Orange County Catholic Attorney Gregory Weiler claims it would be "a necessary evil ... considered by a growing majority as an anathema."
Is it evil to provide health care to those who can't afford it? Is it anathema to offer cancer screenings?
More than 90 percent of Planned Parenthood health services are preventive. Every year it provides over 1 million cervical cancer screenings, 830,000 breast exams, and 4 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases — including HIV.
Abortion is legal. Abortion foes should be grateful that Planned Parenthood services prevent more than 612,000 unintended pregnancies each year. Only about 3 percent of services relate to abortion.
Weiler claims those appealing the clinic include "people who just don't want the disruption in the community."
Would these people consider a doctor's office or hospital disruptive? Is it disruptive to provide essential health care to men and women — especially young people — who couldn't otherwise afford it?
We don't need an Orange County lawyer to deprive local residents of affordable medical services.
We do need Planned Parenthood.
Pat Marriott, Los Altos