I am responding to Merilyn Brady's letter to the Visalia Times-Delta dated Feb. 4, 2022. I am also a (registered nurse). I worked at Kaweah Health for 47 years.
First, I would like to address her derogatory use of “ignorance” to describe those who oppose Planned Parenthood’s expansion in Tulare County. This disdain for sincere concerns from fellow citizens reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment during the 2016 election.
Those who reject this new clinic are certainly not ignorant of the abortion giant’s long presence here in Visalia. Nor are we ignorant of the “healthcare services” they currently offer.
Instead, it is because we do not “disregard the health of our residents” that we oppose Planned Parenthood's plans to build a larger clinic here. Our love for our neighbors is why we so strongly oppose efforts to perform abortions here in Visalia.
We do not dispute the tragic statistics that Tulare County’s current doctor-per-population ratio underserves many residents. However, Planned Parenthood’s version of “expanding healthcare” will do little to solve this crisis.
They indeed receive over half a billion dollars from taxpayers annually to provide “healthcare.” But despite this massive infusion of government funding, Planned Parenthood serves a small part of the US population. In addition, a closer look at their annual report shows any actual “healthcare” they offer is minimal at best.
So, you might ask, what does Planned Parenthood provide? They are the nation's largest abortion chain, performing over 300,000 deadly procedures each year.
Why would Visalians want this organization to expand their empire and eventually do abortions in our town?
As a nurse, I believe the first role of any healthcare provider is not to harm. As a lifelong resident of Visalia, I oppose any expansion of Planned Parenthood in Visalia, especially an abortion clinic.
As a board member of Tulare Kings Right to Life, I plan to attend the next Visalia City Council meeting on March 7 at the Visalia Convention Center. Our elected leaders need to hear from everyday citizens who oppose this issue. I hope they see how many other citizens of Visalia/Tulare County feel, as I do, that we strongly oppose any expansion of Planned Parenthood.
Patricia June Boon is from Visalia.
This article originally appeared on Visalia Times-Delta: Proposed Planned Parenthood clinic not right for Visalia