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Abortion Opponents Force Planned Parenthood to Change Visalia Plans

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An abortion opponent protests outside the Jackson Womens Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Mississippi in 2019. (AP File),
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In Tulare County, women wanting to end a pregnancy with help from Planned Parenthood are pointed to clinics an hour away in Fresno and Bakersfield.

Hoping to expand their clinic and eventually offer abortions, Planned Parenthood leaders began the process last year of securing a site in Visalia on Mooney Boulevard.

But even though Planned Parenthood intentionally left its name off the application documents,  the anti-abortion group Tulare-Kings Right to Life got wind of the proposal.

Documents obtained by Reuters show that more than 200 people shared their opinions on the proposed clinic with City Hall via handwritten letters, emails, and telephone calls.

Ultimately, the clinic’s opponents won out — for now. Planned Parenthood leaders said last week that they will hunt for a different Visalia location for the clinic.

Read more at Reuters.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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