March 10th will now be known as Abortion Provider Appreciation Day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after the city council voted 7-0 in favor, CBS reports.
The vote came in Tuesday night, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made the announcement Wednesday morning. The day is supposed to commemorate the killing of Florida abortionist David Gunn, who was shot and killed on March 10, 1993. The timing of the resolution comes shortly after oral arguments took place at the Supreme Court regarding whether Louisiana abortionists should be required to have hospital admitting privileges like other doctors.
During his announcement, Mayor Frey singled out Whole Woman’s Health abortion facility as delivering “high quality care” and called the abortion chain “an essential part of our community.” However, Whole Woman’s Health is an abortion franchise with a dangerous history. The chain has locations in Minnesota and four other states, where health and safety inspection reports have shown a long list of violations, including a lack of proper sanitation and a failure to keep track of narcotics, as well as multiple failed inspections, as Live Action News has reported.
The measure immediately received major pushback. The Archdiocese of St. Paul said in an email that Catholics should send letters to object to the new resolution. “Be civil, but be direct and firm,” it read, according to Catholic News Agency. “What they have done is unconscionable.”
An editorial from a local citizen pointed out that pro-life charities should receive equal treatment. Senator Mark Johnson separately concurred. “Movements like this are indicative of the moral decline occurring in Minnesota and across our country,” he said in a statement. “Instead of celebrating abortion providers and their destructive habits, let’s take a moment to celebrate life and our local organizations who are on the front lines protecting women’s and children’s health.”
Contrary to what Mayor Frey claimed, abortion facilities like Whole Woman’s Health are not a necessary part of women’s health care. A number of pregnancy resource centers are available in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to provide support to mothers experiencing unplanned pregnancies. For any services not offered by PRCs, Federally Qualified Health Centers are able to provide comprehensive primary care services. Around the country, high quality, pro-life health care is also provided by innovative pro-life clinics like Obria.
On Twitter, Planned Parenthood declared the day a national holiday and sent out celebratory nationwide texts.
National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers was started in memory of Dr. David Gunn, the first abortion provider killed in the U.S., on March 10, 1993. We remember Dr. Gunn today and #CelebrateAbortionProviders who work everyday to care for patients with compassion. pic.twitter.com/7FyUhTolWU
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) March 10, 2020
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