When I posted about Planned Parenthood coming to Fitchburg yesterday I wrote this:
The fight is now going to come here and the question is going to quickly become; what side are you on?
Well it didn’t take long for some on the City Counsel to decide:
“The City of Fitchburg is always complaining that we’re the social mecca of northern Worcester County. Do we really need another social service agency?” Councilor-at-large Thomas Conry asked.
State Rep. Stephen DiNatale signed on to the late-filed petition calling for a resolution, and said he planned to sit down with Planned Parenthood officials and explain to them why Fitchburg is not the right community for them to come to.
“It’s a blatant duplication of services. We have local agencies, with local people doing an outstanding job,” DiNatale said, following the City Council meeting.
“We do not need them on Main Street,” DiNatale said.
The most amazing statement on the subject was uttered by ward 5 Counselor Solomito in opposing the resolution:
“We shouldn’t prohibit anybody from coming here when we don’t know anything about them,”
We don’t? It’s not like they’ve been around for nearly a century, but if Joe wants to know perhaps he can ask Abby Johnson.
Johnson said she became involved with the clinic “to help women and … [do] the right thing.” The idea of increasing abortion numbers to increase revenue was repugnant to her. She said that ideally the facility’s director would provide “so much family planning and so much education that there is not a demand for abortion.”
But this ideal was not shared by the rest of Planned Parenthood, she said, because “abortion is the most lucrative part of Planned Parenthood’s operations.”
“With the family planning corporation really suffering,” Johnson said, “they depend on the abortion corporation to balance their budget, help get them out of the hole and help make income for the company.”
She continued, “They really wanted to increase the number of abortions so that they could increase their income.”
And a little history for the rest of them.
There is going to be a fight and it’s going to be big, as I’ve already said that this will give Catholics in town a place to re-direct their anger from church closings, but it is also going to animate the large evangelical community that has been growing in the area.
Meanwhile on the left I expect to see angry Coakley people using this fight as a place to vent.