Cultural Revolutions

A Hero of Texas-Sized Proportions

Christopher Danze is a hero of Texas proportions.  The Austin concrete supplier has shut down construction of a Planned Parenthood abortuary by rallying his colleagues and competitors in the construction industry to boycott the project.  Without concrete—to say nothing of plumbers, electricians, and carpenters (even the porta-john vendor has pulled out)—the project’s general contractor, Browning Construction, broke its contract with Planned Parenthood in November, citing circumstances beyond its control.  (Browning, the favorite of Austin’s political left, has a list of current projects that includes buildings at the University of Texas, elementary schools, and an Episcopal seminary.)  Planned Parenthood has announced that they will contract the project themselves, a move Danze calls “desperate.”

Noting that Austin is the “hometown” of Roe v. Wade, Danze foresees a p.r. crisis for Planned Parenthood if they fail to build the abortuary on their “home turf.”  “This was to be their $6.3 million flagship prototype—a model for future clinics throughout the nation,” Danze says of the planned 25,000 square-foot building.  “Now the job site is padlocked.”  Danze is prepared to “give up everything” to see that it remains so.

Danze and his wife of 25 years, Sheri, have been fighting...

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