A branch of Planned Parenthood secretly advised law enforcement in a Texas city to keep a wary eye on their pro-life enemies but pro-life activists suspect the tactic is revenge over their effort to establish another “sanctuary” for the unborn.
A “watch list” produced by Planned Parenthood of West Texas, which was sent in January to the Lubbock Police Department, includes the photos, names, and dates of birth of 13 pro-life activists.
Reacting to the spy-like effort weeks later, pro-life activists realized the abortion giant had listed the names of prominent figures who were set to attend or speak at the March for Life event, which was held January 29.
Lubbock is a West Texas city of approximately 253,800 perhaps best known as the birthplace of Buddy Holly, the rock ‘n’ roll legend.
The coordination between Planned Parenthood and Lubbock law enforcement was uncovered by Lubbock Lights, an online newspaper that learned about the list, requested it from the police department, and published a March 18 story after obtaining it.
Jim Baxa of West Texas for Life tells One News Now it learned about the watch list after hearing from a Lubbock Lights reporter seeking comment.
“And instead of doing what the police department should do, and just saying, Well, this is a political organization that put out a hit piece against their enemies, they investigated it and circulated it among their police officers.”
The abortion issue has been brewing in Lubbock over several months. Citing legal concerns, the Lubbock City Council refused to participate in the “Sanctuary for the Unborn” movement that has been welcomed by other municipalities across the state but hit a roadblock in Lubbock. That city council vote last November led to a referendum effort during the Christmas holidays in which voters gathered enough signatures to put the issue before voters on a May 1 ballot.
After pro-lifers succeeded in the referendum late last year, then came the Planned Parenthood “watch list” only weeks later.
According to the Lubbock Lights article, Planned Parenthood’s email to police described some of the pro-life activists as “aggressive” in an effort to single them out for police.
An emailed statement from the city’s police chief to Lubbock Lights stated that police officers used the document to investigate the individuals using “open source methods,” which likely means reviewing social media posts and websites maintained by pro-life groups.
“I know all 13 individuals on the watch list and all of them are gentle Christian people who would never do anything violent,” Baxa insists. “There's no reason for watching us. We're just Christian folks who want to see the slaughter of innocents ended.”