HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — Henrietta officials downvoted a permit application for a Planned Parenthood on Jefferson Road during a town board meeting Wednesday.
The special-use permit was denied in a vote, 3-2. Many people attended the meeting to speak to the town board about the controversial issue.
This meeting comes after a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court that is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has established abortions as a constitutional right for over 50 years.
“Just morally, I’m against it and I think citizens of the community have a right to say ‘No, we don’t believe in that in this community’ and not support businesses we don’t like,” said Julie Rohn.
New York State expanded legal protections for people seeking and providing abortions last week.
In response to the ruling, Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York President and CEO Michelle Casey issued the following statement, saying in part:
The decision issued by the Henrietta Town Board last night is deeply disappointing. Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York believes that all people should have the power to determine the course of their own life, and we are committed to providing the communities we serve with a full range of high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and education.
We will continue to provide the expert care and resources our patients have come to rely on out of our Brighton Health Center, and will be expanding services in Brighton/Henrietta. All people — no matter where they live — deserve the right to control their own body and future.
Last July, there was a proposal for a Planned Parenthood to be built on South Clinton Avenue in Brighton, which also drew controversy — officials from the Brighton Town Planning Board voted to allow construction to move forward.