Anti-abortion activists are taking another swing at shutting off access to women’s health care by threatening surrounding businesses. This time, a group is believed to be threatening to picketf an Enterprise Rent-a-Car facility if it continue in its agreement to loan parking spaces to the Redwood City Planned Parenthood clinic opening across the street. Without the additional parking spaces, the city says it cannot let the new clinic operate.
Via the San Jose Mercury News:
Michelle Tangunan, an associate planner for the city who oversees the clinic application, said that after the use permit was approved, Planned Parenthood informed the city Enterprise might try to pull out of the agreement.
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Lupe Rodriguez, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, confirmed that the rental car chain had expressed “second thoughts” about making nine spaces available. Rodriguez said she doesn’t know why Enterprise might try to renege from its legally binding contract with Planned Parenthood.
Laura Bryant, a spokeswoman for St. Louis-based Enterprise, told The Daily News by email late Tuesday that the contract “is not executable because it does not have all the necessary signatures.” She did not elaborate or say whether there may be other reasons the company is backing out of the arrangement.
So what changed their mind? According to one anti-abortion protester, it was their threats to demonstrate outside the business. “They (Enterprise) were the ones that made it possible for Planned Parenthood to open up.”