Early last month, a representative of the group Stop Planned Parenthood in Port St. Lucie (Florida) called the Pro-Life Action League to ask for our help.
The Planned Parenthood abortion facility in nearby Stuart had announced on its website that it was planning to relocate to Port St. Lucie (a city of 190,000 about 100 miles north of Miami), and this group of local pro-lifers was looking to find out what steps they could take to try to prevent the abortion giant from moving into their city.
The group had already begun recruiting supporters to attend an upcoming city council meeting, so we sent them a supply of our “Getting to Know Planned Parenthood” brochures and encouraged them to get an assortment of our protest signs (which they did).
When the time came for the city council meeting on November 25th, pro-lifers came out in droves, as you can see in this outstanding local news report:
By this time, I had been submitting regular Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the city for any permit applications filed by Planned Parenthood, and after this meeting, I urged the local pro-lifers to keep a close eye on the location where Planned Parenthood was hoping to move into at 1696 SE Hillmoor Drive to monitor whether any work was being done without the proper permits.
A few weeks later, this vigilance paid off.
If You See Something, Say Something
On December 10th, a concerned citizen noticed that work was being done at Planned Parenthood’s would-be new location despite no permits being posted and called city hall, which promptly sent out an investigator who observed that work was being done illegally at the facility. (A copy of the investigator’s report obtained by a FOIA request can be viewed here.)
Employees and agents of Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion chain—aren’t above the law, but it’s no surprise when they act as if they are. Instances like this illustrate that if you don’t keep an eye on your local abortion clinic, no one will.
As things stand now, Planned Parenthood still has to submit architectural plans to the city for review before permits can be obtained. This process can take some time, so Planned Parenthood may not be able to open in Port St Lucie as scheduled on January 22 (a date obviously chosen intentionally, as it is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide).
Watch this space for developments.