View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Your full-service Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Carthage has received state approval to open a fertility clinic.

The State Department of Health granted the license after a long, contentious hearing process.

Elizabeth Bordon, Planned Parenthood’s executive director, applauded the decision.

“This clinic will allow us to address more of women’s health care needs,” Bordon said. “It will also address the needs of men.”

The clinic will offer fertility testing and counseling, in-vitro fertilization, and donor services.

The clinic will begin operation in May.

In addition to its traditional education and pregnancy prevention services, Planned Parenthood of Carthage already offers genetic testing and abortion services. Bordon said the new clinic will fit in with the spectrum of services PP provides.

“We want to make sure that our clients get the babies they want when they want them,“ Bordon said. “When it comes to sexuality, we want to be a full-service organization.”

The announcement was greeted with dismay by local prolifers who had battled approval of the clinic.

“Full-service? They want to be there to start the baby, then kill it if it’s not the right kind,” said Dr. Mary Breeder, coordinator of the Carthage Coalition for Life. “It just goes back to Planned Parenthood’s eugenics roots.”

Bordon dismissed Breeder’s charges.

“We don’t believe in imposing our beliefs on women,” Bordon said. “We are working hard to pass laws that will keep the anti-choice crowd in check.”

As for rumors that Planned Parenthood also planned to add an adult bookstore and an escort service to its outreach efforts, Bordon declined to comment.

Planned Parenthood spokesperson Susan Smith later said, “Planned Parenthood has no plans to operate such businesses.”

When asked about such two such businesses housed in Planned Parenthood’s former main offices, Smith said, “Those businesses simply lease space owned by Planned Parenthood of Carthage. They are separately incorporated.”

The Lusty Living Bookstore and Ecstatic Escort Service are both owned by Bordon’s long-time partner, Alene Wornos. She has been operating the businesses out of Planned Parenthood's former offices on Main Street since the organization moved into the multi-million dollar complex it built on Sanger Road.


Blogger Richard Grabman said...

Mary Breeder?

9:28 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Of course, according to Church teachings, she had to "marry" to become a Breeder, and, as the Church acknowledges, the process of becoming a Breeder can be quite "merry." You may also have noticed some familiar names (though spelled slightly differently) from history and the news - Bordon and Wornos.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Goldfinch said...

I wonder if what you posted is for real. Associating Planned parenthood with adult book stores. Oh well, consider the source.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

It is, of course, fiction as far as I know. But then, the fact that you could imagine it true suggests that it is believable PP could be associated with such a business. The local PP runs a weekly sex talk column on the same page as a column that talks about "toys" and porn, and I vaguely remember the issue of porn coming up in the PP column as well (but I'd need to go back and check just to make sure).

12:18 PM  

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