New Jersey Hotels Stop Giving Discounts to Abortion Business Customers
by Steven Ertelt
October 23, 2008
Cherry Hill, NJ (LifeNews.com) — After a LifeNews.com story exposing the practice, two New Jersey hotels have reportedly stopped giving discounts to women who patronize a local abortion business. An abortion center in Cherry Hill that does abortions up to six months into pregnancy worked out the discounts with two local hotels.
New Jersey Right to Life brought the practice to light and indicated that local pro-life advocates learned that the Cherry Hill Women’s Center made the arrangements.
The Clarion Hotel in Cherry Hill offered a reduced rate of $59 for a room originally priced at $109 and the Quality Inn in Maple Shade offered a discounted rate of $74.95 for a room originally priced at $99.99 and a free breakfast of eggs and pancakes for women who present a stamped pamphlet from the abortion center.
In an email to LifeNews.com, Anne Madison, the Vice President of Corporate Communications for Choice Hotels International indicated the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center "upon reflection, has ended the practice of offering special rates to patients of the Cherry Hill Womens Center."
Madison said the hotels are independently owned and operated, meaning the local hotels set their own local policies outside the practices of Choice Hotels International.
Marie Tasy, the head of the pro-life group, told LifeNews.com she was "gratified" by the news.
Madison told LifeNews.com that "we have been advised by the Quality Inn in Maple Shade that any assertions of a similar discount at that hotel are false."
Tasy disagreed with the claim and says Madison is misinformed.
"Local pro-life citizens who have had spoken to women exiting the [abortion center] report that they are obtaining discounts from the Quality Inn in Maple Shade," she explained. "It has also been confirmed directly by the Quality Inn reservation clerk."
Tasy called on the Quality Inn in Maple Shade to end the discount practice if it has not already done so.
Tasy previously said the hotel arrangements make it appear to her that teenagers from other states are taken to New Jersey to avoid parental involvement laws in their home states.
News of the hotel arrangements has already had an effect as local pro-life advocates begin boycotting the establishments.
Good Counsel Homes, a Catholic agency that assists homeless pregnant women, recently canceled its banquet at the Clarion upon learning of the hotel’s arrangement with the abortion business.
ACTION: Send your comments to the following: a) Clarion Hotel, Route 70 & I-295, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034, (856) 428-2300, fax (856) 354-7662, or contact via web site; b) Quality Inn Maple Shade, 531 Route 38 West, Maple Shade, NJ 08052, (856) 235-6400, fax (856) 727-1027.
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