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Ferndale to be Planned Parenthood's First Oakland County Location, Opening Monday

The clinic will not offer abortions, but it will offer services for the specific needs of the area's population.

Ferndale will be home to the newest Planned Parenthood clinic – the only location in Oakland County – beginning next Monday.

The clinic is scheduled to open its doors at 9 a.m. April 2. It will not be the only location in Oakland County, according to Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan’s agenda.

“We’ve found grave need in Oakland County,” said Desiree Cooper, spokeswoman for the local Planned Parenthood. “We took that information, layered it on with the people who drive out of the county to get our services, and decided to pursue places that would be beneficial.”

The locations Planned Parenthood searched were specifically along the Interstate 75 corridor and south Oakland County, she said.

“Oakland County does have a particular reputation for (higher incomes), but the reality of that reputation is that there’s many pockets that have been suffering a really long time,” she said, pointing to cities like Pontiac, Southfield and areas of south Oakland County.

Planned Parenthood originally purchased a building in Auburn Hills in the fall of 2010, but it was met with anti-abortion opposition that spiraled into a legal battle. That stall allowed Planned Parenthood to seek other opportunities around Oakland County, Cooper said, which led it to the space at 23338 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale ().

The organization isn't stopping there, though. “It’s not either or. With Auburn Hills, we prefer to think of it as it’s not happening yet. We just have to wait for the legal process to lend its way before we can go forward,” she said. “But, we aren’t willing to wait while people need help in Oakland County.”

Planned Parenthood will complement , Ferndale's free clinic, which does not provide OB/GYN care. Ferndale Mayor David Coulter told the Detroit Free Press that the free clinic has been overwhelmed, with a months-long waiting list.

It’s been six years since a clinic that accepts people on a sliding scale fee has been in the area, Cooper said, and the vacancy on Woodward in Ferndale allowed Planned Parenthood to get started with a new opening in a central location and decide what services were needed most.

“When you say Planned Parenthood, you might think of one service, but what’s important to know is that each clinic is different,” she said, explaining that 97 percent of services the organization offers is preventative care.

“Our core services are annual exams, breast cancer screenings, birth control, testing and treatment of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, and procedures that address pre-cancer cells in the cervix.”

Cooper said additional services, like prenatal care, vasectomies and the most controversial of their services – abortion care – are offered in select clinics based on the population’s need, as well as funding. The core services that will be found at the Ferndale location address the needs that the Michigan Department of Public Health found in Oakland County.

“Many people we serve from Oakland County are students or younger women just starting out, and a surprising number are older women who have lost their jobs and do not have health insurance,” Cooper said.

Planned Parenthood is often the last resort for women and families in economic hardship, right before they feel forced to neglect care, she said.

Monica Migliorino Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is concerned about the new clinic. “It’s distressing when they open anywhere,” she told the Detroit Free Press and said her group will picket the clinic.

Coulter said the city isn't concerned about protesters. "This is Ferndale. We have protesters on a weekly basis. We've learned how to accommodate free speech," he said in the Free Press report.

The Ferndale clinic, while just announced today, has been in the making for quite some time, Cooper said. A fairly small staff of around a half-dozen will manage the clinic and those hires are already in place, many of whom come from Oakland County themselves.

The Ferndale city government has been of “great cooperation” while Planned Parenthood worked to renovate the space and go through ordinances.

At Monday's City Council meeting, Planned Parenthood Mid and Southeast Michigan and given the opportunity to make a special presentation.

She said opening the clinic in Ferndale feels like they've "come home." 

Former mayor and current Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey welcomed Planned Parenthood to Ferndale today in his blog, Covey’s Corner. He said Ferndale is “proud” to be the new location.

“Political pressure from religious ultra-conservatives had kept Oakland County bereft of a formal Planned Parenthood presence for years. Anti-choice activists didn’t want you to know that 97% of all Planned Parenthood activities are essential life-saving cancer screenings, pap smears, breast health services, STD treatment, and health counseling and education. Yet for many of their patients, mostly poor, a visit to Planned Parenthood was the only health care they got,” he said in his blog post.

“Oakland County has the 2nd largest number of low-income women without health insurance in Michigan. We are thankful that an organization like Planned Parenthood provides health care for so many people. The alternative is much higher health care costs in emergency rooms and for advanced disease that would be borne by us all.”

Cooper confirmed the clinic will serve Ferndale's diverse community. "We will definitely be reaching out to the LGBTQ community," she said. "Our core services are already responsive to the needs of many in the LGBTQ community, but often they don’t think of Planned Parenthood as a place that is welcoming to them. Nothing could be further from the truth."

Planned Parenthood clinic in Ferndale

Where: 23338 Woodward Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, noon-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.
For more information: For more information or to schedule services, call 800-230-PLAN or visit www.plannedparethooddetroit.org.

