Planned Parenthood setting up ‘flagship’ clinic right next to two DC schools
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood is relocating its lead Washington, D.C. abortion facility to an abandoned warehouse between two school campuses in the United States' capital.
Sidewalks were still torn up recently near Two Rivers Public Charter School in Northeast because construction is underway for the impending abortion business, according to the Washington Post.
"We are close to completing our new, state-of-the-art flagship health center in Northeast D.C., which is slated to open at the end of 2015," the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Inc. states.
Planned Parenthood's top D.C. facility will be next door to an elementary school campus and across the street from a middle school campus.
The abortion behemoth is known for targeting minorities, with an inordinate percentage of facilities in minority neighborhoods, and young people through marketing sexual activity.
The school, some parents, and Planned Parenthood are worried about how potential protests of the nation's largest abortion business, currently embroiled in a human remains trafficking scandal, would affect students at the school.
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President and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington Laura Meyers said that other U.S. Planned Parenthood locations are near schools and that they "enjoy strong partnerships." Meyers also said that Planned Parenthood "educators" work in many middle schools and high schools, providing "lessons on reproductive health."
While the abortion facility is not yet open, it has drawn protestors, causing leadership of the D.C. school with the longest wait list of any charter school in the area, which has also been working with Planned Parenthood since the abortion giant bought the building in 2013, to communicate with parents to assuage their concerns.
The administration sent an august 27 letter citing "several protesters with graphic images," advising families not to engage with them and stating that the school is working with police to increase security in the area.
"We are frustrated that we cannot protect you and your children from images and language that you may not deem appropriate for them," the school's Executive Director Jessica Wodatch wrote in the letter. "What we can offer is that we will be relentless in doing all that we can to address this problem."
Two Rivers intends to refer children's questions about the issue of any protests back to their families, according to its letter, but Wodatch said school officials will provide age-appropriate messages about the protests themselves, such as:
Some people don't like the organization that is moving in next door and want to share their feelings through protesting. Sometimes that protesting may bother us because they are yelling or showing confusing or upsetting pictures. ... Those messages are meant for grown-ups, and not for you.
Finding the new space for its D.C. headquarters and abortion facility took two years. Planned Parenthood said that factoring into the choice was proximity to the D.C. Metro, its affordability, and space for on-site parking.
The abortion giant's officials worked with the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission and Two Rivers leaders as plans for the abortion location were developed, according to Meyers.
Planned Parenthood held a meeting at the school last spring to present the idea of the new clinic to parents, since it's frequently been the site of public protests, even before the videos recently surfacing showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of body parts from children aborted at its facilities.
"I am a parent myself," Meyers said. "I am tremendously sympathetic to parents not wanting anyone to be screaming at children about anything."
Tony Goodman, a Two Rivers parent and also an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, said Planned Parenthood and the school are working to "mitigate potential harm from future unrest."
For example, Meyers said, the school has scheduled a teacher work day for January 22, the Roe v. Wade anniversary, so there will be no student traffic at the school.
The head of the March for Life, which has drawn millions of pro-life pilgrims to Washington, D.C. in the 40-plus years Roe v. Wade, criticized the plans for the abortion behemoth to locate amid the school campuses.
"Planned Parenthood is our nation's largest abortion provider," March for Life Education and Defense Fund President Jeanne Mancini told LifeSiteNews, "claiming the life of 327,653 babies a year, as proudly reported in their latest annual report."
"In recent weeks we've witnessed Planned Parenthood behind closed doors, including a blatant disrespect for human dignity, and harvesting of little hearts, little lungs, little livers, for profit," she said. "Any parent in their right mind would adamantly oppose their child's school being located next to such a seedy business."