by Steven Ertelt
April 5, 2007
Portland, OR (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in Oregon are working to stop a new abortion center from being built in the heart of the African-American community there. Planned Parenthood’s abortion business is growing and its leaders want to move its large center to a part of Portland where city officials have been hoping to revitalize a formerly run-down area.
Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette would open a new abortion center with more than 140 employees.
The abortion business is slated to open a new facility on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard but pro-life advocates have submitted a petition with 900 names from local parishioners at Catholics churches opposing the move.
Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Lavang and St. Stanislaus parishes and St. Andrew Nativity School have participated in the effort as well as Protestant pastors and churches and even the local Muslim center.
“They are trying to promote it as health services to the African-American community, but what it really is is abortion in disguise,” Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, who serves at Immaculate Heart Church, told the Sentinel newspaper.
“Kids will be getting information about sex, then getting pregnant and then going back to the place where they got the information for an abortion,” Burke-Sivers says.
Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is scheduled to come to Portland on April 20 and help their efforts in a speech planned at Benson High School. She will participate in the Oregon Right to Life conference the next weekend.
Rev. LeRoy Haynes Jr., pastor at the nearby Allen Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, says the black community in Portland isn’t happy about having a Planned Parenthood there.
"If they would bring a clinic that does abortions, that would be a big issue in our community," he told the Oregonian newspaper. "It is a moral, faith-based issue to me."
David Greenberg, president of the abortion business, told the Oregonian that it’s moving because it’s experiencing more funding and more demand for its family planning services and has run out of space at its current location in the Southeast part of town.
Last year, Oregonians voted against the proposal by a 54-46 percentage margin after Planned Parenthood outspent pro-life advocates 3-1 and flooded the airwaves with a misleading television commercial.
But, thanks to efforts from Oregon Right to Life and crisis pregnancy centers, abortions in Oregon are down to their lowest levels since 1998, having decreased 20 percent between then and 2004, the latest year from which state data is available.
The Oregon Department of Human Services reported 14,344 abortions in 1998, but that number decreased to 11,443 abortions in 2004.
Related web sites:
Oregon Right to Life – https://www.ortl.org