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Residents, Aldermen Not Aware of Planned Parenthood Move

Some residents on the west side of Springfield are shocked to learn a Planned Parenthood has opening.

Some residents on the west side of Springfield are shocked to learn a Planned Parenthood has opening. It was even news to city alderman.

Planned Parenthood moved to Bruns Lane after selling its space on Washington Street in downtown Springfield.

Some nearby residents disagree with Planned Parenthood's practices. Others are open to learning more about the organization. The Springfield Right to Life group said no one in the community was notified about the move.

Planned Parenthood said it purchased the Bruns Lane building last year under another company's name, which was involved with the deal. They did the same thing with the building permits to do construction.

The organization said that's common practice and that it was not to avoid controversy.

It also said there's a reason for why the move remained quiet.

"Other Planned Parenthood health centers [that] have moved or built in other locations have been targeted and so we decided that we wanted to keep things private," said Brigid Leahy, who serves as the public policy director for Planned Parenthood in Illinois.

This Planned Parenthood does provide medication abortions with a pill, but doesn't perform surgical ones. It said abortions represent a small portion of their work, which includes providing birth control and STD testing.

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