Planned Parenthood Celebrates New Abortion Clinic Near Disney World

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | May 15, 2014 | 5:19 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood opened a new clinic within minutes of Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida in an effort to reach its "young and diverse" Hispanic residents.

The Kissimmee mega-center will target a largely Hispanic population, regional Planned Parenthood president and CEO, Jenna Tosh repeatedly emphasized to the Orlando Sentinel:

"Osceola is one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States, and it's home to a young and diverse population of people who face a number of barriers to accessing the affordable, high-quality care they need," said President and CEO Jenna Tosh. "We're very excited to be able to do this."

"The center won't actually be operational until late May or early June. But the fact that abortions will be available there has made it a flash point before it even opens," the Sentinel reports.

Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) attended Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the clinic, which was closed to the public. Grayson blew past protestors, telling Shark Tank media he had "no thoughts" on the controversy as he was whisked through to a back entrance so that he could attend the Planned Parenthood event.

"A majority here is Latin, and we gotta face the facts," Lourdes Cancel, a protester told Shark Tank. "[I]t's obvious when they come and open something like this, in such a huge Hispanic community," she said.

"Located in Osceola County, this region is one of the most diverse and fastest growing in Central Florida, and is experiencing an increasing demand for health care services," Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando says in an announcement of the new facility, adding that "Osceola County is a rapidly growing, predominantly Hispanic community."

Last month, approximately 200 Osceola physicians and community members protested the new $2 million abortion "mega-center."