Springdale (AR) doesn't want Planned Parenthood
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-08-07

We reported in previous issues of the Wednesday STOPP Report that Planned Parenthood Great Plains closed its facility in Fayetteville (AR) and is trying to find a new location in northwest Arkansas. The city council of Springdale heard that Planned Parenthood has expressed an interest in opening in their town. They don’t want Planned Parenthood in their community.

Although they can’t legally prevent Planned Parenthood from coming to town (as long as the organization obeys all of the city’s codes), they want to make their feelings known. The proposed resolution received unanimous approval of the “committee as a whole” on Monday, August 5. It will be voted on by the City Council on Tuesday, August 13. The non-binding resolution states: “Be it resolved by the City Council for the City of Springdale, Arkansas, that based on the foregoing the City of Springdale, Arkansas, hereby recognizes and designates itself as Arkansas’ first Pro Life City.”

Congratulations to the City Council of Springdale and to Councilman Colby Fulfer, who introduced the resolution and commented for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette that he hoped the city’s measure sends a message to Planned Parenthood, “respectfully asking the abortion provider to find another city.”

Other cities that do not want Planned Parenthood in town can do what Springdale has done. They also might consider one or more of the following actions:

Let it be known that:

  1. The city will not sign any contracts with Planned Parenthood or provide it any direct or indirect funding.
  2. No Planned Parenthood literature will be permitted at any time in any city-owned space.
  3. As a condition of employment, no city employee will be permitted to refer anyone to Planned Parenthood for any services.
  4. No Planned Parenthood employee or other representative of PP will be allowed to participate in any task force, workgroup, meeting, health fair, or any other activity where city money is involved in any way with the activity.
  5. No city employee will appear at any Planned Parenthood event where that employee is specifically cited for his/her city position. City employees are free to attend as private citizens as they desire.