Michigan Pro-Lifers Oppose New Abortion Clinic in Auburn Hills

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 6, 2010   |   2:54PM   |   Auburn Hills, MI

Local pro-life advocates in the Detroit area will begin opposing the new abortion center Planned Parenthood is outfitting for Auburn Hills. The abortion business purchased a new facility last week.

Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan has purchased a new building that it plans to use to house a new abortion facility in this suburb north of Detroit.

It purchased the office building at 1625 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills from Fidelity Bank for $733,150 and it plans to open the new abortion business in May or June of next year.

Eric Scheidler, the director of the Pro-Life Action League, tells LifeNews.com the battle to oppose the new abortion center begins tonight.

“Planned Parenthood is at it again — this time in Michigan. They’re building a new 17,000 square foot megacenter in Auburn Hills,” he said. “Fortunately, they made the same mistake they made when they built the ‘abortion fortress’ in Aurora, IL where I live — they’re building in the backyard of veteran pro-life activist.”

“Former League staffer and head of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society Dr. Monica Miller lives in Pontiac, just a few towns over from Auburn Hills, and she’s leading the opposition to the new facility,” he explains.

Scheidler says there is a city council meeting this evening and he and other pro-life advocates are working on getting a strong pro-life turnout.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 1827 N. Squirrel Street in Auburn Hills.

“This meeting will be the first event in a wave of resistance to this new facility that’s slated to open next May,” he said.

He said he is counting on a “massive” turnout and support from around the nation to try to stop or, at least, delay the opening of the new Planned Parenthood abortion center.

In April, the Planned Parenthood affiliate announced it was planning to build a new abortion center and cited President Barack Obama’s signing the pro-abortion health care bill as the reason why.

The new abortion business would add to the 15 locations it already operates in the Detroit area, which reaches as many as 55,000 customers annually. Unlike some of the other Detroit centers, which only dispense birth control and contraception, the new center will likely do abortions.

Lori Lamerand, executive director of the Planned Parenthood affiliate, told the Detroit News in April that the health care bill is responsible for the decision to open the new abortion facility.

She said then that Planned Parenthood expects “an onslaught” of women coming to its centers in the wake of the health care bill, which includes massive abortion funding expected to go to Planned Parenthood.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been getting calls that go, ‘I’m pregnant, we don’t have health insurance, my husband isn’t working and we can’t afford another child.’ These calls have become routine for us,” said Lamerand.