Health Care Bill Prompts New Planned Parenthood Abortion Center in Michigan
by Steven Ertelt
April 29, 2010
Detroit, MI (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood is planning to open a new abortion center in Michigan and its staff say President Barack Obama’s signing the pro-abortion health care bill is the reason why. Ironically, Michigan is the home state of Rep. Bart Stupak, the pro-life Democrat who enabled passage of the bill.
Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan says it plans to open a new abortion center within the next 18 months.
The abortion business would add to the 15 locations it already operates in the Detroit area, which reaches as many as 55,000 customers annually. Unlike some of the other Detroit centers, which only dispense birth control and contraception, the new center will likely do abortions.
Lori Lamerand, executive director of the Planned Parenthood affiliate, told the Detroit News that the health care bill is responsible for the decision to open the new abortion facility.
She says Planned Parenthood expects "an onslaught" of women coming to its centers in the wake of the health care bill, which includes massive abortion funding expected to go to Planned Parenthood.
"Over the last couple of years, we’ve been getting calls that go, ‘I’m pregnant, we don’t have health insurance, my husband isn’t working and we can’t afford another child.’ These calls have become routine for us," says Lamerand.
The folks at the St. Michael Society say they’re not surprised by the announcement.
"Now that women will be able to not only get access to more birth control but they will be able to finally get those free, or at least government-subsidized, abortions that so-called womens rights groups have been clamoring for," the group said in response.
"We predict this is only the beginning. The healthcare bill also provides $11 billion to Community Health Centers, many of which do abortions. Like we always said, the bill is the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade and the abortion industry stands to gain a huge windfall, thanks to President Obama, his allies in Congress and of course, to Bart Stupak," it added.
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