I’m not involved in municipal politics, but it would seem to me bad form for a business to sneak its way into a community by falsifying documents and submitting false testimony in planning meetings.
Yet that’s exactly how Planned Parenthood came to build its largest abortion mill in the country in Aurora, Ill., soon to be known as the “Auschwitz of America.”
Six weeks ago, a pro-life construction worker at the 22,000 sq. ft. site became suspicious of the bulletproof glass and surgical suites, an abnormal mix for what a company called Gemini Office Development was touting as a generic medical center with no tenant yet.
The worker alerted Pro-Life Action League, and by July 27, the story was out. According to the Chicago Tribune:
- “Frankly, I’m surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long,” said Steve Trombley, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area. “We didn’t want anything to interfere with the opening.…”
That the clinic was kept hush-hush for so long was no accident. Planned Parenthood adopted the strategy after a 2004 boycott by contractors stalled work for two months on a clinic in Austin, Tx.
It turns out Gemini was a front company for Planned Parenthood. According to the Aurora Beacon News, July 29, 2007:
- Aurora’s Planning and Development Committee approved the final plan for the medical complex on November 16, 2006. … The owner was listed as Gemini Office Development LLC, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood.
But Gemini withheld that information from the City of Aurora. On each of four construction permit applications throughout 2006 it listed itself as the owner and itself as the tenant.
Then five months ago, on its March 22, 2007, permit application for signage, Gemini stated the tenant was “unknown at this time,” which was clearly untrue.
At an Aurora Planning and Development Committee meeting on Nov. 16, 2006, to an alderman’s direct question, “Is this building being built specifically for a client,” Gemini representative Tom Lehman responded, “We’re in negotiations with a tenant; we do not currently have a lease, but we still want to move ahead.”
Another alderman in whose ward the abortion mill was being built stated the “pretty nice people” in the townhouses across the street “should be very happy” they were getting an office building rather than a strip mall, which would provide “a nice buffer between them and the retail center, and these usually are pretty quiet.”
When that alderman told Lehman, “I’d be interested to know who your client is when you can release that,” Lehman, knowing the opposite of “pretty quiet” was in store for these people, simply responded, “OK.”
This sort of treachery would be appalling conduct for a legitimate business, but why should we expect anything other from PP?
And PP is unapologetic. Trombley told Fox News Chicago, “We did it to prevent our opposition from knowing so that they wouldn’t harass our construction workers and cause more problems.”
Trombley did not consider that construction companies and workers would want a “choice” whether to help build an abortuary.
But the abortion industry and zealots really are not about choice. They are about forcing abortion on us all.
Jim Spencer, writing at the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check on August 23, was also unapologetic, saying Planned Parenthood has decided to deceive its way into communities across the country, but blaming pro-lifers for it:
Calling Planned Parenthood clinics death camps or for-profit baby killing factories is the kind of inflammatory talk that led Planned Parenthood of the Rockies to buy its new [Denver] property without telling anyone.
Planned Parenthood branches in Austin, Tx. and Alton, Ill. tried the stealth-purchase strategy for new clinics, [Leslie] Durgin [PP vice president] said. …
In Denver, said Durgin, Planned Parenthood made a quiet purchase, but then decided to go public with its plans when asked by a reporter. …
Clearly, pro-lifers have done a good job over the years to damage PP’s brand.
Now Planned Parenthood is hurting its own brand. Its skullduggery may get it what it wants in the short run but will hurt it in the long run, making Americans all the less trustful of it.
These tactics truly indefensible, because even “pro-choicers” may love abortion, but nobody wants it in their backyard.
In the end, it is entirely fitting that Planned Parenthood be driven underground.
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