The Sentinel & Entrprise Chooses sides

Posted: February 7, 2010 by datechguy in local stuff, opinion/news
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And they choose the right side in the Planned Parenthood Fight:

It may be difficult, despite the sustained and growing public outcry, to prevent the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts from opening a branch on Main Street in Fitchburg, or somewhere else in the city.

But that should not prevent city officials from trying, particularly if the non-profit organization sticks with its plan to open on Main Street, something we have said is a terrible idea for a city trying to lure more upscale businesses and Fitchburg State College students to the downtown.

They apparently share the same opinion of the city solicitor that I have:

We find Ciota’s suggestion that city officials could open themselves up to a lawsuit if the City Council passed this resolution laughable at best.

To suggest that Planned Parenthood could successfully sue city officials because the City Council passed what is essentially a non-binding resolution that carries no legal weight — if that’s what Ciota is suggesting — is absurd.

This is America, and if the City Council wants to pass a resolution saying its doesn’t want Planned Parenthood opening up in its city, more power to it.

and they let the mayor have it:

And we were also surprised that Mayor Lisa Wong did not attend the portion of the City Council meeting dealing with Planned Parenthood, and believe that she had a responsibility to tell residents how she felt about the issue. She later told us she’d rather see the agency locate somewhere else in the city.

The paper knows that this fight isn’t over. The people need to know that too.

Comments
  1. Glad I’m not the only one who cocked my head in confusion at Ciota’s suggestion of a potential lawsuit.

    Furthermore, as a practical matter, those things can be extremely easy to avoid: should PP sue, the city of Fitchburg would only have to repeal the resolution and the entire lawsuit would have to be dismissed (as it would be moot – i.e. there is no “case or controversy” over which to litigate, since the offending resolution is no more).

  2. When is the next meeting?

  3. I think I can make the 16th. Might drag a few fellow pro-lifers with me.