by Steven Ertelt
February 20, 2007
Longview, WA (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, is closing another facility. The group plans to shut down its Longview, Washington center next month as a respond to cuts in federal funding under Medicaid.
The facility didn’t do abortions but provided reproductive health services that Planned Parenthood uses to attract women and teenagers to its clinics. It also makes abortion referrals.
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Jennifer Allen indicated the center will shut down on March 8 because of cuts in the "Take Charge" family planning program.
"We think it’s awful," Allen told The Daily News of Longview. "This is going to have a significant negative impact on folks in Cowlitz County. The folks who have been coming to us for services are not necessarily going to have another place to turn."
However, Planned Parenthood’s clientele can find similar services through the county health department and the nonprofit Family Health Center, which has three southwest Washington offices.
People can also travel to Centralia or Vancouver for the same services.
Allen told the newspaper that the clinic, which was open just one day a week, its the first of potentially several in the state that will be closed because of the family planning cuts.
Jerry Ross, a retired Kalama businessman who has been a frequent protester at the Longview center, told the Associated Press he was elated by the news.
"I am very happy," he said.
In December, pro-life advocates in western Washington rejoiced when the Aradia Women’s Health Center abortion facility decided to close its doors. The abortion business said it was closing because it mostly does abortions on low-income women and rising costs for rent and other expenses have made it difficult to operate.
It ultimately closed last month and laid off its more than 20 employees.
Dan Kennedy, the CEO of Human Life of Washington, the statewide pro-life group there, told LifeNews.com he was happy about the news.
"The closing of Aradia is a signals that our culture is becoming aware of the damage women suffer," Kennedy said. "The declining abortion rate shows that the hard work the entire pro-life community including LifeNews.com has done, is reaping rewards."
"We are witnessing a slow but steady sea-change," Kennedy added, saying that "women and children deserve better than abortion."
Seattle is home to other abortion businesses such as the Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic, Aurora Medical Services, and Planned Parenthood of Western Washington.
Related web sites:
Human Life of Washington – https://www.humanlife.net