Posts Tagged ‘planned parenthood city counsel meeting’

Simply to make a small point.

Mildred Jefferson was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. This is the type of thing that one might have seen moving tributes on many TV shows. Not simple editorials but large tributes in papers and perhaps even a major magazine article. After all her achievement was not insignificant, it was in 1951 that she graduated from Harvard Medical. This is in the middle of Jim Crow, before MLK.

Why is there less fuss? Because of quotes like this:

“I became a physician in order to help save lives. I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live.”

You see she founded National right to life applauded by Roe v Wade. That’s why you see long essays in the American Spectator and feminists for life.

I met her only one, during the hearings in Fitchburg in January. I actually had no idea who she was, but said this about her testimony:

With a quiet and calm demeanor she made the case that Fitchburg would be a less pleasant place with Planned parenthood. Her best argument however was the description of Planned Parenthood in terms of practices and their use of organizations that they fund to support their positions as if they were independent.

Consider, this is a person who is known within the movement and must have had many demands on her time and life, and yet, on a cold winter day she made the time to come to Fitchburg Mass. to fight for the lives of the unborn.

I consider myself a well-informed person and one who follows history, I am shocked that I didn’t know this woman, but I shouldn’t be, because the MSM and foes of abortion could not allow it for they might be inspired and that can’t be allowed to happen.

…while national elections continue to dominate the news a couple of local stories keep people’s interest in town.

On the Planned Parenthood front the pro-life forces have suffered yet another setback:

The City Council has never voted in favor of a petition filed by pro-life advocates intending to keep Planned Parenthood off Main Street, and it didn’t begin to Tuesday night during a hearing on a petition to require a special permit for medical offices looking to open downtown.

We will keep on fighting nonetheless, but I think the thing needed frankly are different counselors if we want to see different results..

Meanwhile most people in town have something else on their mind:

Police are searching for a white male who robbed a bank on John Fitch Highway shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, according to Sgt. Glenn Fossa.

Fossa described the suspect, who fled with an undisclosed amount of money, as a white male of heavy build, about 5 feet 10 inches to

Amazing how little attention elections out of state generate when armed bank robberies are taking place in broad daylight a few blocks away.

What is the first thing I saw when I got home from the Worcester County Catholic Men’s Conference? An article I couldn’t believe in the sentinel:

Some city councilors said they’re not phased that a Fitchburg resident hired a lawyer to represent him regarding petitions he claims were mishandled by the City Council in February. “Lawyers’ letters don’t scare me,” Councilor-at-large Thomas Conry said Thursday.

Yes the Lawyer letter so didn’t worry him and the other counselors that instead of a 10-1 vote that was used to drop the petitions the entire counsel decided to let the March 16th petition go to the planning board. Update: It was unclear to some readers that I was referring to the March 16th petition advancing, including this edit to make it clear.

And I’m sure that the fact that the other side had legal representation and that Mr. Ciota had a letter from said representation in his possession had nothing to do with his silence at said counsel meeting.

I should make it clear that the article itself is very good. The Sentinel and Enterprise’s coverage has been good. It’s the answers that people are giving that are unbelievable. They go nuts if they hear the word “Planned Parenthood” and they get upset if citizens decide to get representation.

I’m sure the counselors are nice people but not a single one of them where installed in their positions by impressment, unless I’m very much mistaken each person campaigned for election asking the voters for the job. If they don’t want the job they can always resign.

Because this time the zoning petition that was offered was passed onto the proper board rather than simply tabled:

Members of the Planning Board will have a turn to hear from those who oppose Planned Parenthood opening an office on Main Street, after the City Council referred a petition banning medical offices downtown to the Planning Board Tuesday night.

Several people, most of whom mentioned Planned Parenthood as the impetus for the petition, spoke in favor of such an amendment to the city’s zoning laws.

Normal procedure for any kind of zoning petition is to send such things to a planning board, in fact the general laws of the state demand it. The last time we were before the counsel the matter was tabled and not sent forward, this time armed with a lawyer’s letter stating what the law is, the counsel relented and the item was passed.

Joan Conroy said it best:

“The last time, most of you councilors knew we were green … so you withdrew the petition,” said Conroy, who added that city councilors should not cut off what she has to say.

“Whether you agree with me or not, you represent me and have a responsibility to listen to me,” Conroy said.

Of course this isn’t a final victory in the fight, but it was the first real win in what Stacy McCain called the Battle of Fitchburg so we are going to enjoy it for a day before preparing for the next fight.

Update: Much more info at the new Greater Fitchburg For Life Blog. Good idea starting a blog. I wonder what put that thought into their heads?