Planned Parenthood of Central Texas Closes Two Centers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 18, 2011   |   1:03PM   |   Waco, TX

Planned Parenthood of Central Texas is closing two of its centers that make abortion referrals to its main location. The affiliate of the national abortion business did not give any reasons for closing the locations in Groesbeck and Marlin, Texas.

Officials with the group Pro-Life Waco noticed the recent information PPCT put on its web site, saying, “Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Marlin & Groesbeck are temporarily closed until further notice.”

The web site of the abortion business encourages people to make appointments at its main location in Waco and, while no reason is given, the abortion business said earlier this year it is concerned about losing its taxpayer funding given efforts in Congress to yank the tens of millions the national abortion business receives from the federal government.

“It’s scary, it’s threatening, and it’s dangerous.” Felicia Goodman, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central Texas, told KWTX in February, saying federal funding makes up a “vast majority” of its funding.

“It could be anything from everything to half our budget,” Goodman said about the potential for losing taxpayer funding and KWTX indicated the abortion business was “busy creating contingency plans.”

The closings are good news for pro-life advocates and Pro-Life Waco responded: “Within the last four years PP Central Texas opened these clinics with great publicity and fanfare. These facilities did not commit abortion. They did provide birth control, promoted promiscuity, and counseled for abortion.”

Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse, also weighed in and said, “Even though these were not abortion mills per se, they all provided hormonal birth control pills and emergency contraceptives, both of which may cause abortions.”

“And they did great harm to the holistic culture of life and chaste living in the areas where they were located. And, of course, they made referrals to their mills for medical and surgical abortions,” she said. “This is all great news.”

The closings follow the permanent closure of a Planned Parenthood abortion referral center in Ohio. Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio will be closing one of its centers north of Columbus, in Galion, because it says it is has come up on financial difficulties that make it necessary to consolidate.

The Galion Health Center at 401 Harding Way East has been open for decades but, in a letter sent to the Galion Inquirer newspaper last week, Trish Malko said it would close. Malko and Tara Broderick, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio urged financial support for the troubled abortion business and said patients at the Galion clinic can go to the one it operates in Mansfield. They said the Galion center was seeing fewer clients and it required the closing of the facility.