April 04, 2012|By Melissa Jenco, Chicago Tribune reporter
The vote came after several hours of public debate. The proposal drew fire from residents who oppose the facility on moral grounds. But supporters said it would help couples struggling to conceive.
"That means also, however, that we believe those embryos that had not been implanted also have value and worth," he said, expressing concern that those embryos would be discarded.
Dozens of former fertility patients wearing blue shirts turned out to support Morris, an infertility specialist who has proposed the clinic. Brandy Hickerson, who said she has struggled with infertility, said it's a painful problem.
"No little girl grows up hoping for a disease and the horror that comes with it as she's trying to build her family," Hickerson said.
Milota and Hickerson were among 50 people Tuesday who signed up to speak on the proposal.
Although such a facility is a permitted use for the site, the proposal has riled those who object to the procedures that would be offered there.
Morris, a physician specializing in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, said he plans to provide services like fertility medications, insemination, in-vitro fertilization and surgical procedures such as unblocking fallopian tubes.
Morris has said one in every six or seven couples deals with infertility issues.
The state gave Morris a certificate of need for the facility last fall, but he also needed city approval for parts of the plan that deviate from the city's zoning codes, including parking, signs and setback from the road.
Naperville's Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the project in February.
But at a Council meeting last month, 16 residents spoke against the plans, especially so near churches and schools. Several women suggested the clinic would target North Central College students for egg donation, while others said the clinic would draw protesters to the heart of the city.
In the weeks that followed, proponents joined the debate, saying fertility procedures made it possible for them to conceive.
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