Planned Parenthood Looking to Open in California, Michigan

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 26, 2012   |   7:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Planned Parenthood is looking to open new abortion referral centers in two locations, including a Ferndale, Michigan location in Oakland County that is slated to open its doors next Monday.

As the Ferndale Patch newspaper reports, the new center is not a replacement for the one in Auburn Hills that will do abortions and which pro-life advocates have successfully been able to stop, for now.

Planned Parenthood originally purchased a building in Auburn Hills in the fall of 2010, but it was met with anti-abortion opposition that spiraled into a legal battle. That stall allowed Planned Parenthood to seek other opportunities around Oakland County, Cooper said, which led it to the space at 23338 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale

The organization isn’t stopping there, though. “It’s not either or. With Auburn Hills, we prefer to think of it as it’s not happening yet. We just have to wait for the legal process to lend its way before we can go forward,” she said. “But, we aren’t willing to wait while people need help in Oakland County.”

Local pro-life advocates promise they will raise attention about the new center in Ferndale, which will refer women to other Planned Parenthood facilities for abortions.

Monica Migliorino Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is concerned about the new clinic. “It’s distressing when they open anywhere,” she told the Detroit Free Press and said her group will picket the clinic.

Local pro-abortion government officials are delighted the nation’s biggest abortion business is coming to town.

Former mayor and current Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey welcomed Planned Parenthood to Ferndale today in his blog, Covey’s Corner. He said Ferndale is “proud” to be the new location.

“Political pressure from religious ultra-conservatives had kept Oakland County bereft of a formal Planned Parenthood presence for years. Anti-choice activists didn’t want you to know that 97% of all Planned Parenthood activities are essential life-saving cancer screenings, pap smears, breast health services, STD treatment, and health counseling and education. Yet for many of their patients, mostly poor, a visit to Planned Parenthood was the only health care they got,” he said in his blog post.

“Oakland County has the 2nd largest number of low-income women without health insurance in Michigan. We are thankful that an organization like Planned Parenthood provides health care for so many people. The alternative is much higher health care costs in emergency rooms and for advanced disease that would be borne by us all.”

Meanwhile, in California, the abortion business is looking to open in the building that formerly housed a children’s-themed restaurant.

Planned Parenthood may open its first High Desert location in a former Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant on Park Avenue. “We’re in the process of negotiating for space,” company spokeswoman Stephanie Kight said by phone Friday.

Here, local government officials are not happy about having an abortion referral clinic in town.

Though company officials said there are no immediate plans to perform abortions at the Victorville location, Mayor Ryan McEachron is vowing to do everything in his power to stop the project because of Planned Parenthood’s willingness to provide that service at some of its nearly 800 health centers nationwide.

“I don’t believe them for a second,” McEachron said, citing the 10,213-square-foot building the organization plans to occupy. “I am 100 percent against it and I will fight it even if it costs me personally.”

Formal plans haven’t been submitted to the city yet, though Webb said Planned Parenthood representatives had a courtesy “pre-submittal” site plant meeting with staff.

The building occupancy classification doesn’t currently allow for outpatient services such as surgery, Webb said. However, only a minor retrofit would be needed for abortions to be legally performed in the facility.

“There are no plans to do so at this time,” Webb said, “however, if they do so in the future, current city code allows for no discretion on our part.”

The Victor Valley’s last abortion clinic, which was on C Street in Victorville, drew protests over the 11 years it was open and right up until it shut down for lack of patients in 2004.