As it stands, no woman could legally get an abortion within 20 miles of Naperville. But that's about to change, as Planned Parenthood gets ready to open a full-service health center Sept. 18 at East New York Street and Oakhurst Drive in the DuPage County section of Aurora.
The facility has become one of the latest battlegrounds in the debate over abortion. On the one side, groups such as the Pro-Life Action League, Operation Rescue, the American Life League and local Catholic Church members have protested against the clinic's opening.
On the other side, members of Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women have demonstrated in support of the facility.
For the most part, demonstrations thus far have been peaceful, though a couple of pro-choice activists were arrested outside the clinic this week after they clashed with a group of pro-life demonstrators.
Opponents of the facility say that at 22,000 square feet it will be one of the nation's largest abortion clinics. Supporters say the full-service center will offer affordable, needed women's health services, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and educational sessions for parents and teens.
What does Naperville think about the clinic opening so close to home?