Non-Profit Abortion Mega-Center Fails to Meet Zoning

Land used by Planned Parenthood requires tax-paying for-profit operation. A controversial Planned Parenthood mega-clinic in Aurora, Ill., that was built by a front company with the acronym GOD apparently is facing an uncertain future after city officials admitted it was built under the wrong zoning requirements, and met demands that were much less strict than the zoning actually in force for the land where the 22,000-square-foot building sits. Peter Breen, a lawyer working with the team assembled by the Thomas More Society to handle the case, said there are several issues the city will need to address at a hearing scheduled Monday, including the fact the land’s zoning requires a for-profit corporation, while Planned Parenthood itself is non-profit, and through that status obtained more than $8 million in state bonds to build the project. The major error in the project was confirmed by the city recently, when officials started referring to ordinance 093-124 rather than to 093-123, “which had expired and which they had been citing previously,” the law center said. “In addition, the city cited the wrong ordinance as a basis for favorable zoning determinations in a pair of investigations undertaken by two touted zoning experts, private lawyers acting on behalf of the city, which led to Mayor Tom Weisner announcing the renewal of Planned Parenthood’s temporary occupancy permit…” the center said. “If the proper ordinance had been cited and complied with, Planned Parenthood should never have opened,” the group said. The project erupted into controversy when officials for a company reportedly operating as Gemini Office Development (GOD), admitted they were a front for Planned Parenthood and confirmed...