Public Square Outreach
A major branch of the pro-life tree that must become much more healthy
Pro-Life Waco public square victories over PP and abortion enablers.
The range of activities of Public Square Outreach varies greatly. There is the soft and gentle like a booth at a county fair. And there is the contentious, such as PLW’s current priority of Pharmacy Outreach. Is it realistic to believe our outreach or protest can compel an abortion-supporting organization to flip 180 degrees? Yes, it is! We are more powerful than we might think! Here are some flat-out, 100% victories from three decades of Pro-Life Waco in the Public Square. As you consider a contending initiative, set aside the thought, “What good will be accomplished, XYZ would never back down.”
-- 1989 to 2013. Planned Parenthood Nobody's Fool folds at last. PP Waco was proud of its long-running sex seminar held at the Waco Convention Center. Nobody's Fool targeting children in grades 5-9 each July. At its high point, the event lured 700 children. Pro-Life Waco challenged the Nobody's Fool through the decades with yard signs, billboards, a billboard truck, and with dozens of foot soldiers at the Convention Center on the event day. Our public square engagement made the Planned Parenthood grooming event radioactive. Attendance declined to less than a hundred. In June of 2013, the Waco newspaper announced Nobody’s Fool had been terminated.
-- 2004. Girl Scout Cookie Boycott in Central Texas. This startling outreach was local but resulted in a national impact. The local Bluebonnet Girl Scout Council proudly had its logo on flyers promoting the Planned Parenthood Nobody’s Fool sex ed conference. Then in 2003, Planned Parenthood began using the pornographic children’s book, It's Perfectly Normal. This triggered PLW's demand for a “divorce” of Girl Scouts from Planned Parenthood. We placed a radio ad about the problem on the local AFR radio station. A torrent of local controversy erupted, and national coverage spread quickly following an AP news story. With just three weeks of controversy, on February 23, the Bluebonnet Council board voted to sever all ties with Planned Parenthood. This was the headline story in the Waco Tribune-Herald and was one of the "Trib's" Top 10 local news stories for 2004
--2011. Central National Bank splits from Nobody's Fool. As with Girl Scouts CNB allowed its name on the Nobody's Fool promotional flyer. To persuade CNB to back away from Nobody's Fool, our campaign included face-to-face discussions, letter writing, and four monthly sidewalk protests. In a luncheon meeting with one of our supporters, CNB executives agreed that their name would no longer appear on Nobody's Fool flyers.
--2015. Target promotes Fifty Shades of Grey movie until . . . Target stores nationwide displayed a special line of deplorable promotional items for the movie released in January. I assume you know about the movie. Pro-Life Waco was the single organization in America to respond to Target with action in the public square. John Pisciotta personally called on Waco Target managers. Within two days, the display vanished. PLW organized an outreach to Georgetown Target, in collaboration with friends from Round Rock. The result of this engagement with signs and discussions, was the displays were removed from the Georgetown store and four other Target stores in the same region.
-- 2018 Wacoan Magazine terminates PP Waco advertising. In December of 2017, the magazine carried a full-page ad promoting the newly opened abortion facility in Waco. We complained to management and were brushed off. We then protested in front of the business along Valley Mills Drive. You can think of this street as Waco's "Main Street". Magazine management contacted PLW through an intermediary and agreed to never again run an ad from Planned Parenthood Waco.
-- In 2023. Planned Parenthood Waco aborts a despicable sex ed seminar for May 15. PLW jumped into action and organized a protest to "greet" the event. Planned Parenthood got wind of our plans and canceled the seminar .
-- In 2022. In July, a Waco City Council member proposed an ordinance to block the Waco PD from enforcing Texas abortion laws. For the August Council meeting, Pro-Life Waco organized and promoted a pro-life turnout to voice opposition. Around 400 pro-life citizens turned out with great enthusiasm. 45 delivered 3-minute speeches. Nothing further has been heard of this proposal.