EC Planned Parenthood: 6,000+ abortion referrals
By 01/17/2008 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County commissioners proclaimed late January as 'Sanctity of Life Week,' in which a proclamation of their social conservative stance on the abortion issue was put into a resolution.
However, it is a bittersweet resolution, as Planned Parenthood reported to County Judge Chad Adams in the early part of 2007 residents from Ellis County were referred to out-of-town abortion clinics (Ellis County currently does not have an abortion clinic) by a staggering figure of more than 6,000.
Local crisis pregnancy center Director Donna Young, in her testimony before the commissioners Monday Jan. 14, reported a total of 256 induced abortions performed during 2006.
Planned Parenthood referrals are counted as a higher number due to requests. Planned Parenthood's only Ellis County clinic is located near Waxahachie High School at 507 N. Highway 77 near Applebee's.
'In 2007, we served 490 mothers and families,' said Young, whose office is down the street from the Planned Parenthood clinic.
'The last verified numbers we have are 2004. In 2004, in Ellis County, 10 percent of total pregnancies ended in induced abortion.
'Also, 35 percent of all births in the county were to unmarried women. Of those, 75 percent were between the ages of 15 and 24. Most had less than a 12-year education.'
Commissioners court passed the proclamation unanimously.
'As we approach the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we want to celebrate the fact that each of us is unique and is created by God in His image,' Young said. 'I am here to represent the WRC Pregnancy Center, which began in Waxahachie in 1995 when we were known as the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Ellis County. We have served continuously in the county since that time.'