Activists rally against proposed abortion services site

A small crowd gathered in the 600 block of Auburn St. on Friday in protest of a possible...
A small crowd gathered in the 600 block of Auburn St. on Friday in protest of a possible abortion clinic coming to Rockford.(WIFR)
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 4:03 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Signs and banners lined Auburn Street on Friday afternoon in protest of a possible abortion services site in Rockford.

Anti-abortion activists gathered, some in prayer and others in protest, outside of a building who’s new owner says could be open by July 5.

23 News first reported on the proposed clinic Thursday, June 30 after Dr. Dennis Christensen, an obstetrician and gynecologist and chief executive officer for Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee, purchased the building in the 600 block of Auburn Street.

Affiliated Medical Services was one of four clinics in Wisconsin that provided abortion services before last week’s Supreme Court ruling which put abortion rights in the hands of each state.

In a Facebook post, Affiliated Medical Services alerted patients it would no longer offer abortion services, but that clinic staff was attempting to “reestablish a way to provide care for our patients via Illinois.”

The rally on Friday was organized by the Rockford Family Initiative, a faith-based organization specifically focused on anti-abortion activism.

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