By Katherine Cochran
According to KCBD, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and most notably and initially, our State Senator, Charles Perry, Planned Parenthood has announced that they are hiring select positions for their new location in the City of Lubbock which will be announced later this year. Here is a portion of their statement, quoted from KCBD: “We recently posted for staff positions and are planning to announce the opening of a new Planned Parenthood health center in Lubbock later this year. In light of the history of harassment by extremists opposed to Planned Parenthood’s mission, it is our ongoing policy to not comment on health center projects for security reasons…. For the past three years, a priority for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas has been to expand Planned Parenthood’s services in West Texas to increase access to affordable healthcare services including breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV tests, testing and treatment for STIs, birth control…, and safe, legal abortion services.”
Planned Parenthood’s statement goes on to claim that Texas has “the highest percentage of uninsured residents of any state”. I did not need to verify this claim. I only needed to do two simple internet searches to find out if Lubbock has anything to offer the poor and the uninsured. I searched “women’s health Lubbock” and “pregnancy centers Lubbock” and I found websites and contact information for four not-for-profit pregnancy centers and two community health centers that have services geared towards women’s health and offering affordable healthcare to women. Many of them offered free pregnancy tests and other services like ultrasounds, baby care items, parenting classes, and financial assistance. These sites featured inviting interfaces and gentle encouragements; pictures of homey-looking sitting rooms and smiling faces. Most importantly, most of these locations, if not all, have medical doctors and nurses waiting to care for the women of Lubbock.
I mention this brief list of women’s services Lubbock has to offer to counter any argument that Lubbock needs a Planned Parenthood. Yes, Planned Parenthood may offer all of those services that they list before “safe, legal abortion”, but the establishment of a Planned Parenthood in Lubbock is not about Lubbock women’s need for healthcare; in contrast, Planned Parenthood wants Lubbock women to pay them big money to abort their children.
We cannot allow this atrocious, murderous enterprise masquerading as an oasis for struggling women back into our town. Our duty to our God, our nation’s values, and to Life itself morally obligates us to prevent it at all costs. An author in this paper previously wrote concerning the likelihood of Planned Parenthood returning to the Lubbock area, and well folks, they are upon us. If we value Life and the lives of our community, the unborn babies of Lubbock, Texas, we will not allow Planned Parenthood to set foot in our city and gain access to our children.
PLEASE SIGN SENATOR PERRY’S PETITION TO KEEP PLANNED PARENTHOOD OUT OF LUBBOCK:
And read my friend’s article in this same edition for more of what YOU can do to stop Planned Parenthood.
Submitted by Katherine Cochran, Animal Science student at Texas Tech University and Secretary of Raiders Defending Life.