The Planned Parenthood abortion chain hit a snag this week in its plans to open a new abortion facility in Henrietta, New York, when the town council rejected its permit application.
According to 13 WHAM News, the town council voted 3-2 against the permit request Thursday after many local residents spoke out against the plan.
The council members said they made the decision for zoning reasons, not because of abortion politics, the report states.
Planned Parenthood wanted to open a new abortion facility in a shopping complex in Henrietta, near Rochester. It is not clear if the abortion chain will try to find another location in town and submit a new permit application, but its plans are thwarted for now.
Many spoke out against the plans this week during the council meeting. Local residents also held a protest outside the proposed site earlier this month, according to News 10. Photos show dozens of people at the event, holding signs that read, “It’s not political, it’s a baby!”, “Babies lives matter,” and “Planned Parenthood kills babies.”
“Just morally, I’m against it and I think citizens of the community have a right to say, ‘No, we don’t believe in that in this community,’ and not support businesses we don’t like,” local resident Julie Rohn told WROC.
News 10 NBC reports Planned Parenthood wants to open the new site to provide medical abortions, also referred to as chemical abortions. This method uses two drugs to abort unborn babies up to 10 weeks of pregnancy and is the most common abortion procedure in the United States today.
The state of New York has the second-highest number of abortion facilities in the country, 89, while California is first with 168 and Florida third with 55, according to a new ANSIRH study.
Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar abortion chain that does about 40 percent of all abortions (about 350,000 unborn babies’ lives annually) in the U.S. It now runs more than half of all the abortion facilities in the country, the ANSIRH study found.
The U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again, and Planned Parenthood is making plans to expand in states like New York where abortions will remain legal. It recently closed abortion facilities in Indiana, Idaho and Alaska – states that likely will protect unborn babies from abortion if Roe goes.
Planned Parenthood has aborted more than 8 million unborn babies since abortion became legal nation-wide in 1973. Its most recent annual report showed more than $1.6 billion in revenue and a record number of abortions: 354,871.
Meanwhile, the same report showed that many of Planned Parenthood’s actual health services continue to decline. It provided less contraception, sterilizations, cancer screenings, adoption referrals and other women’s health services than the previous year, mirroring a continued downward trend.
Its patient numbers also have been dropping steadily over the past decade amid numerous reports of allegedly illegal and unethical activities by Planned Parenthood, including selling aborted baby body parts, botching abortions that killed women, covering up the sexual abuse of minors, discriminating against pregnant and racial minority employees, exploiting young girls by selling cross-sex hormones and more.