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Fitchburg drops Planned Parenthood petition

February 3, 2010

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FITCHBURG, Mass.—The Fitchburg City Council has abandoned its formal attempt to keep a Planned Parenthood office out of the city.

Some councilors had presented a petition to draft a resolution "disapproving and urging Planned Parenthood League to abandon its plan" to open a facility in the city.

City lawyers had warned that such a petition could put the council on shaky legal ground for trying to interfere with "a woman's right to exercise choice in family planning matters."

The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports that one councilor on Tuesday night successfully moved to take no action on the petition.

Planned Parenthood is using a $370,000 federal grant to open a Fitchburg office, but says no abortions will be performed at the site.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com