In keeping with the Hispanic coverage of late (ALSO, NEW UPDATE 10/4/05 just below):
1. Spanish-speaking Rachel's Vineyard Retreat coming up; in Fairfield County, CT (Spanish - Español); Contact: Rachel Torres O'Leary, 203-313-0101, Next retreat: October 21-23, 2005
2. Spanish Retreat, Temecula, CA: Contact: Ruth Delgado 951 672-1067 Se Habla Espanol, Next retreat: To Be Announced (call them too).
3. Boone, North Carolina, Note: Spanish retreat, Contact: Yaralitza Erives, 336-495-0279; Contact: Gloria Maldonado 919 548 3671; Next retreat: TBA (call them too).
4. Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, Note: Spanish retreat, October 14-16, 2005. Contact: Yaralitza Erives, 336-495-0279; Contact: Gloria Maldonado 919 548 3671
5. SPAIN, Madrid: Contact: Pilar Gutierrez, 34 916343741; Website: no mas silencio; Next Retreat: TBA (call or email them).
UPDATE 10/4/05: Women who have had abortions and regret them...testimonies in Spanish - Español.
A reader alerted me to this slightly dated but relevant item regarding targeting the Hispanic population  ("Ohio is home to 217,000 Hispanics, 66,269 of whom are Puerto Rican"), from the Cleveland paper:
Donation allows Planned Parenthood to offer services in eight more counties"...a detailed proposal that pointed out the reproductive-health needs..."
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 (sorry, no longer online even in their archives)
Susan Ruiz Patton
Plain Dealer Reporter
A $1 million gift from an anonymous donor will allow Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland to expand services into eight additional counties.
The five-year Expanding Our Horizons initiative will increase reproductive-health services in Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Ashtabula, Erie, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
Statistics gathered from the state Department of Health suggest a need for the services in those counties, said Planned Parenthood Chief Executive Betsey Kaufman. She said the agency is particularly concerned about migrant-worker clusters [emphasis our reader] on the east and west sides of Northeast Ohio.
The nonprofit group has until now served only Cuyahoga County. Its annual budget is $4 million.
The $1 million gift - available in $200,000 installments - will be spent on traveling nurses and to help health agencies grow to serve the needs of their communities, Kaufman said.
The donor, while anonymous to the public, has had a long-standing relationship with this Planned Parenthood. And the donor made the gift after reviewing a detailed proposal that pointed out the reproductive-health needs of people living in these counties.
The project will include advocacy and building relationships with area legislators, donors and community leaders. The relationship with legislators is important considering that the state cut $1.7 million in support from Planned Parenthood programs statewide, Kaufman said.
In addition, the agency intends to work with local schools and community programs to get "medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education" programs in place, Kaufman said.
Each of the counties into which Planned Parenthood plans to expand has at least one family-planning provider.
"We're not duplicating services," Kaufman said. "But there are some services not everybody is willing to do. If they are needed, we will start doing them."
Whose detailed proposal, exactly? Planned Parenthood's? Who else's is it likely to have been?
"Statistics gathered from the state Department of Health suggest a need for the services in those counties"?
What statistics, exactly, and what services? The article doesn't say, and neither does the PP bunch: "...there are some services not everybody is willing to do. If they are needed, we will start doing them."
She's talking about abortions, of course.
At least. Maybe they're hoping to replicate their brilliant plan executed in Cleveland's neighbor, Akron (scroll down to "US Poor Targeted"). With "$550 million in federal tax dollars", PP drives its yellow VW Beetle into the daycares and recreation centers of housing projects and other poor areas, handing out free "birth control pills, condoms and morning-after pills" apparently to anyone, as if it was candy.
The U.S. Census Bureau says there were 16,086,975 Latin American-born people living in the U.S. in 2000; 11,229,375 of those were not U.S. citizens. I don't know how many of those live in the Cleveland, OH area, but if the ratio reflects the national average, there are only 4,047,220 Asian-born non U.S. citizens in the U.S. as of 2000, so it might be safe to say that almost 3 out of every 4 (74%) possible "migrant workers" in the Cleveland area are Hispanic.
"The Census Bureau predicts that by 2005 Hispanics will become the nation's largest minority group. The Census Bureau also predicts that the Hispanic population will triple from 31.4 million in 1999 to 98.2 million in 2050....Unlike the anemic African American birth rate, the birth rate for Hispanics is still relatively robust. In fact, America's Hispanic population enjoys the highest Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of any ethnic group tracked by the US government, averaging just under 3.0 children per woman. Their percentage of the US population, estimates the US Census Bureau, will double from 12 percent to 24 percent over the next 50 years. Perhaps this is why they are being targeted."Yet in 2005, this was the case:
"...in California, demographers decreased their population estimates for 2040 by nearly 7 million, pointing to the continuing drop in the fertility rate among Hispanics, according to the California Department of Finance's Demographic Research Unit. The fertility rate in that state was 2.6 children per woman in 2003, down from 3.4 children in 1990."So, the California Hispanics' fertility rate went from 3.4 children in 1990, to about 2.9 in 2000, to 2.6 in 2003.
Wait till the 2005 census numbers. I'm guessing that the U.S. rate will mirror the CA number and will go down even further, now that Planned Parenthood has another million in Ohioan private donations to help it go down even further.
In time, they just might see their "client base" dwindle to such minute size they won't be able to sustain their profits and thus the leadership's salaries.
More on the success of "family planning" (i.e., population control) within Hispanic communities in the U.S..