PI Original Adam Doster Thursday October 2nd, 2008, 11:51am

Planned Parenthood Aurora Turns One

Exactly one year after its tumultuous grand opening,
Aurora's Planned Parenthood complex is standing strong. Despite
facing a barrage of lawsuits and protests, officials at the health care
center continue to provide a necessary outlet for suburban women:

"The ...

Exactly one year after its tumultuous grand opening, Aurora's Planned Parenthood complex is standing strong. Despite facing a barrage of lawsuits and protests, officials at the health care center continue to provide a necessary outlet for suburban women:

"The demand [for medical services] has been much greater than we'd thought it would be, and it clearly shows that there was a need in that community," said Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, which maintains that less than 10 percent of the medical services it provides are abortion-related."

While the rabid protests have dwindled, the Tribune reports that patients often need escorts to drive patients into the parking lot. That's because anti-abortion "sidewalk counselors" still patrol the facility's perimeter. Eric Scheidler, spokesman for the Pro-Life Action League, told the Kane County Chronicle last year, “It won’t be over until Planned Parenthood leaves Aurora." We'll see how much stamina Scheidler and his friends have, as it doesn't look like the clinic is going to be leaving anytime soon.

For more on Planned Parenthood's recent legal successes, read our posts here and here.

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