About 300 people packed Monday night’s city council meeting in Council Bluffs to voice opposition to the possibility a parcel of land might be sold to a man looking to build a clinic where abortions would be performed.
Dr. LeRoy Carhart, of Bellevue, Nebraska, who once performed late-term abortions in Nebraska, recently said he plans to open an abortion clinic in Council Bluffs.
The large citizens’ turnout at the meeting last night was apparently prompted by a rumor that land near Avenue G and North 15th would be sold for that purpose, but Mayor Tom Hanafan said no one had come forward to seek city approval for such a facility.
The Bluffs City Council unanimously agreed to dispose of the more 24-thousand square feet of ground only with the stipulation, that an abortion clinic could not be built there. The value of the property — which is zoned commercial — will be assessed and eventually put up for sale.
Thanks to Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic, Iowa