Show me the money

"Show me the money" Continued...

Issue: "Return to war?," May 5, 2012

Wenz at Houston's The Source For Women said WHP funds could enhance what they are doing. But she stressed that her organization would not be dependent on the government dollars. Their medical clinic slated to open in June is already paid for.

Operating in the same city as one of the world's largest abortion centers (a six story, 78,000 square foot Planned Parenthood clinic located in a former bank), Wenz is not shying away from going after Planned Parenthood. The Source decided to open up its new clinics in the same high-risk areas targeted by Planned Parenthood. These areas feature vulnerable women with little income and few transportation options.

"If she were to wind up in an unintended pregnancy she wouldn't have a lot of support, and she would certainly be in a position to make a hard decision," Wenz said. "So we will be right there where she can walk to us with zero expense."

Wenz has also gone to a nearby strip club and placed cards offering free 4D ultrasounds on car windshields and inside the club's bathrooms. Women came into Wenz's clinic carrying the cards like they were coupons.

The 4D ultrasound machine in one of The Source's offices is connected to a large flat screen HDTV. An image of an unborn baby bouncing about like a gymnast loops over and over again. Wenz says it belongs to a young woman who came to the office last year pregnant and with her parents already pressuring her to have an abortion. But the girl had the baby last December. "Have you ever seen an 11 week old dancing like that?" Wenz said.

Talking about the advances in imaging technology caused Wenz to reflect on her own abortion experiences 15 years ago: "If I had just had a little more information to deal with."

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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