One could argue that Planned Parenthood is following the lead of so-called “big box” stores. With abortions on the decline and a difficult economy, the organization has shifted from small neighborhood clinics to large regional facilities.
Since 2007, the abortion provider has opened a big clinic in Aurora, Ill., outside of Chicago, a 23,000 square-foot facility in Sarasota, Fla., and a 40,000 square-foot facility in Denver. Now, the fourth “supercenter” is opening in Houston, Texas, Tuesday, May 11. It’s the largest of the new clinics, standing six stories tall with 78,000 square-feet on six acres.
The Business of Abortion
Pro-lifers in Houston fear it will dramatically increase the number of abortions.
“Planned Parenthood isn’t investing this kind of money in order to do less business,” Father Carlos Martins, with the Houston Catholic Charismatic Center, said. “The center sits just across the Gulf Freeway from the clinic. Martins was one of the pro-life leaders who opposed the supercenter from the start.
In public statements, Planned Parenthood said it’s opening the facility to meet demand.
“There is an increasing need for affordable health care in Houston and Harris County because we have more uninsured residents than any other area in the nation,” Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, Inc., said in a statement.
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