Planned Parenthood is scheduled to open a huge new abortion facility Wednesday near the Missouri border to attract abortion business from multiple states.
News of the abortion facility, kept secret for more than a year, broke earlier this fall when construction neared completion.
On Monday, the AP reported that the facility plans to begin doing business Wednesday in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
The new abortion business is less than 15 miles from St. Louis, Missouri, and near the borders of Kentucky and Arkansas. All three states are trying to protect unborn babies from abortion, while Illinois passed a radical pro-abortion law earlier this year.
“The people of Missouri asked their elected representatives to protect the lives of women and their preborn children because pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion,” Students for Life of America Western Regional Director Reagan Barklage said, responding to the news. “But the extremely liberal abortion laws in Illinois won’t stop us from letting women know that they deserve so much more than Planned Parenthood is selling.”
Barklage said they plan to continue praying outside the abortion facility and offering support and compassion to mothers and babies. Earlier in October, she and hundreds of other pro-lifers gathered outside the new location to pray and peacefully protest.
Abortion is big business for Planned Parenthood, and Colleen McNicholas, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, said they hope to see 11,000 patients annually in Fairview Heights.
She admitted that they worked hard to keep the $7 million building project a secret from the local community. McNicholas said they were afraid pro-life advocates would try to stop them and building contractors would refuse to work with them.
It appears the facility will abort unborn babies at least up to 24 weeks, past the point of viability. Illinois allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth, and McNicholas has defended abortion on demand. In August, she told the AP that “EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason,” including for sex-selection and disabilities like Down syndrome.
The St. Louis Planned Parenthood has a horrendous record of health and safety violations. Earlier this year, state health officials tried to revoke its license, but Planned Parenthood sued and a judge allowed it to remain open.
The state Department of Health found dozens of health and safety violations in St. Louis, and pro-life advocates have documented 72 occasions when ambulances were called to the abortion facility for women with abortion complications. CBS News failed to mention any of these concerns and implied that the state is just trying to close the abortion facility for political reasons.
Planned Parenthood has been secretive about new abortion clinics in the past. Last year, a Michigan community expressed outrage after the abortion chain used a different name on paperwork so that it could open a new abortion facility in secret.
In Kansas, pro-life advocates recently stopped Planned Parenthood from opening a new abortion facility right next to a high school in their community. It used similarly secretive tactics in the community, but pro-life advocates found out anyway.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in the U.S. Last year, it reported a record $1.66 billion in revenue and more than 330,000 abortions, even as patient numbers fell.