Minnesota Planned Parenthood Opens Mall Center With New Business Model

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 21, 2006

Woodbury, MN (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood of Minnesota has opened a new express center in a suburban mall that relies on a new method of luring teens and young women as new customers. Targeting a place teenagers frequent, the abortion business hopes to also bring in new customers with products and services not normally found at Planned Parenthood.

The abortion business typically employees freestanding facilities that either do abortions or rely on getting poor and minority women in the door with reduced-fee services.

The mall-based express clinic is a new effort to target middle and upper income women and teenagers. It won’t do abortions, but will have the morning after pill, which can cause in abortion in some situations.

The new facility will also have some atypical offerings to attract a new clientele.

Sarah Stoesz, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Minnesota told the Associated Press that the center is modeled after the 87 Planned Parenthood express clinics found in states like California, Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts, but takes the idea to a new level.

"Ours will have a very different look and feel," Stoesz said. "We’re going to the women where they spend their lives, to help them solve some of the problems in their lives."

Abortions won’t be done there, but it will sell lotions, essential oils and decorative carrying cases for birth control pills and condoms. Later on, the facility may add massages and other spa services.

The convenience factor — which has the center operating like a quick stop medical clinic for colds and minor issues — combined with the body products could make it attractive for the middle and upper-class residents of Woodbury, where it will be located.

The center will be positioned between a Mexican restaurant and a bank in its 1,250 square-foot mall storefront.

The express center also relies on another new Planned Parenthood concept — profit. The abortion business has always made money but with state and federal governments cutting back on family planning spending or diverting funds to pregnancy centers, Stoesz said Planned Parenthood locations have to become financially self-supportive.

Scott Fischbach, the head of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, says his group opposes the new facility, even though abortions aren’t going to be done there. He said Planned Parenthood will still refer women for abortions at its other locations.

"Where Planned Parenthood goes, you’re going to find abortion," Fischbach said. "They’re a failure because they’re addicted to abortion."

Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org