Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is organizing a celebration reception and prayer vigil after the news that Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan will not open their mega-abortion clinic on North Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills.
Director of CPLS, Dr. Monica Miller, says that keeping the abortion giant from opening its doors in Auburn Hills is “the result of nearly two years of constant work by CPLS, Central Oakland County Right to Life, and many other groups and individuals who came together to fight,” and to whom she gives her heartfelt thanks.
Judge James Alexander ruled for Planned Parenthood in a courtroom battle in January, a decision that brought an appeal by the owners of the Comfort Inn Suites. But before the appeal could take place, PP CEO Lori Lamerand told reporters that the organization was not going to waste any more time over ‘frivolous’ lawsuits. Miller points out, “It was Planned Parenthood that sued the Comfort Inn Suites to begin with over the deed restriction language.”
Miller theorizes that the venture became an impossible burden to Planned Parenthood: “After hiring an expensive team of lawyers and over-spending for the building in the first place, PP is still saddled with a 17,000 square foot building that they cannot use as an abortion clinic, per their own agreement, a gutted completely unusable piece of property that they have now set about to unload,” she said.
Miller states that she hopes that people will see the enormity of the pro-life victory. “Lori Lamerand, in her capacity as the CEO of a major abortion provider, in order to get out of the appellate court case, signed her name to a new deed restriction with the Comfort Inn Suites—an agreement that forbids any abortion procedures from taking place on the Opdyke Road property!”
“The success of this work is the result of the Providence of God and through the effort of so many who threw themselves into the battle to keep this Planned Parenthood abortion center from opening,” said Miller who went on to warn that vigilance is still needed. “Planned Parenthood may still attempt to open an abortion clinic elsewhere in Oakland County…but meanwhile,we are joyous in this victory!”
The reception will be held at the Comfort Inn Suites located at 1565 N. Opdyke Road, on Saturday, July 28, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. A prayer vigil of thanksgiving, featuring speakers Joe Scheidler and Rebecca Kiessling, will follow from 8:30 to 9:00 pm at the Planned Parenthood building at 1625 N. Opdyke Road.
Attendees are asked to bring vigil candles.