Planned Parenthood’s Houston Expansion

by | Aug 12, 2009 | Houston, Life

**If you are looking for information on the upcoming Prayer and Protest at the Planned Parenthood Houston’s new Super Center building, please visit my recent post by clicking here.**

I was stunned several months ago to learn that Planned Parenthood is in the process of renovating a building in Houston that when completed, could be the largest free standing late term abortion facility in the world. You read that correctly, 78,000 sq feet of clinic where babies up to 6 months (25 weeks) will be killed, according to the state of Texas. Since a Texas law change in 2003, Planned Parenthood in Houston has been forced to outsource their late-term abortion practice due to inadequate facilities. The new building is expected to comply with Chapter 171 of the Texas Health and Safety Code,

Sec. 171.004. ABORTION OF FETUS AGE 16 WEEKS OR MORE. An abortion of a fetus age 16 weeks or more may be performed only at an ambulatory surgical center or hospital licensed to perform the abortion.

The building is at the corner of Elgin and I-45 S (Gulf Freeway), overlooking my alma mater, The University of Houston, campus. I vividly remember seeing this building everyday as I would cross campus to my classes. Back then, it was just a 7 story bank building. Not only is the building sitting next door to UH, but also to Texas Southern University. The location is centered at the intersection of four “super-neighborhoods” of inner city Houston. These 4 neighborhoods are poor (combined average median per-capita income is $11,637) and approximately 90% minority residents. Raging Elephants has an informative video looking at this new Houston Planned Parenthood clinic and their choice of location.

Several pro-life organizations in Houston and across Texas are working together to stop this renovation from proceeding, through boycotts, publicity and peaceful prayer vigils. Texas Families Against Planned Parenthood is a coalition of these various pro-life groups that is focusing its efforts on this new facility. Visit their site and sign up for their email list to stay up to date with the progress and upcoming events.

Events, such as, prayer vigils on the public sidewalk outside the construction fence every Friday. According to stories, some of the workers will come and pray with them during their lunch break, asking God to forgive them for working on this building, but unable to quit during these hard economic times.

The website also lists the contractors and subcontractors working on the site. You are asked to respectfully contact them and express your concern for their participation in building the world’s largest free-standing late term abortion center. This type of intervention has been successful in either stopping the building of a clinic or seriously hampering their progress in other cities.

Take a moment, join with me in praying for the lives that potentially will be lost in this center, the workers at the site, the decison makers involved, and for those who will enter their doors should the clinic become operational.

*Update* Visit my recent post on this topic for an update on the progress of the facility and an upcoming Prayer March and Silent Siege.