New Jersey Pro-Life Advocates Upset Abortion Business in Public Facility

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 27, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 27,

Camden, NJ ( — Pro-life advocates in New Jersey are upset that a Planned Parenthood center is operating from a taxpayer-funded public building. The center does not do abortions — though it will make abortion referrals — and local pro-life activists have started a petition campaign to get the county government to make the group move.

Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey has operated in the Camden County regional health center facility for years, and pro-life advocates say that’s too long.

Pastor Vincent Kovlak Jr. of Bellmawr Baptist Church has sent a letter to other area churches in hopes they will join his effort to persuade the county government to kick out Planned Parenthood from the building.

"Planned Parenthood promotes abortion and promiscuity," he told the Courier Post newspaper. "They are on the wrong side of God’s laws."

But Planned Parenthood officials say they’re entitled to use the public building because they are doing family planning work, which the county supports.

"To say we’re providing inappropriate services seems a little inappropriate to me," Joyce Kurzweil, executive vice president of the abortion business, told the newspaper.

Cathy Gavin, deputy county administrator for human services, talked about the situation with the newspaper and said officials have met with some of the pro-life people to talk about the situation and prepare a factsheet about what Planned Parenthood does.

She did admit the protest "has gained a little bit of momentum."

ACTION: Contact Camden County officials and express your opposition to Planned Parenthood’s facility location in the public building. Go to for complete contact information.