NEW ORLEANS - James Eggleston prays daily near the site of a proposed Planned Parenthood on South Claiborne Avenue near Napoleon. He is among those opposed to the clinic because it would offer abortions.
What could be one of the most influential protests so far is a letter from Archbishop Gregory Aymond that has been distributed in every Catholic church in the metro area through the Archdiocese newspaper, the Clarion-Herald.
In it, Archbishop Gregory Aymond says "Abortion is a grave evil... The Archdiocese is obliged to remind every person and organization involved in the acquisition, preparation and construction of this or any abortion facility that they are cooperating with the evil that will take place there.”
Aymond said the Archdiocese will boycott any person or business who plays a role in helping the Planned Parenthood facility to become a reality.
Months after the May groundbreaking, no work has been done at the site.
“Every day there's not abortions happening on Claiborne Avenue is a good day for the city of New Orleans,” said Ben Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, which runs the NolaNeedsPeace.com campaign.
The campaign has signs around the city that say “More Planned Parenthood = More Abortions.”
Clapper believes protests against the clinic are prompting contractors to shy away.
“We want to make sure that Planned Parenthood will not continue its goal of performing abortions on Claiborne Avenue,” Clapper said.
“For nearly 30 years, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has provided high-quality health care to tens of thousands of Louisiana women and men. Planned Parenthood is committed to ensuring women across this state get the health care they need to stay healthy and the information to make responsible health decisions. Planned Parenthood will continue to do everything possible to ensure that women and men in Louisiana have access to the full range of reproductive health care they need,” said Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast spokeswoman Rochelle Tafolla in a statement.
No one from Planned Parenthood would speak on camera.
Planned Parenthood doesn't perform abortions at its current clinic on Magazine Street, and has maintained that abortions account for only 10 percent of its health care services nationwide.
But those like Eggleston say, one abortion is too many.
Aymond was out of town and unavailable for an on camera interview.
The facility was initially slated to be complete by early 2015. Tafolla did not respond to questions about the status of construction.
To read Aymond’s letter in full, click here