Planned Parenthood sneakily opened a large new abortion facility January in Illinois to take advantage of a new state law that forces taxpayers to fund abortions.
The new facility is located in Flossmore, just south of Chicago and near the Indiana border. It sells abortion drugs up to 10 weeks of pregnancy and surgical abortions up to 20 weeks.
“Pure and simple, they are cashing in on HB 40,” Emily Troscinski, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, told the Prairie State Wire.
The radical pro-abortion legislation passed last year, allowing taxpayer funding of abortions in Illinois and establishing the Land of Lincoln as a “safe haven” for women seeking abortions.
Flossmore Mayor Paul Braun, who supports Planned Parenthood, said city officials did not know anything about the new abortion facility until a few days before it opened. He said the secrecy was disrespectful to the community.
Planned Parenthood needed no zoning variances or special-use permits and invested about $3 million renovating the building, Braun said. The building-permit applicant was identified as a health care corporation, he said, and Braun and other village officials didn’t learn the identity of the new tenant until a final occupancy permit was sought a few days before the opening.
“We looked around and found out that’s their MO,” which stands for modus operandi, or way of doing business, Braun said. “It’s a different way of coming into the community than we’re used to.”
Planned Parenthood Illinois spokeswoman Julie Lynn told the HF Chronicle that they chose Flossmore because “there was clearly an unmet need.” She claimed women need better access to birth control and other “care.”
Troscinski called the abortion chain’s bluff, pointing to abortion as its real goal.
“A quick check shows that four women’s health care facilities are within 10 minutes of the new (Planned Parenthood) location, and they offer even more health care services for women,” Troscinski said. “But none perform abortions.”
Illinois has 16 other Planned Parenthood facilities across the state, and four more are scheduled to open in the next five years, according to the Wire.
Local residents expressed outrage at the abortion chain’s secret dealings.
“Planned Parenthood’s intentionally hiding its identity and thus, denying our community the opportunity for public discourse before it opened, is simply wrong,” Kris Cortes wrote in the local newspaper.
Local news reports describe the 12,000-foot facility as a large, well-secured building with “honey-colored wood floors and framed photos of flowers on the wall.” Planned Parenthood leaders said the new facility sees about 20 patients per day, but they expect that number will grow.
At a meeting earlier this month, two Flossmore government officials also questioned the legality of opening the facility in secret.
Flossmoor Trustee Brian Driscoll asserted that, because board members didn’t know who the end user was when they approved the occupancy permit, they assumed it was a for-profit entity. Perhaps this could be grounds, Driscoll said, for claiming PPIL and Healthcare Partners, LLC somehow illegally misrepresented their intentions. [Trustee James] Mitros echoed this idea, saying board members did think it was going to be a for-profit entity.
Planned Parenthood also plans to open 10 new telemedicine, or webcam, abortion locations this year to provide abortion drugs to women via video chat.
The abortion chain did not reveal where the locations will be. Planned Parenthood told the women’s magazine that it fears pro-life lawmakers will try to stop them before they even start. However, it did say that some of the locations will be in new states.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in America, aborting about 320,000 unborn babies every year. This amounts to about one third of all abortions in the United States.