Sunday, October 2 at 2 PM – 3:30 PM
The date for awarding money to social service agencies (including Planned Parenthood) has been changed.
The county council will not be voting on August 23rd.
No replacement date has been set yet.
This was written by CCFL president Scott Tibbs.
The pro-life movement in Monroe County needs your help. We need more people to lighten the load and spread the message that unborn babies need to be protected. We need more younger people and we need more men involved in this movement. The workload will be much easier if multiple people are doing the work, as everyone gets a smaller task.
I am going to be honest here: The bulk of the pro-life work here is being done by just a few people. The same people organize, plan and promote the Life Chain every October, the Rally for Life every January and the booth at the Monroe County Fair every July. They need help. They need others to step up and do some of the work required to take care of these things. It is relatively easy to show up at a couple events per year for an hour or two, but for the hundreds of people who spend an hour at a couple events there are just a handful who spend many more hours setting it up.
I am not including myself in that group. Many others do far more than I do, and are never recognized for it – nor do they seek any kind of public acknowledgement of their hours and hours of work. But without them, none of these things would ever happen.
And yes, this all takes money too. It costs money to buy materials for the Life Chain, the Rally for Life and the county fair booth. It costs money reserve the booth and the courthouse lawn. It costs money to host the CCFL website. We need donations to help pay for these things and also reimburse the dedicated people who spend their own money to buy things for this group.
I know everyone is busy and it seems like everyone has so much to do. But if you look at your daily and weekly routine, can you really say that you have no time to spare?
Let me be blunt. This is not just a issue to be debated in our state legislature or Congress. Babies are dying, every week, right here in downtown Bloomington. Between 2010 and 2013, over 3000 babies have been killed at Planned Parenthood. Every Thursday on South College Avenue, an average of fifteen babies are butchered and discarded like trash.
This is happening right here in our community. The babies being killed are from our churches, our families and our social circles. It is horrifying to think what is happening just a few blocks from downtown. This year, there has been significantly more traffic into Planned Parenthood the day they perform abortions.
Our volunteers do what they do, at personal cost and subjected to ridicule, because they know that abortion violently destroys a baby made in the image of God. They do this because they are called to defend those who cannot defend themselves, as Jesus did and as He calls us to do. If you know, as we do, that abortion is murder, can you not help us stand against this bloodshed?
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done? — Proverbs 24:11-12
Planned Parenthood announced their intentions to seek corporate welfare from the Monroe County Council when they applied for a handout from the Bloomington City Council. We were caught by surprise when they fast-tracked the process last year but that will not happen this year. Important information is below.
Information taken from:
CRITERIA FOR USE IN EVALUATION OF APPLICATION
# – Programs must primarily serve Monroe County Residents.
# – Whether the dollar amount sought will accomplish the stated goal of the proposal.
# – Whether the funds sought will leverage additional funds or assistance.
# – Support for basic operational expenses will be considered, but will not be given highest priority.
# – Support for salaries will be considered, but will not be given the highest priority.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
___ APPLICATION DEADLINE
MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016 at 12:00 NOON
Submit the entire Application along with support materials to:
Monroe County Council, Courthouse, Room 306,
100 W Kirkwood Avenue,
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Email your entire application along with support materials to: County Council Assistant at CouncilOffice@co.monroe.in.us .
___ APPLICANT PRESENTATION
MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Nat U. Hill Meeting Room – Courthouse – Third Floor
All applicants must give a three-minute presentation in support of the grant request. Please feel free to email Michael Flory email@example.com and Kim Shell firstname.lastname@example.org with any of your questions or concerns.
Order of Grant Presentations is determined by order of sign-in which will be available at 5:00 pm on Monday, August 15, 2016.
Newcomers to the application process can visit the CATS-TV website to view previous presentations to aid in your preparation.
___ COUNTY COUNCIL WORK SESSION
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016 AT 5:30 PM
Nat U. Hill Meeting Room – Courthouse – Third Floor
The Grant Committee will present to the Council for discussion and consideration a list of the applicants and recommendations of dollars to be awarded.
Note: This was written by CCFL member Scott Tibbs.
The June 15 city council meeting was an utter embarrassment. The city council – dominated 9-0 by Democrats – showed that not only do they not care what their constituents think, but they do not even want to hear what we think. They have completely failed as representatives of the people.
Between thirty and forty people showed up to oppose the city’s decision to give $3,000 to Planned Parenthood. As soon as they saw how many people were there, Steve Volan immediately moved to limit debate: Two minutes per speaker and forty minutes total for public comment.
The first limitation is reasonable. The second one is not. Limiting the time of each individual speaker allows everyone to have their say, and keeps the meeting moving along in an efficient way. But by limiting the public comment to 40 minutes, at least six people were not allowed to speak, and there were more who would have spoken but did not bother to wait in line knowing that it would be cut off.
