by Steven Ertelt
March 21, 2007
Battle Creek, MI (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood officials are looking to expand the number of abortions done in southern Michigan. They have been raising an estimated $4.6 million to expand the current abortion business in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo and took their fund-raising efforts public this week.
Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan already leases a facility in Battle Creek, but the expansion project calls for a new 7,600 square-foot, two-story building there that would be located on Southwest Capital Avenue.
"We have long outgrown our facility," Battle Creek PPSCM office manager Christine Garton told the Enquirer newspaper. "Our nurse practitioner shares an office with our patient files and our teen volunteers cram into our little break room. We just need more space."
The second part of the project involves expanding the West Health Center in Kalamazoo, currently located at 4201 W. Michigan Ave.
Rev. Mark Pawlowski, chief executive officer of PPSCM, told the Enquirer newspaper that the Battle Creek facility was intended to handle about 900 patients annually but sees more than 3,500, though not all customers go there for abortions.
The increase has come as Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties closed state-funded family planning clinics — allowing Planned Parenthood to absorb their clientele.
In addition, the Hispanic population in the area is booming and Planned Parenthood caters to minority and low-income clients.
The group has raised $4 million in funds through donation appeals from its board members and acquiring money from foundations but now they are looking to the public for support for the rest.
Work in Battle Creek is expected to begin by late Spring.