Henrietta City Council Rejects Planned Parenthood Proposal

HENRIETTA, NY – Planned Parenthood will not be able to open a new location in Henrietta.

Members of the Henrietta City Council rejected a proposal late Wednesday night for the agency to open a facility on Jefferson Road near RIT. The city said the vote was for a zoning permit only. Three board members were against and two were for.

Supporters and opponents of the plan gathered outside City Hall before and during Wednesday’s meeting.

Henrietta’s town supervisor was one of two who voted in favor of the permit. He said the law should also guide your conscience.

“Our decision is, is it allowed there under the rules?” said Steve Schultz. “Does it meet the criteria by which we should approve or deny this special use permit? Again, the law, as it stands, is not about choosing what is best, but what is permitted. One of the things we have sworn is to apply the law fairly. »

Schultz said the main issue was whether a medical facility was appropriate for a mall.

If a judge finds the decision to be inappropriate, the vote may be overturned. Planned Parenthood also has the option of taking the city to court.

The President and CEO of Planned Parenthood called the results of the vote “deeply disappointing.”

“We will continue to provide the expert care and resources that our patients rely on from our Brighton Health Center, and we will expand services to Brighton/Henrietta. All people – no matter where they live – deserve the right to control their own body and future,” a statement from Planned Parenthood read.

Planned Parenthood received approval last year to build a new facility in Brighton. This project has been abandoned. The agency still rents space in Brighton to provide pregnancy services.

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