Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Amanda Prestigiacomo.
A town in upstate New York is being sued for damages by abortion mill Planned Parenthood for rejecting a permit for a clinic in a town plaza.
The Henrietta Town Board in June voted 3-2 to deny Planned Parenthood a permit in the Jefferson Plaza, located in Rochester. The clinic would indeed offer abortions, up to at least 13.6 weeks.
The three Republicans on the board, Lisa Bolzner, M. Rick Page, and Joseph Bellanca, voted to deny the permit based on the zoning criteria, they said.
"A surgical medical facility"
is "completely inconsistent"
with the purpose and character of Jefferson Plaza, the board members said in a resolution document, according to the Democrat & Chronicle, adding that the Republicans also noted that the location lacks space for vehicles picking up patients from procedures or patients needing ambulance transport.
Now, Planned Parenthood is suing the town, claiming it was denied a permit based on personal opinions.
The abortion group is seeking an overturning of the June permit vote, the town to shell out for Planned Parenthood's legal fees, and to be granted monetary damages for an unspecified amount.
"The decision issued by the Henrietta Town Board in June was deeply disappointing,"
Planned Parenthood regional CEO Michelle Casey said. "Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York (PPCWNY) believes that all people should have the power to determine the course of their own life, and we are committed to providing the communities we serve with a full range of high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and education."
"Throughout this process, we have said that we would be exploring all of the options available to us to expand services in Brighton/Henrietta. It is with this in mind that PPCWNY has filed an Article 78 proceeding and is suing the Town of Henrietta,"
Casey added. "All people - no matter where they live - deserve the right to control their own body and future."
Some members of the town, though, feel differently. Mixed with pro-Planned Parenthood supporters, pro-life residents slammed the idea of an abortion facility in their area.
"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,"
said Julie Rohn, a young woman protesting the permit.
"It is a human,"
resident Nathanael Woodworth reacted, speaking of the unborn. "It's not a cluster of cells and it's terrifying. Honestly, if you could hear the baby scream, I'm sure everybody hands down, would stop this process. It's a life."
"You know, it's good to be alive and everybody that's pro-abortion is alive,"
Woodworht slammed. "I mean, how many doctors and lawyers and politicians have we killed?"