At Planned Parenthood’s Expansion Clinic in Kansas City, 8 out of 11 Reject Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Kansas City, MO – Planned Parenthood had gleefully announced that medication abortions would begin last week in Kansas City after a long-sought facility license was granted by the Missouri Department of Health. By the end of the week, Planned Parenthood and their elderly abortionist, Ronald Yeomans, may not have been quite so happy.

Last Monday, as Christians from Kansas and Missouri prayed and offered help outside shabby mid-town Planned Parenthood, eleven women received informed consent for abortion information and began their 72-hour waiting period, as required by Missouri law.

On Thursday, the day the women would return for their abortion drugs, Kathy Forck, who leads a pro-life street presence in Columbia, Missouri, went back to Kansas City and joined up with a team of Kansas City sidewalk activists led by Wendy Curtis. The activists to continues to pray for the women and their babies and offer practical assistance – before it was too late.

According to Forck, the Christians left rejoicing about the outcome.

“The results were these — only four of the eleven moms from Monday came back and one of them at the last minute chose life and spoke with a KC sidewalk advocate who affirmed her in her choice for life. The young mom had a very faithful friend with her who supported the young mom in keeping her baby!” said Forck.

That means eight women who intended to abort their babies at Planned Parenthood in Kansas City changed their minds!

Planned Parenthood must have been surprised that only three women showed up to actually go through with their abortions. That represented a significant loss of expected income for the new abortion center.

Despite evidence that there may be little demand in Missouri for abortions, Planned Parenthood hasn’t given up on their expansion plans even though the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that Missouri may enforce their licensing requirements while a court challenge is pending.

Now, Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region, which hoped to expand into Joplin and Springfield, has filed with the U. S. Supreme Court to force the Department of Health to issue licenses to their two locations and another in Columbia, which is operated by Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

Planned Parenthood offices in Kansas City, Columbia, Joplin, and Springfield have no licensed physician that has qualified for hospital privileges within 30 miles of those facilities, which is required under the current Missouri law.

The Kansas City office was allowed to continue offering medication abortions only because it was licensed under the injunction that preceded the Eighth Circuit’s decision.

“We rejoice with the pro-life advocates who stood vigil at Planned Parenthood in Kansas City last week, and thank God for the blessing of saved lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which encouraged activists in the Kansas City area to cover the new abortion facility. “We pray that the state will be victorious over Planned Parenthood’s Supreme Court petition and over its lawsuit so lives can continue to be saved.”

Read related story: 8th Circuit Temporarily Allows Missouri to Block Abortion Licenses for 3 Planned Parenthood Facilities

[Note: All photos courtesy of Kathy Forck.]

Got Junk: Late-term Abortion Business Loads Up Junk Truck in Preparation for Closing

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, Maryland – Somehow, calling the 1-800-Got-Junk people seemed appropriate for Germantown Reproductive Health Services as it prepared for its permanent closure.

A local pro-life activist snapped a photo of a junk truck at GRHS on August 30, 2017, as it was loaded up with office equipment and furnishings from the notorious late-term abortion facility.

“I’m not sure there is a sweeter sight than a junk truck coming for the contents of an abortion facility,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

GRHS and an affiliated abortion facility, Prince Georges Reproductive Health Center, have been bought and closed by the Maryland Coalition for Life.

It was Operation Rescue that first identified GRHS as the new location of LeRoy Carhart’s late-term abortion business in 2010, after Carhart’s home state of Nebraska passed the first-in-the-nation 20-week ban on abortions due to evidence that pre-born babies can feel pain.

GRHS was one of the few facilities to conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

So, what will Carhart do now that GRHS is closed? Read Operation Rescue’s recent report for a “heads up” on possible plans.

Note: The above photo is from a pro-life activist who is not affiliated in any way with the Maryland Coalition for Life.

Roofing Contractor Leaves Abortion Facility Job Half Done After Learning Truth

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, Kansas – A contractor has walked off a roofing job at South Wind Women’s Center, an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, leaving the installation of a new roof only half completed after it learned it had been deceived into thinking it was working on a real estate business.