It was a shameful spectacle. As elected officials, it is the city council’s job to listen to the public’s opinions on legislation. If they are not willing to listen to the constituents who pay for their salary and their health insurance benefits, they are not qualified to be on the city council and should resign from their position.
I called on Dorothy Granger to recuse herself from the vote, because Granger is a clinic escort for Planned Parenthood. Granger is not legally obligated to recuse herself, but it nonetheless presents an appearance of impropriety for a Planned Parenthood clinic escort to user her position of authority to funnel tax money to the organization where she volunteers. The funding would have passed 6-0 even with Granger abstaining, so there was no reason for her to vote. (Two councilors missed the meeting.)
The city council did not even bother trying to justify the specific appropriation of funding to Planned Parenthood. Susan Sandberg said that the council has decided to allow funding for operating costs, but the guidelines for the program still discourage operating costs in favor of one-time investments. This is the relevant passage from the letter the council sent to social service agencies:
This restriction is intended to encourage innovative projects and to allow the funds to address changing circumstances. To make funds available for those purposes, this restriction discourages agencies from relying on these funds from year to year and from using these funds to cover on-going (or operational) costs, particularly those relating to personnel.
The council could not have possibly cared less about any of the objections raised by speaker after speaker. In years past, some on the council would at least attempt to justify the funding for Planned Parenthood, but now they do not even attempt to do that. They just sat and begrudgingly listened to us remonstrate against therir plans, and finished with the attitude of “we will do what we want and if you don’t like it, too bad.” They do not see themselves as representatives. They see themselves as rulers. It was shameful.
Particularly striking was that the council completely ignored a woman who described how she was repeatedly raped for years, forced to take contraception to cover up the rapes, and forced to have multiple abortions when the contraception failed. She warned the council that by funding contraception for teenagers, they are enabling the very same abuse that she endured. The Democrats simply did not care.
Yes, the meeting was frustrating, especially because the council is so arrogant and cares so little what their constituents think. But it is encouraging to see progress in the community’s opposition even if that is not reflected on the council. It was pretty lonely for a long time when the only opposition to this corporate welfare was me and maybe one or two others. Having thirty to forty people there to show the council there is real opposition was wonderful. I am deeply grateful to all of the people who showed up that night, both those who stood up to say “no” and those who were in the audience to support us. Thank you!
Note: This is the manuscript for the speech given by Rev. Stephen Baker of Clearnote Church in Bloomington, Indiana. This is not identical to the speech that Rev. Baker delivered at the rally, which you can see in full on our YouTube page.
If you are here today—if you have taken the trouble and braved the cold and opened yourself to the derision of those driving by—then you are deeply aware that abortion is a great evil.
It is, in fact, murder.
Now, many who work for the end of abortion say it is not helpful to call abortion murder. They call that language inflammatory. They say we shouldn’t be so negative. They say we should focus on the well-being of the mother.
Of course, we absolutely want to help the mother! We want to love her in the name of Jesus Christ. We want to offer her all the help we can.
But failing or refusing to call abortion murder works against all of that. By refusing to call abortion murder is to cut off the two most effective tools we have in this fight. Those two tools are the Word of God and the conscience of that mother.
If we aren’t allowed to call abortion murder, then how can we use God’s Word in the fight against it?
The Holy Spirit has given us words—the very words of Scripture are God’s words. Scripture is God-breathed. And the words of Scripture are eternally true. And the word that God has given us in His Word is murder.
Exodus 20:13— “You shall not murder.”
This is the Word of God! This is the Law of God!
And as soon as anyone says, “No, no, no! We can’t call abortion ‘murder!’ That will offend people! People won’t accept that! That’s not helpful!” As soon as anyone says that, they strip away the Word of God.
But the Word of God is the only thing that has divine power. The Apostle Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 10:4, “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.”
That divine power is the Word of God!
In 2 Corinthians 6:7, the Apostle Paul says that he fights “in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left.”
The Apostle Paul tells us that the “sword of the Spirit” is “the Word of God.”
And the Word of God is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword”!
God Himself declares in Jeremiah 23:29, “Is not My word like fire? And like a hammer which shatters a rock?”
You see? The Word of God is the Power of God!
But many of us—many who want to end the great evil of abortion in this nation—many of us believe that the Word of God is not helpful in this fight. But nothing could be further from the truth! Our only hope for making any advance in this fight is to use God’s Word.
So, that’s the first reason we need to call abortion “murder.” It’s what the Word of God calls abortion. And the Word of God is the Power of God.
There is another reason we need to call abortion murder, and it’s related to the first. The Law of God is written in the conscience of every man, woman, and child on the face of the earth.
