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New Planned Parenthood mega-clinic 'preying on pregnant women in Illinois and Missouri,' group says

State Government

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 17, 2019

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With regard to Planned Parenthood's behemoth abortion facility that was built in secrecy near the southern Illinois-Missouri state line, leaders at the Thomas More Society insist they’ve seen this kind of thing before.

“The deceptive move is reminiscent of the abortion giant’s covert Oct. 2, 2007 opening of what was then the nation’s largest abortion clinic in Aurora, Illinois,” the not-for-profit public interest law firm recently said in a press release. “Planned Parenthood’s subterfuge a dozen years ago prompted the Thomas More Society to file a quick lawsuit.”

While the group hasn’t publicly indicated how it plans to proceed this time, Thomas More Society Executive Vice President and General Counsel Andrew Bath leaves no doubt about how the organization feels about the new facility.

“Illinois’ expansive new abortion law, which allows dismemberment abortion up to the moment up birth, is affecting women and children beyond the boundaries of the state,” Bath was quoted in the release. “Planned Parenthood’s pattern of operating in secret is a disgrace and an insult to the good people of Illinois. That ghoulish vendor of death hid its true identity and the building’s intended purpose to avoid the objections they knew would come from the people of the community they’ve now infected.”

As in the case of the Aurora construction, Planned Parenthood is accused of hiding behind shell company status to keep the project top secret.

“Planned Parenthood is obviously taking advantage of Illinois’ newly earned status as the Midwest’s ‘abortion tourism destination state,’ targeting women and children from across the Missouri state line, where laws are in place to protect women and girls from the most radical and dangerous abortion practices,” Thomas said in the release. "This purveyor of death has pulled off a sneak attack on the unsuspecting residents of both states in order to profit by preying on pregnant women in Illinois and Missouri.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed off on the Reproductive Heatlh Act that many have condemned as the most extreme pro-abortion legislation in the U.S. by making abortion “a fundamental right” in Illinois. The southern Illinois facility instantly becomes one of the largest abortion clinics in the country and comes at a time when, increasingly, states have sought to obstruct access to the procedure.

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