Should Catholic high schools honor Planned Parenthood board members?

By Jenifer Bowen

Bishop Pates was right to meet with Loretta Sieman over her support for Planned Parenthood.  Catholic Schools should not champion people who work for and financially support an abortion business, which kills thousands of Iowans each year. (See Rekha Basu column, Des Moines Register, August 31, 2011.)

Dr. Andrea McGuire (whom Basu fails to mention is also a significant Planned Parenthood of the Heartland supporter) said that Sieman’s opponents, “care about less than 2 percent of the work of one organization she’s involved with.”

That less than 2% adds up to an average of 13 children killed every day in Iowa by Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood aborts close to the equivalent of FOUR Dowling High Schools EACH YEAR.

The only reason Planned Parenthood calls abortion “less than 2 percent of its services” is that the organization counts every free condom it gives out as a “service.”

Planned Parenthood claims its primary goal is prevention and reducing abortions in Iowa.  They must not be doing a good job-because Planned Parenthood’s abortions in Iowa are increasing (from 2,898 in 2002 to 4,792 in 2009) and Planned Parenthood has more abortion processing centers in Iowa than all the surrounding states combined.

Basu misleads when she says Sieman was on the Planned Parenthood Board for 2004-2005.  According to Planned Parenthood’s annual reports, Sieman was on the Board from a least 2003-2006 and possibly before.

Loretta Sieman and her husband Bob also make significant financial contributions to Planned Parenthood.  The couple gave between $500-999 to Planned Parenthood in Iowa each year in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  Which is less than Dr. Andrea McGuire and her husband, Daniel contribute.  The McGuires gave between $1,000-4,999 to Planned Parenthood each year in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  Dr. Andrea McGuire also hosts Planned Parenthood fundraisers in her home.

Abortion hurts women and the Catholic Church is right to oppose it.

[Jenifer Bowen is Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life]


  1. Kennen on September 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    you are crazy. i wish your parents had used a condom. Do you even know this lady? have you any idea what she’s done for this community? why don’t you check her resume and then get a life.

    • Lori on September 4, 2011 at 7:06 am

      I will pray for you, Kennen.

    • Concerned Onlooker on September 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Some actions, Kennen, are bad enough to erase all the good one has done. Supporting the killing of unborn children is one of them. If a person of good standing in the community were to suddenly find cause to have you brutally killed, legally, I’m sure you would agree that person may not be the righteous person you perceived him to be.

  2. Theresa Dowd on September 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

    We all know that she has done a lot of civic work and served on the WDM city council. Ok, good things.
    But when a CATHOLIC school plans to honor an alumni, they should not pick someone who has been on the board of an organization that makes its money by encouraging promiscuity, which often ends in the conception of a child, which then leads to panic and an abortion. Planned Parenthood counts on abortion as a big money maker. Do you get that?
    If the city of WDM wants to give her an award, that’s Ok. If Planned Parenthood wants to give her an award, that’s fine. But, a CATHOLIC SCHOOL should not be honoring someone that has backed Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider.
    In my opinion, if Dowling can’t find good practicing Catholics to honor for the alumni award, then forget about an alumni award.