Planned Parenthood construction moving forward despite protestors


Construction on the new Regional Health and Education Center for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon is moving forward despite protests.

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Construction on the new Regional Health and Education Center for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon is moving forward despite protests.

The new facility is being built in the Glenwood community between Eugene and Springfield.

Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of sexual and reproductive health care at nearly 800 centers nationwide. At some locations the nonprofit offers abortion services, a practice that stirs up resistance and causes protesters to picket construction sites and contact architects and contractors on the project team to express their disapproval.

“We didn’t want (the crews) to be blindsided,” said Cynthia Pappas, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. “We learned from other affiliates across the country who built new facilities, and workers need to be prepared to receive threatening letters. We met long before we ever broke ground when we hired these folks and gave them a heads-up. And they’ve been a very supportive crew.”

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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