The foes of reproductive rights are concocting a story about Planned Parenthood operating deceptively because the group built the health center in the name of one of its wholly owned subsidiaries. Planned Parenthood did this because every time it tries to build a new facility, its opponents try to keep women from essential health care.
Four years ago in Austin, Texas, zealots intimidated Browning Construction into breaking a contract to build a new facility. The Planned Parenthood building was finished ultimately by contractors from out-of-state. A Colorado right-to-life group has just announced that it will use these same tactics to try to keep a new Planned Parenthood facility in Denver from opening.
According to the Aurora paper, the Beacon News, Aurora officials -- including the mayor -- agree that they knew as early as February that Planned Parenthood was likely building a health center in their town.
It was only when this mob descended on their town that they decided to act outside their normal protocols in approving this health center for opening.
Illinois action blog
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday's Chicago Tribune brought us a touching, as always, piece from author and reproductive rights supporter, Sara Paretsky. It speaks for itself: