FORT WORTH, TEXAS, March 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A worker in Fort Worth, Texas, walked off the job when he found out he was supposed to pour concrete footings for a new abortion clinic located next door to an adoption center.
The subcontractor said his religious beliefs kept him from helping to erect the $6.5 million, 19,000-square-foot facility, located at 6400 John Ryan Drive. He told local television station WFAA other workers at the site feel the same way.
“Texas Right to Life commends him for leaving the job,” Elizabeth Graham, the group’s director, told LifeSiteNews.com. “No one should be forced to participate in building a killing center.”
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According to the Planned Parenthood website, “The proposed facility in Fort Worth will be a new structure three times the size of the current one” and will provide “a full range of reproductive health care services,” including “a surgical care center.”
The abortion provider used a Dallas-area management company to secure the land, which was sold by Gladney Adoption Center. However, Gladney did not know it was doing business with the nation’s largest abortion provider, because Planned Parenthood used an intermediary. The adoption organization only found out who had purchased the land on Thursday.
“I bet they’re really disappointed to find out their land is now going to Planned Parenthood,” Graham said.
“As far as we’re concerned, being next-door to Gladney is wonderful,” said Planned Parenthood of North Texas President Ken Lambrecht, who claimed adoption referrals are a vital part of Planned Parenthood’s business. However, pro-life activists have pointed out that whereas Planned Parenthood commits hundreds of thousands of abortions each year, they only refer some 2-3,000 babies for adoption.
Planned Parenthood has used similar tactics to mask the end purchaser of properties in the past. Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains formed a managed service organization known as Charles Vandalia, LLC, which brought the ground for its new facility in St. Paul, Minnesota, the third largest in the nation.
“They’re actually having someone else do their bidding and their dirty work,” Graham told LifeSiteNews.
“However you stand on the issue, you got to be open about it, and don’t hoodwink others into violating their convictions,” Al Meredith, pastor of nearby Wedgewood Baptist Church, told CBN News. CBN reports the general contractor, The DeMoss Company, also built Wedgewood Baptist. Pastor Meredith has asked the company to remove the church’s name from its website.
“Our concern is this will become a megacenter for Planned Parenthood,” said Michael Dean, senior pastor at Travis Avenue Baptist Church. The new building is the largest part of a $21.5 million campaign to expand Planned Parenthood’s activities in northern Texas. Graham told LifeSiteNews, “the abortion industry is desperate to take down the Texas pro-life majority…because the state is a center of opposition to abortion.”
“If Texas loses to the pro-abortion agenda, the rest of the country will then probably lose to the pro-abortion agenda.”
Pro-life forces have made great gains in the state in recent years. “In 2011, Texas Right to Life led the effort to take as much money away from the abortion industry as we could, and we dealt them almost a 40 percent blow to their family planning revenue stream, which is a stream for the abortion industry,” Graham said.
The Lone Star State and the Obama administration have waged a pitched legal battle since Governor Rick Perry signed a bill to defund the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics last year. At least 11 clinics have closed as a result of the bill.
“Because of that the abortion industry is trying new tricks and they’re more desperate than ever…to keep their hands in our pockets,” Graham told LifeSiteNews.com.
“This killing center in Fort Worth is fully in line with their abortion agenda to keep taxpayers funding their agenda, and to harm women and unborn children.”