Washington, D.C. (30 June 2009) – In 1937, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger personally visited her gleaming new Planned Parenthood offices in El Paso, Texas. Today, American Life League will join local pro-life activists in celebration of another major victory, as all seven of the Planned Parenthood of El Paso facilities permanently close their doors.
“We expect many more closures in the days to come, as people become aware of Planned Parenthood’s sex-crazed birth control and abortion business,” said Rita Diller, director of American Life League’s STOP Planned Parenthood project.
After 72 years in operation, PP of El Paso cited financial concerns as the reason for closing down. Only months ago, PP was seen as a permanent fixture in the city.
“What happened to Planned Parenthood of El Paso is part of a larger trend,” Diller said. “One by one, with hard work and prayer, these facilities are closing down, no matter how entrenched Planned Parenthood may seem to be in a particular community.”
The closures come only one month after Rita Diller joined American Life League to head up the STOPP project. Diller and Bishop John Yanta, in conjunction with STOPP, exposed PP’s sordid business in the Amarillo area. Diller saw all 19 PP facilities in the Texas Panhandle close.
STOPP consults with pro-life groups throughout the nation to shed light on PP. STOPP representatives visited El Paso to instruct and encourage pro-life advocates in 1996 and 2001, at the request of Rev. Rick Thomas, S.J., a priest best known for his work with the poorest of the poor, who reside in and glean their living from the trash dumps of El Paso.
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- American Life League: STOP Planned Parenthood http://stopp.org/
- El Paso Times: Planned Parenthood to Shutter El Paso Offices (27 June 2009) http://www.elpasotimes.com/health/ci_12701705
- Michigan Messenger: Clinic Closing Ends Tumultuous Era (17 June 2008) http://www.elpasotimes.com/health/ci_12718665