Colorado Planned Parenthood Says it Didn’t Steal Abortion Banner

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 25, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Colorado Planned Parenthood Says it Didn’t Steal Abortion Banner

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 25,

Denver, CO ( — Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains says it didn’t steal an abortion banner that a state pro-life organization featured outside its annual dinner last weekend. Colorado Right To Life says abortion advocates stole a pro-life banner off of a truck the group rents and uses to present its message around town.

During the annual Colorado Right To Life banquet on Saturday evening, the group alleges that Planned Parenthood supporters stole the mobile billboard sign.

Not so says Lizzy Annison, a representative of the abortion business.

She said Planned Parenthood had nothing to do with the theft and called the pro-life organization an "extremist group" in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News.

"Those actions as described (concerning the theft of the banner) do not reflect what we’re about, and we don’t condone them," she said.

The stolen sign reads "Planned Parenthood Kills Babies" and features a picture of a black baby a quote from Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger saying "we don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population."

Annison condemned Right to Life for wrongly making it appear the group targets African-Americans with abortions.

"She was a vocal opponent of racial stereotyping, and she worked very hard to eliminate the barriers to health care in the African-American community," Annison told the newspaper about Sanger.

A witness at the dinner saw someone take the 15-foot-by-7-foot banner, values at $1,000, and put it in a vehicle and drive away. The onlooker wrote down the license plate number of the car and reported it to police.

Authorities have matched it to a vehicle registered in nearby Aurora and are continuing their investigation.

Leslie Hanks, the vice president of the group, told in a statement yesterday that "It is clear to me that those who support Planned Parenthood will stop at nothing to cover up the truth about their organization."

As has reported, Denver may become the next battleground over the building of a new abortion facility in secret. Pro-life advocates in this mountain city are upset that Planned Parenthood is placing a new abortion business in the heart of an African-American community and that its beginnings are shrouded in secrecy.

Planned Parenthood expects to break ground on the new abortion center in November.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains does about 8,800 abortions annually on women from Colorado and four surrounding states, including Wyoming.