Sunday, Oct 25, 2009 (Pasco) - Almost 700 residents of Pasco turned up this afternoon to send a strong and unequivocal message to the Pasco City Council: Say no to Planned Parenthood.
The council is deliberating an application from Planned Parenthood of Central Washington, an affiliate of the country's largest chain of abortion clinics, and central Washington's largest provider, to open up a new clinic in Pasco, next to Mark Twain Elementary School.
The Pasco Planning Commission recommended against the abortion giant's request, but our sources have told us that the city council has been intimidated by threats of lawsuits from the controversial organization if they don't get what they want.
Planned Parenthood has done television interviews in which they have indicated that they plan to bully their way into town even if nobody wants them. There is concern that a majority of councilmen may not be conservative enough nor brave enough to stand up to these threats.
But today's protest, in which local residents lined eight city blocks in downtown Pasco, was designed to give the council an idea what they can expect at the ballot box if they buckle to Big Abortion.
The event, which featured many signs in Spanish as well as English, was characterized by a seemingly constant background of car horns in support of the sign-holders by passing motorists.
One of the event organizers, Jim Toth, told us that nearly all local media outlets were notified of the event. The local TV station, KNDU, turned up and interviewed participants, including Dot Redman (shown left, talking to KNDU's Hilary Whittier), who was holding a printed sign stating "I Regret My Abortion." Ms. Redman is with the local chapter of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
Conspicuously absent was the local newspaper, the Tri-City Herald. The Herald has been derided in the past as "the publishing arm of Planned Parenthood of Central Washington".