Michigan Planned Parenthood Centers Denied Lease Renewal

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 10, 2010   |   5:16PM   |   Washington, DC

The Michigan Planned Parenthood abortion business was denied a chance to extend their lease at centers in Three Rivers, Sturgis and other cities.

A WLKM report indicates the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency recently decided not to renew the leases of the Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan facilities.

The radio station indicates Planned Parenthood locations in Hillsdale, Coldwater, Sturgis and Three Rivers were affected by the agency’s 60-day notice not to renew.

WLM reports Three Rivers will be relocated to another site that will take time to open due to renovations but no replacement site has been located in Sturgis. A new Coldwater location has already sprung up, but Planned Parenthood will no longer maintain a facility in Hillsdale, the location of the conservative Hillsdale College.

The board originally voted in September to not renew the leases and Mark Pawlowski, CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan, asked the board for more time before making a final decision. However, at the end of October, St. Joseph County commissioner David Pueschel made a motion to not extend the lease and the agency voted 4-3 for that motion.

The Sturgis Journal newspaper indicates Commissioner Rodney Olney of Quincy criticized Planned Parenthood for saying it would take some time to leave its current offices.

He told Pawlowski “you were in, in a week to 10 days. Now it will take you 120 days to move?”

Commissioner Dale Swift of Bronson agreed and said the abortion business was aware of the 60-day notice and should have made plans to relocate elsewhere when the agency first denied the permits.