After more than one year of construction with a degree of secrecy rivaling military campaigns, Planned Parenthood has announced it is adding the finishing touches on its newest abortion clinic.
The mega-clinic is a mere 13 miles from Missouri’s last remaining abortion clinic in St. Louis.
Per CBS News:
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.
Colleen McNicholas, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, said the facility was built in secret to avoid protestors and delays. Other Planned Parenthood projects had run into problems once the public realized the construction was for an abortion provider. In one instance, a communications company had refused to install telephone and data lines; in another, a cabinet maker never delivered an order, McNicholas said. In Birmingham, Alabama, protestors targeted Planned Parenthood’s suppliers, flooding their social media accounts with fake negative reviews.
“We were really intentional and thoughtful about making sure that we were able to complete this project as expeditiously as possible because we saw the writing on the wall — patients need better access, so we wanted to get it open as quickly as we could,” McNicholas said during an interview with CBS News.
Planned Parenthood expects the facility to begin taking patients later this month. In the meantime, the organization’s St. Louis location said it planned to double its clinic escort staff on Wednesday in anticipation of increased protests.