Planned Parenthood's Sandra Fluke Event Forced Out of Midtown Bar Proof

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Good enough for Obama, not for Proof Patio & Bar.
Planned Parenthood's quarterly "Cocktails For A Cause" get-together last Tuesday had some extra star power -- Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student famously called a slut by Rush Limbaugh for daring to speak her mind. What the event didn't have was a venue, after the bar that had agreed to host it mysteriously backed out at the last minute.

The trendy Proof Patio & Bar, above the even trendier Reef restaurant in Midtown, initially said it would love to host the usually low-key event. (Hey, 100 people on a Tuesday night -- why not?)

But the day before the event, Proof management called Planned Parenthood and backed out.

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"It was a logistical issue," a manager murmured when Hair Balls called.

Logistical issue? You're a bar, it's Tuesday so you'll probably be dead without the event, there's 40 acres of parking across the street, the weather was nice so the patio would be usable. So what, you were out of tonic water?

Some people couldn't help wondering if the presence of protesters -- even the small number that may show up for such a PP event -- scared off management of Proof or one of the nearby places.

Planned Parenthood officials won't say what happened, either. All they know is that -- with a big-name speaker in town -- they had one day to find a new venue. (Thanks to the ball-lessness of certain people, they didn't add because they're nice.)

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The marketplace of ideas, outside the Continental Club.
Stepping in was Continental Club manager Pete Gordon, who agreed to host the gathering.

"They were our neighbors when we first opened [Planned Parenthood has since moved], I know those folks, I support them, so when they called I said yes," says Gordon. "Fortunately we had an open night for them."

One attendee told Hair Balls about the Continental Club scene, "When I arrived, there were a couple of people holding signs and protesting."

The number eventually grew to "about ten" protestors. HPD had two officers present, but they mostly stood in the side street between the club and the Double Trouble coffee shop. No incidents were reported.

But Gordon had some fun with the protestors, marching among them holding a placard that read "Gabba Gabba Hey."

"It was all peaceful," says Gordon. "They did their thing, the people inside did theirs."

Media relations officer Rochelle Tofolla of Planned Parenthood said the event went off without a hitch and drew over 100 people, who paid $20 a ticket to hear Ms. Fluke speak.

As for the protestors, she laughed and said, "It's the same people who picket the clinics. It's sad, because they really don't understand women's health issues. They just know they're against abortion and against birth control.

"Cocktails For A Cause" is a quarterly mixer held by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

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fredD
fredD

I've decided to start an organization in protest of all the unconcieved babies in the world. Every sperm is sacred. Oh so sacred.

gauche
gauche

Planned Parenthood carries out a variety of necessary medical services to poor women, and is instrumental in delivering preventative exams and treatments. Providing abortions is a very small part of what they do, but it's equally important because anti-abortion terrorists have killed and intimidated other private doctors who previously provided the service, and now women who choose to pursue a choice that is legal, have few places to turn.

jeff.texas
jeff.texas

Thanks for the story, Houston Press. More people need to see that Planned Parenthood kills children for profit and this helps the pro-life cause. St. Arnold's, Proof, Reef, Sorrel Urban Bistro... And anyone else who wants to help PP raise money to kill children should know that Prolife witnesses will be at their front door letting the customers know where their money is going.

Don't direct your anger at Reef. Instead give them your support and encourage the owners to stay far away from PP.

Matt Li
Matt Li

proof is super douchey so who cares

Bren Ke
Bren Ke

Sandra Fluke drew 100 people? Really?

Sam Samson
Sam Samson

Skip Proof. I know I'll be spending my money elsewhere...

Khadir Abdullah
Khadir Abdullah

the bouncers at proof didn't let someone in? *shocked*

gustafsonD
gustafsonD

Reef is a Poof, and Proof is Poof for going along with Reef and the well-connected. overly-concerned babysitters that have nourished local guys like the Astro-cap wearing boy-wonder. Both are products of massive PR, connections to dad's law buddies and some talent that's not much better than average. So it's no wonder they swallowed their cajones and caved at the slightest possibility of any taint.

Richard Tew
Richard Tew

welcome to midtown, home of fruits and nuts.

berencheats
berencheats

good. now force the entitlement loving hag to buy her own birth control onr keep her legs closed.

edwardv
edwardv

Good for Reef and Proof.  Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortionist in the US and is alone responsible for over 320,000 abortions last year.  Nothing to be proud of. 

maichepapier
maichepapier

@gauche  Planned Parenthood cares for humans; anti-abortionists care for zygotes

piscosour
piscosour

@jeff.texas"....kills children" ?? You might want to report that if it's true.  Because I think killing children is illegal. An embryo on the other hand is not a child, just like an embryo in a cat is not a kitten. You need to think clearly, not emotionally.

KingFetus
KingFetus

@jeff.texas so, how do you fill your time when you're not worrying about stuff that doesn't affect you?

edwardv
edwardv

And what, you've got something against poofs?  Gotta learn to like 'em. 

Anse
Anse

@berencheats P.S. To add insult to injury, Viagra is widely covered by health insurance plans, including those offered by Catholic-affiliated and other religious institutions, but they refuse to cover birth control. 

