Aurora City Official: Planned Parenthood Contacted Me About Abortion Center

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 18, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 18,

Aurora, IL ( — As the investigation continues into whether Planned Parenthood followed the law and city regulations when submitting its paperwork for a new abortion facility there, one city official says abortion business officials contacted him earlier this year about relocating. The revelation could have a bearing on the probe.

Planned Parenthood has built a new abortion business in this Illinois city on East New York Street but submitted its paperwork under the name Gemini Office Development.

But Bill Wiet, who was named as the chief of staff to Mayor Tom Weisner in June, now says that a Planned Parenthood representative contacted him earlier this year.

According to the Beacon News, Wiet has shared the information with attorney Phillip Luetkehans, who the city has hired to investigate the approval process.

Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility was initially approved last November and it didn’t become public that the group was behind it until July.

Wiet said on Monday that he received a call from someone at Planned Parenthood in February wanting to discuss relocating its abortion business from Naperville to Aurora. He referred the matter to Weisner’s office.

"I surmised that the site they were talking about might be the one on New York Street," Wiet said. "I knew that there was a medical office building under construction, and I thought that might be where they were looking to go."

The information may not affect the probe, Wiet says, because so much of the approval process had already gone forward without Planned Parenthood attaching its name to it.

"This was all after the zoning, the permits, and after construction commenced," he said. "But turning the clock back, if we had met (in February), we might have known (about Planned Parenthood) earlier in the process."

The newspaper said Planned Parenthood officials have not yet commented on whether the call took place.

City spokesman Carie Anne Ergo told the newspaper that Wiet did make the referral and that city officials tried several times over the next ten weeks to set up a meeting. Ergo said the calls were never returned.