South Bend City Council Prohibits Pregnancy Center From Opening Next to Abortion Clinic

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 15, 2018   |   11:29AM   |   South Bend, Indiana

An Indiana pregnancy center will not be allowed to open next to an abortion facility after a city council failed to override their mayor’s veto Monday.

The Women’s Care Center had hoped to open a new pregnancy resource center near a proposed abortion facility in South Bend, Indiana. Earlier this spring, the city council voted to grant the pro-life pregnancy center’s zoning request; however, Mayor Pete Buttigieg vetoed the measure.

The AP reports the city council narrowly failed to override Buttigieg’s veto in a 5-4 vote Monday, losing by just one vote. A two-thirds majority vote is required to override a veto.

Supporters of the pregnancy center filled the meeting room and spilled out into the lobby Monday night to watch the vote, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Richard Nussbaum, an attorney for the pregnancy center, “hinted” that the Women’s Care Center may consider a legal challenge; however, there has not been any formal announcement, according to the AP. He previously said the non-profit may sell the property if the zoning request is denied.

In a statement online after the vote, the pregnancy center thanked the council members who voted in favor of its plans.

“While we are disappointed with the outcome, Women’s Care Center will continue to serve moms and babies the only way we know, with unconditional love and support,” it said. “You make that possible every day at each of our 29 centers throughout 10 states, and counting!”

Abortion activists lobbied heavily against the pregnancy center, which provides free maternity and baby supplies, counseling and more to pregnant and parenting moms. They claimed the pregnancy center could cause a hostile environment in the neighborhood.

“Some have been citing data as evidence to support the position that Women’s Care Center will be the cause of confrontation and violence, nothing, nothing can be further from the truth,” administrator Jenny Hunsberger told WNDU News.

“This is it, this is how many incidents have occurred in the entire existence of our organization, zero. As I said, we are peaceful, respectful, and stabilizing presence in every neighborhood where we have an office. We are known for our peaceful and stabilizing presence,” she continued.

The plans of both the pro-life pregnancy center and the abortion facility are in limbo right now. Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas-based abortion chain, also has had its plans to open in South Bend delayed. In January, the state denied a license to the abortion facility, saying it provided “inaccurate statements and information” on its application; the abortion chain is appealing.

While abortion facilities like Whole Woman’s Health earn money when women abort their unborn babies, pregnancy centers like Women’s Care Center lose money when they help pregnant and parenting moms.

Non-profit pregnancy centers function primarily with volunteers and donations; only a few receive taxpayer dollars. They provide information about pregnancy options and life-affirming support for women and their babies. Their services often include counseling and emotional support, material supplies like cribs, diapers and maternity clothes, and help with job skills, housing assistance, social services and more. Many continue to support women and children for the first couple years after birth. What’s more, they provide all of their services for free.

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Meanwhile, abortion facilities make money killing unborn babies and deceiving their mothers. And Whole Woman’s Health in particular has a poor reputation for meeting basic health and safety standards.

The abortion chain has racked up dozens of health and safety violations at its Texas facilities. Health inspection reports show numerous problems with sterilizing and disinfecting instruments that were used from woman to woman. State inspectors also found rusty spots on suction machines that had the “likelihood to cause infection” and other issues that put patients’ safety in jeopardy.

South Bend — the home to the University of Notre Dame — has not had an abortion facility since 2015 when abortionist Ulrich Klopfer was forced to close. He faced 1,833 allegations of violating the law, including failures to report the suspected rapes of several teen girls to authorities.