Thousands Protest New Texas Abortion Clinic

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Thousands of pro-life demonstrators gathered on Monday to protest what they call "an abortion supercenter" in Houston, Texas.

An old bank building is being transformed into one of the largest Planned Parenthood facilities in the country. When construction is completed, it will be one of the largest abortion clinics in the nation at almost 80,000 square feet.

"Government tells us it is a right, we say it's a wrong," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "Government says it's a fetus, we know it's the face of our future."

The protestors hope they can keep the giant facility from opening. Its location in a minority neighborhood has caused concern.

"You may not say that Planned Parenthood is racist like her founder, but 76 percent of the abortion clinics in America are in Hispanic and black neighborhoods," said protest organizer Lou Engle.

Planned Parenthood is denying those charges.

"Frankly we could be located anywhere in Harris County," said Planned Parenthood spokesperson Rachelle Tafolla. "That's why we have 10 health centers in South East Texas. This particular facility is located in a neighborhood where it's easily accessible for our clients, provides a secure perimeter for our clients, who can come in with little to no harassment from protestors."

Planned Parenthood is moving forward with its plans. The clinic is scheduled to open later this year.

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