Planned Parenthood of Houston is moving into that office building on I-45near UH that looks like a cash register, and it looks like the protests will follow them.
The Drudge Report is linking to a right-wing news service's story decrying the new building as an "abortion supercenter." Big protests are planned January 18, the story says.
Planned Parenthood is renovating a former bank, turning it into a 78,000 square foot facility that will include a surgical wing equipped to provide late-term abortions.
"It's an abortion super center," Lou Engle, founder of the pro-life group The Call to Conscience, which is organizing the rally, told CNSNews.com.
Joining Engle at the "prayer march" will be Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Religious leaders expected to attend include Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church; Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Star Parker, president of the Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education; and Abby Johnson, the former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic.
An "abortion super center"? Does it offer a lot of hors d'oeuvres in the aisles? Are the prices cheaper because you're buying bulk?
Engle quotes Martin Luther King, Jr. and notes that the building is near a minority neighborhood.
Engle said he believes the clinic was strategically located in a part of Houston that is surrounded by black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
"We want to say that it's not right to have an abortion super center that targets the minority community," Engle said. He says Planned Parenthood actively markets its services, including abortion, to low-income, minority women.
The building itself is pretty much isolated from the neighborhood, but any old rhetorical device in a storm, we guess.
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We've contacted Planned Parenthood to get their reaction, but haven't heard back. We'll update if we do.
Update: Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Rochelle Tafolla says the protests are "nothing new...it's just at a new place."
The agency won't even move into the new facility for months, but Tafolla says protesters have occasionally tried to interrupt construction.
"They'll try to stop our contractors, but fortunately [the contracotrs] know what's going on -- they say 'Hey, it's a bad economy and I'm working; what are you doing?'" she says.