Fight against Planned Parenthood in El Paso and Lubbock, Texas
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In 2013, the Wednesday STOPP Report brought you the happy news that, after many years of opposition by local pro-lifers, Planned Parenthood had closed its facilities in Lubbock, Texas, and left town. It transferred its assets to another reproductive health organization that did not do abortions. At the same time, Planned Parenthood was closing other facilities in Texas and, by the time the dust settled, Planned Parenthood was not operating any facilities in West Texas.

Then, in March 2018, the Dallas News broke the story that Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas received an anonymous donation of $9 million to open abortion facilities in “West Texas.” Planned Parenthood stated at the time that the $9 million, along with an additional $1 million donation, would allow them to open two new facilities. Planned Parenthood did not name the cities in which it was interested.

The first new West Texas facility was opened in October 2018 in El Paso, Texas. Pro-lifers in El Paso immediately began action opposing Planned Parenthood. The effort is being led by Mark Cavaliere, the executive director of the Southwest Coalition for Life. The Coalition has worked to unite the larger Borderland region (New Mexico and Texas) and has been called one of the most high-impact local pro-life organizations in the nation, having closed three abortion facilities in just over three years. They are hard at work focusing on the Planned Parenthood facility.

Planned Parenthood announced in July of this year that it would be opening a new West Texas facility in Lubbock, Texas. As usual, Planned Parenthood would not divulge the location of its facility until everything was ready. As KFYO reportedthis week, “A few months after Planned Parenthood’s announcement in July, Senator Charles Perry of District 28 proposed a city ordinance that would effectively ban abortions in Lubbock city limits. The ordinance was essentially rejected by the Lubbock City Council … But it seems the Lubbock City Council will need to take up the ordinance after all since a petition titled ‘Citizens Initiative Petition Declaring Lubbock a Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ in favor of the ordinance has now been officially certified by the Office of the City Secretary … the city secretary (validated) 4,526 (signatures on the petition), surpassing the 3,651 signatures required. The Lubbock City Council must now hold a public forum on the ordinance and vote on its proposal within 30 days. A public forum on the ordinance is currently scheduled for Saturday, November 17th, 2020 at 3 p.m. … If the city council votes down the ordinance, then it could make its way to the ballot in May of 2021 for residents in Lubbock County to vote on.”

Congratulations to pro-lifers in both Lubbock and El Paso for keeping the pressure on Planned Parenthood.