Planned Parenthood Hits Snag in Opening New California Center

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 20, 2011   |   11:00AM   |   Redwood City, CA

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is running into problems with its plan to open up a new facility in Redwood City, California, as a parking dispute has the city putting on hold the expansion.

The new center will not do surgical abortions but will do abortions with the dangerous abortion drug that has killed dozens of women worldwide, 14 in the United States (including one woman in San Francisco), and has injured at least 2,200 women in the United Sates alone as of April 2011 FDA figures. Pro-life advocates in the Bay Area area are working to stop the Planned Parenthood abortion business from opening up a new center and a dispute over parking is working so far.

Redwood City officials have already signed off on the new center, but the Palo Alto Daily News indicates the city’s planning department sent a letter Tuesday saying it has amended the permit issued allowing it to open the abortion business at 2890 El Camino Real. Planned Parenthood had initially obtained an agreement from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car  company across the street for it to provide the center with the additional parking necessary to meet city requirements as the location only has 18 of the 27 spaces the city requires for the facility.

However, Enterprise is backing down thanks to a local protest organized by pro-life advocate Ross Foti, who says he and other pro-life residents informed Enterprise they would picket the company if it provided the spaces to Planned Parenthood.

“They (Enterprise) were the ones that made it possible for Planned Parenthood to open up,” Foti told the newspaper.

Lupe Rodriguez, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, responded to the paper, saying Enterprise expressed “second thoughts” about the arrangement with the abortion business for the additional parking spaces and she said she didn’t understand why Enterprise would back out.

Laura Bryant, a spokeswoman for Enterprise, told The Daily News late Tuesday that the contract with Planned Parenthood for the spaces “is not executable because it does not have all the necessary signatures.” She sis not provide any additional information concerning whether or not Enterprise would officially back out of the arrangement with Planned Parenthood.

Meanwhile, Michelle Tangunan, an associate planner for the city, told the Palo Alto paper that city officials are looking at an alternative if Enterprise does not allow its extra parking slots to be used by Planned Parenthood.

The opening of the new center follows the closing of a San Francisco area chain of abortion centers that lost its Planned Parenthood affiliation after the disclosure of massive financial problems.

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate was dropped as an affiliate of the national abortion business following  allegedly massive financial mismanagement. Responding to the decision, the California abortion business changed its name to Golden Gate Community Health and fired CEO Dian Harrison.

Harrison filed a lawsuit for more than $180,000 in severance in December which came as the abortion business was struggling to stay open.

Satellite centers in San Rafael, Oakland, Hayward and San Mateo closed as well as San Francisco locations.

Golden Gate Community Health had been in operating since 1923 and did thousands of abortions annually until, in 2008-2009, it lost more than $2.8 million and lost $536,000 in 2010.

The problems were so pervasive at GGCH that it faces an audit from the criminal division of the Internal Revenue Service. The New York Times released a new report in September detailing how an unnamed former employee interviewed with the Oakland field office of the IRS.

ACTION: Contact Enteprise in Redwood City at (650) 261-9308 and tell them to not allow Planned Parenthood to use its parking spaces.