Ringling College to Open Art Gallery in New Planned Parenthood Abortion Center

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 4, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ringling College to Open Art Gallery in New Planned Parenthood Abortion Center

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 4
, 2009

Sarasota, FL (LifeNews.com) — A new Planned Parenthood abortion center in this Florida city will feature an interesting addition, an art gallery. Because local officials in Sarasota require retail space at the street level of any development to encourage shopping and tourism, the abortion business had to think outside the box.

So, when it build its new abortion center, relying on $1.3 million in local grants from three community foundations, Planned Parenthood teamed up with a prestigious art college.

Construction has now begun on the ground floor retail space and the vacant storefront will be transformed into an art gallery that will feature works from students and alumni of Ringling College of Art and Design.

The pairing of the nation’s biggest abortion business and the art school has pro-life advocates upset.

“Can you imagine a college bearing the prestigious Ringling name not caring about the killing of children?” Jim Sedlak, director of Stop Planned Parenthood, said. “Planned Parenthood has tried to create something respectable to generate acceptance in the community.”

However, the local Creative Loafing publication indicates Planned Parenthood didn’t come up witht he idea.

Featuring art works from the school was the brainchild of the Rosemary Neighborhood Association.

“We learned that Ringling students had for years shown their works at the Brownstone, [a locla hangout that has since closed]” Planned Parenthood representative Wendy Grassy told the publication. "That’s when we had the idea for a Ringing gallery. We turned the space over — gave it to them.”

Planned Parenthood reportedly is leasing the space to Ringling for $1 a year and signed a contract allowing the art school to use the space for 99 years.

Christine Meeker Lange, Ringling’s special assistant to the president, told the publication the school is excited about the idea because it follows through on its plan to give students real-world business experience, by running a gallery.

“There’s no other program like this anywhere in the country,” says Lange.

Certainly, the pairing of an art gallery and an abortion facility appears to be a first-of-its-kind development.

Construction of the new art gallery is expected to be completed by the end of the month and Sedlak says he will continue to fight the pairing.

ACTION: Contact Ringling College of Art and Design and express your disappointment that it would pair up with the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Contact Ringling at 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-5895. Call 800.255.7695 or email [email protected]

Related web sites:
Ringling College – https://www.ringling.edu

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