This legal precedent addresses the PP Aurora complaint that some aldermen opposing it are doing so because they oppose abortion. Nevertheless, the court concluded in the Collinsville case, the abortionist disguised his intent and lost constitutional standing. Click to enlarge:
Aurora attorney Vince Tessitore presented it last night at the third Aurora City Council meeting addressing citizen concerns about Planned Parenthood in a memo of research.
The research concerned the special use permit required in Aurora zoning ordinances of nonprofit medical facilities, which PP escaped obtaining by creating a for-profit company to hide behind.
At the very least, Tessitore wrote me in an email, "PP would still have to go through a public hearing process and it is their burden in that process to prove that their use is good for the surrounding area (property values, health, welfare, and morality, etc.)."
At most, Aurora could revoke PP permits, and PP would have to sell or tear down the building.
Tessitore's memo included legal IL precedent for denying an abortion clinic, which I found helpful.
I'm sure the abortionist is mad. He's losing money.Posted by: heather at September 26, 2007 6:31 PM
Wow...I say if you thought Midnites birthday party was something, wait until we win this thing! Only let's party for real! Champagne is on me. But no goldfish...Posted by: mk at September 26, 2007 7:29 PM
Hopefully the attorney´s for the city will advise the city that they can have their cake and eat it, too. A brand new facility can likely be sold to a legitimate medical group and add to Aurora´s tax base.Posted by: hippie at September 26, 2007 9:04 PM
Wow! This is big, big, BIG! This legal precedent is amazing! A few days ago I was thinking that the Aurora City Council would drag their feet, then give PP the go-ahead. Not now. Planned Parenthood Aurora is in big trouble now... praise God! I hope the Aurora City Council members have the courage to do the right thing. PP has really made the Aurora government look foolish. Now, this is their opportunity to stand up to PP (as well as new and existing businesses) and say that the city rules and procedures must be followed... no exceptions.Posted by: Julie at September 26, 2007 9:51 PM
It is disturbing that it is *residents* that seem to know the zoning laws, and all of this was buried by the City's legal staff (almost the exact opposite of the Collinsville case). It might show a great deal of bias in PP's favor.
I think all the Aurora residents should be asking their Council members how this happened to get this far without proper oversight and review. And more importantly, this should be remembered at election time.Posted by: Frank at September 26, 2007 10:27 PM
Kewel!Posted by: Christina at September 27, 2007 5:50 AM