California Pro-Lifers Try to Stop Redwood City Planned Parenthood

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 30, 2011   |   12:13PM   |   Redwood City, CA

Pro-life advocates in the Bay area are working to stop the Planned Parenthood abortion business from opening up a new center in Redwood City, that the city government recently approved.

Residents submitted an appeal saying Redwood City was wrong on three counts when it granted approval for the new center, which would be located at 2890 El Camino Real. The Palo Alto Daily News indicates pro-life residents and business owners filed the appeal on Friday via a six-page document to the Redwood City city council from Gregory Weiler, co-founder of an Orange County organization of Catholic lawyers.

“It is inconceivable to our clients why Redwood City would invite a use … which under the most generous of terms is a necessary evil, but which in reality is considered by a growing majority as an anathema,” Weiler wrote in the document, according to the newspaper.

The appeal contends the city did not conduct a proper environmental impact study by examining the partial off-site parking the new clinic will require. It also says the zoning administrator who issued the permit made incorrect findings and violated city code saying any business establishment should not be “detrimental to the health, safety, peace, morals, comfort or general welfare” of people living or working in the neighborhood.

Weiler said that is because people in the community, including those who are not affiliated with the pro-life movement —¬† “people who just don’t want the disruption in the community” — are opposed to the new Planned Parenthood facility.

The city did not comment on the appeal according to the paper. The new center will not do surgical abortions but will do abortions with the dangerous abortion drug that has killed dozens of women, several in the United States (including one woman in San Francisco) and has injured at least 1,100 women in the United Sates alone as of 2006 FDA figures.

The opening of the new center follows the closing of a San Francisco area chain of abortion centers that lost its Planned Parenthood affiliation after the disclosure of massive financial problems.

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate was dropped as an affiliate of the national abortion business following  allegedly massive financial mismanagement. Responding to the decision, the California abortion business changed its name to Golden Gate Community Health and fired CEO Dian Harrison.

Harrison filed a lawsuit for more than $180,000 in severance in December which came as the abortion business was struggling to stay open.

Satellite centers in San Rafael, Oakland, Hayward and San Mateo closed as well as San Francisco locations.

Golden Gate Community Health had been in operating since 1923 and did thousands of abortions annually until, in 2008-2009, it lost more than $2.8 million and lost $536,000 in 2010.

The problems were so pervasive at GGCH that it faces an audit from the criminal division of the Internal Revenue Service. The New York Times released a new report in September detailing how an unnamed former employee interviewed with the Oakland field office of the IRS.