Just as the school year begins, a new Planned Parenthood abortion center is planning to open next door to two Washington, D.C. schools.
Pro-lifers in the city recently learned that the construction of the abortion mega-center is complete, and staff are planning to move in and begin training on Friday. Lauren Handy, a pro-life leader who has been monitoring the construction of the abortion facility, posted a video on Facebook to announce the news.
The abortion mega center originally was scheduled to open in May, but “pro-life efforts have delayed their opening thus far,” Handy told LifeNews. “Friday they are opening for admin and staff trainings, — with killings beginning in September. Mercy Missions, The Anti-Choice Project and local pro-lifers will do a final push on Friday before Planned Parenthood has their grand opening.”
Two prayer vigils are scheduled for Friday and Sunday outside the abortion center at 1225 4th Street NE, Washington. Handy said the event on Friday will be a 12-hour vigil and outreach to abortion clinic workers. It will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. More details are here. The event on Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. More details are here.
“Simply stated, as civil rights workers sat-in at lunch counters to stand against segregation, we will be a loud voice for human rights, justice and equality for all!” the Sunday prayer vigil organizers said in an announcement. “We will peacefully kneel in the street in prayer asking God to prevent this clinic from opening and ensure that women and children are protected from the violence of abortion!”
Planned Parenthood’s Washington, D.C. website does not list when it plans to start doing abortions at the new facility. One outdated prediction on the website said the abortion center would open in the spring of 2016, and another page said it will open in September.
The abortion facility is located next to the Two Rivers Public Charter School, a sought-after elementary school in Washington, D.C. The new Planned Parenthood abortion facility will replace the one the abortion corporation closed last year.
Since learning about the new facility, pro-lifers in the city have been working in various ways to protect babies and moms from the planned abortion expansion.
Andrew Bair, president of Beltway Right to Life in D.C., an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, is urging local residents to support local pregnancy centers and groups that offer alternatives to abortion for women and babies.
“This new business venture for Planned Parenthood in Northeast DC represents just another opportunity for the nation’s largest abortion provider to expand its growing abortion empire,” Bair said. “DC women deserve compassionate, life-affirming solutions like those offered by organizations like Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, the Northwest Center, and Centro Tepeyac.”
Others have held regular protests outside the building.
In December, the neighborhood charter school sued pro-lifers who were protesting the construction, alleging that they were harassing students in their efforts to stop construction of the new “flagship” abortion facility.
“This lawsuit is outrageous,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, which is representing the pro-lifers in the lawsuit. “It is shocking that a school entrusted with the care of young children would want an abortion clinic adjacent to its property.
“Planned Parenthood is brass to construct a death camp beside an elementary and middle school. Parents should be forewarned of the dangers which lurk behind the four walls. School officials should be ashamed for trying to hide the clinic from the parents and the public. Our client will not be intimated and deterred in the exercise of his freedom of speech,” Staver said in February.
The pro-lifers are not the only ones who are opposed to the new abortion clinic setting up shop next to the schools. In January, a subcontractor walked off the site after learning that it was an abortion clinic.
Several parents also have voiced their concerns about the abortion facility moving in directly next to the Two Rivers elementary school and across from a middle school, LifeNews previously reported.
Of course, Planned Parenthood believes its clinic will do just fine with the schools close by. Its Washington, D.C. president and chief executive, Laura Meyers, said Planned Parenthood has other clinics located near schools in other parts of the country and they “enjoy a strong partnership.” She even mentioned that their “educators” work with many middle and high schools to teach kids on “reproductive health.”