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PPFA appeals state decision that an another abortion clinic in New Orleans not needed

by | Feb 11, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

PPFAappealLAreLast week NRLC Director of Education Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon penned a fascinating overview of an abortion battle being waged in New Orleans—“Planned Parenthood Kept at Bay on the Bayou.”

Since that article appeared—today actually–Planned Parenthood said it would appeal a decision by Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert to deny their request to build a new clinic in New Orleans.

Secretary Kliebert wrote

“Your application failed to establish the probability of serious, adverse consequences to recipients’ ability to access outpatient abortion services if you are not allowed to apply for licensure.”

As Dr. O’Bannon explained

One new regulation that played a critical role in thwarting this latest Planned Parenthood expansion effort was an extension of the “Facility Need Review”(FNR) requirement in 2012 to cover abortion clinics. This meant no one could build a new clinic in Louisiana without proving to the state that the facility was needed.

Planned Parenthood applied for an FNR in October of 2014. Early last month, they received a letter from the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) telling Planned Parenthood its request was denied.

In other words, Parenthood simply hadn’t demonstrated the need for another abortion facility in Louisiana as required under the 2012 regulations.

There are at least five other abortion clinics in the state, with two identified abortion “providers” in New Orleans. Planned Parenthood has two centers in the state, one in New Orleans, the other in Baton Rogue, neither of which currently advertise abortions.

“Though Planned Parenthood and its supporters have talked about the need for a new clinic to address high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and teen pregnancy, and vague unmet need for ‘health care’ among poor women,” Dr. O’Bannon wrote, “it is critical to note that one service the new larger Planned Parenthood clinic is slated to offer is one the old clinic did not: abortion.

The Associated Press reported

Planned Parenthood’s 74-page application to the state, posted online by the anti-abortion organization Louisiana Right to Life, says the current providers don’t have the capacity to ensure women in the region have access to abortion services.

Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the application suggests the New Orleans area needs 2,844 new abortions every year.

“Our city needs more peace and more authentic health care, not a mega-facility to sell abortion to our citizens,” Clapper said in a statement.

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