Activists Successfully Stop Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility From Being Constructed
A grassroots effort in upstate New York has halted construction of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Brighton Residents Against Violence to Everyone, or BRAVE, has halted construction of a proposed 6500-square-foot abortion clinic in Brighton, New York, a suburb of Rochester. BRAVE prevailed in its efforts to prevent the facility’s construction in partnership with Reprotection, a woman’s health organization focusing on ending abortion.
According to an email sent to BRAVE on January 10,2022, lawyers for the Town of Brighton had “received confirmation that Planned Parenthood terminated its lease with Westfall Medical Realty and will not occupy the South Clinton Avenue, Brighton, premises.”
“The Reprotection team congratulates the activists in Brighton on their victory and we look forward to taking this precedent-setting lawsuit to other cities and towns across the country,” said Missy Martinez-Stone, CEO of Reprotection.
Tom Olp, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Thomas More Society, noted that BRAVE focused on the dangerous health effects that a Planned Parenthood abortion facility would have on the public and conveyed those concerns to the town’s planning board, existing medical facilities in Westfall Medical Park, and residents in the area. However, when the site plan was approved without regard for the dangerous health effects abortion facilities bring to communities, BRAVE filed suit.
Abortion Facilities Are Dangerous To Everyone, Not Just Babies
Olp summarized the successful campaign to shut down the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in a press release, explaining:
By tying these concerns together the group’s attorney filed a proceeding in late August 2021 against the Brighton Planning Board and the applicant, challenging the approval of the project. The lawsuit focused on the site plan approval process itself, including the lack of a meaningful review by the Planning Board of the many issues that an abortion clinic can bring to a neighborhood community.
The lawsuit questioned whether surgical facilities are a permitted use within the zoning district. It also raised the question of waste disposal, as well as deleterious secondary impacts to the community character. Under the advice and assistance of Reprotection, the lawsuit also challenged the proposed facility’s compliance with wastewater regulations and the lack of consideration of impacts to the town’s water supply.
Reprotection provided information about Environmental Protection Agency regulations, as it related to Planned Parenthood’s increasing promotion of the ‘at home’ abortion pill. BRAVE included that information in a challenge under the newly adopted New York constitutional amendment guaranteeing every citizen the right to clean water.
Olp also commended BRAVE’s holistic approach to the litigation, as well as the abortion campaign, which included 127 appearances by 62 different individuals before the Brighton Planning Board and other town meetings, letters to 80 doctors with offices in the medical park, studies on the implications for law enforcement and traffic operations in the area, and six weekends of neighborhood door-knocking campaigns.
Reprotection is a client of the Thomas Moore Society, a Christian legal firm that supports family values and defending religious and individual liberty. They work at the legal level to stop abortion by challenging abortion laws in court.
– John Paluska, CNJ Staff