Group urging Norfolk, Nebraska not to allow Planned Parenthood
A controversial issue in Norfolk, Nebraska. A group of residents is urging the city to prevent a Planned Parenthood clinic from opening there. Around 60 people attended this week's Norfolk City Council meeting to voice their concern. About one year ago Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced their intentions to invest $11.5 million and open clinics in 12 Iowa and Nebraska Communities, including Norfolk. At the heart of the disagreement is a difference of opinion on the issue of abortion and the possible use by the clinic of Internet-based consultations and drug treatments. The President of the Norfolk Area Right To Life was among the citizens at this week's meeting, who presented the council with a petition that included 5000 signatures that spoke out against a clinic opening in Norfolk. Since the issue was brought up during a public comment period, no action by the council could be taken on the concern. Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman thanked the group for making their voice heard and asked them to continue to work with their local churches. Last year, Planned Parenthood said they hoped to have the new clinics open within five years.