by Steven Ertelt
January 25, 2006
Juneau, AK (LifeNews.com) — Alaska’s state capital is about to become the next city to have a Planned Parenthood abortion center. The abortion business announced on Wednesday that it has scheduled the opening for this fall, thanks to the help of a local pro-abortion activist group.
Planned Parenthood of Alaska CEO Clover Simon told the Juneau Empire newspaper that the funds needed to open the facility were obtained because of extensive fundraising by Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition.
The two groups aren’t formally connected, but JPCC acts as a fundraiser and collected more than $150,000 for the abortion company to open its new center.
"We are very confident this will happen now that we have the funding," Simon said. "We will offer full services to both men and women in the Southeast."
Simon told the Juneau newspaper that his group is looking for retail space in town and will not disclose the location until all the details have been completed.
He indicated Planned Parenthood needed $500,000 to open the abortion center but the initial fundraising from JPCC has opened up numerous other sources of revenue to do that.
Simon told the newspaper that the abortion business will be open at least four days a week and seven people will work there.
Sid Heidersdorf, who lives in Juneau and is the vice president for Alaska Right to Life, said his group may protest at the abortion business once it opens.
Pro-life groups will be closely monitoring any abortions done at the facility after longtime abortion advocate Colleen Murphy had her medical license suspended by the Alaska State Medical Board.
The board said she failed to meet minimum standards for obstetric care.
Murphy presented such a "clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety" that the board suspended her license at an emergency meeting without first granting a hearing on the matter. The board was not legally obligated to tell her beforehand.