Ben Johnson


California mayor: I will fight new Planned Parenthood clinic ‘even if it costs me personally’

Ben Johnson

VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA, March 28, 2012, ( – In perhaps the most permissive state in America, one mayor is taking a stand against Planned Parenthood.

The nation’s leading abortion provider wants to open a clinic in Victorville, California, a town of 115,000 people located at the edge of the Mojave Desert. Officials with Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties say the new facility, renovated from a former Chuck E. Cheese, will not perform abortions. 

“I don’t believe them for a second,” Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron said.

McEachron has said he will make use of every means at his disposal to stop the clinic from opening.

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If the new affiliate opens in Victorville, the city would have little ability to stop it from providing abortions at a later date. Bill Webb, planning director for Victorville, told the media only a minor modification would be needed for the space to legally perform abortions. “Current city code allows for no discretion on our part,” he said. 

While he may be unable to prevent the facility from opening, McEacheron, who is currently running for U.S. Congress in the state’s 8th Congressional district as a Republican, said he will at least hold hearings to probe the business’ intentions.

“I am 100 percent against it, and I will fight it even if it costs me personally,” he said.

The town’s last abortion clinic, operated by the late Joseph Durante, closed in 2004.

Local media add that McEachron “said he recently turned down an offer from Planned Parenthood to endorse his run.”

Mayor McEachron’s office did not immediately respond to a message from

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