A zoning adjustment board has decided that an abortion facility can be built within 1,000 feet of two public schools in Huntsville, Alabama.
“In a 3-2 vote, the board voted to deny the appeal, which contested the approval of a building permit for the clinic. The city ruled that the new building that the Alabama Women’s Center purchased in the 4800 block of Sparkman Drive complies with local zoning laws. The location is in proximity to Ed White Middle School.
Protesters had gathered in front of Huntsville City Hall hours ahead of the Tuesday evening meeting. Approximately six police officers were stationed to observe the crowd. Those in the crowd said the clinic shouldn’t be allowed to open near schools. They also said the clinic is targeting minority women.”
This decision is especially upsetting because over 15% of the abortions that take place in Alabama are performed on teenagers. And Raymond Lopez, the abortionist who runs the Alabama Women’s Center, recently spent every weekend for six months in jail due to a court order in a domestic case. Is this the kind of man and business Huntsville citizens want near their children?
Earlier this month, a Birmingham judge overturned Alabama’s admitting privileges law, which would have protected women from abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, who profit off of hurting women. Additionally, Alabama abortion facilities have been cited for serious health code violations at least seven times between 2001 and 2013.
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However, Jayme Calhoun, an abortion proponent, said there isn’t a difference between the proposed abortion clinic and other medical facilities in the area, such as chiropractors and dentists’ offices. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first someone has compared abortion with other “minor” medical procedures. In May, LifeNews reported on a clinic worker who said abortion is as safe as having wisdom teeth extracted. They forget that there is one major difference between abortion facilities and dentist offices: When a woman goes to get her teeth worked on, a baby doesn’t die.
Even citizens who have no opinion on abortion are concerned about the facilities location. According to the Huntsville Times, City Councilman Will Culver plans to schedule a town hall meeting about the abortion clinic’s proposed moved. Culver said he is “neutral” on the issue of abortion but has concerns about a clinic opening less than 1,000 feet from two public schools: Ed White Middle and Highlands Elementary. He said,” To me, that’s just not a good mixture.”
Rev. James Henderson, executive director of the Christian Coalition for Alabama and one of the people leading the charge against the facility, vowed that his group’s fight is not over. He said we will continue to appeal, and if have to, we will take it to the circuit court.