Planned Parenthood Faces Protests of New Michigan Abortion Biz

State   Steven Ertelt   Jul 8, 2011   |   10:27AM    Auburn Hills, MI

The Planned Parenthood abortion business wants to come to Auburn Hills, Michigan, but pro-life advocates there aren’t going to make it easy for them to open up shop in this Detroit suburb.

Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of the Daily Show will host a fundraiser for the abortion business on Saturday night in Michigan as Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan faces a standstill in its efforts to bring the new abortion center to town. Monica Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, will be on hand to protest the event along with perhaps dozens of pro-life advocates.

“Every woman I know has used Planned Parenthood. I am no exception,” Winstead told the Free Press.

But Miller says Planned Parenthood also has an abortion agenda that more than makes up for any legitimate health services it provides and prevents the Michigan community from supporting it.

“We are picketing the Planned Parenthood fund-raiser to send a public message that this group kills innocent human life, and its clinic, indeed its whole anti-life agenda, is not wanted,” she told the newspaper.

Residents of the area and pro-life people from all over the Detroit Metro community will voice their opposition to the proposed Planned Parenthood abortion business at the recently-purchased location of 1625 N. Opdyke Road.

“Our group has dedicated itself to doing all we can to stop this clinic from opening and is reviewing possible legal actions available towards this end,” CPLS director Monica Miller told LifeNews.com. “In addition, we seek to arouse growing and continuous protest against the establishment of a place where innocent human lives are put to death.”

“Planned Parenthood deliberately sought out a location close to Pontiac and will take advantage of the economically depressed area. Should  the abortion center open, we will make sure that Planned Parenthood knows that it is not welcome in any community—and that they will always feel the presence of protest and opposition,” she added.

Opposition hasn’t just come from the pro-life movement. Before purchasing the building that will house the abortion center, Planned Parenthood’s lawyers approached Shri Sai-Krishna Group, owner of the Comfort Suites Hotel located behind the building. The owner of Shri Sai-Krishna group, which also owned the building, approved and the sale of the building commenced. Later, Cooley Law School professor James Carey took on the sale and said attorneys did not inform the owners that they represented Planned Parenthood and that the covenants for the building prohibit any medical use. Planned Parenthood filed suit at the end of May to stop Shri Sai-Krishna from blocking the abortion business.

Miller responded to the lawsuit, saying, “A covenant deed restriction exists that protects the business interests of the hotel. Last November attorneys for PP sent a letter to the hotel owners hoping, under the restriction, to gain their approval for what PP simply described as a “medical office.” PPMSM never revealed they were the purchaser of the property and that they intended to set up an abortion clinic—basically in the hotel’s front yard.”

“PPMSM tries hard to pass itself off as benevolent and caring—hoping to open a “sliding scale fee clinic” where the “need is high.”  Oakland County already has several clinics which provide services to low-income residents. And it already has its share of abortion clinics too,” she said.

Miller is urging pro-life advocates to show up to the protest and to bring signs such as “What’s so Funny About Abortion?” or “Abortion is a Tragedy–not a Comedy” — referring to Winstead. The protest takes place at the Historic Eagle Theatre at 1 Saginaw St in Pontiac, Michigan at 4:30 p.m.

“Indeed, it is vitally important that there be a good–strong pro-life turn out especially now that PP has filed a lawsuit to open this abortion center,” she said. “Thousands of Michigan residents oppose a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Auburn Hills—namely that abortion is a violent act that kills innocent human life.”