Every woman who walks into an abortuary knows what she is doing. She has a conscience that witnesses against her that she is breaking God’s Law. Every man who walks his wife or girlfriend or daughter into an abortuary knows what he is doing. Even the escorts who seem so calloused—and yes, even the so-called nurses and so-called doctors know what they are doing.
Listen carefully to God’s Word from Romans 1:28-32.
“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
Do you see? They know! They know the ordinance—the Law—of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death. Now, to be sure, that in itself does not stop them! Because even though they know, they continue to do—they continue to commit murder. And they continue to “give hearty approval” to those who commit murder.
But the Law of God and the conscience He has given to every man, woman, and child on the face of the earth work together. And as soon as we remove the Word of God from our work—as soon as we stop using the Law of God in our witness against abortion—we conspire against the conscience.
We as a nation are bent on removing the Word of God and the Law of God: from our legislation, from our courts, from our classrooms, from our churches, and from our witness against abortion. But to prevent consciences from coming into direct contact with the Words of God and the Law of God is terribly unloving and remarkably unhelpful!
So, what will it take to end the murder of little children in their mother’s wombs in America?
Ultimately, there are only two things that will work.
Over the years, we have put our hope in all kinds of things that have not produced lasting fruit. Most recently, we thought that the videos exposing the calloused, greedy wickedness of Planned Parenthood would turn the tide. I’m glad those videos were produced, but they in themselves will not end abortion.
Ultimately, there are only two things that will work.
One is the wrath of God—the judgment of God. God judges nations for their sins. He destroys nations for their wickedness. Somehow, America thinks it’s immune to God’s judgment. But that is a delusion. It’s a delusion that our pastors have promoted. Our pastors in churches of all sorts across this nation have said, “Peace! Peace!” when there is no peace.
God’s Words in Jeremiah 6:13-19 apply exactly to us—to this nation:
“For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is greedy for gain, And from the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely. They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace. Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; They did not even know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time that I punish them, They shall be cast down,” says the LORD. Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ And I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’ Therefore hear, O nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them. Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people, The fruit of their plans, Because they have not listened to My words, And as for My law, they have rejected it also.”
Mark my words—mark God’s words—this nation will fall if it persists in this wickedness. And then the murder of little babies in their mothers’ wombs will end, also.
But there is another way to end abortion in America: the mercy of God.
When God pours out His mercy, people change. The gospel is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes. And the gospel—the good news—is that even though we as individuals and as a nation deserve the righteous anger and judgment of God, God Himself poured out His judgment on His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And God Himself raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and seated Him at God’s right hand. And God gave to the Lord Christ all authority in heaven and on earth, and He is reigning until He makes all His enemies a footstool for His feet.
And God is offering you mercy, right now. Free pardon for your sins! Forgiveness for all your wicked motives and words and acts! And not only that, but He offers to cover your wickedness with the spotless righteousness of Jesus our Lord.
And God offers all of that to you if you will believe. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
If your conception of salvation depends on your works, then you do not possess salvation. God’s salvation rules out our boasting.
But what happens to a man—a woman—a child—who repents of their sins, hangs all their hopes on the blood of Jesus Christ alone—and is reconciled to God Almighty?
That man—that woman—that child—begins a new life of obedience to God’s Law. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, he walks in newness of life. And that new life is marked by repentance and faith and sanctification. And that new man or woman or child—made new by the work of Jesus for them on the cross and the work of the Holy Spirit in them in regeneration and sanctification—turns away from the lust and the greed and the pride and the selfishness that fuels abortion.
And these new men and women begin to have families that honor and obey God. And these families join together in churches that honor and obey God. And these churches fill a town and a city and a state and a nation.
And then, that nation begins to honor and obey God. And the words of our Lord in His great commission to His Church become reality: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Matthew 28:18-20).
And the great abomination of child murder is over! Because the nation observes God’s commandment, “You shall not murder.”
That’s it! God will end this great evil either by His wrath or by His mercy.
Do not put your hope in politicians. Do not put your hope in protests. Do not put your hope in prayers to anyone but the Sovereign King and great Head of the Church, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Put your hope in God.
And may God have mercy on us and our nation.
Every year, the Bloomington City Council and the Monroe County Council vote to give thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood. Please write your representative and tell them that we do not want to be forced to subsidize Bloomington’s abortion mill.
Monroe County Council
Geoff McKim, At-Large — email@example.com
Elizabeth Lee Jones, At-Large — firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl Munson, At-Large — email@example.com
Shelli Yoder, District I — firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Cobine, District II — email@example.com
Marty Hawk, District III — firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Spoonmore, District IV — email@example.com
Bloomington City Council
Andy Ruff, At-Large — firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Sandberg, At-Large — email@example.com
Timothy Mayer, At-Large — firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Sturbaum, District I – email@example.com
Dorothy Granger, District II — firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Chopra, District III — email@example.com
Dave Rollo, District IV — firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabel Piedmont-Smith, District V — email@example.com
Steve Volan, District VI — firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This is an open letter to the Bloomington City Council from CCFL member Scott Tibbs.
