Washington DC PPFA is moving flagship abortion clinic next door to elementary school

By Dave Andrusko

tworiversschoolDCEvery once in a while there is a confluence of events or news stories that remind us both just how evil Planned Parenthood is and how invidious its plans are to infiltrate schools at all levels.

Yesterday (and today as well) we wrote about a hearing held Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee titled, “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.”

Committee members heard from two women who survived saline abortions in 1977, James Bopp, Jr., NRLC’s Legal Counsel, and Priscilla Smith, a pro-abortionist who directs Yale Law School’s Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice.

It was an eye-opener on many levels, but particularly in the testimony of Gianna Jessen and Melissa Ohden, on the one hand, and Smith’s exchange with the committee chair pro-life Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), on the other.


Rep. Goodlatte described in detail what happens to an unborn baby in a dismemberment abortion, where the child is literally torn apart.

“Is this a humane way to die?” Goodlatte asked.

Matter of factly, Smith responded, “I believe for a fetus–a pre-viable fetus–yes, dilation and evacuation is a very humane procedure.”

“Very humane.”

I thought of that exchange when I read a story last night in the Washington Post, “New Planned Parenthood clinic moving in next to charter school, creating concerns.”

PPFA is replacing its headquarters on 16th Street NW, just blocks from the White House. Where is its flagship abortion clinic going to be located?

“The clinic — in the 1200 block of Fourth Street NE — will be next door to an elementary school campus and across the street from a middle school campus,” reports the Washington Post’s Michael Alison Chandler. [My emphasis.] Why there?

Because of proximity to the Metro , space for on-site parking, and affordability, according to Laura Meyers, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington.

And, on top of that, Meyers told Chandler

other Planned Parenthood clinics in the United States are near schools and that they “enjoy strong partnerships.” She said that Planned Parenthood educators work in many middle schools and high schools providing lessons on reproductive health [aka abortion].

From the story, it’s impossible to know just how deep or widespread opposition is among parents to their new neighbor, scheduled to open in the spring. One parent questioned how “wise” it was to put a PPFA clinic literally between two schools, adding

the clinic’s placement is an “in your face” affront to many of the families with children attending the school, particularly those with religious beliefs that don’t condone abortion.

We do know that Two Rivers Public Charter School in Northeast Washington, DC, is one of the most sought-after charter schools “with 1,381 children ­waiting for a spot in preschool through eighth grade,” Chandler wrote. “The school celebrated the opening of a third campus in Ward 5 in August.”

Jessica Wodatch, the school’s executive director, declined to comment for the story but along with other school administrators, sent a letter to parents August 27 describing protesters who stood in front of the middle school and the elementary school campuses outside the construction zone. Suffice it to say they were not pleased.

In the letter Wodatch wrote she wanted to “protect children” from the protests. According to Chandler,

The school plans to refer children’s questions about the subject of any protests back to their families, the letter said. But Wodatch said school officials will offer age-appropriate messages about the protests themselves, such as:

“Some people don’t like the organization that is moving in next door and want to share their feelings through protesting. Sometimes that protesting may bother us because they are yelling or showing confusing or upsetting pictures. . . . Those messages are meant for grown-ups, and not for you.”

They are meant for adults, but can be a useful reminder to everyone that over a quarter of each generation is lost to the Abortion Industry, personified by Planned Parenthood.

Those babies that were dismembered were not protected either–from “clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments [that], slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off.”