- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 19, 2002

As CEO of First Resort, a pregnancy consulting organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, I took great interest in Michelle Malkin's Jan. 14 Commentary column “Abortion empire strikes back.” I appreciate the perspective her article presented since few take the time to notice that there are organizations like First Resort that provide quality, non-judgmental services to women making decisions about their unplanned pregnancies.

I would, however, like to make a correction regarding Miss Malkin's reference to First Resort. The second to last paragraph of Miss Malkin's column states that “NARAL's [the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights League's] California chapter recently succeeded in shutting down” our program. We are, however, thriving in the Bay Area and continue to provide women with high-caliber medical services and compassionate counseling as they are faced with unexpected pregnancies. The political pressures that the California chapter of NARAL placed on Kaiser Permanente unfortunately resulted in that key alliance being dissolved. Nonetheless, First Resort remains as diligent and dedicated as ever in serving women throughout the Bay Area, equipping them with the information and resources they need to make informed decisions about their unplanned pregnancies.


SHARI PLUNKETT

President and CEO

First Resort Inc.

San Leandro, Calif.

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