Howard
5651 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Dear Mr. Howard:

I write to you today to let you know that I have been in contact and have agreed to meet with members of Planned Parenthood in case you can make it. This meeting is to discuss why I strongly opposed Jan Brewer attending a fundraising event held at the home of a prominent Planned Parenthood leader.

As you are aware, I have received many letters from supporters of Planned Parenthood. They all say basically the same thing. Most letters make the case that Planned Parenthood provides needed health services to low-income women and that abortion-related services are a fraction of the overall work of Planned Parenthood. That may in fact be the case.

As I noted in my press release (enclosed), many of my supporters are pro-choice. However, I can never support your organization’s position on abortions. And, worse yet, I cannot support an organization that lobbies the legislature and courts on behalf of one of the most gruesome procedures imaginable, partial birth abortion.

Planned Parenthood has consistently lobbied against middle-of-the-road reform such as parental consent, parental notification, informed consent and a waiting period. By any reasonable standard, Planned Parenthood is far outside the mainstream of public opinion on all these issues.

I strongly believe that life begins at conception. I can’t compromise that deeply held personal value.

My press release strongly encouraged Jan Brewer to cancel the fundraiser because she was sending mixed messages. As someone who is pro-life, I would not knowingly attend a fundraiser at a home of someone who played such a prominent leadership role with your organization.

I will coordinate a time with the group that has contacted me. While our differences on these critical issues will not be resolved by meeting, I believe open and honest dialogue is in the best interests of everyone.

Sincerely,

Vernon Parker

For more information go to www.Parker2010.com.


Comments

  1. What is this??

    This has to be one of the most pathetic pleas for attention I have seen. The release also is not very well written…

    Why does the CEO of Planned Parenthood care about a meeting whose intention is “to discuss why I strongly opposed Jan Brewer attending a fundraising event held at the home of a prominent Planned Parenthood leader.”?

    Thats of no concern to the CEO of planned parenthood.

    Now I know people will say this is about having an open dialogue about the issue in an open setting but again, he said, “This meeting is to discuss why I strongly opposed Jan Brewer attending a fundraising event held at the home of a prominent Planned Parenthood leader.”

    Now I am pro-life and think abortion is an atrocity but this attempt by Parker is a pathetic stunt.

    He states his position on the issue and he knows Planned Parenthoods position… He just wants to attack Brewer and get some press… Pathetic

  2. Donna Reed says

    I think it is pretty clear. The letter states that he received many lettters from Planned Parenthood supporters critical of his opposition to Jan Brewer’s fundraiser. If Planned Parenthood launched an aggressive assault on Vernon Parker, communicating with its CEO seems like a logical response. Planned Parenthood clearly doesn’t want Vernon Parker as Governor. That’s a pretty good reason to consider voting for him.

  3. Attention Hoar Alert says

    I totally agree with johnny.

    Pathetic Campaign Stunt

  4. “Most letters make the case that Planned Parenthood provides needed health services to low-income women and that abortion-related services are a fraction of the overall work of Planned Parenthood. That may in fact be the case.”

    Parker just conceded to the abortion lobby. And he’s criticizing Brewer for sending mixed messages?

  5. Yah right. says

    Obviously, Vernon Parker has failed to educate himself on Arizona’s budget debacle, and is using this worthless argument to distract us from his failings.

    If we deserve better, and you have educated soooo many on sound financial principles, then how have you managed to avoid educating our lobbyslature on how to manage to get to a balanced budget when we are not bringing in enough revenue to fund a federal minimum state government.

    How about selling the buildings to pay today’s bills? How does that not equal a tax increase in the near future to pay that 5% annual interest payment?

    I think that after Fife and his “business” experience of going broke while in office, I question anybody who thinks business experience is worthwhile. Government isn’t business, and looting the taxpayers to give your friends tax cuts should be grounds for running out of town on a rail.

    Close all the loopholes and raise taxes until the budget is balanced. By waiting soooooo long, the Republican party has ensured they now own this debacle.

  6. Honest Voter says

    I don’t think Parker is conceeding to the abortion lobby. Most of their work probably is non-abortion related. Nor, do i think he is rolling over and not discussing the budget. I saw his plan posted on his website. When Planned Parenthood takes a shot at you, that means something. He responded and I liked the response.

  7. Well, to say most of PP’s work is not abortion related is like saying Nazi’s killing Jews was just a small part of what they were really trying to accomplish.

    PP has been and will be a bigger influence on the world than a gubernatorial candidate ever will be. Parker needs to learn a lot more about them if he wants to be an effective prolifer.

  8. Honest Voter says

    Dragster,

    Please read the letter. Parker says, “They all say basically the same thing. Most letters make the case that Planned Parenthood provides needed health services to low-income women and that abortion-related services are a fraction of the overall work of Planned Parenthood. That may in fact be the case.” Its pretty obvious that he is taking their main point and explaining that, even if true, it doesn’t matter. He can’t support a radical pro-abort group.

    I’m sure you have your own candidate, but don’t try to distort someone else’s obvious viewpoint.

  9. You don’t have to attack me, do you, for pointing out the contradiction in Parker’s letter? It’s just ironic that while Parker was trying to point out Brewer’s inconsistency, he created his own. I understand the letter as a whole, but why does he insert the claim that a lot of pro-choicers support him, and grant that outside abortion services, PP does good things? It’s just a very mixed message.

  10. And just who is the the major political force ensuring on ongoing pre-natal infanticide?

    Please spare me the garbage about primarily caring about the organization’s overall effort directions!

    That’s been made loud and clear over the past four decades!

    The Eugenic Agenda has always had the priority spot in this outfit’s political reportoire!

  11. Veritas Vincit says

    “I have been in contact and have agreed to meet with members of Planned Parenthood…”

    This sounds so familiar… Hmmm… what other inexperienced individual talks about meeting with folks who oppose our values and way of life? Mr. Parker, what is your point here? They have their beliefs and Christians have theirs. Never the twain shall meet.

    So, is this what we can expect from a Vernon Parker administration? Mr. Rogers Neighborhood?

  12. Honest Voter says

    Dragster,

    No attack intended. Sorry if you took it that way. I just thought his letter was pretty clear. In essence, he said, even if PP did some good, the bad that they do is so egregous that he can’t support them or accept support from their leadership.

  13. Mike Lane says

    Great job, Mayor! But you do not “believe” life begins at conception. You recognize and acknowledge the biological fact that life begins at conception. Anyone who believes otherwise may also believe earth is flat if he/she wants to, but that, too, is contrary to all scientific evidence.

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