Pro-Lifers Keep PP Abortion Business out of Luverne, MN!

By Debra Braun, Education Director

St. Paul, April 23, 2020 — At the last minute, Planned Parenthood of North Central States (PPNCS) was thwarted in its efforts to open a “telemed” chemical abortion center in Luverne, Minn. (population 4,745).  This victory was the result of the research and coordination of Pro-Life Action Ministries and the efforts of the strong pro-life community in the tri-state region surrounding Luverne.

Luverne is located about 40 miles east of Sioux Falls, S.D. where PPNCS (based in St. Paul, Minn.) operates an abortion mill, with the abortionists traveling there from St. Paul.  However, this abortion center has not been doing abortions since late March, according to Sara Beaner, the Sidewalk Advocates for Life Program Director in Sioux Falls.  Apparently, it is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although the specific reasons are unknown.

In mid-April, Pro-Life Action Ministries learned that PPNCS was scheduling chemical abortions (the abortion pill) in Luverne beginning on Monday, April 20.  The abortion client at the leased office on Main St. in Luverne would speak with an abortionist at the PPNCS headquarters in St. Paul via webcam and then take the first of the two drugs used in the chemical abortion procedure.  This drug is meant to kill the baby and then the woman would take the second drug at home up to 48 hours later to expel the baby.  “Telemed” abortions are illegal in South Dakota, which explains why PPNCS chose a nearby location in rural Minnesota.  It already does “telemed” abortions in Rochester, Minn. 

Pro-Life Action Ministries quickly alerted its supporters to this urgent situation and asked them to contact the mayor and city council.  Mayor Patrick Baustian called Brian Gibson, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, after being overwhelmed with messages from concerned citizens.  He said he would look into the situation.  The owners of the property, Cary and Karen Radisewitz, confirmed they were leasing to PPNCS (the abortion mill was to move in over the weekend).  Also, the two other tenants in the building were caught completely unawares by all this.  Because we had included the address and a photo of the building in our original e-mail to supporters, these two businesses were inundated with calls and took up the issue with the owners. 

By 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, the owners had terminated the lease with PPNCS.  Mr. Radisewitz was quoted in a local newspaper, “Planned Parenthood has never operated in our building, isn’t now and won’t in the future.”  This was a very interesting way to spin his involvement, but it was confirmation that PPNCS was not moving in.

We pray that the women who had abortions scheduled in Luverne have chosen life for their children!  To the best of our knowledge, the Sioux Falls PP is currently referring callers to abortion centers in St. Paul, Rochester, and Omaha, Neb., each of which is about 200 miles (or more) from Sioux Falls.

Look out southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa

“We thank the good people of Luverne and the surrounding region for their quick action in keeping a killing center out of their area.  We strongly suspect that PPNCS, having failed to open up in Luverne, will be scouring for another location to commit these abortions,” said Gibson.  “If you know people in the area, encourage them to keep a diligent lookout for this possibility in their town.  Do they know property owners in their area who are Planned Parenthood supporters?  It is far easier to stop Planned Parenthood from coming in than to get them out once established.”

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