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Anti-Abortion Groups Continue Fight to Close Aurora Clinic

The Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based law firm that specializes in anti-abortion issues, filed appeals this week against an Aurora, IL clinic. The group filed appeals with the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Building Code Board of Appeals to revoke Aurora’s Planned Parenthood clinic’s certificate of permanent legal status, which was issued July 1, reports the Chicago Tribune.

According to the Fox Valley Villages Sun, the appeals offer no new arguments, but only re-state allegations of fraud against how Planned Parenthood obtained the original building permit for the clinic. Planned Parenthood was cleared of these allegations last year.

The clinic was the focus of protests by anti-abortion extremists when it first attempted to open last year. Doors opened in October 2007, after the city issued a temporary certificate of legal status. The 22,000-square-foot building is the largest Planned Parenthood clinic in the United States, and it will serve about 25,000 patients a year.

Sources:

Chicago Tribune 7/23/08; Fox Valley Villages Sun 7/23/08; Feminist Daily Newswire

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