Aurora Planned Parenthood says staff
intimidated by prolife demonstrators
In a development that reopens the whole controversy surrounding Planned
Parenthood's deceptive arrival in Aurora in 2007, it has recently been
disclosed that Planned Parenthood is planning an expansion in that
city. They are seeking approval from the City of Aurora to boost their
parking by 27 spaces, an increase of nearly 40 percent.
On October 15, the Planning and Development Committee will vote on
Planned Parenthood's request for additional parking. Pro-life advocates
plan to attend the meeting and urge the committee to deny Planned
Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League asked,
"Why would Planned Parenthood need additional parking? We've got people
out there all the time, so we know they haven't been overflowing their
existing parking lot."
According to documents obtained by Scheidler through Freedom of
Information Act requests, Planned Parenthood cites "security" as the
reason for seeking more parking spaces. In the "Explanation of Project
Needs" submitted by Tim Dutton of McAdam Landscape Inc., who is
managing the project for Planned Parenthood, "Our staff and patients
are being constantly harassed by the protestors." Dutton even goes so
far as to say it's "only a matter of time" before Aurora sees an act of
violence like the killing of abortionist George Tiller in Kansas.
"Sadly, the City of Aurora has accepted this explanation and scare
tactics at face value. At no point has any city staff member, appointee
or elected official ever questioned Planned Parenthood's allegations,"
said Scheidler. "But the truth is that the pro-life presence at Planned
Parenthood's Aurora facility has been a model peacefulness and
cooperation with law enforcement."
Scheidler believes the real reason Planned Parenthood wants more
parking is a shortage of 26 spaces alleged in a zoning case against the
organization going before a state judge later this month. Scheidler
also pointed out that research by Pro-Life Action League attorneys has
found that Planned Parenthood's existing parking violates Aurora's
zoning ordinance as follows:
1. While the zoning ordinance requires 10-foot-wide parking spaces,
Planned Parenthood's spaces are only 9 feet wide.
2. While the zoning ordinance requires a 35 foot setback for parking
spaces, Planned Parenthood has only 30.
"Once again, Planned Parenthood is trying to demonize their pro-life
opponents to avoid scrutiny of their nefarious business dealings,"
Scheidler said. "They came into Aurora under a cloud of deception, and
now they're trying to paper over their misdeeds by pretending that
they're threatened by our peaceful presence there."
"The City of Aurora should deny Planned Parenthood any further
opportunity to expand in this community where they are already
unwelcome," Scheidler concluded.
Date: October 15, 2009
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