by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
September 2, 2004
Houston, TX (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life organization in central Texas is looking to prevent Planned Parenthood from building seven new facilities in Houston and Lufkin.
"The Coalition for Life has learned that Planned Parenthood of Houston recently sent out a request for architects to help the organization expand its regional abortion operation," said Helen Posvar, president of the Houston Coalition for Life.
"The expansion project calls for a new 45,000 square foot late-term abortion facility in downtown Houston, a new 4,500 square foot facility in Lufkin, Texas, and five additional 1,200 square foot suburban referral offices," Posvar explained.
The pro-life group is asking local architects and contractors to refuse their services to the largest abortion business in Texas.
Any companies that take part in the project will be listed on the Houston Coalition for Life’s website and the group will urge consumers to contact them and boycott their services.
Posvar pointed to the success of pro-life advocates in Austin. There, they have held up construction of a new abortion facility by months and no scheduled completion date is in site.
"Businesses have a right to know that more than 65 percent of Texans — including their own customers — are opposed to late-term abortions," Posvar said. "It’s shocking to think that any company would risk its future business by participating in such a project."
Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, noted that Planned Parenthood’s construction plans in Texas, notably in Austin and Houston, are a reaction to recent laws designed to protect women.
Pojman said Planned Parenthood appears to be reacting to the Texas Women’s Right to Know Act.
"Since January that law requires late-term abortion providers to abide by the same safety standards as other outpatient day surgery centers," Pojman explained. "None of the licensed abortion providers in Texas currently can meet those safety standards."
"I believe that Planned Parenthood seeks to exploit the lucrative late-term abortion market by building horrible new abortion super-centers in major cities like Austin and Houston, charging not hundreds but thousands of dollars for late abortions," Pojman added.
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, Michelle Green, said that there are no plans to perform abortions at the facility in Lufkin. However, the facility will likely make referrals to abortion businesses in the area.
Contractors in Austin, Texas began a boycott of a Planned Parenthood construction project, delaying the multi-million dollar project. To date, the facility is still not completed, and at least one company that was participating in the project has gone bankrupt.
"The project has hit a snag with the second phase because they can’t get concrete. Without concrete the second building cannot move forward," boycott organizer Chris Danze told an Austin television station.
Houston Coalition for Life – https://www.houstoncoalition.com