Planned Parenthood is building an 8,000-square-foot abortion facility in New Orleans but progress has been slow, in part because of the purpose of the clinic.
The building is partially constructed but there has been no work performed on it since June, says Benjamin Clapper of the Lousiana Right to Life Federation.
He tells OneNewsNow: "They've run into a number of issues including hiring an unlicensed contractor, their contractors being fined by the state Board of Contractors, and a seeming inability for them to recruit and hire other contractors to do the work of building this abortion facility."
A contractor was also fined for doing the work under a false name.
The city approved the permit last December for the $4.2 million project.
Even though the words "abortion" and "Planned Parenthood" are not on the building contracts, word has spread about the purpose of the construction project. The contract describes simply a "medical office building."
In a story about the construction project, New Orleans news station WWLTV reported the fines have delayed construction since July.
The story also quoted a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman who blamed weather and "scheduling challenges" for the delays, and also blamed "intimidation campaigns" for delaying what she referred to as a "health center."
Recently, Planned Parenthood hosted a job fair targeting minority-owned businesses expecting several hundred firms to show up. About 40 people turned out, claims Clapper.
One factor may have been that pro-lifers were demonstrating outside the job fair – just as they have been at the abortion clinic construction site.