Fighting Planned Parenthood in Utah
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-07-10

As we identified in our 2018 Planned Parenthood Facilities Report, the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah currently operates eight clinics in the state. One of those clinics, the Metro Health Center in Salt Lake City, commits Medication and Surgical abortions. The other seven distribute abortifacient birth control products and refer to the Metro center for abortions. Utah state statistics show that there are 2,900 to 3,000 abortions a year in the state. Pro-lifers estimate that about 2,000 of these abortions are done at the Planned Parenthood Metro facility.

Within the last month, a new group held their first public event at the state capital in Utah. The group is Abortion-Free Utah. The exciting mission statement of the group is:

ABORTION-FREE UTAH CAMPAIGN MISSION STATEMENT: Utah has a long history of valuing children and working to strengthen families. As such, we Utah citizens from all backgrounds have come together to create a new, powerful life-valuing movement in our state. We believe that Utah should be the safest and most supportive place to bring children into this world.

Scientifically, a new human life begins at conception. Thus, we support the God-given right to life of all unborn human beings and decry all elective abortion that would end that human life in its most vulnerable stages.

We seek to educate and embolden citizens to stand up for the unborn and build up life-affirming resources and support systems in their communities. Women, children, families and our society deserve better than abortion.

Whereas Planned Parenthood performs the vast majority of all elective abortions in Utah, the United States and the world, we earnestly seek to stop the work of Planned Parenthood of Utah and rid our state of the harmful and life-devaluing effects they have brought to our state with their presence and practices.

At the event, Merrilee Boyack, chairwoman of Abortion-Free Utah, told the crowd: "We are inviting the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah to leave the state of Utah."

Bravo!

We are excited to welcome this new group into the battle against Planned Parenthood. Its website makes it clear that it not only wants to stop Planned Parenthood’s abortion business but recognizes the harm done by Planned Parenthood sexuality indoctrination programs. Abortion-Free Utah says on their website: “not only does Planned Parenthood target unborn children, they also have their sights set on all children (who they claim are “sexual from birth”) … they also have supported efforts to bring comprehensive sexuality education to the state's children. Planned Parenthood of Utah also works to gain access to children through libraries throughout the state, after-school programs, and other programs. They work to further their agenda by reaching and indoctrinating Utah children.”

We encourage all of our supporters in Utah and neighboring states to join with Abortion-Free Utah to get rid of the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah and all other abortionists in the state.