Apparently the New Orleans City Council thinks aborting future residents of the Big Easy is a good thing.
At a recent gala event for the Planned Parenthood abortion company, New Orleans City Council member LaToya Cantrell delivered a proclamation, signed by the New Orleans City Council, “recognizing Planned Parenthood as a valuable health care resource for the New Orleans community.”
During the event, Planned Parenthood celebrated thirty years of “service” in Louisiana and held a reception at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The theme of their event was “Building the Foundation: Honoring Our Heroes — the Community Builders.”
In attendance was Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Melissa Flournoy, the former Louisiana director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
Flournoy, who recently left her position with the abortion giant after attacking a pro-life legislator, commented on their work in the Pelican state. She said, “Louisiana women and families depend on Planned Parenthood for access to vital health care services; and we are grateful that we have been able to serve the women, men, and families in New Orleans for three decades and look forward to continuing to improve the quality of life for Louisianans.”
Then she thanked the supportive community of builders who are helping Planned Parenthood construct a $4.2 million abortion facility on Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans. She said, “We are grateful for the deep support we have from the community builders who are dedicated to the completion of our health center on South Claiborne Avenue; and especially to the women and men of New Orleans who need and deserve high-quality, affordable health care. Together, we can move toward health equity for everyone in New Orleans.”
It’s very interesting that Flournoy claims the organization has “deep support” from builders when in fact construction of the facility is at a standstill.
Originally, Planned Parenthood was supposed to open by the end of 2014; however, due to opposition from pro-life Louisianans, including Louisiana Right to Life and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, their efforts have been stalled. Benjamin Clapper, the Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, commented on their lack of progress:
“Planned Parenthood has not made progress in building their abortion facility on Claiborne Avenue since June 26 of this year. They claimed in 2013 that they would be open by the end of 2014. Clearly that’s not the case. The truth is that their own mistakes of hiring unlicensed contractors have delayed their progress. In addition, subcontractors, especially concrete providers, do not want to work with them because they will destroy innocent babies. Abortions are the reason for their delay.”
The lack of progress on the construction of the abortion facility is a testament to the efforts of Louisianans who won’t be fooled by Planned Parenthood’s rhetoric. Nevertheless, it is critical that pro-lifers continue standing strong because if built, their new facility could perform upwards of 30 abortions a day, increasing the abortion rate in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes.