Habitat for Humanity in Florida Still Considering Helping Abortion Business

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 29, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Habitat for Humanity in Florida Still Considering Helping Abortion Business

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 29
, 2008

Sarasota, FL (LifeNews.com) — A local Habitat for Humanity chapter accused of helping a Florida-based Planned Parenthood overcome a hurdle to building a new abortion business is still considering its decision. It appears the massive amount of calls and emails is helping, but some of them have been counterproductive.

Planned Parenthood has been looking to build a new abortion facility in the Rosemary District north of downtown Sarasota, Florida.

However, according to local zoning rules, the abortion business can’t build the new center unless a multi-family housing unit is built on the back of the lot. The zoning board turned down a five-year extension since it is not a builder and couldn’t find a buyer for the lot.

As LifeNews.com first reported, Planned Parenthood came up with a creative solution and sold the lot to Habitat for Humanity for $10.

Jim Sedlak of STOPP International reports that the deal is not finalized.

"The CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Sarasota, Tony Souza, is telling callers that the paperwork has not yet been signed and that he is having some doubts," he told LifeNews.com. "But, he says, it is ultimately up to Habitat’s Board of Directors."

Sedlak urged pro-life advocates to contact members of the board and to urge them to disassociate themselves with Planned Parenthood’s new abortion center.

The pro-life advocate also noted that there could be a conflict of interest involved in the decision-making process.

"Interestingly, Habitat board member Bruce Franklin is reportedly a principal in the ADP Group, the architectural firm" for the new abortion facility.

While pro-life advocates have responded to the news of the Christian housing ministry helping Planned Parenthood with a heavy volume of calls and emails, Sedlak reports some of them have been disrespectful and that it could result in the deal solidifying.

"Unfortunately, some who have called and written have expressed less than Christian thoughts. There has reportedly been some name-calling and worse," Sedlak says.

"Please, we need you to call and write, but do so always in love and in a Christian way. Be firm, but be gentle with your words. It appears that there may be an opportunity for success here, but the nasty phone calls and e-mails are not helping," he explained.

LifeNews.com contacted officials with Habitat for Humanity and has not received a response for a request for comment.

ACTION: Contact Habitat for Humanity at 1757 N. East Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234 or call 941-365-0700. Also, contact the members of the local Habitat board (see https://www.sarasotahabitat.com/sarasota-habitat-leadership.html) with polite, respectful emails.

Also contact Habitat for Humanity International at 1-800-HABITAT or 1-800-461-9330 and Duane Bates, Director of Public and Media Relations at 404-733-3079.

Related web sites:
Sarasota Habitat for Humanity – https://www.sarasotahabitat.com