Not in My Backyard

A proposed fertility clinic has many residents saying “Not in my backyard.”

Doctor Randy Morris wants to build a clinic specializing in fertility medications, insemination, in-vitro fertilization and surgical procedures in Downtown Naperville, but 16 people spoke out against the plan at the latest city council meeting. Some are against fertilization treatments for moral reasons, others fear the clinic will target North Central College students for egg donations.

“It would be all too easy for the girls at my school to skip over to the clinic and collect their $5,000 without weighing the consequences to their health,” said Mary Kizior, a student at North Central.

Other residents worry the clinic will bring more parking problems downtown. The proposed location is at the intersection of Washington and Benton, and zoning for that area allows for a medical facility.

Councilmen said that they can’t let emotions rule their decision.

“That’s the law of the land,” said Councilman Grant Wehrli. “We can only look at zoning so when people say this is above and beyond a zoning issue, yes it is. But it also falls within the parameters of the law.”

Councilman Wehrli asked staff to learn why the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board originally denied the clinic before passing it, so the council tabled the decision and will continue the conversation on April 3rd.

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