by Steven Ertelt
November 5, 2007
Aurora, IL (LifeNews.com) — The fight against the new massive abortion center Planned Parenthood has built in northern Illinois is continuing as a date has been set for a hearing on the zoning approval process used to allow its completion. On November 28, the city will hear an appeal from pro-life advocates, who say the city’s zoning approval law was misused.
Peter Breen, an attorney with the pro-life Thomas ore Society law firm, requested the hearing last month and, by law, the city has 60 days from the filing of the legal papers to set a date for the hearing.
Breen and local pro-life advocates say Planed Parenthood did not receive proper approvals from the city on all aspect of the new abortion center, including the location and the size ad number of parking spaces at the facility.
They also say the abortion business should have obtained a special-use permit because Planned Parenthood is technically a non-profit group operating a health care facility. City officials investigated the special permit argument last month and they say the abortion center was built in a planned development district with its own set of zoning rules.
The hearing will involve city representatives, pro-life attorneys and lawyers for Gemini Office Development, the name Planned Parenthood used throughout the zoning approval process to hide its identity as the owner and operator of the abortion center.
All of the documents in the approval process use the Gemini name — something both pro-life advocates and members of the city council have complained about during the debate over its opening.