Pro-Life groups are in a rage today as Cleveland's City Council has approved the opening of an abortion clinic named after Pope John Paul II. The controversy arose on two fronts: the Pro-life objection of abortion, as well as a unanimous objection by Catholic groups who suggest that the usage of the Pope's name creates a mockery of his previous office and stances. Surprisingly, the developers did not see an issue with the title of the clinic and have dismissed the controversy as "small-minded wrangling by idiots." Many anti-abortion groups are planning protests.
The clinic, a privately funded, one-of-a-kind establishment, is intended by it's managers to provide services to inner-city women who can not afford abortions on their own.
"We want to provide cheap, affordable pregnancy termination to those women who are disadvantaged and need a fresh start. Any opposition will be observed by our staff and management as disrespectful to the memory of Pope John Paul II - he would have approved of our position and promoted the charitable work we've done throughout the Cleveland Community," says Wendy Clarkson, a spokesman for the Clinic.
Boddy Innis, a Pro-life activist who is infamous for his promotion of shooting abortion doctors, says that his organization will oppose the establishment of the clinic at all costs.
"It is unconscionable for abortions to be tolerated in our society. My main objection to this disgucting travesty, however, if the usage of the Pope's name. Incomprehensible."
Another group opposes the name of the clinic for a very different reason. The Anti-Catholic Association feels that naming an "inherently good" institution after Pope John Paul II sullies the image of the cause.
"We feel that Pope John Paul II did far more harm to the world than any other pope in history," says ACA president Vina Smythe. "When you take into consideration the multiple repressive attitudes that he espoused and the true essence of the Catholic religion, you get a disgusting mix."
Smythe suggests that the clinic change its name to honour an abortion doctor who was killed by extremists.
Protests are planned for the next week as well as at the grand opening. 56 abortions are already scheduled and the doctors involved have no intention of changing plans. The Vatican has prepared a response that will be released tomorrow.