by Steven Ertelt
October 2, 2007
Aurora, IL (LifeNews.com) — The new Planned Parenthood abortion center in Aurora, Illinois has drawn national controversy and thousands of pro-life advocates in the area have spoken up against it. But city officials released the results of three separate reviews of Planned Parenthood’s approval process and found no discrepancies.
The city issued Planned Parenthood its permanent residency permit, which will allow it to begin doing abortions at the massive multimillion dollar facility.
In dependent attorneys Richard Martens and Phillip Luetkehans weighed in on the matter and said that Planned Parenthood’s use of the name Gemini Development Corporation on its paperwork misrepresented the operator of the abortion center but wasn’t serious enough to deny the occupancy permit.
Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti, who also reviewed the documents, agreed.
Steve Trombley, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, said the news elated him and added that he would hold a news conference Tuesday.
He also said abortions for women who were not able to get them because the abortion center was closed last week would not be able to do so.
"This is an important victory for the women in Aurora and surrounding communities who want to get the health care they need and deserve," he told the Daily Herald newspaper.
Eric Scheidler, spokesman for Chicago’s Pro-Life Action League responded to the news saying the city’s leaders should have let the city council weigh in before making a final decision.
"The people of Aurora were betrayed by Mayor Tom Weisner and corporation counsel Alayne Weingartz, who have taken it upon themselves to declare that Planned Parenthood may open without allowing the city council to discuss these matters," he said.
He said his group plans to file a lawsuit preventing Planned Parenthood from opening and citing another issue, that it failed to get a special use permit.
The 22,000-square-foot building is located at Oakhurst Drive and New York Street and it was originally slated to open September 18 before the city halted and sought legal analysis on the approval process.