An Illinois abortion clinic will become a city police station despite the objections of pro-lifers and local police officers.
According to the Rockford Register Star, the City of Rockford has decided to move forward with plans to convert the Turner Building which housed the infamous Northern Illinois Women’s Center abortion clinic into a $9 million District 2 police station.
The clinic aborted unborn babies in Rockford for nearly 40 years until they closed permanently in early 2012.
Last year when the plans first became public, Rockford police officers voiced their objections to their offices locating in a the former abortion facility because of what the building represents.
“A number of people have an objection to the Turner School building because of what it represents and they have some serious moral objections to being in that building,” PBPA Union President Terry Peterson, said at the time.
Peterson told WIFR that he had heard from more than a dozen officers who said they won’t work in that building because it used to be an abortion clinic.
The retired officer, stated last year that he, “personally would never work out of that building. There’s a stigma. It’s the idea of what took place in there.”
Kevin Rilott, a pro-life side-walk Counselor, and spokesperson for the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative, which prayed outside the clinic regularly told Life Dynamics that his group also opposed the use of the former clinic, “We as pro-lifers want to do what’s best for our community. But when 25 police officers came out and said that they could not work at that building because of the abortions that took place there and the anti-Christian history of the owner, we are supporting them 100%.”
Rilott said that a majority of the City Council favored the purchase which is paramount to a bail-out for the abortion clinic owner Wayne Webster.
“Another thing that is upsetting,” Rilott said, “They’re not only buying the abortion clinic building. They’re buying additional properties from the abortion clinic owner as well.”
Rilott also pointed out that women who received abortions in that building and are later arrested could experience emotional trauma if taken there by police, opening them up to possible lawsuits.
The Rockford abortion clinic was often cited for mocking Christians and flaunting the killing of children.
Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics said that before police take over the building they should conduct an exorcism, “If they are going to put construction workers in a building with that sort of evil history to rehab it and then later have police officers working in it, the minimum they should do is have an exorcism performed beforehand,” he stated.