Saplej March 26, 2012 at 09:18 PM
So the one that used to be in Pontiac didn't count?
Margaret Rayburn March 27, 2012 at 04:06 AM
That's fantastic news! It is a much needed service in this area. I personally know several women (and men) ages 20's to 50's that have no health insurance. We should be proud that our community is reaching out to those in need with Ferncare & now Planned Parenthood.
Cameron Bailey Koyle March 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Thank GOD!! this is soooo needed.
Jen Nelson March 27, 2012 at 05:12 PM
We need a REAL health center for women and families, NOT Planned Parenthood! From the jargon and rhetoric this sounds like the perfect solution for women's health. Yet when you dig a lil deeper, you see that PP is full of fraud all at the expense of women's health. They accept hundreds of thousands of fundraised money from Komen, yet they don't do the breast cancer screenings they claim to, they ONLY make referals to other low income clinics that do! (Those clinics should get donations,not PP)Last year, it was discovered that several locations were covering up/willing to cover up girl sex trafficing, stagetory rape situations w/14yr old girl abused by 30+ yr old man, and not to mention they seem to have a problem with insurance fraud and overcharging our government millions of $ for services not rendered!They claim that abortion is their least aquired service,yet it brings in the majority of their income/profit!They literally sell abortions and PP clinics that dont do abortions, refer to PP clinics that do...
MikeD March 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
What About the Location in Pontiac?? Thats been there for years!
Easydude March 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Why has the city taken up the responsibility of caring for the world?
Margaret Rayburn March 28, 2012 at 03:24 AM
To Jen Nelson: Those are very serious claims & abuses you mention. Could you please cite your sources? Thank you.
Brigid Kowalczyk March 28, 2012 at 06:08 PM
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/planned-parenthoods-incoherent-response-sex-trafficking-sting-video_541203.html Article on PP and sex-trafficking of young women, prostitution, statutory rape. http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/abortion/209811-rep-blackburn-urges-full-scale-planned-parenthood-investigation Article on congressional investigation of PP.
Margaret Rayburn March 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Thank you, Brigid. I will check them out & the reputation of the bloggers. I am looking for facts and not just opinions. I appreciate your post. Thanks.
Linda Baker March 28, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I'm happy to see PP in the neighborhood and hope that there are no problems from people that want to regulate womens health care PP will work on a sliding scale for low income people without insurance to cover major health issues. There are many in SE Oakland County in need of their services that will have their health issues cared for now. PP would not be serving the public need if they didn't refer those in need of an abortion to a clinic of their own that does them - better a coat hanger in an alley or a medical procedure done properly by a Doctors office with aftercare if necessary? I would trust PP with my or my daughters needs any day. Those of us that grew up in the 50's and 60's know what is at stake here - womens rights period. PP offers women a choice in their future - if you don't want to support them don't - but don't deny health care to women in need - anti choice has no place in medical needs.
Rev. Gregory Lowrey March 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Ferndale's own Sean House is promoting a protest of the opening. Maybe supporters of PP should attend his Picket also to show Ferndale supports this valuable organisation. A lot (prayerful) haters will be there. Some compassionate reason might not be a bad addition to the mix. (From Sean) Attended this important picket: Monday, April 2, 2012 11:00am to 12:30pm 23338 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, MI Many of you already know that CPLS has been in the forefront to keep PP of Mid-and South Michigan from opening its mega-abortion center in Auburn Hills, MI.
Brigid Kowalczyk March 29, 2012 at 05:14 PM
The headlines I read on this website knocked me for six! (That’s a cricket reference - it means I was totally blown away.) Newborn Saved from Dumpster by Man who Later Finds Out He’s the Father? Dutch journalist threatened with torture, death following letter condemning abortion? No jail time for woman who strangled newborn because Canada accepts abortion, says judge? Performing abortions is ‘extremely gratifying’ - leading UK abortionist? Are you serious? Do these things actually happen? Yet all of the above questions are actually headlines from LSN.
HeyMon March 31, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Always in Pontiac or places like Ferndale, which is right next to Detroit. When is Planned Parenthood going to open up their 'clinics' in West Bloomfield and Novi?
Margaret Rayburn March 31, 2012 at 03:13 PM
HeyMon: ??? Your point, please? Without explanation, your post reeks of racism and classism.
Pamela Joles December 26, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Planned parenthood clinics need to be closed down, Over $688 million of taxpayers dollars are funding these clinics. Thats $11.00 every second! Babies aborted are over 652 million, one baby every 96 seconds. Its amazing crimminals are appointed attorneys if they can't afford one, but our unborn babies have no voice. 98% of Planned parenthood services are abortions!!!! Having a abortion will affect a woman for the rest of her life. Google Planned Parenthood and read how many abortions they perform yearly? If a baby is outside of the womb for one second its considered murder but if the baby is nesting in a mothers womb, its considered legal, how sick is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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