January 9, 2012
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Case to be Decided Tuesday, January 10th
CPLS pickets at Planned Parenthood building, Auburn Hills, MI., January 7, 2012
On Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Oakland County Judge James Alexander is expected to rule on Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan’s summary judgment—a controversial ruling that may determine whether the abortion provider can open a clinic in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In December 2010 Planned Parenthood purchased a building at 1625 N.Opdyke Road—a building that sits directly in front of a Comfort Inn Suites hotel. The hotel owners, in an attempt to prevent the clinic from opening in their front yard, threatened to enforce its 12 year-old deed restriction that limits the use of the Opdyke property to retail store, restaurant or office. Planned Parenthood sued the hotel owners over the interpretation of the deed restriction language. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society has spear-headed opposition to the opening of the clinic and for over a year the Planned Parenthood property has stood empty and silent while parties on both sides of this dispute battled the case in court—a case abortion opponents have been watching closely.
The hearing will take place Tuesday, January 10th, 8:30am before Judge James Alexander,
15th District Court, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac Michigan
Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society states: “We hope and pray that Planned Parenthood’s goal to open an abortion clinic will be defeated. May Judge Alexander’s decision spare Auburn Hills a place of lies, death and sorrow–that not a single drop of innocent blood will ever be shed in this Opdyke Road building.
If the judge rules in Planned Parenthood’s favor we feel very sorry for all the nearby hotel owners who will be forced to share their business environment with the sordid practice of abortion. But no matter what happens in court–whenever human life is threatened we will stand up and oppose such injustice.”
A Short History of this Case:
Young pro-lifers hold photo of unborn child—aborted 21 weeks. January 7, 2012 CPLS picket outside the Planned Parenthood building, Auburn Hills, MI.
April 27, 2009: Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan CEO Lori Lamerand announces in Detroit News that PPMSM plans to open an abortion facility in Oakland County.
November 2010: Citizens for a Pro-life Society discovers that PPMSM purchased building at 1625 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills, MI.
December 2010: CPLS launches protest against the establishment of the PPMSM abortion clinic in Auburn Hills beginning with 200 Oakland County residents jamming Auburn Hills City Council meeting Dec. 7, 2010.
With help from Dave Theisen of Real Estate for Life, CPLS talks to all business owners in close proximity to the PPMSM Opdyke Road property and discovers that the Comfort Inn Suites holds a deed restriction on the building purchased by Planned Parenthood.
CPLS learns that PPMSM attorneys at Dykema Gossett sent a letter to the Comfort Inn Suites hotel owners notifying them that they represent a possible purchaser who may want to open a “medical office.” Dykema Gossett did not disclose that their client was Planned Parenthood and that it intended to open a surgical treatment center—i.e. an abortion clinic.
PPMSM are notified that the Comfort Inn Suites will enforce their deed restriction.
PPMSM files lawsuit against the Comfort Inn Suites.
In the meantime numerous rallies, demonstrations and prayer vigils organized by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society joined by Central Oakland Right to Life, Michigan LifeSpan, and several local-area churches take place at the Opdyke Road property. The most recent CPLS demonstration took place Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Woman sends message during CPLS picket at the Planned Parenthood building in Auburn Hills, MI., January 7, 2012
PPMSM case is assigned to Oakland County Judge James Alexander. The first hearing takes place Sept. 7, 2011 and judge rules for a 60 day extension for discovery.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 court decision to decide future of the Planned Parenthood clinic. Whatever decision is made by Judge Alexander, it is expected that his ruling will be appealed.
For more information contact:
Monica Migliorino Miller 248 444-9096
Attorney James Carey for Comfort Inn Suites 248 605-1103
Barb Yagley—Central Oakland Right to Life 248 703-3577
Attorney Rebecca Kiessling 248 495-2925
Dave Theisen—Real Estate for Life 248 431-1440