San Antonio Mother Uncovers Covert Planned Parenthood Strategy to Open New Abortion Biz

In a year when multiple states have opened official investigations into its practices, Planned Parenthood has been discreetly expanding the reach of its abortion services in Texas. The nation’s leading provider of abortions has set its latest covert action for Thursday, December 17—one week before Christmas Eve. The issue stems from Planned Parenthood’s attempts to thwart a pro-life Texas law enacted in 2013, policies crafted on a bipartisan basis which require abortion centers raise safety standards to the level of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). Such ASCs can only operate in commercially zoned buildings due to heavy water and road use, among other issues. Months ago, the San Antonio City Council granted Planned Parenthood an exception to city zoning policies—allowing the group to remodel an existing facility and open its abortion center 50 feet from families’ homes in the Dreamhill Estates neighborhood. On Thursday, the San Antonio City Council convenes in an all-day meeting to consider this issue along with other city business. “Politicians often look for busy times to handle issues they’d rather go unnoticed,” says Nicole Hudgens, a policy analyst for Texas Values Action who attended a city hearing last week with over 100 concerned citizens. “San Antonio city leaders are trying to seal a special deal with Planned Parenthood days before Christmas, just as Texas families are focused on celebrating the greatest pro-life miracle of all time,” states Hudgens. Lorie Rojas, a resident of Dreamhill Estates in San Antonio, has seen how this new abortion center has already affected her family’s quiet neighborhood. Raising four children with her husband Roland, she took time away from holiday preparations...

Judge Says Planned Parenthood Unlikely to Succeed in Having MO Abortion Business Law Ruled Unconstitutional

  ADF Attorneys: Law requiring abortion businesses to follow reasonable safety standards like other medical facilities is “common sense” MO governor’s administration retains ADF as legal counsel after Planned Parenthood sues over abortion business safety law. In an order issued 24Sept07, a federal judge wrote that Planned Parenthood is not likely to succeed in having a Missouri law that holds abortion centers to the same safety standards as other medical facilities ruled facially unconstitutional. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund represent Missouri Director of Health and Senior Services Jane Drummond in a lawsuit Planned Parenthood filed against the new state law, which the court has put on hold while both sides negotiate on some specifics as to how the law will apply. “Abortion clinics should not be exempt from common-sense regulations that protect the health and safety of Missouri patients. We’re pleased that the court agreed with this and said that he did not believe Planned Parenthood would succeed in its arguments that the law is facially unconstitutional,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt. A “facial” challenge is a common legal tactic used to strike down a law in all of its applications. Under the new law, HB 1055, abortion sites would be designated as ambulatory surgical centers, and as such would have to meet specific safety standards to protect the patients at those centers. Abortion centers that would fall under the new designation are those where second- or third-trimester abortions are performed as well as places where more than five first-trimester abortions are performed each month. The order in Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri v. Drummond...