June 24, 2008
The headline on the front page of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal says, “Planned Parenthood Hits Suburbia. Abortion Provider Goes Upscale; Aid for Poor Questioned.”
The story is about how Planned Parenthood affiliates are aggressively expanding their reach with a network of suburban clinics and huge new health centers that project a decidedly upscale image.
There will be soft lighting and other additions to appeal to “women of means.” Apparently the poor have not been making Planned Parenthood enough money, so they are going after more money and even greater political clout.
This presents a special challenge to pregnancy care centers, which often exist year-to-year on tight budgets and operate in modest buildings. In recent years, the pro-life centers have transitioned to health clinics which allow them to use sonograms under a doctor’s supervision.
Planned Parenthood, with its government subsidies and donations from wealthy corporations, apparently is feeling the pinch. I guess 50 million dead babies since 1973 isn’t enough for them.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.