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Planned Parenthood sues New York after a town orders a clinic in retail plaza

Unplanned Parenthood sued after an upstate town rejected a request for a special use permit to build a clinic.



After the town of Henrietta, New York, decided not to grant it a permit to construct a clinic in a nearby shopping center, Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York filed a lawsuit against the town.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, on June 22, just two days before the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Henrietta’s town board voted 3-2 against Planned Parenthood’s special issue permit.

According to Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit, which was filed in July, the town’s decision to deny the permit ultimately “came down to personal opinions and public objections surrounding abortion services,” even though the permit application complied with town zoning and land-use requirements to open in a B1 district.

The lawsuit, which will eventually be heard by the New York State Supreme Court, seeks to overturn the town board’s decision, order it to accept the permit, and have it ordered to cover Planned Parenthood’s legal costs.

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The two votes in favor of the permission were cast by Democrats Millie Sefranek and Stephen Schultz, the supervisor of Henrietta Town.

Regarding the application for the permission, Schultz remarked, “I totally felt it met the conditions.”

The Republican members of the town board, Lisa Bolzner, M. Rick Page, and Joseph Bellanca, voted against the permit on the grounds that “a surgical medical facility” is “completely inconsistent” with the Jefferson Plaza and that the retail area lacks enough space for cars or ambulances transporting patients who have undergone medical procedures.


Bolzner also raised concern that protests and rallies at the planned clinic may hurt nearby companies, which Schultz recognized.

Bolzner, according to Schultz, “is an advocate for small business entrepreneurs.” And she had talked to store owners who believed that having a Planned Parenthood just next door would hurt their business.

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Michelle Casey, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, informed the community that their Jefferson Plaza clinic will only provide “medication abortion” up to 11 weeks and surgical abortions up to 13.6 weeks.

Casey also informed the community that in 2020 there were two ambulance transfers to the University Avenue site of Planned Parenthood, and in 2021 there were three.

An inquiry for comment from Fox News Digital did not receive a prompt response from Planned Parenthood.