Planned Parenthood supporter speaks out


We brought you a story last week on Planned Parenthood being built in El Centro which is causing a lot of controversy in the community.  Now we have someone in support of Planned Parenthood.


Planned Parenthood is scheduled to open in the beginning of Spring in El Centro.

It’s being met with some opposition.

We spoke with Councilwoman Cheryl Walker last week.

She says there’s no stopping their existence in the city.


“They are an education entity where they educate people when they need to know what’s going on with their bodies and what are the options,” Calexico Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Hildy Carillo said.

Planned Parenthood is a member of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce.


“I know that my board of directors are a little bit split on Planned Parenthood, but they fully understand.  I personally support Planned Parenthood.  I think they’re needed in the Imperial Valley.  We have probably one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy,” Carillo said.

According to Planned Parenthood the Imperial Valley ranks fifth in California in teen pregnancy.

“Being from a Mexican American family, being a Latina, I know that it’s difficult for our families to discuss these issues.  We need to provide information,” Carillo said.

The health center will provide cancer screening… birth control visits… disease screenings and abortions.


“I know they get accused of being abortion clinics and I totally disagree with that.  That would probably be one of the possibly last options,” Carillo said.


We called Planned Parenthood several times and e-mailed several times.   They finally e-mailed and said they will not respond until the facility is built.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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