Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 originally to remove poor and minority populations from society. Adolf Hitler was one of her disciples.
After years of demonstrations, now almost daily, by dozens of Pro-Life groups sponsored by many faiths and persuasions, Planned Parenthood, the principle abortion provider in Minnesota, bit the bullet and is leaving upper middle class Highland Park in St. Paul and is moving closer to its intended market, the poor and minority neighborhoods that surround University Avenue in St. Paul. They'll be within walking distance of the Raymond Avenue Light Rail Metro Transit stop when that line is completed in a few years. Construction is expected to start on both the new abortuary and the light rail line this year.
Planned Parenthood moving abortion clinic, HQ to Midway area
Planned Parenthood plans to move both its headquarters and its Highland Park abortion clinic to a new location near Vandalia Avenue and University Avenue in the Midway area of St. Paul.
Using $16 million it has quietly raised from private donors, the organization plans to complete the new building by December 2011, providing a full range of reproductive health services to men and women, as well as abortions. The new site will also house the organization's headquarters, including its education program, fundraising and public policy staff.
The current clinic in Highland Park, long a lightning rod for antiabortion protesters, has operated since the early 1980s and is an inefficient space, said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.
More importantly, she said, the new building -- with a large parking area, fences and plantings -- will provide more privacy for women patients who have generally had to walk past protesters to enter the Highland Park building. Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in the state, and all are conducted at that clinic.
The new, three-story facility will be environmentally efficient and provide a more convenient location for many of nearly 30,000 people in the Twin Cities who use its reproductive health services, she said. It will be close to the new Central Corridor light rail line, which is expected to open in 2014.
Planned Parenthood is also trying position itself for the impact of the new federal health care law, which is likely to increase demand for medical services, she said. Even now, demand for all its reproductive health services except abortion, is increasing, Stoesz said. Abortion rates both in Minnesota and nationally have been declining for several years.