Oregon’s Largest Laboratory Stops Working With Eugene Abortion Business

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 12, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Oregon’s Largest Laboratory Stops Working With Eugene Abortion Business

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 12
, 2009

Eugene, OR (LifeNews.com) — The largest private laboratory in Oregon has decided to end its relationship with a Eugene abortion business. PeaceHealth Laboratories only recently learned that Peter Bours’ clinic does abortions and the Catholic-owned company has stopped doing any of its testing as a result.

The decision came after a local sidewalk counselor at Bours’ abortion center noticed a PeaceHealth courier making a delivery and issued a complaint to the company.

Bours told the Associated Press he uses lab testing to diagnose tubal pregnancies and was taken aback by the decision.

“I was a little surprised,” Bours said. “You have a seven-year business relationship with someone and you cut it off because one lame protester calls — it seems a little ridiculous to me.”

AP indicated Bours talked with Ran Whitehead, CEO of PeaceHealth Laboratories, who said that doing testing for an abortion facility was not in line with its values and mission. Bours indicated a different, albeit unnamed, lab has picked up his business.

Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, talked with LifeNews.com about the news.

"Bours is an infamous ‘traveling’ abortionist, who has abortion clinics in three Oregon towns," she explained.

"Wonderful pro-life sidewalk counselors pray and picket his office in Eugene regularly," she added. "Thanks to their watchful eye, PeaceHealth was brought up to speed on their complicity in his abortion practice."

"I am pleased to see that PeaceHealth, a Catholic hospital, lived up to their mission statement of respecting the sanctity of all human life, and stopped their services to abortionist Bours immediately," she told LifeNews.com.

PeaceHealth Laboratories is part of PeaceHealth, a Catholic-sponsored nonprofit corporation that operates seven hospitals in northwestern United States and several large medical practices and does not allow abortions at its facilities.

It told the Register-Guard newspaper, “When we learned we were providing services to an abortion clinic, our mission and values guided our decision to discontinue services. We believe this is an isolated case and do not expect any other clients in our community to be impacted.”

Planned Parenthood recruited Bours to open an abortion center in Eugene after an older center closed. There, he does abortions two days a week.

ACTION: Contact PeaceHealth and thank them for their decision at https://www.peacehealth.org/notices/contactu.htm

Related web sites:
Oregon Right to Life – https://www.ORTL.org

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