El Paso, Texas Planned Parenthood Center Closes for Economic Reasons

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 26, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

El Paso, Texas Planned Parenthood Center Closes for Economic Reasons

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 26
, 2009

El Paso, Texas (LifeNews.com) — The northeastern portion of El Paso, Texas is without a Planned Parenthood center thanks to the poor economy requiring it to shut down. The national abortion business appeared to shut down the facility without notifying any of its customer base, but area pregnancy help centers are women to help women.

Anyone going to the closed center is greeted with a note on the door telling them to go to one of the other Planned Parenthood officers on the other side of the west Texas city.

Staff at nearby businesses told the local ABC affiliate that the Planned Parenthood center appears to have been closed for about two week, although customers are still coming in and finding it closed.

They also said a local rental truck came weeks ago and Planned Parenthood staff appeared to load the truck with property from the office.

Annalinda Moreno, the interim CEO of Planned Parenthood in El Paso, told ABC 7 that the poor economy resulted in the closing of the branch office.

"We are right now re-assessing all of our clinics and their productivity…Our lease was ending and we thought it was prudent at this time to close the clinic," Moreno said.

Some residents told the television station that they have no desire to drive to the three other Planned Parenthood locations across town.

However, two pregnancy help centers in the area provide counseling, support, material goods, and other help before, after and during a pregnancy.

They include the House of Hope, located at 4100 Rio Bravo, Ste 309 and the Pregnant Help Center of El Paso, located at 2301 N. Lee Trevino.

Planned Parenthood in El Paso came under fire from pro-life advocates in April 2008, when it received $5,410 from the El Paso Komen Affiliate even though abortions have been linked to a rise in breast cancer.

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