New 18,000 sq. foot mega-abortion clinic built in secret in Southern Illinois

By Dave Andrusko

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When Planned Parenthood skulks about, using shell companies to hide that it is building a new mega-abortion facility, for example, it can count on the likes of CBS News to keep a lid on the construction of an 18,000-square-foot mega-clinic in southern Illinois.

Better yet, it can rely on CBS News to use Kate Smith, whom you may remember provided a particularly unctuous, servile portrait of Planned Parenthood’s new interim President Alexis McGill Johnson to put PPFA’s stealth action in the best possible light.

This time the fawning portrait is of Colleen McNicholas, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, a kind of reverse Florence Nightingale.

Here’s the headline—“Planned Parenthood has been building a secret abortion ‘mega-clinic’ in Illinois”–and the lead paragraphs

After over a year of secret construction, Planned Parenthood announced its newest abortion facility on Wednesday: an 18,000-square-foot mega-clinic in southern Illinois. The new location is just 13 miles away from Missouri’s last remaining abortion clinic, a facility in St. Louis fighting to keep its license.

Since August 2018, Planned Parenthood has used a shell company to construct the facility, leaving no public trace that the former medical office would become one of the largest abortion clinics in the country. CBS News first visited the site in August, while it was still being built. [Underlining mine.]

Smith says PPFA expects its newest killing machine to be operational—“to begin taking patients”– later this month.

Why the secrecy? “To avoid protestors and delays.”

Smith tells us that while Missouri is one of the most pro-life states—or, in her phraseology, “nowhere is access to abortion less secure than Missouri”—Illinois is ramping up to be the New York of the Midwest— “In Illinois, lawmakers have gone in the other direction, expanding abortion access and loosening restrictions. Earlier this year, lawmakers in Springfield passed the ‘Reproductive Health Act,’ legislation that establishes access to abortion as a fundamental right.”

What do pro-lifers think? This being CBS News and Kate Smith, it’s no surprise that there is not a single pro-life voice. Instead, we’re told that while this gigantic abortion clinic hopes to take up the slack for the closures of Missouri abortion clinics, it “doesn’t mean they’re giving up on Missouri.”

“Our supporters, our patients, the board, everyone is so committed to the mission of being present in Missouri and taking the responsibility to provide access to abortion for Missourians in the place they live,” McNicholas said. “Although I am confident it will be a fight, we will continue to show up to that fight.”

Guess what? Pro-lifers aren’t giving up, either.

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