Planned Parenthood opened a huge new abortion facility in Birmingham, Alabama this month with plans to begin aborting unborn babies in the city again soon.
For nearly three years, Birmingham has been abortion free. Planned Parenthood stopped doing abortions in 2017 after state health inspectors found numerous health and safety violations, including staff failing to wash their hands between patients.
Last year, however, pro-lifers learned that Planned Parenthood was constructing a huge new abortion facility in the city.
On July 14, the 11,000-foot building opened in the downtown area, boasting a “full spectrum of reproductive health services,” The Birmingham News reports.
The new facility is not aborting unborn babies yet, but Barbara Ann Luttrell, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Southeast, said they plan to begin “very soon.”
“It will be available very soon,” Luttrell told the news outlet. “I don’t have an exact date.”
Alabama has three other abortion facilities in Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Huntsville. The Birmingham Planned Parenthood makes four.
According to the report, the new building has a fenced-in parking lot with a gate and security cameras to keep pro-life advocates away. The report noted that pro-lifers are consistently present outside the new abortion facility. Among them is Sarah Howell Neely, of the ministry CEC for Life.
“We’ve had a prayer presence the whole time they’ve been building it,” Neely told the news outlet.
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The last time Planned Parenthood did abortions in Birmingham it developed a very poor reputation. CEC for Life leader Fr. Terry Gensemer described the problems in 2017:
“In 2010, this facility was placed on a year-long probation after failing to report cases of statutory rape. In 2012, it was sued for negligence when their abortionist performed a surgical abortion on a woman with an ectopic pregnancy, rendering her infertile. In 2014, its own employees were caught selling abortifacients out of the parking lot. How many chances is [the Alabama Department of Public Health] willing to give this dangerous facility, and how many women will have to pay the price? This facility has shown no regard for the lives of their patients or the regulations of the state they wish to operate in.”
In 2016, state health inspectors also found a failure of staff to wash their hands between patients and a failure to properly sterilize surgical instruments.
The facility stopped aborting unborn babies in 2017, but the new facility will begin its killing business again soon.
Abortions are big business for Planned Parenthood. In the past few years, it has been constructing huge new abortion facilities in major cities. It recently opened others in Waco, Texas, New Orleans, New York City, Washington, D.C. Charlotte, North Carolina and San Francisco. Meanwhile, it has been closing dozens of its rural facilities. Many of them were low-revenue facilities that did not abort unborn babies.
Last year, Planned Parenthood reported more than 345,000 abortions while providing fewer actual health care services and seeing fewer patients. It also reported more than $1.6 billion in revenue.
In 2019, Alabama passed a law to protect unborn babies by banning all abortions, except when the mother’s life is at risk. However, the abortion industry challenged the law, and a judge blocked it.