Zoning controversy hangs over abortuary opening

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

protest outside San Antonio PP clinicPublic outcry about an abortion clinic believed to be operating illegally in San Antonio could impact a pending decision from the city council.

The recently completed Planned Parenthood facility is located in a residential area where property owners are crying foul and complaining of parking problems from the high-volume abortion business. Nicole Hudgens of Texas Values Action tells OneNewsNow that when the closely guarded information about construction of the facility was discovered, it became clear the city was violating its own zoning laws.

"But for some reason the city allowed the clinic to be built," she continues. "And now they're trying to go back and redefine zoning in the city of San Antonio in order to allow this clinic to continue and the clinic has actually been in operation .... It's open today, even though it's operating against the law."

A public hearing on the opening of the clinic was held last week, and the city council is to vote soon. Hudgens argues the city made a serious mistake and now is trying to absolve itself of responsibility.

Hudgens

"... [N]ot even a tattoo parlor is allowed to be in that [zoning] area," she points out, "but now we're going to allow an organization that, as you know through recent congressional and Senate hearings, through the videos that were released by CMP [Center for Medical Progress], ... is not reputable."

A lawsuit is still pending against the city for violating the law.

According to the San Antonio Family Association, Planned Parenthood "hid their identity" during the construction of the facility at 2140 Babcock Road, using the corporation name "Delantero" (Spanish for "a front"). "Only after the time period to appeal its construction approval passed did 'Planned Parenthood' become recognized as the operator of the facility," says the group.

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