Since June 26, the Planned Parenthood-in progress sitting on Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans has remained untouched. That’s because protests and pesky violations have brought construction to a standstill.
The planned 8,000 square-foot facility could perform up to 30 abortions a day and Benjamin Clapper, the executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, said Louisianans are rejecting Planned Parenthood’s agenda.
“Planned Parenthood has appealed to contractors across south Louisiana to build what they describe only as a “medical office building.” They never mention abortion, and rarely do you see the words “Planned Parenthood” on proposals, plans, or other documents. But even with this deception, people have learned who Planned Parenthood is and what they truly want to do on Claiborne Avenue: sell more abortions. Louisiana is a pro-life state, and people want little to do with facilities that sell abortion.”
Of the contractors Planned Parenthood did manage to hire, two of them have been cited for violations. Documents provided by Clapper revealed that one contractor, Barre McNeely, used an unlicensed name; and a subcontractor, Quality Diamond Products, LLC, wasn’t licensed for work in Louisiana. As a result, these companies received thousands of dollars in fines.
As if construction violations weren’t enough, the New Orleans Planned Parenthood is also dealing with a lack of enthusiasm. Take, for instance, the organization’s scarcely attended job fair:
“Planned Parenthood invited over 500 companies to a job fair to recruit them to help the construction of their abortion facility. At most, 40 people showed up.”
Forty too many. In fact, it seems most people who have shown up to the site have done so to protest. Louisiana has been named the “most pro-life state” in the nation for the past five years by Americans United for Life. Is it any wonder residents are distancing themselves from Planned Parenthood’s doors?
Here’s hoping construction is delayed – forever.
LifeNews Note: Cortney O’Brien is a Townhall web editor, where this was originally published.