South Wind’s owner and administrator, Julie Burkhart, sought the services of Farha Roofing under the guise of Kellogg, LLC, while concealing the fact the building was actually an abortion facility. It was only after Farha Roofing began the job on the leaky, flat-roofed building that they found out the true nature of Burkhart’s business, thanks to Mark Gietzen and the Kansas Coalition for Life (KCFL).

“Farha Roofing was slow to comply with our request, but they eventually pulled off the job, leaving it half-done, and have not been back since,” Gietzen said yesterday in a written statement. He thanked all pro-life supporters who called the company to complain.

White-edged portions of the roof were the only parts completed, including the area over the garage. However, the clinic portion of the roof still showed the original brown trim, indicating that none of the patient-used portion of the building had been re-roofed.

The roofing contractor left what appeared to be foam insulation material stacked on pallets in the parking lot.

It may be a long time before any more work is done. South Wind has had difficulty finding anyone in Wichita to work on their building and have had to go out of town — and even out of state — for some venders, such as plumbers and electricians.

“The message is loud and clear. The people of Wichita do not want an abortion facility operating in their city,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which is based in Wichita and often partners with the KCFL.

Gietzen plans to send letters to all area businesses warning them of Burkhart’s use of deception to trick contractors into servicing her South Wind Women’s Center abortion facility.

Sign of the Times: Planned Parenthood Permanently Shutters Office in Texas

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dickinson, TX – Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has permanently closed its clinic in Dickinson, Texas. While the facility did not offer abortions, it did refer women seeking abortions to their large surgical center in Houston.

A sign on the door of the shuttered Planned Parenthood office, photographed by a local activist last week, announced the closure and referred all clients to the Houston abortion center on Gulf Freeway.

That sign could be considered a sign of the times. This closure is one of nearly 20 closures of Planned Parenthood offices nationwide and continues the organization’s trend of downsizing facilities that either do not offer abortions or are not turning a profit. Decreased demand for Planned Parenthood services continues to be a driving factor in the closures.

“We are encouraged to see closures like this one in Texas and across the nation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Any time a Planned Parenthood facility closes, it is great news for women and babies, who have one less business marketing abortions to them.”

Meanwhile, the Texas State Legislature continues to do its part to establish a Culture of Life in Texas that protects women and taxpayers from exploitation by the abortion industry.

Undaunted by the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned many women’s safety provisions previously enacted, the legislature continues to press forward with pro-life legislation.

So far, Texas has advanced bills that would require greater reporting of abortion complications, separates abortion coverage in insurance policies, and prohibits state and local government agencies from contracting with abortion businesses. Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature passed a bill that requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies.

Louisiana Abortion Facility Shuts Down, Moves Out

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bossier City, LA – Louisiana Right to Life has announced that an abortion facility in Bossier City has closed its doors and returned its outpatient facility license to the Louisiana Department of Health.

LRTL also reported that a moving van was spotted outside the Bossier City Medical Suite (also known as Abortion Assistance) on April 11, 2017.

The Bossier City Medical Suite abortion business, which offered both surgical and medication abortions, sued the State of Louisiana in Federal Court last year challenging several laws that regulated abortion (June Medical Services LLC, et al. v. Rebekah Gee, et al.). Louisiana Right to Life obtained a letter filed as a public record in that case from the Center for Reproductive Rights, which indicated the abortion facility had closed.

Operation Rescue confirmed that the phones to the abortion facility have been disconnected and their website has been placed in maintenance mode.

The Bossier City Medical Suite conducted over 7,000 abortions from 2006 to 2015, according to LRTL.

In 2009, there were seven abortion facilities in Louisiana. Today, there are just three. Those facilities are the notorious Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge, the Women’s Health Center (formerly Causeway Medical Clinic) in New Orleans, and Hope Medical Clinic for Women in Shreveport.

“Abortion facilities continue to close at a brisk pace all over the country. This is a trend that has been ongoing since 1991. Since then, 76 percent of all abortion facilities have shut down, contributing to a dramatic decrease in abortions nationwide,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “When abortion clinics close, lives are saved.”

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