Planned Parenthood Express Clinics Don’t Do Abortions But Lead to Them

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 26, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Express Clinics Don’t Do Abortions But Lead to Them

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by Jim Sedlak
August 26, 2007 Note: Jim Sedlak is the head of STOPP International, a pro-life group that monitors the activities of Planned Parenthood.

In 2003, Planned Parenthood began opening express clinics in communities across the United States. In describing these clinics, PP said: "At an express health center, clients who are short on time and do not require a table examination can quickly pick up their birth control medication or get contraceptive advice."

The express clinics are normally located in places where there is retail traffic. A strip shopping center or even shopping malls have seen the PP express clinics open and do business. Now that these clinics have been around for a few years, we are beginning to see the purpose behind them.

Evidence is piling up that Planned Parenthood is using these express clinics to increase its baby killing business.

On July 4, we reported that the statewide increase in abortions in Minnesota may be attributable to the Planned Parenthood express clinics in that state. For the first time in five years the number of abortions committed in Minnesota has increased.

While national rates of surgical abortion continue to decline, Minnesota reported over 700 more abortions than the previous year. Scott Fischbach, head of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, noted that Planned Parenthood’s three new express clinics in Twin Cities suburbs were likely responsible for the 16 percent increase in abortions among minors in the state. He said, “There’s no other change that’s happened in the state other than Planned Parenthood preying on teens, targeting and marketing to teens, much like Big Tobacco has done.”

On August 1, we told you about the new abortion facility that Planned Parenthood is trying to open in Aurora, Illinois.

In a recent story about that facility in the Daily Herald, the newspaper reported that Planned Parenthood told them “the success of three suburban express sites shows the need for increased services.” Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area told the paper, "Many of those [express] clients asked where they can get the full set of services. We didn’t have anywhere to refer them. They want us there."

Demonstrating at Planned Parenthood express clinics

In many ways, demonstrating at PP express sites should be easier than other PP facilities. There are no fences around the property, no locked doors and no deathscorts. These are retail establishments built to welcome the general public. And, of course, YOU are part of the general public.

Our tactics in demonstrating will be a bit different. Rather than printed signs, our demonstrations will consist of pro-life T-shirts and literature in pocketbooks or back pockets. You could walk into Planned Parenthood wearing one of our PP Kills Babies T-shirts. You could also wear the same shirt outside the store or wear it while walking around the mall. When people ask why you are there, explain about Planned Parenthood and hand them a brochure.

The neat thing about wearing an anti-Planned Parenthood T-shirt is that a lot of people wear shirts that have all kinds of messages on them. The mall manager can not forbid you to wear it just because he doesn’t like the message. It is a “free speech” issue and the Thomas More Law Center will be happy to defend your right to wear the shirt.

We encourage every pro-lifer to spend time spreading the pro-life message at PP express clinics. The babies are depending on you.

Where the Planned Parenthood express clinics are

In the short history of express clinics, we find that they are very fluid. Express clinics open and close frequently and it is often difficult to keep track of where they are.

Currently, our records indicate that there are PP express clinics in the following states and cities:

· California (Los Angeles [Eagle Rock], San Diego [City Heights, Mission Valley, Pacific Beach])
· Colorado (Parker)
· Illinois (Schaumburg, Orland Park, Naperville)
· Massachusetts (Somerville)
· Minnesota (Woodbury, Apple Valley, Eden Prairie)
· Ohio (Solon, Macedonia)
· Rhode Island (Providence)
· Washington (Yakima, Wapato, Walla Walla, University Place, Kennewick, Cle Elum, Cheney, Pasco)