Anse
Anse

@berencheats Sandra Fluke has never argued for free birth control. Her grievance was/is that she was not allowed to obtain birth control through her student health insurance plan--which she paid for-- because Georgetown forbade such coverage. She was not asking for a hand-out. Get your facts straight.

reelynn
reelynn

@berencheats  

Typical asinine statement along with improper use of grammar/spelling. So you immediately cannot be taken seriously. You choose to jump on the band wagon and wage your war on women. I pity you. I pity your mother. I pity any woman that is in your life that you so ignorantly judge just for utilizing birth control. I'm sorry that you feel you're in a position to even speak on the issue... clearly a man. You've no business weighing your opinion on the matter until you grow boobs, get a vagina and are able to bear children. :/  Until then... might I suggest you wheel over to Rush Limbaugh's website or Fox News. Your input is welcomed there, not here. 

Gorillaboss
Gorillaboss

@berencheats Insurance pays for your impotence pills, so I don't understand the problem with handling birth control, too.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning topcommenter

@berencheats entitlement loving? boy, the Teabillies are out tonight. She can't help it your daddy called her a slut and made her famous.

reelynn
reelynn

@edwardv  

Really? And do you know the other figures of preventable womens health they also assist with like breast cancer screenings? It's obvious that you lack REAL knowledge of a woman so Edward... do us all a favor and invest into a blow up doll. 

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning topcommenter

@edwardv They didn't cancel for any political/religious reasons, Edward, they cancelled b/c they were afraid they wouldn't sell a plate of mush at high prices to some Repubtard blue hairs or high rollers. But never mind, you aren't looking for logic or answers.

jeff.texas
jeff.texas

@piscosour @jeff.texas There's not much use in arguing with liberals here who want to equivocate on this issue... whether you call the human person an embryo, a fetus, an infant, a baby, a child - we all know what Planned Parenthood "terminates" up to 19.6 weeks. 

For the reasonable people reading this, Google 'abortion' and '19 weeks' and 'd & e' and decide if what you see is a human person or not. 

berencheats
berencheats

Not sure if true, but sense churches encourage procreation, and not the prevention of life, I think it makes sense to encourage erections and discourage birth control or fetus scraping.

berencheats
berencheats

Untrue. Skank wanted free birth contr while flat backing at law school.

berencheats
berencheats

Pity all you want, skank. Facts are facts and your myopic, addenda driven, fact lacking accusations cannot change the facts.

edwardv
edwardv

@reelynn@berencheats

So men aren’t permitted to have opinions on moral issues involving women?  That’s like saying only men should be concerned about human trafficking because it’s an injustice perpetrated mostly by men against women.

berencheats
berencheats

No pulls needed. Blood flows fine for my natural woody. Dumb assumption.

berencheats
berencheats

But she CAN help if if she is a slut and invents a non issue for her own attention, self promotion and idiotic views.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning topcommenter

@reelynn @edwardv reelynn: marry me. Thanks for saying that. That PP is a leader in women's health, not just a supplier of birth control, is not even something these pea brains can ever allow to become a "fact" in their twisted theology. Well said.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@jeff.texas @piscosour I love how your first instinct when challenged is to call people liberal. That right there sets the mood for what has to be a constructive discussion based on rational, logical thought and not knee-jerk emotions.

piscosour
piscosour

@jeff.texas @piscosour  It's not a matter of being a liberal. Unless the Supreme Court is comprised of liberals in your opinion. LOL. I don't call an embryo a child. I don't talk to it, or teach it things or buy it clothes. In fact it doesn't have a nervous system.

A mother who is pregnant is a human, that we can agree on.

berencheats
berencheats

I haven't listened to McCain since he screamed "get off my lawn" to me when I was a kid.

berencheats
berencheats

Birth control is a moral issue for many by our first sentence shows your ignorance and inability to debate and reach a logical conclusion.

berencheats
berencheats

Careful. Dumb agenda driven women cannot process logical statements very well due to their overload of hate and baseless opinions.

Anse
Anse

@edwardv @reelynn @berencheats Birth control is not a moral issue. If you can get your impotence medicine covered, but a woman can't get birth control, that's jacked up. All business as usual for the keep-em-pregnant-and-in-the-kitchen rightwingers.

kipsook
kipsook

@edwardv @kipsook @MadMac  Are you ok? I'm pretty sure slavery involved fully formed human adults and children. Not a collection of cells that most people recognize as embryos or fetuses. Do you accord the same rights to a fly, which is more biologically more complex than that embyro you care so deeply about?

edwardv
edwardv

@MadMac  

Whatever, it's the blood I recoil from.  Why the quotes on "cite" - sloppy typing? 

edwardv
edwardv

@kipsook @MadMac  And slavery used to be legal, too.  Didn't make it right or good.  Nothing to be proud of either. 

kipsook
kipsook

@MadMac 

AGREE. Abortion is legal. It's a service that is legally provided. There's a demand for it. And it's a woman's choice. If you have a thing for embryos over fully developed humans, that might reflect badly on you.

MadMac
MadMac

You can "cite" as mnay numbers as you like, it's still a woman's choice. Gender oppression is nothing to be proud of either.

edwardv
edwardv

@WhiteLightning @reelynn @edwardv  Theology has nothing to do with this.  The fact of hundreds of thousands of abortions remains, Planned Parenthood's main and most profitable business.  As I wrote before, nothing to be proud of.  

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