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Prolife groups are using a new strategy to stop construction of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Austin, Texas. Six weeks after construction began the project's general contractor pulled out when it could find no subcontractors willing to provide concrete, plumbing, and other work.

Local concrete contractor Chris Danze organized the boycott, and now Danze says, every concrete supplier within 60 miles of Austin has agreed not to supply materials. Danze sent a letter to 750 executives of construction-related companies asking them not to participate. Calls and more letters followed urging companies not to participate in the construction of the facility, which was scheduled to open next year and provide abortions and other services.

Texas Right to Life got involved by thanking companies for pulling out and offering to share their names with the prolife community. Then churches got involved saying they would not work with any contractor who provided construction services for Planned Parenthood. According to the Yahoo Yellow Pages there are 615 churches in Austin. Planned Parenthood has three other abortion clinics.

"It's brilliant in the sense that most of these guys do large commercial jobs, and a lot of them do churches,'' David Bereit, director of Bryan-based Coalition for Life told reporters. "There are a lot more churches than abortion clinics in Austin.''

"Our organization will be documenting those construction companies that participate in the construction of this compound,'' wrote Danze … in an October letter to would-be suppliers. "We will forward a list of those companies that participated in the construction of this child-killing complex to the business community at large and the Austin and San Antonio church ...
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