Judge Denies Planned Parenthood Request to Open Aurora Abortion Center

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 20, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 20,

Aurora, IL (LifeNews.com) — A federal judge denied a Planned Parenthood request on Thursday to allow it to open its new massively sized abortion center despite a city investigation into problems with its paperwork. The abortion business wanted a preliminary injunction allowing it to open before the city completes its probe.

U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle denied the request but acknowledged the legal battle is far from over.

"There is a delay, but the delay itself at this point is not of constitutional magnitude" Norgle said. "That could change."

The new abortion facility had been scheduled to open on Tuesday but Aurora city officials refused to give Planned Parenthood its permanent residency permit after it was discovered that the abortion agency used a different name on throughout its application papers.

Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Chicago area Planned Parenthood, previously admitted that had been done to hide the true identify of the owner and operator of the new building.

He told the Chicago Tribune that his group would continue with the lawsuit to get the center opened.

"At this point it is safe to assume we don’t know when we’ll be able to open," Trombley said. "We are confident that we did everything legally in this case. We are confident that we will be able to open the doors, it’s just a question of when."

Responding to the decision, Eric Scheidler, spokesman for Pro-Life Action League, said the ruling was "a victory for life and a victory for choice."

"It’s the choice for the city of Aurora to choose to stand for their own destiny," he told the newspaper.

The city of Aurora has asked two outside attorneys to conduct an investigation and find out whether Planned Parenthood violated the law or city regulations when it used the name Gemini Office Development LLC on its papers.

Objections were raised with both attorneys and now Kane County state’s attorney John Barsanti has been asked to look into the papers.

Both attorneys are expected to complete their reports by the end of the week and Barsanti will review them. The city has said it will not let Planned Parenthood open for business until the reviews are analyzed.