California Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Opens in Fresno

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 28, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

California Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Opens in Fresno

by Paul Nowak Staff Writer
June 28, 2004

Fresno, CA ( — The largest Planned Parenthood facility in the nation opened this month in California, nine months after a California teen died after receiving the abortion drug RU-486 from a Planned Parenthood business.

The new facility, operated by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, is located next door to an older facility, and has over 10,000 square feet of space.

Officials have been quite vocal in pointing out that the waiting room has bullet-proof glass installed "In anticipation of extremists,” according to Patsy Montgomery of Planned Parenthood.

Several Planned Parenthood business have expanded or opened new facilities in recent months. Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, which operates two facilities in California, opened a new office in the Portland, Oregon area, doubling the size of its side-by-side businesses in that area.

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, which operates facilities in the San Francisco area, received criticism when one of its businesses provided 19-year-old Holly Patterson with the RU-486 abortion drug in September. Days later, Patterson died from complications from the drug.

A report released by the California Department of Health Services in their investigation into the death of Patterson revealed that Planned Parenthood failed to follow its own internal policies for informing women on how to use the RU 486 abortion drug that was responsible for Holly’s death. Additionally, Planned Parenthood did not follow FDA guidelines for distribution of the drug.

Though the FDA has only approved the abortion drug to be used up to seven weeks into the pregnant, Planned Parenthood distributes it to women who are as many as nine weeks pregnant.

Planned Parenthood says the abortion drug can be given in lower doses and vaginally to prevent side effects and cause less nausea. However, the lower dose may have been responsible for the incomplete abortion.