RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Raleigh City Council has rejected an anti-abortion group’s request to move next door to an abortion clinic.
Local news organizations report that the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to reject the request by A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center to conduct operations out of a residence next to Preferred Women’s Health Center.
A Hand of Hope says it wanted to draw more clients and save money by rezoning the property and relocating.
The abortion clinic had argued that the move would have brought harassment and scrutiny to its patients and staff.
The city council rejected the request, citing a city rezoning code which states that only residential uses are allowed on the property.
The two establishments are currently located less than a mile apart.