Tuesday, May 23, 2006

For that unanticipated backseat quickie in the mall parking lot
Planned Parenthood Opens Quick-Service Clinic

By MARTIGA LOHN Associated Press Writer

WOODBURY, Minn. — Shoppers come to this upscale brick strip mall to pick up bouquets of cookies decorated like soccer players, or $39.99 bottles of Chateauneuf du Pape. Soon, they'll be able to get emergency contraception, too.

Planned Parenthood wants to expand its services to more areas, and the organization's leaders hope a plush fast-service clinic coming to this well-heeled St. Paul suburb next month will attract a new group of women who value convenience and can afford to pay full price…

Sister affiliates in states including California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Alabama have opened 87 express clinics in the last two years, and more are in the works. But Sarah Stoesz, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, said this one will take the focus on the customer to a new level.

"Ours will have a very different look and feel," Stoesz said. "We're going to the women where they spend their lives, to help them solve some of the problems in their lives."...

The bold and italics above are mine.

(Hat tip: Best of the Web Today)


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