The fight over Planned Parenthood's new Claiborne Avenue clinic in the city of New Orleans has been contentious, to say the least.
From the beginning, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has condemned Planned Parenthood's effort to bring another abortion clinic to the area, as the abortion giant's Magazine Street clinic does not offer abortion services. And from the beginning, Archbishop Gregory Aymond was vilified by the local media, portrayed as using intimidation tactics and threats to drive Planned Parenthood out of the city.
But Aymond's crusade against Planned Parenthood has been courageous. Just as Christians are being picked apart for not standing up for themselves and collapsing to liberal, cultural norms like abortion, Aymond did not allow himself to be intimidated by Planned Parenthood.
Weeks ago, New Orleans City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell spoke at a Planned Parenthood meeting in a Presbyterian Church in the city. But do not think for a second that this abortion rally, disguised as a "healthcare rally for women," was picked up by the local press.
Naturally, Cantrell did not speak about the abortion services that come along with Planned Parenthood at the rally. Instead, it was as if Planned Parenthood is some kind of magical place where women are treated like queens and given the best kind of healthcare they can find.
But that is just not the case. Planned Parenthood is an abortion giant. But all Planned Parenthood wants to talk about is "healthcare" and mammograms and pap smears. Even in Planned Parenthood's radio ad, the abortion giant never makes any mention about offering abortion services at its new site.
So if abortion is not a heinous medical procedure that women are conned into getting because they are told they have no other choice, why won't Planned Parenthood advertise its abortion services?
Planned Parenthood does not advertise its abortion services, but at the same time it filed an appeal to a Department of Health and Hospitals' decision blocking it from performing abortions at the new center, arguing there is a lack of some 2,844 abortions a year in the New Orleans area.
While the abortion giant pretends to not be all about abortion, its leaders site in their argument to the state that the clinic is necessary in order to perform thousands of abortions that are lacking in the city.
Not only did the local media ignore the abortion rally Cantrell attended, but it has also long ignored how Planned Parenthood targets black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
As Planned Parenthood disguises itself to care the most about minority women, the abortion business only cares about them because it is getting rich off their struggles.
In 2012, the group Protecting Black Life released a report which found that 79 percent of all Planned Parenthood abortion clinics were within walking distance of black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
Why is Cantrell not talking about how Planned Parenthood targets black and Hispanic women disproportionately over white women? Why isn't the local press asking these same questions?
Aymond and pro-life groups should take note as to how they have been portrayed in the press and how Planned Parenthood has been able to dominate the narrative of the debate.
Abortion is a culture war, without a doubt, and Planned Parenthood's effort to deceive minority women into believing that abortion is their only option must be called out. Aymond and pro-life groups are essential to challenging these abortion norms among the black and Hispanic communities and, unfortunately, they will have to continue to ask the questions that the local press simply will not ask.
That's the real, modern battle of New Orleans.
Even though they have made construction progress, OUR mission of exposing Planned Parenthood's abortion business is not finished.
Planned Parenthood officials have stated they believe 2,844 abortions need to be performed at this facility every year. We believe New Orleans needs peace, not more abortions.
We will continue standing against Planned Parenthood to protect the unborn babies and women they are targeting for abortion.
Will you continue to take a stand?
We invite you to join us next to Planned Parenthood's property at 4612 S. Claiborne Ave. in New Orleans at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 18 for our "Stand for the 2,844" Rally.
Ramona Trevino, who worked for three years as the
manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Sherman, Texas, will be the special guest at the rally.
Also participating in the event are Archbishop Gregory Aymond, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, Pastor Dennis Watson of Celebration Church, Dr. Kathy Allen, director of Louisiana Black Advocates for Life, and others. We are thrilled to have these local leaders standing for life.
We hope you will join us at the rally as we stand for the lives of the 2,844. Because we stand for these lives, we must stand against Planned Parenthood.
- Louisiana Right to Life