Prayer At Planned Parenthood - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

08/02/05 - Lufkin

Prayer At Planned Parenthood

by Ramonica R. Jones

At a press conference Monday, Jim Sedlak called Planned Parenthood a child predator out to make money. He said the clinic encourages kids to have sex by giving them free condoms, birth control, and referrals to clinics that provide abortions.

"Our goal would be to cause such discontent with Planned Parenthood programs that people would stop patronizing them, that the local government would stop having any dealings with them, that contributors would stop giving money to them, and that they will have no choice but to close up their doors and move out of town," said Sedlak.

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood said the Lufkin clinic doesn't provide these services to stay in business, but to keep the community safe and healthy.

Thousands of East Texans go to the Lufkin clinic for all kinds of reasons: everything from HIV testing to screenings for cervical cancer to treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

"We absolutely do not encourage sexual activity, we do however encourage open communication between teens and their parents," said Michelle Green. "We also encourage comprehensive sex education, which discusses abstinence, but it also takes it a step further and it explains how to protect yourself if you are sexually active."

Members of Lufkin for Life and Bound4Life are hosting a prayer siege outside the Lufkin clinic for two hours a day every day this week. They're silently praying for the end of abortion.

Concerned Lufkin citizen, Jonathan Baldwin, said, "It has killed [more than 45] million babies since 1973 and [more than two] million a year, so it's a serious problem in our nation."

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Lufkin does not provide abortions and has no plans to. As for rumors the clinic's expansion project is to make room for doctors who end pregnancies, the clinic director said they're not true.

There are more than 800 Planned Parenthood clinics in America. They offer services for both men and women on a sliding scale for low-income patients.

Powered by Frankly