A Roundup of Responses to Mayor Buttigieg’s Decision Against Women’s Care Center

May 1, 2018

On Friday, the South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, vetoed the South Bend Common Council’s measure to permit rezoning and construction of a Women’s Care Center facility near the proposed abortion facility. The abortion facility, to be operated by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, was denied an abortion license, but they appealed the denial decision to the courts.


St. Joseph County Right to Life:

“Mayor Pete recently vetoed the rezoning of the new property owned by Women’s Care Center, a crisis pregnancy center that has several locations that greatly benefit the women of our area. This article hits on most sides of the issue. As a pro-life organization and one that is proud to support the women and families in St. Joseph County, we are deeply disappointed that this center’s rezoning was denied. Additionally, we are very displeased that several statements in support of the veto were misdirections and lies from an out-of-state abortion provider, Whole Woman’s Health, which has not even received approval for a license to operate because the group failed to prove they were of a reputable, responsible character and concealed or omitted information. Why should they have an opinion on what happens in OUR community?”


University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.:

“The Women’s Care Center, on whose board I serve, gives women in crisis the support they need for themselves and their babies before and after birth. It doesn’t engage in political advocacy, but provides compassionate, non-judgmental loving care to women most in need. I am saddened by Mayor Buttigieg’s decision to veto a bill that would have allowed the Women’s Care Center to build a facility near one that seeks to provide abortions. The mayor’s decision excludes an important presence from that neighborhood and thwarts plans that had met the criteria for rezoning and had been approved by the Common Council. Far from enhancing the harmony of the neighborhood, it divides our community and diminishes opportunities for vulnerable women to have a real choice. The mayor is a talented and dedicated public servant with whom I have worked closely to serve our community, but I am deeply disappointed by his decision.”


Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend:

“I am deeply disappointed in yesterday’s decision by Mayor Pete Buttigieg to veto the rezoning request of the Women’s Care Center which was approved by the South Bend Common Council this past Monday.

“Women who experience a crisis pregnancy often say that they feel they have no other option than abortion, and the Women’s Care Center exists precisely to offer these vulnerable women a real choice.

“What started as a small outreach to women in crisis in downtown South Bend over three decades ago, has grown to become the largest, most successful pregnancy resource center in America, serving 26,000 women annually from 29 centers in 10 states. How unfortunate that the Women’s Care Center has been denied in its own hometown the opportunity to expand their compassionate services to a location where it could best reach the women who could benefit most.

“I share the mayor’s concern about the neighborhood, but for a different reason: a group from outside our community and state may open that not only discards innocent human life, but purports to give women a choice, when in fact it has vigorously opposed the Women’s Care Center that provides loving support for women and the choice to say yes to life.”



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