In San Antonio, Texas, hundreds of citizens showed up to a city hall meeting to protest the new Planned Parenthood building located in the 2100 block of Babcock Road. Lorie Rojas was one of the protestors and lives near the proposed facility. She said, “We are neighbors. We back up to this facility. We have kids. There is a large day care and an elementary school very close by. We are concerned that a sexually oriented business will be moving into our neighborhood.”
She also explained why Planned Parenthood doesn’t meet the city’s requirements to build in her neighborhood. “The zoning, as we understand, it is being zoned C1, which is currently for a medical office space. What is going in there is an ambulatory service center where they will have two surgery rooms. They’ll even have a laboratory in there,” said Rojas.
Additionally, Michael Knuffke, a board member of the San Antonio Family Association, said neglecting the zoning ordinance will cause big problems for residents. He said, “Do they literally want it next door to the sanctity of someone’s home? I thought zoning was a buffering system. We have C1, C2 and then you put the nasty stuff in the middle. That’s not the case. They’re allowing it right next door to residents.”
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In January, pro-life activists filed suit against the City of San Antonio and Planned Parenthood South Texas and formed a coalition called Stop Planned Parenthood SA (SPPSA). They also obtained a temporary restraining order against the City that prevents them from issuing the permits that could allow the abortion clinic to open.
A SPPSA press release read, “The legal team supporting the Stop Planned Parenthood effort has successfully secured a court order preventing the city from issuing a certificate of occupancy and from approving a special use permit for now. The city department in charge of issuing permits for building constructions has issued conflicting opinions on whether a major ambulatory surgical center can be provided a zoning permit as a C1 business, usually issued to mom and pop businesses. The new Planned Parenthood site is zoned C1, while similar medical centers in San Antonio are zoned C3.”
As LifeNews previously reported, this isn’t the first time an abortion facility has tried to relocate into areas that are not zoned for their kind of business or in inappropriate areas adjacent to residential neighborhoods. The President of Operation Rescue, Troy Newman, said, “We continue to oppose these attempts in several cities, including Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Huntsville, Alabama. We applaud the efforts of the Stop Planned Parenthood SA Coalition, because every day that facility remains closed is another day that Planned Parenthood abortionists cannot take innocent lives there.”
The citizens of San Antonio have good reason to be concerned about Planned Parenthood setting up shop in their town because in 2013, they performed 327,694 abortions, maintaining their position as the largest abortion business in America. They also raked in $305.3 million and continued to receive over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer dollars. Their breast cancer screening services dropped by 17% and their prenatal services by 4%; and for every adoption referral, the abortion giant performed 174 abortions. Overall, Planned Parenthood reported more than $127 million in excess revenue, and more than $1.4 billion in net assets.