By Editorial Staff
Published August 20, 1995
The Planning Board Rejected The Abortion Clinic Near Orlando City Hall Even Though Staff Said The Site Had Proper Zoning
By Dan Tracy of The Sentinel Staff
A planned clinic where abortions would be performed will not open near Orlando City Hall, at least not any time soon.
The city’s volunteer planning board voted 10-1 on Tuesday to reject the facility proposed for 1103 Lucerne Terrace by Dr. James Pendergraft, a Maryland obstetrician-gynecologist.
His attorney, Sheila Moylan of Miami, said, “We’re really disappointed, of course.” She was not sure if Pendergraft would appeal.
Tuesday’s ballot came as a surprise since city planners had recommended approval, saying the area was properly zoned for a women’s clinic.
But the board, after listening to nearly 90 minutes of mostly negative comments, went against the project, saying it would hurt property values.
“I cannot knowingly support or invite into Orlando problems,” planning board member Mike Kelsey said. “I find nothing positive for the community by allowing this conditional use.”
Pendergraft, who could not be reached for comment, did not attend Tuesday’s hearing. He chose Orlando, Moylan said, because the city needs another clinic where women’s health services, including abortions, could be provided.
Citing statistics supplied by the state, Moylan said, Pendergraft’s business likely would be “self-supporting” because greater Orlando last year had 7,000 abortions at three clinics. Tampa, with four clinics, had 5,500, she said.
Phyllis Stephens, president of the Orange County chapter of the National Organization for Women, criticized the planning board for putting a halt to Prendergraft’s plan.
“It’s always a bad decision when women are excluded from getting the care they need because there is a very vocal minority out there that is getting its way,” Stephens said.
The vote against Pendergraft came as “absolutely” good news to John Kasper, who makes orthotic devices in a building next door to where the clinic would have operated.
“Overall, I’m very pleased,” Kasper said.
Kasper was one of seven business owners, physicians and abortion opponents who spoke against Pendergraft’s plan. Most of the detractors work in a cluster of offices just west of Orlando Regional Medical Center, less than a half-mile south of City Hall.
They fear Pendergraft’s medical facility would attract traffic congestion, pickets and violence to the area, as has happened to abortion clinics in Melbourne and Pensacola.
“I think it would ruin the good image of the area,” said Dr. Gordon Kiester, an oral surgeon who owns four buildings on Lucerne Terrace.
An appeal, if made, first would go to a hearing officer, who would forward a recommendation to the Orlando City Council, which could accept or reject the suggestion. That process could take up to six months.
Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood, who intermittently followed Tuesday’s planning session by closed-circuit television, promised she would fight the clinic.
“I stand firmly behind the planning board decision,” she said. “This (the clinic) would have a detrimental impact on the surrounding property owners.”
Pendergraft, if turned down by the council, could go to Orange County Circuit Court in an effort to overturn the city ruling, adding additional months to the dispute.
Forerunner - Home » Florida's Murder Industry »
Your comments are welcome!
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
$14.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)
Running Time: 145 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Exposing The Occult Roots of Abortion
This presentation looks at the spiritual roots of abortion and exposes the myths surrounding child killing. Little known historical facts about abortion and how they relate to modern feminism are presented logically and accurately. Has been effective in converting many to a pro-life position.
Massacre of Innocence goes where no pro-life presentation has gone before in “tearing the lid off abortion” to reveal the spiritual realities we must battle if we will bring an end to this crime. The presentation is absorbing, fast-paced, informative and incredibly devastating to any attempt to justify abortion.
“… an extraordinary statement … a powerfully articulate presentation about what abortion really means, and why a great and moral nation like the United States must not allow the slaughter to continue.”
— Congressman Robert K. Dornan
Running time: 85 minutes
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“… a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!
These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.
Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.
Watch these pro-life videos on-line.
“These videos helped change my mind from pro-choice to pro-life. Your videos are what did it for me. I will be walking in next year’s March For Life in San Francisco.” — A. Jackson, California
“I was going to have an abortion until I saw your video. Praise Jesus!”
— M. Drew, YouTube Commenter
$4.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)