Planned Parenthood has applied for another $7,500 in corporate welfare from the city’s John Hopkins social services fund, and that request should be rejected.
Planned Parenthood took in over $15,000,000 in its most recent fiscal year and has the backing of an obscenely wealthy national organization. There is more than enough money floating around Planned Parenthood nationwide to cover the money PP is requesting for its women’s health fund.
As has been the case for nearly two decades now, Planned Parenthood is seeking this handout as a political endorsement instead of as a legitimate means of helping people in need. These requests are not and have never been about need. If you want to endorse Planned Parenthood, then you can pass another resolution supporting their mission like you did last year. I will oppose and speak against that resolution, but it would be far better than wasting another $7,500 that could actually do some good in this community were it not spent on politics.
In the letter you sent to social service agencies about this year’s process, you state that these grants are intended to be a “one-time investment.” The letter explains the reasoning for this:
- This restriction is intended to encourage innovative projects and to allow the funds to address changing circumstances. To make funds available for those purposes, this restriction discourages agencies from relying on these funds from year to year and from using these funds to cover on-going (or operational) costs, particularly those relating to personnel.
Planned Parenthood’s requests have not been legitimate “one time” projects for a very long time. These are things that PP does normally. You are subsidizing PP’s operating budget despite the guidelines discouraging requests for operating funds. Furthermore, things like STD testing can be done by county government’s Futures Family Planning Clinic, which does not carry the moral baggage that Planned Parenthood does.
And Planned Parenthood does carry a large amount of moral baggage, which is why so many of your constituents are opposed to funding them from property taxes. In addition to killing babies every week at the “clinic” on South College Avenue, other Planned Parenthood “clinics” have been implicated in a baby parts selling scandal. This is all the same organization, with the same moral depravity. If you genuinely support PP, then you should combine to write them a check from your personal accounts. Between the nine of you (plus Mayor Hamilton) that is $750 apiece instead of forcing all of us to subsidize an organization we find morally abhorrent.
One final matter: Dorothy Granger, who volunteers for Planned Parenthood as a clinic escort, should recuse herself from this vote. In fact, she should have recused herself from previous votes. It presents an appearance of impropriety for a city councilor to be voting to give several thousand dollars of her constituents’ money to an organization she openly volunteers for and supports. It is also an unfair advantage for Planned Parenthood over the other organizations that are applying for money from city government.
Thank you for your time.
Note: This was written by CCFL member Scott Tibbs.
We need people involved in opposing abortion. Can you help protect these little ones made in the image of God?
Last year, the pro-life movement in Bloomington and Monroe County was invigorated like I have not seen in twenty years. There were several rallies at Planned Parenthood protesting the national scandal where PP was found to have sold the body parts of aborted babies. The cold attitude of Planned Parenthood employees when they were caught on tape horrified and shocked many people and spurred others into action.
We have let local government know that we are watching them and that we do not want to see any more of our tax dollars going to fund Planned Parenthood. When the Monroe County Council voted to give $3,000.00 to the ghouls at Planned Parenthood back in August, a huge crowd of people showed up to protest and speak against this corporate welfare.
This was by far the biggest crowd to ever show up at one of these meetings, and this was despite the fact that it was literally organized with less than two days’ notice because the county council tried to hide the vote by fast-tracking the process. Or local elected officials know we are watching them!
It is important that we do not lose the momentum we have built over the last eight months. It is important that we do not let this issue slide back out of the limelight, back to something that only a select few are actively opposing, with a large group supporting the effort but not actively contributing to it. Our God tells us to defend the innocent in His Word:
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done? –Proverbs 24:11-12 (NIV)
We have all heard the larger numbers for abortion nationwide, but let’s make it more personal. Right here in Monroe County, Indiana, 10,202 babies were murdered by abortion between 2001 and 2013. That bloodshed is happening in downtown Bloomington, just a few blocks from the Monroe County Courthouse. Right now, Planned Parenthood is preying on our community and killing babies made in the image of God next to where many of us work and shop!
I understand that not everyone is called to pro-life activism. Each of us has our own calling and our own way to serve His kingdom. But I am convinced that most people can do more, even if it is a very small time commitment. Go to Christian Citizens for Life’s Facebook Page and send a message. Someone will help you get plugged in.
The Bloomington City Council will vote on a proposal to give $7,500.00 of your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood on June 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm in city council chambers in the Showers Building. Please attend this meeting and speak against this corporate welfare! You can also write your city councilor and urge him or her to vote “NO” on this handout.