Planned Parenthood offers services in GV |

Planned Parenthood offers services in GV

Planned Parenthood Inc. is coming to Grass Valley to offer birth control, family planning counseling and other services.

Every Tuesday beginning today, a nurse from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte will see clients at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains facility on South Church Street. The services will be provided under the auspices of Nevada County Citizens for Choice Inc., a nonprofit organization that will rent space from the church.

The facility is not a clinic, Laurel Knapp, president of Nevada County Citizens for Choice, said Monday, but an outreach program, and no surgeries will be done.

Knapp said her organization wants to bring health care choices to Nevada County residents. “We just felt that their options are limited.”

Abortion services listed in the Pacific Bell phone book are offered by out-of-county providers. Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital does not offer abortion services, Gary Cooke, spokesman for the hospital, said Monday.

Citizens for Choice tried to bring Planned Parenthood to Grass Valley a year ago. But the group, which operates independently of Planned Parenthood, postponed its plans.

Citizens for Choice has since become a nonprofit organization and obtained tax-exempt status, Knapp said.

John van der Veen, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, said his church decided to rent space to Citizens for Choice because of the Unitarian national organization’s pro-choice stance.

The church also supports freedom of expression, van der Veen said. “We believe that our local community should have free expression, no matter what the belief is.”

Among those who oppose Planned Parenthood is Nevada County Voice for Life, an anti-abortion group.

More than 1,000 Grass Valley and Nevada City citizens have signed a petition opposing Planned Parenthood coming to the area, Voice for Life’s Web site claims.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is based in San Jose and serves 40 counties in California and northern Nevada.

Knapp declined to give Planned Parenthood’s office hours in Grass Valley. According to the Grass Valley Police Department, the program will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m Tuesdays.

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