New Planned Parenthood location stirring controversy among pro-life and pro-choice advocates

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A security guard closes a gate at the construction site of a new clinic that is being built by Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday, June 13, 2019. The organization is working on the project despite a new state law that virtually bans abortion in Alabama. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Planned Parenthood is opening a new location in Birmingham this fall. It will replace the current location, as a state-of-the-art facility with much more space. 

As CBS 42’s Malique Rankin reports, Planned Parenthood won’t let controversy or the state’s recently passed abortion ban prevent them from continuing construction.

The new facility is expected to open this November, the same time the state’s abortion ban goes into effect. But some say the health clinic will mislead woman. 

“A child that is a beautiful gift from God does not deserve to be aborted. It is nowhere a protected right in this country for a child to be aborted,” says Paul Younce, a Theodore Resident.

While some see abortion as wrong, others say it’s a way to make sure women are safe and in the care of medical professionals.

“You don’t want to drive women to the back alleys to get illegal abortions,” says Rep. John Rogers (D) Birmingham.

Alabama is one of nine states that passed abortion bans in 2019. Rep. Rogers says its just a matter of time before Alabama’s law is overturned.

“They’ve tried every measure they could to overturn Roe v. Wade, and it has not worked. It won’t work because this is America. Freedom of choice and freedom of rights,” says Rogers.

But an opponent of the project, the Rev. Harry Reeder of the influential Briarwood Presbyterian Church in suburban Birmingham, said the clinic is “designed to give false counsel” to women that abortion is the best way to handle an unwanted pregnancy.

“We still stand and we will kneel in prayer that this facility will not be built,” Reeder during a news conference across the street from the construction site Thursday.

Planned Parenthood hopes courts block the new law by the time the new clinic is ready to open. 
Aside from abortion, the clinic will offer birth control, cancer testing, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

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